- Tim's Guide to Restaurants & Eateries in Hamilton - Good guide BUT note the dates when some of the reviews were written. Bear in mind some of these establishments could have changed(management or chef) or closed since. The index page has the eateries divided into several categories.
- Vegetarian/Vegetarian friendly restaurants. There's more vegetarian friendly places in Hamilton than listed here.
- Tempo Reader's Choice Awards
- 2010 published 24Nov10 Waikato Times
- 2009 published 16Dec09 Waikato Times
- 2008 published 26Dec08 Waikato Times
- Top Eats by Denise Irvine. 24 Dec 2011 Waikato Times
- Steak Dinners short reviews of steak dinners at 7 Hamilton (and other cities) restaurants.
The Great Waikato Food Challenge: Information about the challenge and participating restaurants
- Challenge is on between 18 January and 14 February 2010
Below are a few of the places named in the Tempo Reader's Choice Awards 2009.
Restaurants & Cafes
- 150 Victoria St, Hamilton. Phone: (07) 839 9099. Website. Google Maps
- Reviews: DineOut 6.9/10, MenuMania. Tempo Reader's Choice restaurant: Best 2009 & recommended 2008
- After work drinks platter (Mon-Fri 4-6pm): Buy a round of four or more drinks and our award winning chefs will provide you with a complimentary after works drink platter. Applies to the first round of the day for each group.
- 181 Victoria St, Hamilton. Phone: (07) 839 6680. Google Maps
- Hours: Mon - Fri 7am - 4(or 5) pm, Sat - Sun 8.30am - 4(or 5) pm
- Reviews: DineOut 7.9/10, MenuMania. Tempo Reader's Choice Best Cafe 2008 & 2009
- 211 Victoria Street, Hamilton. Phone: (07) 834 2081. Website. Google Maps
- Hours: 9am - midnight. Fully Licenced. BYO Wine only ($2/person)
- Reviews: Dineout 6.3/10, MenuMania. Tempo Reader's Choice Cafe 1st honorable mention 2009 & recommended 2008.
Crave Cafe & Catering
- 201 Sandwich Road, St Andrews, Hamilton. Google Maps
- Hours: open 7 days from 8:30am and dinners on Thursday and Friday.
- Cnr Rostrevor and Tristram Street (or 130 Rostrevor St), Hamilton. Google Maps
- Hours: Monday to Friday 7:30am to 3pm.
- Reviews/Awards: HCC Food & Safety Excellence Award 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008; Winners of the Waikato Top Shop Food and Beverage Category 2007 (Finalists 2006 and 2008); Tempo Reader's Choice Cafe 3rd honorable mention 2009 & recommended 2008
- MS2: Hillcrest Rd, Gate 7 Waikato Management School Building MS2 07 838 4466 ext: 6378
- Uni: Knighton Rd, Gate 1 Waikato University – Shops 07 838 4466 ext: 6336
- Hospital: 224 Pembroke street (opp. emergency entrance to Hospital) 07 834 0038
- MoCity: 109 Victoria Street (cnr Hood & Victoria Sts) 07 834 4365
- Tempo Reader's Choice Cafe 2nd honorable mention 2009 & recommended 2008
Jacks Coffee Lounge & Grace on Braid
- Owners: Leah & Stu
- Cafes named after their children: Jack & Grace Gillanders
Jacks Coffee Lounge
- 1/31 Cambridge Rd, Hillcrest, Hamilton. Phone: (07) 859 2150. Google Maps
- Reviews: DineOut 7.9/10, MenuMania. Winner of The Café magazine 2007 New Zealand Best Café in Waikato (source). Tempo Reader's Choice Cafe 5th honorable mention 2009 & recommended 2008
Grace on Braid
- 29 Braid Rd, St Andrews, Hamilton. Phone: (07) 850 5270
- Hours: Wed - Fri 8am - 4pm, Sat - Sun 9am - 3.30pm, In summer time during daylight savings, we are open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, the cafe stays open in the afternoon, and dinner can be ordered from 5.30pm.
- Reviews: DineOut 9/10, MenuMania. Tempo Reader's Choice Cafe 4th honorable mention 2009.
RR South Indian Restaurant
- Corner of Alexandra St & Hood St (4 Alexandra St), Hamilton. Phone: (07) 838 1620. Website. Google Maps
- Reviews: DineOut 7/10, MenuMania. Tempo Reader's Choice: Best ethnic eatery 2009, honorable mention takeaways 2009, recommended takeaway 2008.
The Original Thai Restaurant
Thai Village Cafe
Tuk Tuk Thai Food
- Address: Market Place, Hood Street, Hamilton. Phone: (07) 838 3500. Google Maps
- Lunch only
See also Tim's restaurant page