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Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

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1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
+64 7-347 7586
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Wed 07:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 07:00 - 21:30
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Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had finished a busy half day out and needed to fuel up. Cafe looked pretty cool from the outside and was busy - always a good sign! Menu was comprehensive with lots of options for everyone, including a good range of wine and beer...Nice! Ordering our meals was a little slow, and operating two tills would be a suggestion... More 

Thank Miles S
Los Angeles, California
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199 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This cafe is quite unusual, but we ventured in to check out the menu. They had a variety of dished, including salads of which I ordered the black dog salad with satay chicken. The food was delicious and everything was made with fresh ingredients. The staff was also really nice and helpful. Inside the restaurant the decor is eclectic featuring... More 

Thank Denell1006
Rotorua District, New Zealand
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Called in to have a quick easy meal. Had the lamb shanks which was just delicious. Totally filling tasty and very satisfying. Pleasant prompt service and meal was delivered in excellent time with a smile Totally finished our evening on a pleasant note

Thank Jules J
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I went in on a extremely busy Sunday morning service was exceptionally fast the line at the till was 8-10 people long but that didn't effect the quality or presentation of the food /drinks that was delivered will definitely be back

Thank stephaniegW523XL
Te Puke, New Zealand
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely cafe.. super yummy food and choices.. nice food and friendly staff.. central to town.. what more could you want!

Thank CJO193
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ordered the salmon, belly pork over rice noodles, and vegetable soup. All three lacked taste and with the herbs? seasonings? they used gave the food an odd taste. This place was recommended by someone at our hotel and also at another restaurant. Both were locals, and they loved it. It was the worst meal we had in Rotorua. Two birds... More 

Thank sogomori
Nelson, New Zealand
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have already eaten at Fat Dog in our 24 hour stay in Rotorua twice. We had a yummy veggie sandwich with french fries and the most amazing dessert- a chocolate and carmal cake!!! This morning we had some porridge that was delicious. Service great, atmosphere really fun and delicious food!!

Thank Lynn R
Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We came because of past reviews but we found the coffee and scrambled eggs were ordinary. The food is a bit pricey too. Perhaps this was a one off?

Thank traveler_lothlorien
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ordered three different meals from menu. Food lacked flavour. Pricey for what we actually received. Coffee pretty good.

Thank Komal R
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great menu, food was delicious. Staff were very warm and welcoming. Thanks for the muffins they were awesome.

Thank marianne497

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$18
American, Bar, Cafe, European, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-347 7586

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?