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“when you want to become fat go to the fat dog” 3 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 #30 of 166 Restaurants in Rotorua
Price range: $5 - $19
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
france
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“when you want to become fat go to the fat dog”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2010

Since the menu is written on the wall and impossible to read we
ordered a simple B.L.T. sandwich.
What we got was a big plate covered with fries (we didn't ask for it)
and sour cream. The B.L.T.was enormous. We had to pay 18 dollars for it and where
very disappointed.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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UK
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Awful”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2010

Probably the worst meal we had on our entire NZ trip.

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Living room, Home
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“Nice spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2010

We stayed in Rotorua for three days and had breakfast here every morning. We loved to chill out reading the paper by the fireplace before starting our day of sightseeing. Portions were generous and food was good with a choice for vegetarians, but we especially loved it for its hippy atmosphere.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, NY
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“Huge tasty portions”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2010

The Fat Dog is a very popular restaurant that serves good NZ fare in huge portions. The price is on par with the surrounding restaurants even with their larger servings.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Still there”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2010

Have been to this place many times over the past couple of decades, it is still a good place to chill out and have a coffee read the paper etc but since it has changed hands the food is less appealing and wholesome...they are sitting on their laurels re up dating the menu They need to bring it up into the twenty first century and I don't mean white table cloths and increased prices...it needs some great wholesome home cooked food with less fried stuff and more fresh veges. Cannot help feeling that if another cafe opened up in Rotorua like this then this place would disappear which would be sad, as it is a bit of an institution.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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