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The River Kitchen

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237 Victoria St, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
07 8392906
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Today
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: A busy award winning cafe in central Hamilton offering fresh seasonal...
A busy award winning cafe in central Hamilton offering fresh seasonal food, exceptional coffee and catering
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Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Scrambled Eggs EVER

I have tried quite a few cafes for breakfast but this one is amazing for eggs. The cook/chef certainly is the best that I have come across for making scrambled eggs. This is my new favourite breakfast cafe. Plus the price and service are good as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
JillElizSel
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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110 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I have tried quite a few cafes for breakfast but this one is amazing for eggs. The cook/chef certainly is the best that I have come across for making scrambled eggs. This is my new favourite breakfast cafe. Plus the price and service are good as well.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

wow! this place is excellent. their salmon hash with potatoes, egg, rocket and gremolata was DELICIOUS. i also took a scone for later in the road trip, and it was fantastic 6 hours later. this is our go-to place in hamilton when we know we'll get fab food. they make all their food on site. LOVE the river kitchen.

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New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I know that I can get excellent coffee every time. So if your are coffee snob likes me hen no you will not be disppointed. I always order a trim flat white and I always get a smooth creamy delicious coffee.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Been here numerous times and have never been disappointed. The food is fresh, reasonable and cleverly thought out. The friends are particularly good as they keep changing their combinations. Soft centres and crisp crusts. Staff always obliging

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Bern, Switzerland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

Unfortunately its not so easy to find a good breakfast location in Hamilton. The River kitchen offers good coffee and the quality of the breakfast is very good. Its really a pity that they dont offer fresh juices and the waiting times are far too long. Further the traffic is a bit annoying for someone who likes to have breakfast... More 

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Cambridge, N.Z.
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We had planned to go somewhere else to use a voucher, but ended up here instead and what a lovely surprise. The service was excellent which is rare these days we find. The food service was prompt and the food delicious. The poached egg was over cooked, but they happily replaced it and gave us an extra. However, by this... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

A great selection of food on the menu and in the cabinet and a great selection of teas. Indoor and pavement tables. Friendly, helpful staff.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Been here before, only reason it gets a 5 is because the dial doesn't go to 11. Great menu, cabinet food even better than before - actually caused ordering anxiety (got over it with excellent coffee), and service as always friendly and efficient without being rushed. Happy tummy.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

A little bit of a regular spot for me when I am in town. I drink soy milk, and these guys make a great soy coffee, thick, creamy milk and never burn the coffee. Very small place, not much room inside, so best on a sunny day when you can sit out the front.

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New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

So disappointing to read about great coffee, but to experience tea made from a tea bag that is no longer fresh. Lovely creative food - but please offer tea that is the same quality as the coffee and food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 237 Victoria St, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Hamilton
  • Phone Number: 07 8392906

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 16
  • Cuisine: Café

Description

A busy award winning cafe in central Hamilton offering fresh seasonal food, exceptional coffee and catering
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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