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Third Place Cafe

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Coffee Shop, Bakeries, Family Fare, New Zealand
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35 Lake Road | Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 4852
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7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Third Place Cafe has great views of Lake Rotorua from the indoor and...
Third Place Cafe has great views of Lake Rotorua from the indoor and outdoor tables. Fresh food made daily. Breakfast, Lunch, Morning and Afternoon tea. Great Coffee and fresh baking.
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Visitor rating
  • 72
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Amazing views!

Absolutely amazing views! The service is excellent to match. And the food is great too! It is a very large space so it feels empty, and the decor and furniture doesn't quite complete the space. But that is so minor relative to everything else

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
bevanrudge
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Absolutely amazing views! The service is excellent to match. And the food is great too! It is a very large space so it feels empty, and the decor and furniture doesn't quite complete the space. But that is so minor relative to everything else

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Rotorua, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Atmosphere spoiled by sound from kitchen and other diners echoing around the huge space. By the time coffee arrived, food was finished and we had waited a further thirty-five minutes-then had to go remind the staff. Precise date of visit forgotten - made a "best guess"

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Waipukurau, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We missed breakfast menu so chose from the cabinet. A reasonable choice. Nice spot on the lake edge.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Cute little cafe with a nice view of roturua lake, great coffee, pastries, baked and breakfast! Service could've been a bit faster.

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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

The best coffee in town and the sweet cabinet ohhhhh man mouth watering delish will be back thanks from hamilton. Too bad no one in hamilton has made my mouth water like those sweets and coffee, must try the food next time.:)

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fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your feedback. See you next time you are over. Regards The team at TPC More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We had a family reunion here on the weekend. We were told we were to pay $40 each. It was a smorgasbord - ham, roast vegetables, chicken curry, rice, green salad, potato au gratin, cauliflower and onion. The food was ok but I think it should have been $25 - $30 tops - instead of $40. The dessert - by... More 

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fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this review

Dear customer, we appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback regarding your lunch at our cafe on Sunday. I think you would be struggling to find a buffet lunch anywhere in New Zealand for $25 - $30 per head, with the selection of food we offered, the venue and level of service. The buffet offered 2 x meat... More 

New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Food was amazing, they went out of their way to meet needs of Gluten free diners. Great atmosphere. Would highly recommend. Will go back.

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fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this review

We are so pleased you enjoyed the diamond wedding anniversary lunch on Saturday. We try very hard to meet and exceed our customers expectations. See you again soon. Regards the team at third place cafe More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The custard squares were everything they were raved about. We didn't know of this place but were directed there because of amazing custard squares. From the outside the cafe does not seem much but the view from inside is gorgeous over lake rotorua and historical buildings. The custard squares are generous in size and were extremely delicious. Well worth the... More 

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fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks Rebekah, we ar so pleased you enjoyed our famous cuatard squares. It makes the 5.30am starts in the kitchen all worthwhile. We hope to see you again very soon. Regards the team at Third Place Cafe More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

WE WENT THERE because we have been before and it was always good. WE ORDERED the Hash stack WE GOT eggs benedict, late as well. Our friends were already near finished their meal. WE SENT BACK the eggs benedict WE GOT the hash stack IT WAS average WE NEVER GOT the coffee that we had ordered and paid for WE... More 

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fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback regarding your experience at our cafe on Sunday. We are very sorry to hear that it was not up to our usual high standards of service. The staff member at the till regrets that she got your food order wrong and I have spoken to the barista staff regarding coffee... More 

Rotorua NZ
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A treat for all! cakes, pies, sandwiches all yummy. Place is a bit noisy though - too open, but don't worry, just get there early!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 35 Lake Road | Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-349 4852

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 14
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Bakeries, Family Fare, New Zealand

Description

Third Place Cafe has great views of Lake Rotorua from the indoor and outdoor tables. Fresh food made daily. Breakfast, Lunch, Morning and Afternoon tea. Great Coffee and fresh baking.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?