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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
6473435100
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Description: Mokoia Restaurant is a definitive fine dining experience featuring creative...
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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  • 121
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 13
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  • 5
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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
Wonderful view, service and cuisine.

If your near Rotorua do not miss the opportunity for a wonderful dinner of beef or lamb at the Mokoia. We enjoyed this dining experience as much as any with our travels around the world. Thank you to the staff for a wonderful evening of fine dining.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
TKoog
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Dayton, Ohio
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Dayton, Ohio
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If your near Rotorua do not miss the opportunity for a wonderful dinner of beef or lamb at the Mokoia. We enjoyed this dining experience as much as any with our travels around the world. Thank you to the staff for a wonderful evening of fine dining.

Helpful?
Thank TKoog
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear TKoog, Thank you for an awesome review. I am very pleased to hear about your experience. Thank you for the recommendation. Our team is very delighted to hear back from you. We look forward to hosting you in near future. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal. More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

6 of our family are in New Zealand for a family wedding and we spent my sister in laws birthday evening at this fabulous restaurant. First class food and drink with a complimentary shuttle to/from your hotel makes this a destination to head for if you like fine dining and great service xx PS take insect repellent with you as... More 

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Thank CathAllen
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

KiaOra CathAllen, Thank you for a fantastic review and an awesome rating. It is always very pleasing to hear our guests had a fabulous experience at the restaurant. Our team is very delighted to hear from you. I would also like to thank you for mentioning about our food quality, staff and complimentary shuttle services. WaiOra resort is located on... More 

Guttenberg, Iowa
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just spent four days at the beautiful resort and spa. The dinning experience in their restaurant was five stars. The food was thoughtful and waitstaff was very friendly. One of our servers, Binod, gave us great tips on hidden sites in the city. We were very grateful. He greet us almost everyday on how are visit was going. Would... More 

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2 Thank 56sara2014
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear 56sara2014, Thank you for a fantastic review and a 5-star rating. Our team is very happy to hear back from you. Binod is also very delighted to read your comment. I am very pleased to hear your experience at the resort and Rotorua overall and especially the hidden sites. I would also like to thank you for your recommendation.... More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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109 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely restaurant and beautiful surroundings. Very peaceful setting. Meal excellent well presented.Perfect for couples or special occassion

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Thank 2014angela52
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

KiaOra 2014angela52, Thank you for a great comment in regards to the restaurant and the surrounding. We pride in our resort's location and restaurant's meal and service. I am very glad to hear regarding your experience at our award winning restaurant. I hope to see you on your next visit to Rotorua. Warm Regards, Aayush SIlwal More 

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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During our stay on Xmas evening we were amased about the quality and especially the service. The anounced meal with a selection of outstanding plates was for all of us a revalation, and Mr. Sailesch did his utmost in order to satisfy our whishes. Well done Mokoia!

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Thank Cornelis B
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Ora Cornelis B, Thank you for a wonderful review. Our restaurant prides on the meal we deliver and the service. Our team is very delighted to hear from you and Sailesh is very happy to receive your comment. Much appreciated. Once again, thank you very much and we look forward to hosting you near future. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal More 

Noumea, New Caledonia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A high standard of cuisine and service. A special very good mark to the service with Sailesh coming from Nepal ! He knows his job, the menu in the detail, the wine list, the manner of serving with class the customers. Good luck for him for his future ! Best Regards, Frederic and his Parents, from New Caledonia

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Thank frederic b
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Ora Frederic, Thank you for an amazing 5 star rating and the review. Our team here at the restaurant are very delighted. Sailesh has been informed regarding your comment and he is very happy to hear back from you. We look forward to meeting you in near future. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal More 

Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Absolutely love dining here, food is always exquisite, with a nice calm atmosphere. Staff are always nice.

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Thank JoelyBoy81
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings JoelyBoy81, It is very delighting to receive a five star rating and an awesome review. Our team here at the resort are very happy to hear regarding your dining experience. Thank you for a great comment in regards to exquisite food, atmosphere and staff. We look forward to hosting you again. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal More 

Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Absolutely love coming to dinner here, food is always exquisite, nice calming atmosphere and staff are really nice.

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Thank Joel198134
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Joel198134, Fantastic review. Thank you the feedback and the comments in regards to atmosphere and staff. It was our pleasure to host you for the dining experience. Once again, thank you very much and we look forward to hosting you soon. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal More 

Level Contributor
19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My partner and I enjoyed a shared lunch at this restaurant and loved it! It came as part of The Delight Package for couples which included 2 sample main meals of a chicken and steak dish each and 2 sample desserts each of Cream brulee and Pavlova. Great service and Quality food I could not recommend this restaurant more!

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Thank Rachael G
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Rachael G, Thank you for an amazing review and rating. I am very delighted to hear regarding your experience. We look forward to hosting you near future. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

after checking out restaurant menus online our son chose Mokoia Restaurant for his birthday dinner, we were not disappointed. With a warm welcome at reception we were seated by Binod, our waiter for the night. The restaurant is elegant & Binod impressed us with his knowledge of the menu as he outlined the specials of the day & our chosen... More 

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1 Thank Blake S
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings Blake S, It is awesome to hear regarding your experience in our restaurant. Happy Belated Birthday to your son. Binod and Our team are very delighted to receive your feedback. Thank you for a wonderful review. We look forward to your next visit. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal More 

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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: 6473435100

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, 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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