Palate Restaurant

20 Alma Street • Hamilton

Palate is dedicated to providing great food, wine, service, value and offers a truly unique dining experience in the heart of Hamilton.

The restaurant opened in February 2005 and has quickly cemented itself as the leading restaurant in Waikato. Palate has won more national restaurant awards than any other dining establishment in the region, something that Mat and the team is very proud of.


Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience

two rivers

March Wine O’clock

 Established in 2004, Two Rivers of Marlborough takes its name from the iconic rivers that feed the wine growing heart of Marlborough’s renowned Wairau & Awatere Valleys.

When : Wednesday 29th March
From : 5.30pm strap
Price :  $25.00 per person including canapes to match

Please contact us to reserve your place for our wine oclock today, call directly on ph (07) 834 2921 or emailing us on Please note that a full pre-payment is required to secure your spot on this particular event.


Say thank you or help someone celebrate with a restaurant gift voucher to dine at Palate Restaurant.

We have gift vouchers from $50 upwards. Please email or call us on (07) 834 2921 for further information.


Mat McLean,
Head Chef and Owner
Mat McLean is regarded as one of New Zealand’s leading chefs and Palate is one of New Zealand’s most awarded restaurants.
After gaining professional qualifications from Waikato Polytechnic Mat was awarded a scholarship to work in the UK, where he gained invaluable work experience at two of London’s most prestigious restaurants; Pure Leith (1 Michelin star) and Capital Hotel (2 Michelin stars).
Following a stint in Melbourne as Head Chef at the Middle Bite (a 1 hat restaurant) he returned to New Zealand to establish Palate in 2005.
Mat is a chef with highly developed technical skills, who’s committed to cooking with seasonal, local produce. He is not afraid to experiment with flavours and textures.

Restaurant Manager
Larissa arrived in New Zealand from Brazil in 2006 and started working in the hospitality industry. She enjoyed it so much that she decided to make ‘hospitality’ her career. Prior moving to Hamilton Larissa was the face of many weddings and conferences at venues she managed in Queenstown and the Bay of Islands.
She has extensive experience in operations management and enjoys leading a team that surprise and delight their customers. For Larissa the best reward is when diners come back to Palate again and again!


To book a table simply complete the form below. Our online booking system will check the table availability and confirm your reservation immediately. If you wish to book a table on our outside deck area please contact the restaurant on 07-834 2921.

find us

20 Alma Street, Hamilton, NZ
Call Us
07 834 2921
Email Us
Opening Hours
Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 11:30 am to 2pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 5:30 pm till late

Closed: Sunday & Monday