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Lakeside Cafe

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Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
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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  • 18
    Very good
  • 19
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  • 15
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  • 12
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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
Great views, a pity about the food

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

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
bevanrudge
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We went to explore the lake and decided to stop for a milkshake and a bite to eat. The good... location is truly spectacular right on the lake and the milkshake was nice (even though they were in take away cups). Bad things...staff did minimum, windows dirty making view foggy and the food, oh the food...its all pre-prepared to an... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The Food is here is good and well sized, tasty and well presented. The coffee is also pretty good. Being a barista myself, i am picky about having a good quality coffee to get you going in the mornings. Unfortunately that is where the good points stop. The service here is terrible, no one smiles, no one acknowledges you, if... More 

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

For a popular Tourist destination I expected better. The best thing about this cafe is the view of Lake Rotorua. The Food and Service was just average. The use of fold up chairs and tables is neither comfortable nor practical for guests. The toilets are down stairs and badly need a makeover.The cafe was not busy at the time and... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Nice selection of food and ate outside. perfect day for looking out at lake! Also had a small but nice gift shop inside.

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sydney
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

As part of our private tour of Rotorua from our cruise ship, we stopped here for what turned out to be a late lunch. It wasn't as a bad as previous reviews had lead me to believe. Whilst the food wasn't the greatest and the prices were on high side, we were hungry and the food hit the spot for... More 

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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Turned up for lunch on a Wednesday and the service was very poor, Prices were UN clear and there we no hot food to choose from, the cakes looked UN appatosing. My mum has trouble getting up stairs as she has a disability and well it didn't help that there was no ramp or anything for wheel chairs. I went... More 

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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: Coffee Shop

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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