If eating is what you’ve come to do while you’re in the Waikato region, then you’ve hit the bullseye. Hamilton restaurants punch well above their weight in the eating and drinking scene, and the impressive quality of their offerings mean it’s not uncommon to find out-of-towners who have come specifically for a meal here.
From Asian fusion to fried chicken specialists, Hamilton restaurants have truly made a name for themselves around the country. Whether you’re stopping by for quick takeaways, or settling in for a fine-dining experience, the restaurants cater to all groups and necessities. With the beautiful Waikato River on their doorstop, some clever Hamilton restaurants ensure they make the most of their landscape drawcard - so settle in for a meal in the serene spot with the million dollar view that’s unrivalled by other big cities around the country.
An abundance of local growers, farmers and producers means restaurants in Hamilton are nothing if not spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to include on their menu. From cheese makers, to bread bakers, Hamilton restaurants ensure they’ve got the best of the best to offer customers, and when the best comes from your neighbours it really is a no brainer.
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Rice Rice Baby
When it comes to authentic Vietnamese fare, Rice Rice Baby in Hamilton doesn’t mess around.
When Chef Karl Martin-Boulton first shared his concept for The Green, people told him Hamilton wasn’t ready for something so innovative.
Soul food is hard to resist, and when it’s Malaysian, well, consider our interest piqued.
For hearty, authentic Chinese food, head straight to Dumpling House, a wholesome eatery serving up friendly vibes and even better dumplings. After operating for 12 years and opening two venues, this family-run establishment has truly made its mark on the Hamilton food scene.
On A Roll
On A Roll has clocked up a devout following of local foodies from all around Hamilton. The eatery itself is the embodiment of good vibes, whilst the menu will leave you salivating.
Nestled amongst fruit trees, herb bushes and shrubs, Punnet Eatery is a home away from home for visitors thanks to its homely interior, epic kids' playground and family-run ethos.
The Chilli House
This (not so) hidden gem located in the CBD of Hamilton is somewhere you’ll want to put on your to-do list if you are traveling to Hamilton any time soon.
A fancy yet cheeky bar and restaurant all in one, come here for your after work drinks.
Garden Place Noodle Bar
A cheap, cheerful place to grab a bowl of dumplings, steam buns and noodles all made by hand in the kitchen.
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Banh Mi Caphe
A visit to Banh Mi Caphe is going to transport you straight to the streets of South East Asia.
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Chim Choo Ree
An award-winning restaurant with a proud name for utterly delicious cuisine.