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Mokoia Restaurant

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European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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77 Robinson Avenue | Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-343 5100
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07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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Hastings
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had dinner with friends after finding out about this venue. All three couples tried the romantic dinner options and were more than satisfied with the range of food and wines. The food and the service from Binod and Aayush on the night was great and to be recommended.

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Thank alscott
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited for a birthday celebration. Definitely need to book as was steady on a Saturday evening. Welcoming staff if a little stiff. Prompt and attentive service. Food was tasty, generous and well presented. Had the stuffed squid and satay chicken to start. Then the pork belly and steak. We could have done with sharper knives for both of these. Finished... More 

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Thank Rosemary V
Tauranga, New Zealand
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food average. Hotellish ambience. Elevator music. Service good. Wouldn't go again. The atmosphere is bland.

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Thank Sharon P
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here on our visit to Rotorua. We discovered this place at the resort we stayed and thought to give a try as it was looking a very fine dining restaurant and 'yes' it is. We had a shared dinner selection. The venison was cooked to perfection and we really enjoyed the lamb shank special of the day.... More 

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Thank Paul B
Portobello, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good food, not exceptional, pricy. Nice staff, a little non-plussed at unusual requests, for example, 'cream on the side'

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Thank seanmanning2017
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear seanmanning2017, Thank you for taking the time to review on your dining experience. I sincerely apologies that your expectations did not meat your experience. On the other hand, it is also pleasing to hear that you enjoyed our food and service. I hope we have the opportunity to host you near future. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal More 

Bordeaux, France
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

We decided to have three entres/first courses each and they were served on six separate small dishes: we had a beautiful fresh prawn and scallop dish (biggest scallop I have ever eaten), a delicious charred duck and a stuffed squid dish. Then for main course, which we split again, was the eye fillet (medium rare as we love it), once... More 

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1 Thank Reay M
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Kiaora Reay M, Thank you for your delightful feedback. Our team is very happy to read regarding your overall experience here at the Mokoia Restaurant. Thank you for detailing it! We pride our service and meal, and a comment like yours surely keeps on motivated in reaching that excellence. Thank you once again. We look forward to hosting you near... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

This place offered us the best fine dining experience of a life time. The best we had in ages. Sea food chowder and the lamb were just mind blowing, great taste and presentation. Enough parking space on site and the host opens the door and welcomes by the name. We were hosted by Binod, demonstrating the world class styles of... More 

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Thank Stephen S
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Stephen S, Wow! Thank you such an amazing 5-star review. Our team here at Mokoia Restaurant is very delighted to hear regarding your experience. It really makes us feel proud when our guests enjoy our meals and service. Thank you for your recommendation and we eagerly wait for your return. We look forward to hosting you soon. Warm Regards,... More 

Wollongong
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201 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

This is a quality restaurant but why on earth is it all the way out in the boonies? If it was in town I'd be more inclined to vote it higher. It's just a pain to get there and it's not like it's got a view or anything special to tempt you. It's pretty pricey but the food is good,... More 

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Thank Squizzynet
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Squizzynet, Thank you for providing us with a feedback and a generous 4-star rating. Thank you for sharing your dining experience, I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our food and a good service from our team. We do offer a complimentary shuttle service for our guests (pre-booking very essential and recommended). We look forward to hosting... More 

Australia
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Had the most awesome burger,tasty, patties just cooked right,thin fries,good service friendly staff.Had breakfast here as well Continental as well as hot,baked beans in a wee ramikin tasted homemade small beans but tasty as poached eggs cooked perfect on toast,fresh fruit was also yummy as were the croissants.

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Thank jontue
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear jontue, Thank you for an amazing feedback on your dining experience here at Mokoia Restaurant. It is very delighting to read a review when our guests fully satisfied and enjoyed our meals. Your comment has been shared with the team and we are very excited. Thank you once again and we look forward to hosting you very soon. Warm... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The atmosphere was great and the food was wonderful. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a great night out for any occasion.

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Thank Wendy5558
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Wendy5558, Wow! Thank you for such an amazing review. Our team here at Mokoia Restaurant is very happy to hear regarding your overall Mokoia Experience. It is comment like yours that motivates us to strive even more to ensure a 100% guest satisfaction. Thank you once again, we look forward to hosting you soon. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$23 - US$80
Cuisine
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, View, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 22:00
Monday
07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 22:00
Thursday
07:00 - 22:00
Friday
07:00 - 22:00
Saturday
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 77 Robinson Avenue | Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-343 5100
Description
Mokoia Restaurant is a definitive fine dining experience featuring creative Pacific Rim cuisine using fresh and flavoursome local ingredients. The restaurant specializes in healthy gourmet cuisine using unique indigenous foods and herbs. Executive Chef Ervin Y Garde has created a menu that he feels embraces the essence of contemporary New Zealand culture. Join us for breakfast, high teas, lunch and dinner, enjoy freshly squeezed beverages from our fresh juice bar and experience first class hospitality in a positively breath-taking lakefront location.

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