Our Story

Gothenburg’s story started on Hood Street in May 2009. Carl and Susanna had just moved to Hamilton to start a life together after years of sharing a long distance love through Sweden, Spain, Thailand England and Canada. The dream of Gothenburg had grown from loving the international influences and personable service they had experienced in their travels, and a desire to bring that to Hamilton.

After 5 years of hard work at the original Hood Street location, where slowly but surely a network of loyal regular customers had built up, the opportunity to move Gothenburg to its new riverside location became reality.

Gothenburg is now thriving at its new home and we have an amazing team of devoted staff who together have become the Gothenburg Family.

We are proud to showcase the beauty of the mighty Waikato River in our backyard. A popular destination restaurant for locals and visitors to the Waikato Region.


Creative Kitchen

Our ever evolving menu is created by our talented kitchen team, led by Head Chef Kylie Petterson and Sous Chef Cody Nicholson. Dishes are constantly tried and tested, new ideas encouraged and made reality. Ingredients are sourced locally, organically and sustainably wherever possible.

The Rebel Alliance

The Rebel Alliance

Over the years, Carl and Susanna have opened up 2 more establishments that form part of the extended Gothenburg Family.
Hamilton has a lot to offer in the hospitality scene but we want to offer diversity, high quality, but above all, dedicated staff whose knowledge and service will enhance your visit to our bars and restaurants.
Another aspect that we want to bring to Hamilton’s hospitality is independent outlets that are not bound by restrictions from major suppliers or producers, but instead offer handpicked beverages and house made food and snacks, always with the environment in mind when we select our products and suppliers.
Together, Craft, Wonder Horse and Gothenburg form the ‘Rebel Alliance’.



CRAFT is a beer bar located at the old Gothenburg location on Hood Street. Wanting to stay independent as opposed to being controlled by the major breweries, Craft specialises in bringing you the best craft beer and cider from around the world and the country. Craft has 15 taps of ever changing craft brews, showcasing a fantastic range for beer connoisseurs and beginners alike. A passionate and knowledgeable team are on hand to find the perfect beer for you.
Delicious snack food and wood fired pizzas are on the menu. Our biweekly Wednesday quiz nights are popular, as well as the many new brew launches and beer related events that pop up on a weekly basis.
Follow this link to visit the website or like Craft on Facebook to stay in touch with the goings on.


Wonder Horse

Carl and Susanna also co-own cocktail bar Wonder Horse on Victoria Street. It is managed and operated by Alex Williams, whose skill and knowledge is instrumental to the success of Wonder Horse.
This bar is tucked away in an alleyway off the main street and is a cosy spot to enjoy an extremely well made cocktail or taste one of the many whiskeys from our impressive selection. A well-chosen snack menu is available all night.
On Friday and Saturday nights different Dj’s play from 10pm to pump up the vibe. Beer Club is co-hosted with Hamilton Beer and Wine Company on the first Wednesday of every month, and the best whiskey club in town is held on the third Wednesday of every month.
Follow this link to visit the website or like Wonder Horse on Facebook to stay in touch with events.


Our People


Head Chef Kylie Petterson has been a cornerstone in the Gothenburg Kitchen since 2012. She is passionate about making delicious Gothenburg tapas and runs the kitchen team with a firm but very gentle hand. Kylie has many years’ experience cooking in Hamilton as well as some formative years in London.


Cody joined the team just as we moved to our new location by the river. Since then he has assisted Kylie and the team with dedication and hard work and has recently been appointed Sous Chef. Cody is never short of a cheeky comment and keeps us all on our toes.


We wouldn’t be anything at all without our fantastic team. Day after day they do their best to provide our customers with the best experience possible. We value their contribution to our restaurant very highly and with ongoing training and development they are always improving their skills and service.


Our latest find is Liane who joined us in March 2016. Liane takes care of everything accounts, administration and advertisement related and keeps us all on track and in line. She comes from many years of experience running restaurants in Auckland and brings a valuable point of view to the table.



Sara started her Gothenburg career in 2011 and has worked with us longer than anyone else on the team. She started out working behind the scenes as kitchen hand, progressed to front of house and then to assistant manager. Her dedication and knowledge is priceless to us.


No doubt you have met our lovely Irish, especially if you have attended an event in our private function room as she is our designated functions manager. Siobhan is loved by customers and staff alike and is a fantastic asset to our team, ensuring each event is personalised and one to remember.



Carl has built and project managed most of what you see around you, as well as at Craft and Wonder Horse. He is passionate about food and beverage, in particular craft beer. His newest project is to import craft beer from Sweden, something that will be making an appearance in our bars before the end of the year.


Susanna is from Gothenburg in Sweden and settled in New Zealand in 2009. Together with Carl she had the vision of bringing what we now know as Gothenburg Restaurant to Hamilton. Susanna is passionate about customer service and is proud over the devoted team who make up the Gothenburg Family.

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If you are passionate about food, beverage and service, love having fun while you are working and believe in team work, contact us to find out if there are any positions available. Please introduce yourself in a cover letter and include your CV with references. We look forward to hearing from you!

Social Responsibility


Taking care of the environment is something that we are constantly keeping in mind and promoting at Gothenburg. Using high quality ingredients is a big part of that, as well as looking at all our processes and aiming to minimize the impact that our business has on the environment.
We feel strongly about the welfare of animals and taking care of our waste in a responsible way. We use fair trade, free range and organic ingredients where ever possible and source locally as often as we can.


Each month Gothenburg makes a donation to charity. Sometimes we make the donation in the form of a payment to a help organisation, other times we donate vouchers to good causes, support our staff or friends if they partake in any charitable events, or contribute with food and labour to charitable dinners and fundraisers.
This month we contributed to raise funds for a fellow chef at Chim Choo Ree who is undergoing treatment for cancer, as well as contributed to several Hamilton school fundraisers.