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Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

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1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
+64 7-347 7586
Today
07:00 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 07:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 07:00 - 21:30
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

This is a local hot spot for breakfast especially on Sunday. The menu was pretty extensive and everything looked delicious!!. Kids ordered French toast and pancakes and they were huge portions. We truly wanted to order one of everything. Get there early for weekend breakfast as you will have to wait a little bit. Coffee was great as well and... More 

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Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia
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54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

Big hearty meals. Step back in time with the décor. We loved it. The meals are huge so no one will go hungry. Great quality with great quantity. Service and staff excellent. Loved it

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Thank Janice R
Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

Meal was enjoyable, atmosphere is rustic, great family eatery with a good range of food available. Staff were professional, friendly and service is prompt.

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Thank roslynf61
Auckland, New Zealand
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

It's my destination for breakfast when in Rotovegas - alway consistent and like all good café it's busy - recommend a visit

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Thank Trevor C
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

Came in for lunch &it was quite busy as it normally is but we were taken care of quickly which was good. My partner ordered the spaghetti bolognese and ihad the nachos. Food was average but the drinks were definitely a winner for us. Ifell inlove with the little biscuits in the iced chocolate and my partner absolutely loved the... More 

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Werribee, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

Visited on a Monday. Took over half an hour (after ordered) to get food. Looking forward to their Burger. Paid $20 for it. Meat was cold. Onion ring was cremated. Egg was cold and like rubber. Coleslaw was slush. Waiter was rude. Manager was apologetic and offered us cake. In other meals, chicken was pink inside. Would never go there... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

We went to the fat dog two mornings in a row, so the food certainly wasn't bad, it was just very average. The coffee and service was great though. We were in a group of 8 with a two year old and there was plenty of space and high chairs available, so an excellent choice for families with children. There's... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

Central location, great food, great coffee, and great service! Get in early, it's popular for that early morning cuppa!

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Thank Jaci R
Illogan, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

The food we had here was excellent, I had veg soup and the best bread I have tasted. My husband had the belly of pork with noodles which he thoroughly enjoyed. My only criticism was the attitude of one of the waiters when I asked for another helping of bread because it was so good, although he did apologise for... More 

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auckland
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97 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

Popped in here for a late lunch. Had the nacho. They arrived really quickly and were yummy. Good service. Have been here a number of times over the years and always been pleased with the place.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 18
Cuisine
American, Bar, Cafe, European, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Sunday
07:00 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:30
Friday
07:00 - 21:30
Saturday
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?