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Jimmy Cooks Kiwi Kitchen

$$ - $$$
New Zealand, International
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Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
11:00 - 09:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 09:00
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The best ever crispy pork belly i had in my life... Ambiance was excellent....really wanna go there and experience the great food. Customer service of the stewards were excellent.

Thank arunajithnandana
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

The buffet was not worth the money or the time to eat it. The food was bland, overlooked in some instances, and just badly cooked in the case of the 'roast potatoes'. Service was extremely slow. Would of been better off going to a fast food restaurant.

Thank Kelly J
Rotorua District, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

We really enjoyed our meal. It was hot, it was tasteful and there was a good selection. Our puku's were full and it was not over priced! The staff were friendly and quick to clear the plates. Thank you all.

Thank kandlshepherd
Christchurch, New Zealand
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56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

First visit forced to eat from dinner buffet, what an absolute disappointment, poor presentation, cold food, unappetising food. Couple with poor service, what a poor show for a tourist destination. Being asked if I wanted a drink while at the buffet, and then failing to check when I took a seat resulted in no drink. A second visit due to... More 

Thank GrumpyCabbage
Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Setting is nice, however the food was an absolute let down! The choices on buffet were very limited and what was offered was overcooked and bland. Nothing was labeled to know what it was you're eating. The service was haphazard, our dirty plates weren't collected throughout the sitting. Very disappointing and will not be recommending to family and friends.

Thank Tauranga-Kiwis
Melbourne, Australia
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2,193 reviews
538 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 383 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

Jimmy Cook''s is a landmark. It's famous for real Kiwi kai, that is, New Zealand food. Jimmy Cook.s is part of the Copthorne Hotel in Rotorua. It serves hearty Kiwi comfort food. The restaurant is named after Captain James Cook RN, who literally put New Zealand on the map.

Thank Jeffry B
Melbourne, Australia
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2,193 reviews
538 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 383 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

Jimmy Cook's Kiwi Kitchen is good Kiwi kai -- New Zealand food, in others words. It's a buffet with the usual buffet offerings. To be truthful, the selection was a trifle dull. These days, patrons want more from a buffet than just pig out. The service was a bit haphazard. If I was writing a school report I would say... More 

Thank Jeffry B
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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169 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

The restaurant setting within the Copthorne Hotel was pleasant with a nice quiet mood. The range of food was representative of a good buffet with a reasonable selection that would cover most people's tastes. The food was kept continually refreshed. The staff were friendly, however we were never approached by anyone to offer drinks, despite their only being three tables... More 

Thank john j
Surigao City, Philippines
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140 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

The restaurant was not good:( sad to say... There were lacking of water glasses and we were asked to just drink water from our tea cups!! And since we were 21, they also did not have enough tea cup!! Instead, the few tables were set and the waitresses didn't want to disturb the setting:( the waitresses also told us front... More 

Thank medinamd23
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015 via mobile

We went here for Mother's Day, great service from all staff and the food tasted great. There was lots to choose from and will be back again. Recommend to anyone

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
New Zealand, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 09:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua

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