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1107 Tutanekai St, Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
(07) 349 1735
Friday
Closed
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Special occasions
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 33
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good food

We stumbled across this restaurant while walking around eat street. We ordered the veg pasta soup and a stone oven baked pizza. The service was good and attentive. The food was tasty. What made the otherwise good atmosphere a bit rubbish was this guy on the next table who seemed stoned just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
19AS
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London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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110 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We stumbled across this restaurant while walking around eat street. We ordered the veg pasta soup and a stone oven baked pizza. The service was good and attentive. The food was tasty. What made the otherwise good atmosphere a bit rubbish was this guy on the next table who seemed stoned just blabbing away and shouting all evening.

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Exeter, UK
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

It only has a narrow frontage on Eat Street, but it has a welcoming attitude. Food, one special of the day, one from the menu, was well cooked and good flavour. Staff cared for their customers. Drinks were reasonably priced.

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Papamoa, New Zealand
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Food was extremely average, i had a lamb dish that was a bit too chewy, my daughters cheese and tomata pizza had no tomato, my mums vege dish was very simple.I thought it was a bit pricey for the standard of food...and the very long wait. Service lacking, especially once you are seated, expect to be ignored.wont go back here... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We ate at Cafe Ephesus on a Thursday evening. Eat Street was busy and our friends recommended the Cafe. The Cafe was busy but not crowded and we got served quickly. The menu was typical Mediteranean which brought back memories of our own travels. We ordered the meze to share between my wife & me while our friends ordered a... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The staff were excellent but the food was poorly presented and just didn't tick all the boxes. My meal was too salty and my friends meal too dry. Probably won't go back in a hurry

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Staff started out reasonably friendly and hospitable, it gradually got worse to the point where staff were bordering on rudeness. When the food finally arrived it was OK, nothing spectacular but considerably better than the service. At one point we were told they were too busy to add a couple of things to a pizza!! Restaurants need to learn to... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We ate here on a busy Friday night. The mall was packed with people and we decided to settle for this. On arrival we were seated and a waitress walked over without saying a word, put the menus in the middle of the table and walked away. Not sure if she has this hospitality industry down pat but I thought... More 

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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

My two teenage sons and I went to Eat Streat and found Cafe Ephesus - the wood fired pizza was the draw. We sat just inside the restaurant as outside was full. Drink orders were taken and then food - my youngest ordered the Rotovegas pizza, my eldest the Maghrib chicken and myself the Meze. Drinks took ages to come... More 

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Rotorua
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

First time I have been here, loved it - service and food excellent. Atmosphere nice, staff friendly. A nice choice of food without being over the top. Would recommend :)

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We attended the eat street on a rather busy Saturday night. All of the places had their own draw cards but I was sold on the wood fire oven pizza Ephesus was offering. The wait was around 40 minutes for the food because it was so busy, we were told before we sat down that this was to be expected... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1107 Tutanekai St, Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: (07) 349 1735

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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