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Lakeside Cafe

Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Ranked #108 of 147 restaurants in Rotorua
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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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English first
Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Overpriced, well and truly due for a refurb, the live music.... Should have bought an elevator music disc, would have been 100 times better.

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Sydney, Australia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We had morning tea with plenty on offer. Choose from pre made or cooked to order. We managed a window seat which gave a glorious view across the lake. There was an experienced jazz saxophonist to serenade the morning away. Nice atmosphere. Great coffee.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Staff didn't smile, and charged me incorrectly when they realized this they didnt apologize ordered a cappuccino but was more like a flat white with chocolate on top. Two skinny slices of cake $13.00 obviously bought in. Resting on their laurels because of their location I think. It's a shame because it's quite a nice place.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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103 reviews 103 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Great location. Didn't try the cooked in the kitchen section. But the other food on offer was quite boring. Had a sandwich and muffin. Quite commercial and typical of something usually bought in. With its location and better food it could be a great spot. Didn't bother with a coffee as overheard and observed someone putting extra sugar in as... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Had soup , a sandwich and what we thought was labelled a Banofee but ended up tasting more like a cheesecake. Maybe the desserts had been moved . The soup was a bit insipid and needed seasoning. Not totally bland but that word came up in our discussion. Nice location but food ordinary and prices a bit high as well.... More

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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I would not ever return to this restaurant. First of all the prices were not clearly visible for customers - I do not expect to ask for prices of each item, I purchased hot food to take away, then had to wait 10 minutes for my coffee. Worse still I was not told at time of ordering that there was... More

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Came across this Cafe while doing a morning walk along the Lakefront. Had worked up a bit of an appetite and after looking at the cabinet food which looked great decided on a cooked breakfast. It was delicious and the serving was very generous, we like really good coffee and we certainly got it. The staff were very friendly and... More

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Bribie Island, Australia
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250 reviews 250 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

After years of dining here when in Rotorua, we set out to do so again. However after viewing the food in the showcases, decided to opt for another of our favourites. The sandwitches and cakes looked dry and most of the food in the hot section also looked dried up. This was around 2pm on a busy day. It made... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

There's a quite nasty short slope leading up to the cafe from the beautifully paved lakeside area. It is manageable with some care. However, both the food, drink and service are excellent - and those chocolate muffins are to die for!

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Brisbane, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

What more can you ask for? It's great to come across the good old self serve cafeteria. Fresh food and big servings. Sitting near the lakeside watching birds,seaplanes and kayakers was such a bonus. Great value.

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