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Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
64 7 347 7586
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Ranked #22 of 150 Restaurants in Rotorua
Price range: $6 - $20
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Hamilton, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Wow, what a fantastic menu and huge as meals!! Plus you must leave some room for the delicous cakes and slices they have on display!

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Rotorua District, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Really like the place and the food especially dogs bolox burger its really yum and huge!! But sometimes the staff wasnt very friendly, overall its a nice place to chill' in!

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Hamilton, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We bought a grab one voucher for 2 mains, and it was terribly disappointing. The tables are designed for 10 year olds and we struggled to fit our legs under it. Food was terrible: nearly cold, unseasoned chicken/beef burgers, under cooked chips and the presentation left a lot to be desired. I felt like my 6 year old nephew could... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Went there for breakfast. Looking for a good cooked bacon & egg breakfast. The big breakfast sounded good, didn't look too bad on the plate but...sausage was like salami, full of spice & garlic, was left on the plate, eggs had hangover garlic taste from being cooked with/near the sausages, mushrooms they looked like, garlic they tasted like, huge doorstep... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We stopped here for lunch today based on the fact that it was mentioned in Fodor's. Loved it. Great food for the price. I had a special of the day, roast beef sandwich and my wife had a smoked chicken panini with a peach chutney salad. Yummy and a fun place. We liked it so much we came back for... More

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Matamata
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Used to enjoy this place but today the food was huge, ungainly, and pretty inedible. Although hungry, we found ourselves leaving with less than half of our meals touched because the size and presentation was off putting . It was coarse lay slapped together and not quite cooked. Local friends confirmed it had taken a downward turn there in recent... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Returned after visit 11 years ago and just as good as I remembered.lovely atmosphere coffee and food is yummy.hope to visit again

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A great banana smoothie. Its always great to call into the Fat Dog with the welcoming fire and atmosphere.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It's our third visits I love the French toast it's was massive and it's wasn't as good as to be not enough spicy cinnamon and eggs not soak the bread enough coz bread too thick I shouldn't finish the plate bit disappointment Should be good to have asked for smaller plate for ladies two slices instead four!! The service are... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I had heard people rave about this cafe, so decided to pop in for breakfast with my family on my birthday. I was disappointed and it did not come up to my expectations. Admittedly it was early morning (around 8 am) but it seemed to take them a long time to get our order organised and out to us.

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