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The River Kitchen

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237 Victoria Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
+64 7-839 2906
8:00 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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Stratford, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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96 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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105 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 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
Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

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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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

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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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 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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196 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 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 September 25, 2016

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

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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: +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?