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Lakeside Cafe

Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
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  • Excellent10%
  • Very good28%
  • Average31%
  • Poor17%
  • Terrible14%
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“sandwiches” (10 reviews)
“cheesecake” (2 reviews)
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Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Good olds fashioned coffee shop and cafe. Good food at moderate prices and great views across Lake Rotorua to Makoia Island. Friendly staff.

Thank Kerry T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This cafe seems to have the monopoly and so doesn't need to work too hard as most customers looked to be tourists and probably won't be back. The food was very expensive so we shared a lunch dish and the coffee was only average. Also...More

Thank Janet H
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Sadly this place has a monopoly of the area so it's disappointing it seems to target tourists who will never return. Exorbitant prices for what was received and this is after you survive the ordering and paying process! Food is fine, not good or great,...More

Thank ashofmelbourne
Reviewed 4 June 2017

It has been some time since I last ate at this establishment and sad to say, overall, it has deteriorated. The location on the lakefront is stunning as ever but pricing and food selection don't that alone doesn't compensate for very average selection of sandwiches...More

Thank Sutton58
Reviewed 9 May 2017

The location of this cafe is superb, but the food is very average, it's more about making money than serving quality food. i struggled that scrambled eggs were made with powdered eggs, not what I was expecting. Service is friendly.

Thank hazel S
Reviewed 29 April 2017

... Fabulous location at the Lakefront overlooking the lake and activities going on there. Best place to sit is outside away from the crowds and noise and tired looking interior. Food old fashioned and ordinary, but is a favoured place by many elderly locals probably...More

Thank NZNana
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Very handily placed with great views over the lake. The food looked a bit ordinary, but I had a fantastic corned beef & salad sandwich, constructed while I watched! Coffee very average. Surroundings reminiscent of 1970s, a bit dark inside, but plenty of outside/near outside...More

1  Thank Alison K
Reviewed 28 April 2017

I used to eat here often but had a break and was very disappointed when returning. The selection had certainly decreased and the prices had certainly increased. Returning for coffee refil, they had run out. We had a snack and drink - not lunch due...More

Thank Katie W
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Stopped here for a lunch and once we had survived the ordering and paying process we were very satisfied with the food. I feel that perhaps they were surprised by the volume of customers

Thank CaravannersDandK
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We had a great table by the window and enjoyed lunch from the special board. It was lovely and reasonably priced.

Thank nadyjay
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
View, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
On the lake side of the community Soundshell building. We were there on Sunday, when the markets were on, so not sure how often it's open other than Sundays. It's like a bistro where you take a tray and select the slices, sandwiches etc from the slide-glass cabinets - like a Country Women's kitchen. Then you order your drinks - my BOWL of latte was fantastic. We sat at tables just inside the glass looking out, across Lake Rotorua but the tables outside were popular too. Very reasonable, great food...all the locals seemed to be there!
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