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Mokoia Restaurant

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New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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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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Australia
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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1 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 1 week ago

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 

1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrival at the places and ask the front counter is the kitchen still open and told the front counter and waitress that we DIDN'T have a booking and ask for a la cart menu but has been giving a set lunch menu instead and been told is $39 for the whole lots so we said ok. Then half way through... More 

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Thank Joan W
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Joan W, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. First of all, I would sincerely like to apologies for a poor service you received upon your visit. It is comment like yours that helps us improve even more. I have shared your feedback with my team and I will personally be investigating the issue myself. Please... More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing food, amazing value and amazing service. The people were well trained and very friendly the restaurant had a nice atmosphere but the food, OMG, if you are in Rotorua you have to go here for dinner it was a taste bud extravaganza. Our mains were not quite as good as the bread and dips (highly recommend) or soup we... More 

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Thank Tanya E
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Tanya E, Thank you such an amazing review and a 5-star rating on top. Our team is very glad to hear regarding your overall experience here at Mokoia Restaurant. WaiOra Lakeside Spa Resort is also a 4.5 star luxury resort with a Day Spa on its wing where daily treatments and spa therapies are operated, our guests are most... More 

Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I were celebrating our anniversary at this local. We were both very impressed with neat and classy decor, professional staff and of course, most delicious food we both ever had! I was intrigued with they unique use of local herbs and spices in their modern cuisine, very original! We were offered seat in situation appropriate place with... More 

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Thank Chezz777
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Chezz777, Thank you for such a wonderful review. I am very pleased to hear regarding your overall experience here at Mokoia Restaurant. Your comment has been shared with the team and we are very delighted. We pride ourselves in using indigenous herbs and spices on our food. Guest satisfaction is what we aim for and a review like yours... More 

Rome, Italy
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We choose this restaurant because it was one of the only one that was stating to use local maori spices. The restaurant is inside an hotel and we were hesitant at the beginning, but we tried and we decided that once there, we should try the shared menu in order to taste more dishes possible. At the end it was... More 

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

Dear Mara S, Wow! First of all, Thank you very much for such a valuable feedback. Our team here at the Mokoia Restaurant is very delighted to hear regarding your Experience. We pride ourselves in using indigenous herbs and spices on our food and customer service. Thank you detailing your dining experience. It is comment like your that motivates our... More 

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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here 2 years ago, and we're so impressed with the food we decided to make a detour and come back to Rotorua just for another meal. We were not disappointed. The couple sharing experience allowed us to sample 3 entrees, 3 mains and 2 desserts (we couldn't manage 3...). The chowder was outstanding, the prawns and the BBQ... More 

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

Dear Crulajk, Wow! Thank you for sharing your amazing experience and detailed review on Mokoia Restaurant's shared dining experience. I am very glad to hear that your detour to Rotorua for dining purpose turned out to be excellent. Our team are very delighted to hear back from you. Thank you for being our return guests and we look forward to... More 

1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Wow we cant get over the food here we decided to go with the couples shared meal and we got to have 2 of everything a very unique and unexpected way of serving a shared meal a wonderful opportunity to experience dining at its best thanks a million for a wonderful night

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1 Thank Michael B
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Michael B, Thank you for such a wonderful review. I am very glad to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed the Mokoia Dining Experience. Our shared dining is designed for guests who would like to enjoy a few items on the menu. I am very happy that you chose the shared dining experience. It is comment like your that adds... More 

Hong Kong
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Rainy Monday, Rotorua museum closed indefinitely. Visit this lovely restaurant to cheer us up. Seafood platter is good, salmon nicely cooked, yummy prawns and scallop. The real gem is the roulade, yum~~

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

Dear mho_hk, Thank you very much for your feedback. Our team is very delighted to hear regarding your Mokoia Experience. It is quite unfortunate for Rotorua that our museum is closed until further notice. I have high hopes that it will reopen soon. On the other hand, Thank you for choosing us as your destination to cheer you up. I... More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

The menu is fabulous with the option to have a sampler platter of starters and mains. The food lived up to the menu and the service offered by Binod complimented everything else resulting in a lovely dining experience. We were always welcomed to the restaurant with Binod's lovely smiling face and lively personality.

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

Dear Baypete, Thank you for such a wonderful feedback on sharing your Mokoia Restaurant Dining Experience. Our team, especially, Binod is very delighted to hear from you. Thank you once again for your feedback on our food and service. We look forward to hosting you near future. 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
New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
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?