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The River Kitchen

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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237 Victoria Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
07 8392906
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had just stayed the night at the above VR Hotel and had the worst ever experience in a hotel and were meant to have breakfast with the deal at the one next to this but they were closed with "staff wanted" signs cellotaped on every window. There was a set choice of either eggs on toast or fruit and... More 

Thank CeeChap
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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102 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the best eggs i have had for a while (see the picture). The place was very busy - Thursday morning. Very narrow restaurant but has outside seating thank god bit of a tight squeeze inside. Coffee making was a little slow - I normally like to be on my second coffee before my food arrives. The scrambled eggs... More 

Thank Bruce C
Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family of 4 ate here on two occasions recently. Very good coffee, very fluffy scrambled eggs, and according to my boys, excellent hot chocolate.

Thank Milan1111
Hamilton, New Zealand
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cant speak highly enough of the team at River Kitchen, fantastic customer service. Coffee is always, and i mean "always great" we are there several times a week for coffee and something, and have never been let down. This review is for Brunch on Saturday, there is always a great selection of cabinet food, and there are always new surprises,... More 

Thank Wayne H
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Started our day early at The River Kitchen as it was right next to our hotel. Already picked it as the place to go the day before and the service was bubbly and friendly. My buckwheat pancakes with pear and caramel were the sweet flavor sensation I was looking for. Coffee very well made, both myself and my friend I... More 

Thank C_Croft
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175 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small coffee house with fresh cabinet food, a full cooked breakfast menu The person making the coffee could've turned the milk sour, early starts but we the customer don't care. If you open early then really put your best faces on. Coffee okay not brilliant it was palatable. I'm not too impressed with this establishment.

Thank Marlaina C
Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for somewhere for breakfast in the city centre and decided to try The River Kitchen. It was a very nice little inside area, nice staff, great food, very generous portions. Coffee was spot on. I highly recommend it for breakfast and coffee.

Thank RussellHart
New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to River Kitchen many times, and every time I leave so impressed. This is a sure place to visit for excellent consistent quality, great coffee, just a cool little place that Hamilton is lucky to have. Keep up the good work guys..

Thank NZChef
Raglan, New Zealand
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

We went there today,after I had read the reviews on here,something I usually do, for the first time,I found I was in total opposition,to what recent reviews have said. Indifferent service, waited a lengthy time for scrambled eggs,which to be fair,were cooked correctly,but no seasoning whatsoever,I'm not a person that takes a lot of salt & pepper...but. The tea was... More 

Thank MAGICK52
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Great food and service , staff are always friendly, coffee can be a bit hit and miss but on this occasion was nice. Thanks River Kitchen.

Thank Jade T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $16
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 237 Victoria Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Hamilton
  • Phone Number: 07 8392906
A busy award winning cafe in central Hamilton offering fresh seasonal food, exceptional coffee and catering

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