Palate Restaurant

20 Alma Street • Hamilton

Our ethos has always been to provide consistently excellent food paired with stunning New Zealand wine. Over the past ten years, our business has evolved, become multi dimensional in what we can offer. Adding to this, it has become easier for us to find like-minded producers who share the same passion for top of the range products and providing guests with the best not only the Waikato region can offer, but all over New Zealand. From Clevedon buffalo products, to Canterbury lamb and Raglan mushrooms we are constantly excited by emerging products. Supporting local, often specialised producers creates a thriving food industry and inspiration for us when we change our seasonally inspired menus.


Palate turns 15 on Wednesday 5th February, so we are celebrating with a 5 – course dinner,
featuring some of Palate’s favourite dishes!

A lot has changed in 15 years, we have moved from Victoria Street to Alma Street,
and we have won many local and national culinary awards, including being awarded the best regional restaurant (more than once),
retaining two hats 3 years in a row, and Mat becoming a life time beef and lamb ambassador.

When: Wednesday 5th February
Time: 6pm arrival/ first course served 6:30pm
Cost: $89 per person (menu to be confirmed)

Call us on 07-834-2921 or email to book now!

*NO dietary requirements this time
**full prepayment is required to secure the booking
***online bookings not accepted


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; Leith (1 Michelin star) and The Capital Hotel (2 Michelin stars).
Following a stint in Melbourne as Head Chef at the Middle Brighton Baths (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.

Please note that Degustation bookings and tables over 8 people must be made directly on 07-834-2921 and is subject to availability.


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 hard copy vouchers

Or click the image below to order an e-voucher

find us

20 Alma Street, Hamilton, NZ
Call Us
07 834 2921
Email Us
Opening Hours

Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 11:30am – 2pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 5:30 pm till late

Closed: Sunday & Monday