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The River Kitchen

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand
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237 Victoria Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
+64 7-839 2906
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
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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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Singapore, Singapore
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40 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had breakfast there. Portions are adequate, poached eggs done really well. Big hunks of crusty bread. The granola and yogurt w fruits was also very good

Thank HuiBs
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popular place that comes up in a google search as being "highly recommended and the place to go" but as visitors we thought it was just alright. Tables outside needed cleared and the tables were wonky. We were there for brunch but the Eggs Benedict was off the menu (Even at that time of day) because they had run out... More 

Thank Silentpartner99
Hamilton, New Zealand
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to River Kitchen for brunch, humming with a busy bustle of patrons ordering and eating.. We decided on the chefs special, one of the things we love about this place is the menu and cabinet offerings are always changing, our meals dully arrived as we enjoyed some of the best coffee in town!! We went disappointed, a modern... More 

Thank VW-Foodies
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best brunch ever! Had salmon and potato dish on two occasions now and if it wasn't so small we would go more often but it's always full

Thank Shelley S
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

Dined here for breakfast twice while staying in Hamilton for business. Really good coffee and great range of choices for breakfast. It's a little cafe with limited seating but it bustles with workers calling in and out for their morning coffee fix and clearly a popular choice with the locals. Highly recommend

Thank Jane8001
Stratford, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Went for Sunday breakfast. Very popular. Very busy. Food was really tasty and cooked well. Just not the greatest value for money, $30/head. Would happily eat there again but would not be expecting the best value in Hamilton.

Thank gc1878
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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99 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

sadly this place is way over rated, and does not live up to the hype. the food is ok at best, DO NOT GET THE SET MENU BREAKFAST. The menu is expensive and 20 mins for poached egg on toast, please. Tell me thats acceptable. Go some where else

Thank Glyder69
London, England.
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44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

Very nice simple breakfast in cosy surroundings. The staff are really pleasant and the food is excellent.

Thank 2468pdm
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

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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106 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

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

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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, New Zealand
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
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: +64 7-839 2906
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?