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Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Description: On the lake side of the community Soundshell building. We were there on...
On the lake side of the community Soundshell building. We were there on Sunday, when the markets were on, so not sure how often it's open other than Sundays. It's like a bistro where you take a tray and select the slices, sandwiches etc from the slide-glass cabinets - like a Country Women's kitchen. Then you order your drinks - my BOWL of latte was fantastic. We sat at tables just inside the glass looking out, across Lake Rotorua but the tables outside were popular too. Very reasonable, great food...all the locals seemed to be there!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Great position on the lake but this restaurant is not fancy...but if you want good old fashioned food this is the place. Lots of locals frequent the place so that is a good sign.

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Lesley M
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Melbourne, Australia
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Very easy to rate. Excellent Food, Top Service and very Pleasant atmosphere. Ideal location right by the Lake.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great position on the lake but this restaurant is not fancy...but if you want good old fashioned food this is the place. Lots of locals frequent the place so that is a good sign.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The Lakeside café is situated right on the edge of Lake Rotorua at the Lakefront. The views are really nice and the staff are friendly. However, the food is average with not much to offer in regards to healthy choices.

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Caloundra, Australia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Stopped off for breakfast. Great little place by the water. The staff were friendly, the food was yummy and reasonable prices. Had a nice atmosphere, a few knick knacks for sale as well. Great location, right on the waters edge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is a very well set out cafe. The food displays are excellent and the coffee was wonderful... Especially on a very cold and foggy morning!!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

Stopped into the Lakefront cafe while visiting family with my 2 year old daughter. While in the cafe a rude older female worker approaches my daughter and tells her to be quiet. Thought this was terrible of her and shocked at how this lady went about it. A 2 yr old. Wont be ever visiting this cafe again and I... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The views and location are superb! The food and service leave much to be desired. the coffee is great

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Nice cafe and with nice cakes too (including gluten free). Stopped here mid morning and sat watching the boats/sails. Also found that the cafe had a weekend market attached. A suprise and increased the atmosphere in cafe.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Not the best lunch I've had. Limited choice, average quality. Smokers on the terrace, attended to by waitres but still. A bit of a disappointment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Good food and a great view of Lake Rotorua and its activities. Always feel like I'm on holiday when I eat here. Excellent macaroni cheese! My favourite cafe in Rotorua.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe

Description

On the lake side of the community Soundshell building. We were there on Sunday, when the markets were on, so not sure how often it's open other than Sundays. It's like a bistro where you take a tray and select the slices, sandwiches etc from the slide-glass cabinets - like a Country Women's kitchen. Then you order your drinks - my BOWL of latte was fantastic. We sat at tables just inside the glass looking out, across Lake Rotorua but the tables outside were popular too. Very reasonable, great food...all the locals seemed to be there!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?