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Mokoia Restaurant

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Seafood, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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77 Robinson Ave, | Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand
(07)343 5100
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Mokoia Restaurant is a definitive fine dining experience featuring...
Mokoia Restaurant is a definitive fine dining experience featuring creative Pacific Rim cuisine using fresh and flavoursome local ingredients. The restaurant specializes in healthy gourmet cuisine using unique indigenous foods and herbs. Executive Chef Ervin Y Garde has created a menu that he feels embraces the essence of contemporary New Zealand culture. Join us for breakfast, high teas, lunch and dinner, enjoy freshly squeezed beverages from our fresh juice bar and experience first class hospitality in a positively breath-taking lakefront location.
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Visitor rating
  • 93
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wedding anniversary

It was my 18nth wedding anniversary which we celebrated at WaiOra lakeside resort and had dinner at Mokoia restaurant it was an amazing experience as food was exceptional and service was excellent.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
Kapmoni
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Rotorua, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Rotorua, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

It was my 18nth wedding anniversary which we celebrated at WaiOra lakeside resort and had dinner at Mokoia restaurant it was an amazing experience as food was exceptional and service was excellent.

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WaiOra_Manager, Front Office Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your feedback Kapmoni. It is awesome to hear that you had an excellent time here at the resort and dining experience. We look forward to your next visit. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The food was good and the service was great. Price for the food was a little above what I would of payed for what you got. It was a good night

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Had a steak whilst at a business meeting at waiora. It was brilliant. Staff were awesome. Would highly recommend :)

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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I was taken to Mokoia Restaurant for my Birthday with a promise of a fine dining experience. We came away with a fine dining bill of $275 for two, however, at no point did the food or the service justify the money that we parted with. The most surprising events of the evening were when we chose the wine matching... More 

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WaiOra_Manager, Front Office Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear TeamSandy14, Thank you for your feedback. It is always reviews like yours that helps us improve our service standards. I sincerely apologies that the food quality and the service did not meet your expectations. In regards to poor wine service, I have spoken directly with my team. We strive in providing a great dining experience to our guest. we... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

I gave Mokoia 4 stars because of the service, presentation and atmosphere. Called to arrange a shuttle pick up after I was told I can do it the day of my booking...not the case I was told "look, I'll call you back" and hung up on. Called back 6 hours later, someone said I couldn't arrange a shuttle on the... More 

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Auckland,
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Melt in the mouth food. Served with uncomplicated skill. Everything was divine. Highly recommend.the choice of their shared menus for two made it easy to sample more than one dish each. Even though portions were smaller than the single mains, none of the dishes flavours were lost.

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Surabaya, Indonesia
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107 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

If you are staying at Wai Ora Lakeside Resort & Spa, I strongly recommend you to have at least your dinner in Mokoia (if you are staying in Rotorua's city center, no need to go that far ; there are plenty of great restaurants downtown too). The venue is a little bit old-fashioned and the decoration would need to be... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

My husband suggested that that we go there for lunch after dropping his brother off at the airport. We were attended to straight away (one of my pet peeves is not being aknowledged by wait staff anywhere). We ordered our meals and didnt have to wait long and it was very tasty indeed. Sevice was perfect and attentive by a... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Other group tour members including myself truly had a lovely and enjoyable time eating the most incredible beef steak. Our tour leader had been telling us about this during the whole trip before we arrive. It was the best meal of the whole trip. The worst part is the bigot waiter who pushed two lovely women around. Not a good... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

After they told us it was close to where we staying.....a $50 cab ride later.....not a good start. Average menu, a lot of fried bland food. Dated decor and no real atmosphere..... Move on can't recommend

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 77 Robinson Ave, | Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: (07)343 5100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 23 - 80
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients

Description

Mokoia Restaurant is a definitive fine dining experience featuring creative Pacific Rim cuisine using fresh and flavoursome local ingredients. The restaurant specializes in healthy gourmet cuisine using unique indigenous foods and herbs. Executive Chef Ervin Y Garde has created a menu that he feels embraces the essence of contemporary New Zealand culture. Join us for breakfast, high teas, lunch and dinner, enjoy freshly squeezed beverages from our fresh juice bar and experience first class hospitality in a positively breath-taking lakefront location.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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