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Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

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1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
64 7 347 7586
Today
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 99
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  • 53
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  • 35
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Breaky before a big day of exploring.

We chose the Fat Dog based primarily on TA reviews. We needed a big breakfast, reasonably early before setting off for a big day of exploring the Rotorua region. We arrived at the Fat Dog about 7.30am on a Saturday, and the café was already three quarters full. The café itself is big, bold and a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Northcoastpeter
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NSW North Coast
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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NSW North Coast
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We chose the Fat Dog based primarily on TA reviews. We needed a big breakfast, reasonably early before setting off for a big day of exploring the Rotorua region. We arrived at the Fat Dog about 7.30am on a Saturday, and the café was already three quarters full. The café itself is big, bold and a little funky, but is... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This place has great vibe, it was buzzing busy when we arrived, everyone was served quickly and the coffee is great, our best in NZ so far. Food serves are ginormous so make sure you arrive with an empty stomach. Would certainly recommend!!!

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Manukau, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Always busy when we go (weekends), however never missed out on a table. Food never disappoints, smoothies tasty as ever. If you have the jumbo scrambled eggs add red onion, cheese, bacon, tomato's...wish I had, instead of relying on the tomato sauce to add flavour! (maybe share it too, very filling even for this jumbo belly) Slices are definitely a... More 

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FatDogCafe, Manager at Fat Dog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Hi Leona, Thanks for your review. You're right, we do get pretty busy in here, but never turn anyone away. There's always a table, even if the last resort is share a table with the stranger. The jumbo scramble eggs of the day is a house favourite and definitely fills the belly and sets you right for the day. Thanks... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

My husband and I shared the beef and bean nacho appetizer for lunch. I thought the meat/cheese/bean portion of the dish was small for the price. It was decorative with a mound of shaved beetroot on the top, but almost all of the corn chips were the tiny crumbles from the bottom of the chip bag. The banana/strawberry/peach/blueberry smoothie, however,... More 

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FatDogCafe, Manager at Fat Dog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Hi there, Sorry about you average experience at Fat Dog. Thank you for you comment and bringing that to our attention. The nachos you described do sound pretty pathetic. I wouldn't have been happy with those either. We take pride in what we serve and sometimes we do drop the ball and things like this slip under the radar. I... More 

2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Used to really like this place now it looks really shabby and rundown the decor.used to look rustic and had a cool factor about it .the food is terrible and looks uneatable. The counters that they store the food look dirty .if the owners of the fat dog ever read the reviews (and they should) put the cool factor back... More 

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FatDogCafe, Manager at Fat Dog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for your comments. We are in the process of a re vamp. We are also trying to put the Fonz back into Fat Dog. Any further comments please email martin@fatdogcafe.co.nz More 

Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Best eggs bene and coffee in town . One of the few cafes around that still make there hollandaise fresh not bottle stuff!

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FatDogCafe, Manager at Fat Dog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Awesome, thanks for your comments. The hollandaise is pretty magical. 6 blocks of butter and 30 egg yolks and bit of this and a bit of that and you end up with heaven. Martin More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Nachos were cold, all orders came out at different times (you would think being dinner time and a group that perhaps they would come to our table to take orders but no). Once dinner was finished all plates were cleared except 2. Staff standing around doing nothing while the plates sitting there. Not much range in wines. Over priced for... More 

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FatDogCafe, Manager at Fat Dog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Hi there, Sorry about your bad experience at Fat Dog Cafe. The negative aspects to the review I will action. Cold nachos and two dirty plates left on table. The other comments I can't apology for. It's part of the establishment we are. We are a cafe style eatery and you place your orders at the counter. It's always been... More 

Lincoln, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This place was recommended by a local and boy were they right. The food was delicious, unusual and well presented. The portions are MASSIVE, I mean scary big, even the coffee is the size of a small outdoor pool. We went several times, it is very popular so prepare to queue at peak times. Service is fast though. Loved it.

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FatDogCafe, Manager at Fat Dog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Hey there, Thanks for the stunning review. Sounds like I should put that local on the payroll. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself here at the Fat Dog. Hopefully see you again one of these days. Cheers, Martin More 

Te Puke
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Fantastic little eatery, with really good food. Great servings and great selection. Anytime I am in Rotorua I make sure I have time for a meal here. I highly reccommend to anyone after an awesome meal in informal surrounds.

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FatDogCafe, Manager at Fat Dog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Hello there over in Te Puke. Cheers for the review. Next time you're in make sure you say a quick hello. Might have to send you back to Te Puke with a cheeky caramel slice. Till then, have fun. Martin More 

Rotorua District, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

My husband and I ordered a Fat Dog Works and Vege Works breakfast totalling around $37. The Fat Dog Work's was overcooked. The bacon almost broke my teeth it was so hard and the fried eggs were hard and cold. The sausage was burnt at both ends. The service was poor and no one apologised for the inconvenience. I will... More 

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FatDogCafe, Manager at Fat Dog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review

Hello KiwiGal222, I’m sorry to hear about your horrible experience at Fat Dog Café. After reviewing the incident yesterday these are the conclusions from management. We have multiple cameras around the café and can see exactly what went on. You came back up to the counter and pointed out your bacon was hard. The barista apologised and offered to replace... More 

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 18

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?