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Cafe Ephesus

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1107 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 1735
10:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 22:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the owner walking around barefood and cooking ,wow ,the pasta was the worst pasta ever tasted ,my wife hated the pizza ,over cooked and dry ,we can not believe to have a food like this centre of such a nice place ,we felt that we are some 3th world country ,

Thank gearge78
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64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staff have a half full restaurant and are turning people away due to the 45mins wait. We had to ask twice just to get served our drink while we wait. Not run by Mediterranean or Turkish either as you would hope... Food arrived and it's terrible. We ate it cos we were paying enough for it... summary is as follows..... More 

1 Thank Monica S
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Horrible. Money (>$90) better spent visiting each nearby junk food restaurant. Mains were delivered staggered. Had to re-order a drink and gave up on mine. Starter arrived with mains. Mains were slivers of over-cooked chicken/meat or the most thinly cut "calamari" I have ever seen. Feta was not Feta. "Medium rare"? Phah! Water arrived in a dirty carafe and was... More 

Thank Ian M
Canberra - Australia
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145 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not the quickest service ever, but we are on holidays and it didn't really matter. Our meals were very tasty and the service was friendly. Above all it was good value at less that $20 each for our meals and. A soft drink each.

Thank steve_fossil
Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went hoping for a light and tasty meal. The green salad had limp lettuce while the fish burger was a bit flat and tasteless - the oven bread they use for the bun was hard to chew through. The fries and mayonnaise were very nice though.

1 Thank EdwardSargisson
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Poor quality food - e.g. pesto tasted like cheapest supermarket bought stuff, pizzas burnt - plus surly and unobliging staff, we were really disappointed. Wish we'd spent our money somewhere else

1 Thank Alison B
Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this evening. Friendly service. Thin crust pizzas with unusual toppings: Greek (vegetarian toppings) and Turkish (lamb). They arrive at our table separately as they must have cooked them one at a time. However, we did not mind as they were delicious.

Thank Helen S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I sat in eat street and shared some pizzas at Ephesus. It was a lovely atmosphere, the food came very fast and the staff were more than happy to make adjustments to their menu due to peanut allergies. Worth a visit.

Thank Wendy J
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

We were there for dinner last night with the family had wood fired pizzas the flavors was good and we also had fish of the day it was really nice with coconut cream and rice Service was average although we were missing the Duty Manager Ratnesh Mehta but finally we saw him giving the service to others and we like... More 

Thank sue2316
Auckland, New Zealand
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7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Glad we did not read the reviews first or we would not have gone. Had two meals that were huge and tasty. Well worth the money. Food was slow and the service was okay but they have lots of room for improvement.

Thank dolphinsrussharon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Pizza, Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1107 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-349 1735

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