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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 #26 of 149 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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119 reviews from our community

82% Recommend
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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 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
1 review
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
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

We ate at Mokoia restaurant with high hopes after many glowing recommendations from friends. The food was excellent, entrees were flavoursome and well presented. The lamb main was delicious and well sized, the duck was well cooked and the venison was fantastic. Unfortunately, the service left much to be desired. After ordering a bottle of wine it was left on... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

A great menu. Wonderful steak, yummy manuka smoked salmon. Fabulous dessert platter, especially the coconut creme brulee. Great breakfasts too. Loved the whole experience. Very friendly, professional staff too and the spa resort is outstanding. Wonderful spa treatments.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The menu is expensive for the portions but overall pretty good. The wait staff were helpful and pleasent and the food came out pretty quickly but the steak my partner ordered wasn't cooked right. The way that the meals are plated is stupid and ridiculous. They are very awkward for the wait staff to handle and end up having to... More

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