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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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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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    Very good
  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Innovative menu, cooked and presented well

This restaurant was recommended by the Rotorua tourism office as our best choice for fine dining in Rotorua. The restaurant lacks a bit in its interior design and mood lighting, which you cannot be put off by. The food was innovative and cooked and presented extremely well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Raewyn C
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We went to Mokoia Restaurant on our trip to Rotorua and made the choice after reading the reviews on here. The place is clean and tidy, slightly outdated décor, but warm and homely. The service was good. Now onto the food: Tasty but the prices are exorbitant. We usually get a starter between us otherwise we can't fit in our... More 

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WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings Zarast, Thank you for your feedback. I welcome your comments in regards to the cleanliness, the service, homely environment and the meals being tasty. I sincerely apologies on the delay of the meal and the portion not meeting your expectations. I hope we do have the opportunity to host you in future. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal, F&B Manager More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was recommended by the Rotorua tourism office as our best choice for fine dining in Rotorua. The restaurant lacks a bit in its interior design and mood lighting, which you cannot be put off by. The food was innovative and cooked and presented extremely well.

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WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Raewyn C, Thank you for your valuable feedback. I appreciate the comment in regards to our food being innovative and presentation being excellent. I sincerely apologies that we could not meet your expectation in regards to the interior design and mood lighting. I have also shared the comment with the team. We look forward to hosting you in near... More 

San Diego, CA
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We had dinner here last week. Service was very good, staff was very attentive. Our food was good. I had the lamb and it was excellent. One of our favorite items was seemingly so simple. We ordered the bread as one of our appetizers and they presented it with a tomato sauce, a fern oil and a "rub." The rub... More 

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WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear 4STraveller, Thank you for a fantastic 5 star rating. I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed your dining experience. Thank you for feedback in regards to the food and staff service. We look forward to your next visit near future. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal, Front Office / F&B Manager More 

Taipei, Taiwan
Level Contributor
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We were so blessed to be able to dine here tonight's a rainy cold night! the food was excellent and the manager was sweet and very helpful (as we have 3 kids aged 6.5, 4 and 2). it was a wonderful idea to have the share platter, we enjoyed the variety so much that we ordered two platters for starters!... More 

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

Dear Wapervi, Fantastic Review and awesome feedback. Thank you very much for your comment and highlighting the service, menu option and shared dining platter. Our team is very pleased to hear your comment and we look forward to hosting you in near future. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal, Front Office / F&B Manager More 

rotorua
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We enjoyed a very lovely lunch served beautiful and just the right amount even with a side dish of chips an Aoli dressing.Very proud you guys are using the Maori herbs will reconmend your restaurant to whanau and friends, we are locals and this was our first time there and certainly not our last.

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

KiaOra Maryann9973, thank you for a fantastic rating. We take a pride in our pacific rim and indigenous herbs and spice tastings. I am pleased to hear you had a lovely lunch. Our team is definitely looking forward to hosting you very soon. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This gem is our favourite restaurant in Rotorua when we want to have a special meal. The service is excellent, the menu interesting and the meals are top class. The presentation and use of NZ native plants really make a point of difference.

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

Kia Ora birchwoodfarm, Thank you very much for an amazing review. It is great to read that we delivered great dining experience and service. We look forward to hosting you back. Thank you very much once again. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal Food & Beverage / Front Office Manager More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A beautiful meal making the most of native plants/seasonings throughout the menu. The sharing option is a great way to try three dishes each but still hard to choose as the menu selection is fabulous. Even have a separate vegetarian menu.

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

Greetings SallyT5, Thank you very much for your feedback and a fantastic 5 star rating. I am delighted to hear you had a great dining experience with us. I also appreciate your review on our menu selection. We look forward to hosting you in near future. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal Food & Beverage / Front Office Manager More 

Hastings, New Zealand
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Wow factor plus! What a surprise this restaurant was. I Googled "best lunch rotorua" and this venue was top of the list. It would suit those who have their own transport as it's on the lake shore 10-15 minutes drive out of town towards the airport. Turns out it's a fine dining experience and adjoins the Wai Ora Spa resort.... More 

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

Greetings JayellNZ, Thank you very much for your feedback and an awesome 5 star rating on your experience. It is very pleasing to read a comment like yours. It has certainly made our team very delighted. We look forward to your next visit. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal Front Office / F&B Manager More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

Not a pleasant experience sorry with group of ladies , did not want to say anything on day to upset the birthday girl. Took quite some time before we were offered the wine list to find pricing very over the top ! Scones were all crumbly , slices were obviously store brought. $25 just for food too pricey , like... More 

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

Kia Ora rb4268, Thank you very much for your feedback. I sincerely apologies that we could not meet your expectations. My senior management team has been in contact with you. If you would like to further discuss on the matter, please feel free to contact our team or myself. Once again, thank you very much for taking the time to... More 

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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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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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: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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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