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Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
64 7 347 7586
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Ranked #25 of 148 restaurants in Rotorua
Price range: $6 - $21
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Blenheim, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

YUMMY!!! Had breakfast here yesterday and all I can say is DELISH!! Was such a busy place and yet you never felt rushed and your meal was served in no time! Great environment with delicious food!

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Hawera, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Very good food with generous portions and reasonably priced. The Vegetarian Burger does not contain a burger just a heap of vegetables stacked very high. Still tasty.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

+ Very well designed and a children friendly place. + Food quality is on point! You may find it is little pricey compared to different other cities but that's just a norm in a tourist city. + Excellent customer service. Everything is quick and ready, despite the influx of customers throughout the day. + From personal experience, I have been... More

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Rotorua
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We were on our way home and called in for breakfast. Their Fat Dog Works Breakfast was HUGE lol! (My husband managed all his just!) What I liked was the fact I had forgotten to mention an allergy I have to grain bread; the waitress was really lovely about it, whisked it away and came straight back with toast of... More

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Perfect breakfast joint in Rotorua. Friendly service in a fun, quirky setting. The flat white is one of the best we've had in NZ, and the hot lemon-honey-ginger drink is the real deal, with so much chunky ginger that it's not for the faint of heart. The muesli and yoghurt were perfect for lighter appetites; the Hungry Man at our... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Over the years of visiting Rotorua, Fat Dog has always kept it's food quality and proportions to a very high standard. Great range of food and drinks which provides for all tastes so no one misses out. The place is always busy, but have always found a seat inside, out the front or out the back in the yard. Never... More

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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This place has SUCH a good vibe, and SUCH good food! The breakfast menu literally makes you drool as you read it. I'm not a vegetarian, but the idea of having spinach, caramalised onion and pan fried potato with your breakfast sounded like the best idea ever! So many veggie breakfasts are just boring versions of proper breakfast with no... More

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Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We went there 3 times because we couldn't find any other cafe/place for breakfast in Rotorua. I tried different things every time on the basis that it must have a good rating for a reason. I am yet to find that reason. The eggs benedict are by far the worst I've ever tasted. The steak sandwich was super tough. Hell,... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Was hard to get a table on a Saturday morning for breakfast but worth the wait. Food was fresh and fast, good sized and delicious. Very very busy spot so if you don't mind hustle and bustle and a bit of noise it is a great place to stop.

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Calgary, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Loads of selection in food and beer. Friendly staff. Well priced. Tried a pasta dish with all sorts of stuff in there, including pumpkin seeds and chicken. Give it a try!

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