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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 - 21:30
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Sun - Wed 07:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 07:00 - 21:30
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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124 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had a very early tour booked, so this place was the only one open in a Sunday at 7 am. It was a great choice, the breakfast options are wide, and all large portions, so you won't leave hungry, Nice coffee too, happy staff aswell.

Thank Carla_M86
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Fat Dog gives you a lot on your plate. It's location has street parking out front and across the road. It's an easy 5 min walk to the lake and is large enough for big groups. Although you do get a lot on your plate the food is average and for the price I would rather less but better... More 

Thank Anita W
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're looking for a great place to have breakfast this was a great cafe, Honestly the best French toast I've had, an amazing meal for a great price!!

Thank Chung M
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Been here a few times and keep coming back as the food, service and overall vibe are consistently great. There's a couch in the window with coffee table reads and papers if you just want to chill, but it's also a great place for dinner and dessert. The menu is a little on the expensive side, but always good and... More 

Thank Devan S
Corby, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, great service and easy to get to. Service was good and good served in good time. Went a few times in my stay.

Thank Tasha G
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here for an early morning breakfast on a Saturday. The food was really good but a bit overpriced. The service was good but not exceptional (:

Thank Amber H
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our favorite during our stay in Rotorua! Colorful interior, lots of travelers but also locals. Great choice of meals from classic breakfast to inventive dinner meals. Staff very friendly but also professional, they are used to cope with heavy loads during peak times.

Thank cgrupe
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Doesn't shut at 3 so that was a bonus. Nice staff. Amazing food lists and very reasonable prices. Nice that someone doesn't charge the earth. Huge hot chocolate and mocha. Will definitely return.

Thank Susan P
Wellington, New Zealand
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This café is a sentimental favourite of my wife and I. We first went there 25 years ago and it still delivers great food and a fantastic atmosphere. Whenever we visit Rotorua we always stop in for a meal or three. Great food, big portions, nice wine and beer selection and the best coffee in town. A must for any... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staff were friendly, food was great at reasonable prices and the decor is fun and interesting I love a big, varied menu and Fat Dog definitely met the brief! Worth your time if hungry

Thank Lotustrie

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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
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?