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1243 Amohia Street, Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
7-348-4908
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5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 12
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  • 3
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Italian staple

Went with a group of friends - it's got all the classic Italian dishes. We started with some olives and ciabatta and then I was keen to try some local scallops which went well with the fettuccine.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
Tom B
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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185 reviews 185 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Went with a group of friends - it's got all the classic Italian dishes. We started with some olives and ciabatta and then I was keen to try some local scallops which went well with the fettuccine.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This restaurant has a really nice Italian deco. The walls were in brick with false wooden windows. There's paintings of grape vines on the wall. It has a very warm ambience to the restaurant. We had a veal and lamb dish and both were beautifully done. The food did not take long to come and the waitress was very efficient.

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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Rotorua was very quiet and many places were closed on Sunday evening. Finally we found this restaurant. It was almost empty. Andrea Bocelli was singing in the background and only one couple was eating when we came in. Empty large restaurant wasn't very romantic or otherwise special. I took salmon pasta and I must say that it was very good... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The staff were very friendly (even providing reading glasses). The food was delicious - we had salad to start and pasta for our mains. It was plenty of food for us. Others in the restaurant were locals (we traveled from the US), and they have a corkage policy (bring your own wine is an option). Prices were reasonable for NZ.... More 

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Rotorua District, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Absolutely love Zanelli's. A favorite among our group of girlfriends....friendly atmosphere and pasta to die for......Yum yum

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Taree NSW Australia
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187 reviews 187 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

It was raining and cold, and we thought Italian would fit the bill! Can't complain about the service or the ambiance. We ordered pasta - lasagne and cannelloni - but it would have ben nice if the waitress had pointed out that salad or vegetables are extra. So we got what we asked for - lasagne and cannelloni - both... More 

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New Zealand
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88 reviews 88 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Last night my husband and I dined at Zanellis. We had been there before and it was right up there with the standard we expected. The bread starters were delicious. The food was excellent ,my husband had the fish and I had the chicken dish. Finished off the meal with the home made ice cream. Great food and wonderful service... More 

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NZ
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It's not often these days that we go out to a restaurant for dinner and fresh vegetables come as part of the meal rather than as a side at a minimum of $6 so when hubbie's steak arrived with potatoes and another plate accompanying it with fresh steamed seasonal vegetables we were impressed! He loved his steak and he's fussy.... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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84 reviews 84 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Yum yum yum, right from the starter, Sundried Tomato & Almond Pesto bread which was yummy, to the main, which I had the Grilled Chicken Breast with Rosemary Potatoes, Mushroom, Spinach & Tomato Salsa and my husband had the Grilled Eye Fillet with Rosemary Potatoes & Port Sauce. My chicken was beautifully cooked, nice & tender with a lovely sauce... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

After several years wanting to come to Zanelli's finally got my chance and on a great grab one deal. they were out of veal masala but changed the chicken into a masala dish for me. Took the advice on having the homemade hokey pokey with the devine licorice gelato and it was lovely.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1243 Amohia Street, Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: 7-348-4908

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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