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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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Marlow, United Kingdom
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265 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There were 7 of us eating here, 4 adults and 3 children. It was extremely busy but we found room to sit. The food was really excellent, and clean plates were sent back. We had a huge variety of dishes see the photos. I would definitely go back to eat when in Rotorua again.

Thank CrystalRose54
Cairns Region, Australia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Price was a bit on the high level. Food was really nice. Clean Prompt service. Coffee was good. Comfortable

Thank Sparkles14
Westfield, New Jersey
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118 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

From a random stop in for coffee to a full lunch and breakfast the next day, we could not believe our luck in having found Fat Dog cafe. The staff are amazing friendly and the food is well worth it. Enjoy a flat white!

Thank Traveling4BiznFun
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154 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was fast, fresh and really tasty! The girl who served shouldn't have been on during a lunch rush. Poor thing wasn't familiar with the till system and highly stressed.

Thank arrong504
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This cafe was recommended to us and we wasn't disappointed. They had such a huge selection of food as well as drinks. It was nice to be able to get a simple sandwich as well as a meal.

Thank Kim B
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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318 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Looking for lunch we were disappointed as to what was available in the main restaurants most had a very limited lunch menu, so we walked around the corner and into the fat dog, the menu is written on a number of large boards hung around the cafe / bar. I had a beer and Yvette had a smoothie and we... More 

Thank Jeff R
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had a jolly good value for money breakfast here. Arrived just after 8 am and had no problem getting a seat but by the time we left it was much, much busier. May have to return to try the cakes as they were huge.

Thank Jenny L
Swindon, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you want something great to eat but don't like the menus or prices of the restaurants on the main 'foodie drag' of Tutanekai Street, got to the Fat Dog just round the corner on Arawa Street instead! There you'll find great food, served in a simpler unfussy environment, and at much nicer prices!

Thank Susan_C_SN5109
Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was disappointed in my meals from the Fat Dog Cafe &Bar. As this did not tally with other reviewers experience, I went back again to check. Again disappointment. Their coffee is great.Their big breakfast and Eggs Benedict was too much toast and too little else. Their special Fat dog Steak sandwich was too many chips, too much bread and... More 

Thank rah26
Bunbury, Australia
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always happy with the size of the meals but never really wowed by the flavor's, great place for a hot chocolate because they are huge, but wish they would put some excitement in their meals sadly

Thank madi120202

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