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All 148 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 #21 of 148 Restaurants in Rotorua
Price range: $23 - $80
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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English first
United Kingdom
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320 reviews 320 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
360 helpful votes 360 helpful votes
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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Pune, India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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222 reviews 222 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Geelong, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Whilst the food was good it was extremely overpriced for what you got. My main issue with this restaurant was the chauvinistic waiter that refused to acknowledge me rather to continually ask my partner "how is everything sir?". When I requested our bill my parter had left to go to the bathroom and the waiter waited until he returned to... More

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I travel throughout NZ regularly and experience the best and worst dining experiences- this is the best! The food was stunning in all the right ways appearance, flavour, and texture. To support the food is a relaxed ambience and attentive but not intrusive service. The shared dining experience was so enjoyable as we waited with excitement for each course. A... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Wow! Where to start ! On booking I was offers a courtesy shuttle which we declined . On arrival our booking wasn't there but we were seating promptly and offered water. You do pay for bottled water but that is to be expected. On the wine menu you can order paddles. A selection of 4 wines to match your food.... More

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Howick, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I got the pleasure of dining here, when i stayed at the resort for a couple of nights. The restaurant is outstanding. The food was amazing and so yummy! the staff are so warm and welcoming. Highly recommend this place.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

When we made our reservation we indicated that it was our 40th Wedding Anniversary so requested a table with a view of the Lake. On arrival we were delighted to find our table had been decorated with red blossoms, a red candle with hearts and a single long stemmed red rose. We choose this restaurant not only because they used... More

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Montreal, Canada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Soup du jour (spinach & potato) was very tasty. Steak with proscuitto and truffle mashed potatoes was also excellent. My travel partner took a vegetarian phyllo pastry with Brie, cashews & veggies and said this was also very tasty. Dessert was an amazing sort of chocolate cake with bailey's ice cream that was decadent! Service was impeccable. We were a... More

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