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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
European, New Zealand
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 27 May 2022

Certainly did not deliver on service and the dish was very average. Staff did not listen to what was requested and they seemed young and untrained. Was really looking forward to dining here but very disappointed.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 22 May 2022

Having dined here before we knew to expect some amazing food and so we'd booked the 5 course degustation menu with wine match to really get a taste of multiple parts of the menu. And looking at the full menu, every single dish was perfect...for our palates. Every course was amazing, full of exquisite flavours which made you wish that each course wouldn't end and yet wondering what was coming next. Plus some really good wine matches too. As before, great service, this time from the chef's daughter, plus we got to chat to the chef too. With food this good it won't be too long before we return.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 22 May 2022 via mobile

This a fine dining experience, a delight in central Hamilton. Service attentive and efficient. The menu was small but catered for all 'palates' with beautifully presented and mouthwatering entrees. We had the duck, seafood entrees, gorgeous flavourful blends. The venison, steak and fish mains each...had such taste with each element completing the other. The deserts blew us away, particularly the baked Alaska with Cointreau. Highly recommended experience!More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 19 February 2022 via mobile

Having dined at Palate before I had high expectations and was not disappointed ! We called in for an early lunch after staying in Hamilton for the night. We chose to sit outside on the deck as it was a lovely day. The service was...top notch and the food really great, everything had wonderful flavour combinations, could not fault it. We started with the sourdough bread and had mushroom and halloumi entrees. Followed by perfectly cooked fish and steak meals. If you haven’t been - treat yourself , well worth itMore

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 14 February 2022 via mobile

The food looks beautiful and tasted delicious! We ordered 3 different entry, main and a dessert. I have tasted other. Entry I love the quail and tuna. Main lamb and the fish are fantastic!

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 7 January 2022

Went to our favourite restaurant for my birthday. Excellent food, beautifully presented and perfect portions to enjoy a three course meal. Dishes are complex without being pretentious with lovely balance of flavours. Matt has spoiled me for other restaurants!

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 11 December 2021

We had a wonderful lunch for a friend's 50th. The food was beautiful and the service just right. Great job

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 28 November 2021 via mobile

The 5 course degustation menus was served to 38 of us and was really very good. The service was equally good and I certainly enjoyed our evening. The wine list was interesting and although we did have to find a few substitutes when they ran...out of a particular one, the quality was not compromised. A great effort for a large party and a good time was had.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 16 September 2021

Always take up an opportunity to sample a tasting menu at Palate. Last night did not disappoint from entree to desert our tastebuds were taken on a mouthwatering journey of perfection. As always wait staff were exceptional and the atmosphere serene, a momentary escape from...levels and restrictions we were transported to another time and place.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 16 August 2021

After hearing good things about Palate Restaurant we drove down to Hamilton from Auckland last night and booked in for the Degustation menu. Overall we had an exceptional dining experience. On arrival we were greeted and seated in a private area in the wine cellar...overlooking the main restaurant. Matt the owner/chef personally brought out and served all 6 courses and explained the components. Each course was amazing and what we like about this style of dining, you experience foods that you would not normally order. We left very full. The waitresses that looked after us for water and drinks were very attentive. Certainly was worth the drive down to experience a world class restaurant.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Palate is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5