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All 158 Rotorua Restaurants

Mokoia Restaurant

77 Robinson Ave, | Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand
(07)343 5100
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Ranked #27 of 158 Restaurants in Rotorua
Price range: $23 - $80
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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.
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1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

The food was quite expensive for what was served. Ambitious and inventive but the kitchen didn't quite pull it off. Ultimately rather average meals. The decor was also dated and the music was elevator-esque. On the plus side, the service was excellent

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We did not think Rotorua could come up with more than the average pub, but there it was: a culinary delight, amazing combinations of foods, well made in all respects and extremely well presented. The atmosphere was delightfully subdued, and we could actually have a conversation in between bites. Entrees, mains and deserts, and 2 bottles of wine for 115NZ... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Nice Christmas Eve dinner with my wife, good presentation of dishes and excellent taste. Professional and friendly staff, for complete this fine dining restaurant you need just work better in bar area. But nice location for a dinner in Rotorua with a lake view. Finally the bill was a little expensive for the not complete fine dining restaurant!!

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Boston
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42 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

In early November 2014, we visited Mokoia. Upon arrival we were quickly shown to a table as the restaurant was quiet with only one other party. After reviewing the menu, we decided to try the First Flavours Shared Dining Platter And the Main Event Shared Dining Platter. Both of these allowed us to choose 3 appetizers and 3 Mains from... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Great business lunch, allowed us to pre-order, nice venue, good service and nice food. Quiet venue with good range of product and a nice quiet bar area also.

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6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

We had spa treatments at the Waiora spa and had lunch between the treatments from the Mokoia restaurant. The seafood platter for two was incredible as was the kawakawa bread.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I was staying in the same resort as this restaurant, plus it did look good so I gave it a go. I ate early since I was alone – and the place was very quiet; indeed for the first while it was only me! I tried to sit somewhere a bit out of plain sight, but when another diner did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Every aspect of this restaurant is close to perfect. The food quality and presentation is brilliant and the staff is attentive and friendly, always eager to please. While it's lamb and steaks are spoken about and award winning, the seafood entrees are just as delicious and delectable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The restaurant ranking list for Rotorua is different from other locations we have visited in that it seems more heavily weighted to fast food and bistro style venues as opposed to fine dining. If it is fine dining you are looking for then look no further than the Mokoia Restaurant. It us a 15 minute drive out of central Rotorua... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

fantastic service and divine menu .. so hard to choose..platter so beautifully presented.the attention of the staff second to none.. catered so nicely to children as well.... 5 star level of dining...hard to beat pricewise and value in Rotorua..

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Additional Information about Mokoia Restaurant

Address: 77 Robinson Ave, | Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand
Phone Number: (07)343 5100
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
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
Average Prices: USD 23 - 80
Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

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