About Us

Good food is one thing. Good business is something else.

Our mission is to be the link between good food and good business so that your restaurant or cafe can find greatness. Since 1972, we’ve been here to help restaurants do better business. Today, we have members in every part of the country. These are serviced by 12 regional branches and a national office. We’re passionate about our vibrant industry, which is full of interesting passionate, talented and entrepreneurial people. People just like you.


Here’s how we help restaurants do better business.

You’re busy. You’re schedule is crazy. And your industry is a compliance and legislation minefield. We’re the filter that helps you get relevant information when you need it.

Answers to your tricky questions

We’re like your silent business partner – available at a moment’s notice to answer questions, offer advice or advocate on your behalf. Weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions and a 24-hour Helpline are all part of the package. Whether you need advice on an employment dispute or help navigating the terms of your lease, our industry and legal experts have got your back. Read more

Upskilling and training

Our industry is facing a huge skill shortage. Our training and education programmes help you and your staff to upskill in the areas you need most. Read more


We’re your mentor, your advocate and also your cheerleader. Our online restaurant guide, Dinefind.co.nz, and our gift voucher programme are promotional tools for members. Our Regional Hospitality Awards celebrate your success. Read more

Exclusive discounts

As a member, you get access to exclusive discounts from our partners – from banking to whiteware, insurance to phones and power, These deals could save you thousands each year. By taking advantage of our specialist services and exclusive discounts, you’ll get back your membership fee many times over. Read more

Thousands of restaurants and cafes consider the Restaurant Association their secret weapon for success. Join us to join them.

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Riah McLean

Riah McLean


Vogel St Kitchen & Heritage Coffee


I have two busy cafes and have been a member of the Restaurant Association since the first one opened seven years ago. The scale of them has meant we employ thirty odd people and as any business owner knows, this is the area that needs the most energy and has the greatest impact on your success.
The RA has provided unparalleled support, advice and up to date guidance around legal and employment requirements, whenever needed and in such a thorough and professional way. They’ve been amazing at providing crucial updates around the changing employer obligations and health and safety measures relating to Covid also. It’s current and crucial support that I believe every Hospitality business owner should subscribe to and it is the best money I spend every year.”