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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 - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 107
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  • 54
    Poor
  • 36
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The Place To Go In Rotorua To Eat

Generally whenever I happen to gracing Rotorua its One Fat Dog that I head to, to get my coffee fix and a decent sized meal for a good price. Its pretty spacious inside and even the restrooms have funny quips to entertain you. Often you'll find it packed because EVERYONE local and not go there to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
TravellingKaiQueen
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Calhoun, Georgia
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We were visiting Rotorua from the U.S. We stopped at the visitor center and decided to grab some living. The Fat Dog was suggested at the visitor center. We ordered the nachos and a panini. Both were fine, nothing too great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Generally whenever I happen to gracing Rotorua its One Fat Dog that I head to, to get my coffee fix and a decent sized meal for a good price. Its pretty spacious inside and even the restrooms have funny quips to entertain you. Often you'll find it packed because EVERYONE local and not go there to eat and order coffee.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Everytime I go to Rotorua, I'd visit Fat Dog for breakfast! It's alway packed but the serving time is not as long. More importantly, food is yummy!

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is an eclectic little café which should suit the palettes of most people. The meals are a good size and the coffee is good (and hot). Lots of choices. The décor is interesting to say the least.

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Hastings, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

My favourite breakfast for the road is bacon and scrambled eggs, no toast and tea. Quick. Time wasted over a meal is diatance not travelled. Came the Fat Dog. Ordered. Comfort stop. Returned to the mallard duck my table marker and tea arrived with me. Quickly follwed by a good pile of freshly cooked scrambled eggs - not processed eggs... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

We ordered the Big Breakfast and Eggs Benidic with bacon. Great Breakfast very quick serving after ordering. Latte was nice and hot and the bowl very big. Recommend that if you are in Rotorua you make this a breakfast date.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Salmon I ordered was just delicious. We had a voucher but ordered other food. We didn't realise we had to order at the counter for dinner and waited, then when we did order it took a long time. Giving it go again this weekend and back for more of that yummy salmon.

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

Hi Mindy1971, Thanks for the review. The salmon is pretty yummy. We use only fresh never frozen New Zealand King Salmon. Sorry for the misunderstanding of not having table service. All orders are place at the counter. Once that is done, you sit down and relax, the rest is up to us. We normally have average wait time between 10-15min... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

We had breakfast here, excellent portion sizes and really tasty, well made coffee. Set us up nicely for the day. Only reason it gets 4 starts instead of 5 was that hubby had a steak sandwich which he asked for rare but it was well done (still tasty though). I had the eggs bene and it came with really good... More 

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

Hi Leafont, Thank for taking the time to write a review. Sorry to hear about your husbands over cooked steak. I'm happy that he enjoyed the rest of the meal though. The hollandaise is pretty special. Made fresh every morning. Next time you're in say hello and I'll slide you a free slice of caramel slice to make up for... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Fat Dog looks fun, once I saw it, i wanted to eat there. It's colourful, vibrant and inviting. So we went in and ordered breakfast which was average compared to other cheaper places that we ate in. My wife found a long hair in her food and also battled with ants on her side of the table. The staff were... More 

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

Hi there YummyRashers, Sorry to hear about your bad experience at the cafe. I can not apologise enough about the hair in your food. This is never acceptable. We put in many measure to try and prevent anything like that. I wish that you had brought it to our attention and we would have done whatever to make it right.... More 

Reno, Nevada, USA
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Funky, busy brunch place in the center of Rotorua. Crowded with couples and families on a Sunday morning. Appealingly decorated with re-purposed mid-century castoffs. The hand-scrawled menu on the chalkboard promised a good selection of Kiwi favorites, including "Homemade" spaghetti and toast. I fell for that, and after a short wait got a lovely plate of good thick toast- with... More 

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

Hi John, Sorry about the experience at the cafe. You are right, the spaghetti is canned spaghetti. Our baked beans are homemade and made on site here. The menu doesn't mention homemade spaghetti, but it mentions homemade baked beans. Sometimes this is a confusion in the way it's presented on the menu. You are right again as this is normally... More 

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Additional Information about Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

Address: 1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 7 347 7586
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 17

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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 - 17

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?