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“Late Lunch” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

Fat Dog Cafe & Bar
1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
64 7 347 7586
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Ranked #29 of 151 Restaurants in Rotorua
Price range: $5 - $19
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Late Lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Raining hard in Rotorua on Good Friday with not much open so went to lunch at Fat Dog. Good choice, not to busy and a great variety to pick from. Food was good as was the coffee.I like the fact that its really casual without comprising on the service. Will definetely come back.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Morrinsville, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Cant beat it - A favourite of ours.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We stay in Rotorua several times each year on weekend escapes as a family, and will not dine anywhere else for weekend brunch than our beloved Fat Dog. Whats not to like - entertaining decor, great coffee. Plenty of selection of good hearty meals and cabinent food. Decent options for kids. Its always buzzing with people, but brunch is a relaxed, unhurried affair. Visited again this March and once again was not disappointed. Had to do a few laps of the Sunday markets to walk off the Works breakfast.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Putaruru
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Delicious Brunch at the Fat Dog”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

My friend Robert and I enjoyed a very nice brunch at the Fat Dog Cafe recently. I had purchased a discount voucher several months earlier and realised that it had expired by one week, so cheekily I phoned and explained. The cafe manager said no problem, we will still honour the voucher. I was really pleased to hear that. It was a Sunday morning and very busy, but our wait wasn't that long considering the number of patrons! I had French toast and my friend had the big brekkie. Very generous portions and very tasty. The coffee was very good too. Thanks Fat Dog cafe. Also the cafe has interesting decor.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“jANUARY 2014”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We called into this cafe for breakfast, hoping for a nice meal to set us up for our trip back to Auckland. Were we disappointed - NO WAY!!!! food was good, hot and plentyful as was the coffee! When we next visit NZ a trip back to Rotorua and the Fat Dog is on the plan list!!! Well Done

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Best nachos and burgers in NZ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

Me & my boyfriend came here and got the nachos and a "dogs bollocks burger" to share and OMG the burger was enormous, but by far ye bestest burger web had whilst ring here in NZ and probably up there with one of our favourites we've had! The nachos were unreal to, lots of meat and cheese with them yum yum yum! Defiantly visit if in rotorua, a must must must! There desserts looked amazing too but we were far too full! :)

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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