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.

Like us to give you a call? 

Liz Buttimore

Liz Buttimore


Arbour Restaurant


For me, the primary reason to join was the savings.

We know how to manage our food costs and how to get people through the door, but as a small, rural property, the bottom line is important. I pay back my membership with in the first two months with the low credit card commission, the power and telecom savings and the insurance packages.

I would have been a life member just for the cost savings, but now that I’m in a more rural area, the peers support network has become incredibly valuable. By ourselves, we’re not that strong, but as a group we have a really great offering to visitors and so we work together to show that Marlborough is a really strong food region.

After the earthquake in 2016, we were able to pull together and really support our members in Kaikoura. We had a helicopter on the ground on day six and we’ve pulled together some food and accommodation holiday packages for our members to get out and have a break.”