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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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  • 91
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  • 50
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  • 31
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Reliably Good

Fat Dog is our café of choice whenever we visit Rotorua. Food is good, portion sizes substantial and the coffee is great. We've been there when the queue is out the door but it disperses reasonably quickly due to the competent, friendly staff. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Recommend the caramel... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
toplissmtbers
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Auckland, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Fat Dog is our café of choice whenever we visit Rotorua. Food is good, portion sizes substantial and the coffee is great. We've been there when the queue is out the door but it disperses reasonably quickly due to the competent, friendly staff. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Recommend the caramel slice - it's to die for!

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Menu is really messy on wall all over the place hard to read havnt been in while due to last time I went seafood chowder was horrible must try place out again .before giving it the thumbs down

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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We followed our old rule of eating where the biggest crowd is. Fat Dog did not dissapoint and the coffee was great.

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Really cute place with a nice vibe and friendly service. Had the fat dog breakfast which was a bit pricey at around $18. Food was good but not great. Bacon was a bit too fatty, but eggs were well cooked.

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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Quirky little spot with really nice coffee and the staff are really friendly. We loved chilling on the sofa there for ages but there was only the one sofa so sorry if we consumed all the comfy seats ! No wifi.

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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This was a recommendation from a local and did not disappoint. The portions are healthy, the prices are also healthy but it's worth it. And the vibe in the restaurant is very relaxed and lively. They handled special requests easily with a smile. Highly recommend!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We were looking for somewhere to have a coffee when we came across this cafe. It was crowded and the huge menu on the wall looked so interesting that we had to have some food as well. The size of the portions took us all by surprise and we couldn't finish our meals. What we did eat though was good... More 

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Paphos
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

called in for breakfast 3 of us eat if you have a big appetite this is the place for you ,massive selection and tasty

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We always eat here when in Rotorua. Good N.Z. Food at its best. Not particularly cheap but good quality and some interesting food combinations.

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Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Had lunch here one day and loved it! The food is terrific, and decor is colorful & fun. I love places where kids are welcome, but the food & atmosphere are still really good and enjoyable. We had delicious shepherds pie & sandwiches.

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?