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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
Closed now
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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
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 35
    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
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good Breaky

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
chrisschross1983
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Bern, Switzerland
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Bern, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW 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 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
11 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Whangaparaoa, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

For those who find themselves on a wet Sunday morning in Hamilton, as I did, and possibly contemplate ending it all, there is hope. Hope in the shape of a delightful little café in Victoria Street called The River Kitchen. Having suffered a horrible excuse for a meal in a faux Irish pub on the wet Saturday evening prior, I... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We went for breakfast. I ordered the breakfast salad. It was delicious. Coffee is great. It was busy and hard to find a table. We had to wait 5 min but it was worth the wait.

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Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Town cafe with stylish cabinet food beautifully presented. Coffee is excellent and the menu food is very nice. I love their date and custard scones - always a good start to my day.

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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 December 2, 2014

I've been quite a few times, and intend on continuing to return. The coffee is great, the food is excellent, beautifully prepared, they cover vegetarian and carnivore equally well, and "get" poached eggs. Great cabinet food, and a solid menu. Staff are great. A little light on the seating, no booking, but worth stalking for tables. In decent weather, sit... More 

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?