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Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
64 7 347 7586
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Ranked #26 of 148 restaurants in Rotorua
Price range: $6 - $22
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
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Rotorua
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My boyfriend and I just needed a quick but filling breakfast before getting tattooed. We looked up best breakfast places in Rotorua and Fat Dog was #1. The cafe was close to our hostel and the tattoo shop. There are lots of options for breakfast (the whole menu is massive) and plenty of drink options too. The service was super... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Big portions great service huge choice and very zany little things around the rest Clean toilets all the time and a great big pot of Tea for Two!

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This has to be the best little cafe in Rotorua,we know as we went to quite a few and were very disappointed.the menue board is varied and theres something to suit every taste young and old,the service is very fast and the food is high quality and very tasty. The interior is colourful and quirky,my only disappointment is that we....my... More

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