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A local's guide to evening dining


If there's one thing Palmerston North does exceptionally well, it's a generous selection of unbelievably good restaurants. Whether you're a local looking to broaden your taste buds, or a visitor wanting to experience some of the best food in town, this list of reccommendations will make your choice that much easier.
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Aberdeen on broadway

Renowned for their exceptional Angus Pure beef, Aberdeen is by far the place to go if you love a good steak. Located in one of Palmerston North's most historic buildings, Aberdeen has the benefits of both inside seating as well as a fully covered courtyard, making it the perfect setting no matter the season. Although their steak is a firm local favourite, the Aberdeen menu is varied and includes an array of seasonal dishes that any foodie will love. Whether you're planning a cosy dinner for two, or a large corporate function, Aberdeen won't disappoint.

Hint: In winter, book early and ask for a table close to the open fire in the courtyard for an extra cosy dining experience.


Located on Broadway Avenue, an easy walk from the city centre, Haru is home to some of the best Japanese cuisine in the lower North Island. Haru is a reasonably new addition to Palmerston North, however it didn't take long for word to spread about this new local favourite. With an intimate, moody setting, Haru is the perfect place to go for a social dinner with friends before a movie or show.

Haru is a great place to share food options such as platters and appetizers, it is great for family and corporate gatherings!

Manawatu Haru Japanese food
Nero Restaurant Palmerston North Manawatu


Rated number one on TripAdvisor for restaurants in Palmerston North, Nero Restaurant really does live up to its reputation. Located down a side street off Broadway Avenue, Nero Restaurant is close to the city centre with the bonus of being away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. Their fully landscaped courtyard adds to the felling of serenity and makes for the perfect setting in the warmer months. Their impressive menu offers a wide variety of European cuisine, and their lamb dish would have to be one of their most popular. With more than a dozen awards to their name, you're guaranteed to have an incredible dining experience at Nero Restaurant.

Hint: Leave room for desert - you won't regret it!


Located on Princess Street, Little Savanna offers the taste of South Africa made with quality New Zealand produce. Catering for those with a taste for meats and something a little different or those who are just after a banging cocktail. With a roaring fire in the background this warm and intimate setting brings your evening to life and the team at Little Savanna make it their duty to make your experience an unforgettable one by providing you with the best service, generous portions, and delicious food in a beautiful atmosphere.

Tip: Make sure you book in advance!!!

Little Savanna Palmerston Manawatū
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located off the beaten track in Hokowhitu, a mere five-minute drive from the city centre, The Fat Farmer is the perfect choice for those who can never settle for just one dish. Renowned for their sharing plates, The Fat Farmer's menu is bursting with variety. If you're a local seeking out the perfect location for an after-work drink or a visitor wanting to experience an array of flavours, The Fat Farmer is the place to be. With so much choice it would be hard to pick a local favourite. A few of our favourite dishes would be the Bruschetta, Southern Fried Free-range Chicken, Lamb Chips and the Steamed Bao Bun.
The lively atmosphere, social setting and exceptional wine list makes The Fat Farmer the perfect location for a social gathering.

Hint: Ask your waiter how many dishes they would recommend for your size group.


Recently awarded One Hat in the Cuisine good food awards. Amayjen brings fresh produce prepared with a high standard of attention to detail. Owner Andrew May was named Scottish chef of the year before he returned to his Manawatū hometown. Andrew and his wife bought back the five-star skills from their OE and have applied them at this local hotspot. Their menu features a variety of dishes for breakfast and lunch, ranging from a Classic Egg Benedict to the delicious Amayjen Bento Bowl. Or if you are after a classy dinner venue here in the city their dinner menu features a mouth watering Pork Belly Salad or the must try award winning Beef by chef Andrew himself. Alongside the dinner menu is a large selection of wine to be paired with your main. After, dinner sink your teeth into one of their desserts, try the Chocolate Taco or the Baked Alaska.

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