Ideally situated in the centre of Hamilton city with river views, Palate offers a venue which not only provides an excellent NZ driven menu and wine list, but can cater for the small, medium and large sized bookings from canapes on the deck to a six course degustation menu.

A sophisticated and contemporary food and wine dining experience is what Palate does best.  The restaurant overlooking the Waikato river is home to one of NZ’s most talented chefs.

Palate has been operating for almost a decade and from the beginning has been placed as one of the top restaurants in the Waikato and in New Zealand, providing guests with a truly memorable experience.

Situated in between the Novotel and Ibis hotels and only 2km from Claudelands Conference and Exhibition Centre, this little gem can offer anything from canapes and cocktails to a team building cooking class, or a BBQ on the deck.

Our versatile layout enables groups from 10-150 to have their board meeting/ product launch/ awards evening etc. with the professional team at Palate to help turn it into a seamless event. Set menu choices offer flexibility enabling  you to get the most out of your time with us.

Palate is well known for their seven course tasting menu with matching wines, an indulgent and quite remarkable experience hosted by chef Mat McLean and his team, complimented with boutique NZ wines. This is designed as an experience for the whole table/group.

Main Services

Located centrally, nestled alongside the Waikato river and within 30 metres of two hotels, Palate provides a memorable dining experience. Hosting up to 150 guests at one time and for a variety of events. Set menus, canapes, cook schools, BBQ style, degustation, off site catering, a la carte and al fresco dining in the summer months.

Facilities and Services


  • On-site Catering

Layout description

Conference and Function Venues
Function Venue
U Shape: 30 Banquet: 100
Classroom: 30 Cocktail: 150


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