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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
Reviewed 24 June 2021

Had a lunch at Palate. Known as one of Hamilton's better restaurants. Service was good. Only a few others in the restaurant. Prices were up there and portions very small.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 15 June 2021

Had our first meal at Palate on Friday 11th June The food along with the service were both excellent. They say its the little things that count and the fact that the charming waitress inquired if it was a special occasion which it was and...to than have Happy Anniversary decorate my wife's desert was a really sweet touch. Thanks for a very special night out . Marty and Sue .More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 29 May 2021 via mobile

Have been here before and the food and service are at a very good standard accompanied with an intimate atmosphere, well worth a visit if you're in the area

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 29 May 2021

Good portions sizes for fine dining. Enjoyed the mains and dessert. Areas to improve: - A lot of us found the food to be too salty. - For the price and fine dining experience, I really would have expected a cloth napkin. - Waiter was...not very engaging e.g. served food and left. Got the vibe they were ready to head home - limited drinks selection; more high end whiskys would have been a treatMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 19 May 2021 via mobile

Wow. One of the best meals I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. Venison with israeli cous cous and spiced carrots, absolutely delicious. Mushroom tortellini, lovely flavors and perfect tortellini. Lovely staff that was very pleasant, attentive and engaged with my 5yr old son....Amazing work team, we will be back.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 16 May 2021 via mobile

3 couples looking forward to a fine dining experience at this legendary Hamilton restaurant. First up the menu and meals did not disappoint. However I felt compelled to write this review to let the owner/s know how much the service let their restaurant down on...Saturday 15 May. Our waitress was curt, disingenuous and disinterested - her vibe was definitely one of not wanting to be there and not wanting to serve the dining hoi polloi. It was a shame as it negatively impacted the enjoyment of the overall dining experience and at fine dining prices, not good enough.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 16 April 2021 via mobile

Maybe the fifth or sixth time we have enjoyed the chefs table at Palate for our wedding anniversary. Chefs table is a foodies dream tucked right in the kitchen with your meals being served and explained by the owner and head chef himself. Course after...course of thoughtful deliciousness. Wines matched to each course were superb. Treat someone you love. Thanks Matt and team👍❤️More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 10 April 2021

When down from Auckland for a short stay, we read the reviews for Palate and made our reservations with the expectation of some great food, with our expectations well and truly exceeded. We' requested a quiet table and was given a great table away from...others with great views which made the experience perfect for us. Service was great, attentive and knowledgeable of the food and wine menus. The wine options were great with a lot of choice across different grapes and tastes. Perfect for matching with the menu choices. We went for the 3 course option and we were truly delighted by every single dish. the flavours were incredible, well matched selections and totally delicious. And looking around the restaurant you could see award after award that they had won, which is no surprise. Not a cheap night out, but simply incredible value for the delightful experience we had. I only wish I could rate it higher than just excellent! Anytime we're in Hamilton we are certain to make a reservation to enjoy Palate again.More

Date of visit: April 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