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Lakeside Cafe

Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Ranked #113 of 153 Restaurants in Rotorua
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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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
Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

The staff were really rude when my daughter asked if something on the menu was gluten free, not what she wanted after just being diagnosed with celiacs! The food took ages to come out and staff seemed disinterested in customers. Food not upto standard when it eventually arrived

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

A place time has passed by. Average coffee, a selection of OK cakes and staff that are pretty uncommunicative and you need to shout to get them to come from where they are around the back to serve you. Good view of lake and nice seating

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Melbourne, Australia
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161 reviews 161 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

An early afternoon at the Lakeside Cafe in Rotorua was disappointing for several reasons. The anticipation built up by arriving at this wonderfully positioned cafe on the lakefront, with paddleboat majestically and slowly traversing the lake, was not delivered on entry. Despite the still early time, there was virtually no precooked 'fast food' available and when two of our party... More 

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Porirua, New Zealand
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74 reviews 74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Top location and were charged top prices as well but the food did not get a top rating. It seemed very bland which was a shame when the surroundings are just so beautiful, right on the lake front and the park close by. I am afraid I will not be back again.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Food is very ordinary, juice is watered down, I reckon! Nice view but thats about it. Coffee was weak too .

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I have never been expected to pay $7.00 for a 1 filling toasted sandwich or $9.00 for 2 cups of tea. I felt embarrased to be a Kiwi as it felt like this cafe was aimed at ripping off tourists. The food was average to say the best but the prices were ridiculous. I would never go back.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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223 reviews 223 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There is a nice walkway along the edge of Lake Rotorua and, as part of this spectacular vista sits the Lakeside Cafe. With a very nice (and good size deck and equally charming indoor seating the Cafe offers a very pleasant place to sit and take in the wonders that form Rotorua. We stopped for snacks and founds there to... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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76 reviews 76 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We shared a big breakfast and there was more than enough for two. Both eggs were double-yolkers. A big area catering for groups, but the wait was not too long. Only drawback was we couldn't sit outside because of the smokers.

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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

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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133 reviews 133 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Address: Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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