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Solace Cafe & Restaurant

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1111 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 1551
07:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 22:30
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My friends and I went to solace for dinner and it was such a great time. We were seated outside and loved the patio atmosphere. The service was outstanding. We were taken care of throughout the night and the staff was very accommodating with our orders. We loved the tapas on the menu, they are delicious. I ordered the lamb... More 

Thank 240gagand
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Okay.. this our second visit to Solace and our first did not impress, but friends had organised for us to meet them there for dinner. Table service was nothing short of embarrassing... so bad we were laughing about it.. We had the seafood chowders. worst ever..watery and luke warm.. dont do it!! When the mains came out we had to... More 

Thank Mudstiks
Hamilton, New Zealand
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sadly not the best. I was a bit disappointed here. The menu and decor leant itself to being an appealing venue. A few things could have changed our whole experience. Cafe was only half full. Given menus but forgot to come back for drinks order. Cleaned tables instead. Then finally took food order. No water on table. Scallops were cold... More 

Thank Bossy24
Waihi, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here solely for dessert. Their rotolo with liquorice and berries was amazing and the sticky toffee pudding was perfect. Also highly recommend an affogato with a shot of brandy - great way to finish an evening

Thank Lou D
Las Vegas, Nevada
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52 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had the special, braised lamb shank. It was very good, meat fell off the bone. Mashed potatoes were very good. Only problem was the vegetables were over cooked and mushy.

Thank wolf3728
Hamilton, New Zealand
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6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to this restaurant because it was in the 'gold' section of the Entertainment guide. However it was not what the write-up promised. Went on a Monday night so very few other patrons. Staff friendly enough and prompt. Food not up to standard. The tomato bruchetta was lucky to have any tomato on it and was chopped up small... More 

Thank alanmargcampbell
Rotorua, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Waited over an hour, food very poor, chicken dry, steak overdone, seafood well and truly overcooked. Definitely will not be dining here again :(

Thank Shars06
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here on a Saturday night and there was a 45-50 minute delay on food but they did tell us that before we sat down. Food was good though, my husband had the Piti belly which he said was excellent and very tender, I went for chicken with pumpkin risotto which was good. Service was good and friendly despite staff... More 

Thank Sarah_A_24
Singapore, Singapore
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Choose this restaurant on a Sat night along the EAT STREET, as there are many empty tables, thinking that food can be served faster. (other restaurants were packed!) But we were very wrong!! Took quite some time for a waitress to come over to take order around 7pm, saying that food will be served in 20min. We understood the wait... More 

Thank radiance123
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I got decent chicken sandwich, but my partner had to return his to the kitchen... really nice staff!

Thank IvyAnd324

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1111 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 1551
Situated a short stroll away from Lake Rotorua, Solace Cafe & Restaurant is the best kept secret in town. Solace Cafe & Restaurant offers diners a modern, warm and inviting atmosphere for relaxing with family and friends. Specialising in gluten free food, the menu is an eye opening introduction to great New Zealand cuisine, and features fresh New Zealand beef and seafood options. Bookings are highly recommended. Fully licensed and BYO. Open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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