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The River Kitchen

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237 Victoria St, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
07 8392906
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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: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: A busy award winning cafe in central Hamilton offering fresh seasonal food,...
A busy award winning cafe in central Hamilton offering fresh seasonal food, exceptional coffee and catering
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  • 94
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  • 50
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
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  • 3
    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
Delicious food and excellent coffee

We rode the river trail from Horotiu to central Hamilton and were in need of sustenance. My partner had the big breakfast (good to see free range eggs, bacon and sausies) and I had sublime buckwheat pancakes with maple infused pears and spiced ricotta. Everything was totally delicious and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
AucklandAnnie2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We rode the river trail from Horotiu to central Hamilton and were in need of sustenance. My partner had the big breakfast (good to see free range eggs, bacon and sausies) and I had sublime buckwheat pancakes with maple infused pears and spiced ricotta. Everything was totally delicious and the service was very friendly. We were well sated and ready... More 

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Thank AucklandAnnie2014
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Early morning breakfast of spices beans,smoked ham hock & eggs, although somehow my companions eggs were missing off the plate,great coffee

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Thank Finnyfoo2014
Hamilton, New Zealand
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42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

River Kitchen is the perfect choice for a chat with colleagues, and it consistently delivers delicious food and drinks. I've rarely been able to have just a coffee as the selection of prepared food is incredibly tempting! The service is great, and the vases of flowers add a pleasant touch that suggests time-out and many more return visits.

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Thank Elizabeth531
Hamilton, New Zealand
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379 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I expectantly discovered this delightful cafe open at 8am on a Saturday morning, drawn by the activity of diners enjoying street side dining. The cafe is small in physical size but delivers high on service, menu choice, food quality & presentation. The Atomic coffee had good flavour and is served really hot - excellent! It has a bright, clean, funky... More 

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Thank Marque01
Hamilton, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Great coffee and great service, Good handy location to the CBD, easy to find and nice place to meet with friends

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Thank David L
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Fantastic food, everything is incredible. Cannot recommend highly enough. I have been several times whenever I am in the tron and rave to all my dorkland friends upon my return. The Buckwheat pancakes leave lasting memories.

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Thank littlemamalade
Auckland, New Zealand
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

I visit river kitchen from time to time. The biggest drawcard is the awesome food. I'd go there more often if the coffee was better ( a bit weak for me ). Not a lot of space so get there early on the weekend.

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Thank Braveheart14
LQuarrie, Owner at The River Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - sorry to hear you're finding the coffee isn't strong enough though - we've recently changed to use Atomic Supremo blend which is a lighter roast - we'd be happy to offer you an extra shot if you'd like on the next visit, just let Tina (head barista) know and she can play around to get... More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

A cool spring morning, grab a seat right where we parked. Great. Went in to order Eggs Benedict for 2. Sorry No, run out of Hollandaise sauce. Whoops must come out of a packet or surely the Cook/chef could make some in a hurry??!! Poached eggs & bacon OK.

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Thank bepaElivis
LQuarrie, Owner at The River Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us for breakfast - I'm sorry you couldn't get the Eggs Benedict. Our staff should've given a better explanation. We make our hollandaise fresh on Saturday's and Sunday's only and run it as a special until we sell out. We definitely don't buy it in, in fact the only thing we do buy in is our bread.... More 

Cambridge, New Zealand
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171 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

I visit this café as much as I can. Staff mostly friendly. Food selection colourful, appealing, fresh and nice selection. My favourite salmon breakfast. Meals priced average, medium range. My coffee is the best. I always get 2 lattes. Only thing I don't like is when staff are talking amongst themselves and you are waiting to be served.

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1 Thank karina f
LQuarrie, Owner at The River Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and honest feedback. We will pass this on at our next team meeting. regards Lisa More 

Sydney, Australia
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237 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here for breakfast. Our scrambled eggs and poached eggs came out quickly and were very tasty. Good coffee.

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Thank ChiefsBTB

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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: Cafe

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?