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Riverside Lodge

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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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1 Riverside Lane, Te Kuiti 3910, New Zealand
+64 7-878 8027
10:00 - 01:00
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We're in Hamilton They are in New Plymouth so lets meet half way, Riverside had the best reviews. Ideal setting next to the river country side views cicadas chirping nice fine day. Attentive friendly staff good menu and quick service. Went for steaks fish chicken salads and breads, all very well cooked and friendly informal service. Overall needs a bit... More 

Thank cintraNewZealand
qldgrl, Owner at Riverside Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Cintra NewZealand. We are glad you enjoyed your lunches. And yes, the new owners have lots of plans for the business, so do call again! More 

Level Contributor
32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Just back from a great, but unexpected night out. Strolling through Te Kuiti looking for somewhere to eat, we came across the sign on the high street to Riverside. Starving we went straight for it - and had a great night. Fab location, chilled, relaxed, welcoming. Great food, burgers, fish, pizzas. And most of all, welcoming and friendly hosts! Thank... More 

Thank sunnygirl025
qldgrl, Owner at Riverside Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you! We had a lovely night too.....hoping you enjoy the remainder of your stay in NZ. More 

Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

After a day of adventures at the Waitomo caves we came through Te Kuiti and came across a sign on the Main Street. The Riverside is hidden at the back of the small village. We went in and were greeted by some lovely and friendly staff. To say the food was delicious was an understatement. We ordered a Steak, Kangaroo... More 

1 Thank Pipandseth
qldgrl, Owner at Riverside Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks Pip! Glad you enjoyed everything and I hope we will see you back some time. More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Wonderful little place! We pulled up to the backside of the building and were a little put off, however, we decided to try it anyway and we’re so glad we did! The food was well presented and delicious and the service was great.

Thank Darin R
qldgrl, Owner at Riverside Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Darin. it was great to meet you and I hope we will see you again! More 

Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

After reading the TripAdvisor reviews we decided to have diner at Riverside Lodge. Ordered the Hamburger of the Day, not on the menu. The kangaroo burger was ok but way too much coleslaw (or something similar) on top. Friendly staff but overall nothing special, bit overpriced.

Thank Dennis D
qldgrl, Owner at Riverside Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for review Dennis. Sorry you felt the kangaroo burger was overpriced but kangaroo meat is $50 per kilo. Not cheap! But it is good to have something a little different on the menu. I have passed on your message re the apple slaw to the chef. Thanks for your feedback, and I hope you will call again. More 

Te Kuiti, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Its great to eat out occasionally and the Riverside is our first choice. The place is welcoming, Sandy and Pete are great hosts and the meals are delicious.

Thank Helen611955
qldgrl, Owner at Riverside Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Helen611955! We enjoy seeing you! More 

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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

I stopped by to have a bite to eat with my son and nephew, auntie and uncle, approximately 5 of us. It was lovely to stop by and sit down in a nice clean and quiet environment (around 6pm for dinner). The place was not very busy, but was lovely and we were lucky to have the un-divided attention of... More 

Thank EuniceTravels
qldgrl, Owner at Riverside Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you EuniceTravels. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit with us and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. More 

1 review
Reviewed 24 November 2016

We don't got out for dinner very much, but when we do we love to visit The Riverside. The hosts are very welcoming and friendly and are genuine about making sure you are well looked after. The meals are very reasonably priced and the plates are huge!! and tasty!! which means you definitely get value for money. My children love... More 

Thank Jenelle B
qldgrl, Owner at Riverside Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Jenelle! It's always lovely to see you and your family. More 

1 review
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Great service from Sandy and Pete at the riverside. They really look after you there and have a genuine interest in getting to know you. Nothing like the personal touch of locals.

Thank sasharick
qldgrl, Owner at Riverside Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you sasharick - It is always great to see you! More 

Otorohanga, New Zealand
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Yummy, tasty meal at valued priced. Staff very welcoming which makes a more enjoyable dinning experience. Will be back!

Thank kevintQ4289ZH
qldgrl, Owner at Riverside Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you kevintQ4289ZH. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$29
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Riverside Lane, Te Kuiti 3910, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Te Kuiti
  • Phone Number: +64 7-878 8027
Welcome to the Riverside where locals have been meeting and eating for over 100 years. Peter(Dingo) and Sandy Jones are your hosts. A favourite eating place and watering hole for both locals and visitors, the Riverside offers extensive seasonal lunch and dinner menus featuring, amongst other items, tender and tasty steaks, succulent seafoods, gourmet pizzas and a selection of bar snacks. There is also a delicious dessert board, all made in house. Riverside also offers a chef's board featuring specialty dishes. Riverside has an expansive riverbank deck for summer dining. We stock a selection of NZ beers and cider on tap, plus a variety of NZ and international bottled beers and ciders, NZ and Australian wines, Spirits, and RTDs as well as a wide range of both low alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages. Riverside has a function room available for meetings, private dinners, parties and wakes. There is a delicious finger food menu for functions. Buffet lunches and dinners for groups are available by arrangement. •5 TV's for your sporting entertainment • TAB •9 Lion Foundation Gaming machines •pool table •dart board

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