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Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

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1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
64 7 347 7586
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Today
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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  • 283
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    Very good
  • 95
    Average
  • 53
    Poor
  • 33
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Have a break(fast)

Had a grabone brekkie and it was worth iT being 2 for 1. (Had 2 of those and so we got to enjoy it twice!) Great value for money!!! A good selection and good food in a distinct funky style cafe/eatery. It does justice to its name as you'll become a fat dog of you follow your tummy. It's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Remcer
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Rotorua, New Zealand
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

After spending a of time on trip advisor the Fat Dog well and truly lived up to its reputation. A fabulous breakfast in a delightful eclectic setting!

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Rotorua, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a grabone brekkie and it was worth iT being 2 for 1. (Had 2 of those and so we got to enjoy it twice!) Great value for money!!! A good selection and good food in a distinct funky style cafe/eatery. It does justice to its name as you'll become a fat dog of you follow your tummy. It's yummy.... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The meals were generously portioned. It is a cafe style restaurant, so you order at the counter and find your own table. The food was average tasting. Service was adequate as the food was served reasonably quickly but not altogether.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We always visit here when we come to Rotorua but I have to say I think the food is not that great really. Lots of options but very little Gluten Free and very little vegetables really! Good pub type food for a cold day though! Great hot chocolates too. Huge meals. Always busy and staff always really nice :)

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Papamoa
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85 reviews 85 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We went for lunch and had two kids meals, a burger and a panini with chicken and cranberry. Let me start with the positives. Staff is very nice. I like the setting and decoration. The staff made sure all the tables in the restaurant were clean and ready for the next customers. Our food was served quickly. Little less positive... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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60 reviews 60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This is the type of restaurant that divides opinions. Set in an area of Rotorua where there are numerous other cafes/restaurants, The Fat Dog is nearly always full so it must please lots of people with its rather rough and ready charm, huge portions and no nonsense food. If you want fine dining then look elsewhere. If you are looking... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

$3.50 extra for hollindase sauce, Cold food , coffee order wrong. Would not recommend and further more, worst food in a while! Staff where nice though.

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London, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We waited quite a while for our meal and one of our group was served 10 minutes after everyone else, however the food was tasty but there was far too much of it!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Just stopped to eat here for a quick bit. Food was pretty good but I especially enjoyed the table numbers, the colour, the atmosphere and the quirky quotes on just about every chair :-). Pleasant place to visit.

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CA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We came here thinking all the good reviews and local discussions about the place meant we would have a great meal. Perhaps we had too high of expectations but the portions were small and over priced. Only thing cool about the place was the fat dog on top of the roof. Skip it go to "eat streat"

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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 - 19

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?