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“Whether breakie, lunch or dinner, you gotta get into the Dog!” 5 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 #25 of 154 Restaurants in Rotorua
Price range: $5 - $19
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Parker, Colorado
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“Whether breakie, lunch or dinner, you gotta get into the Dog!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

A must-eat if you're in Roto-Vegas!

We popped in and were helped by Martin, and three days later we had to apologize for stalking him! Hahaha But, his service, and the food at The Fat Dog made us stop in for all three days we were in town, and there were people streaming in early in the morning when we stopped in on our way to the airport.

Other than turning into zeppelins, sampling all their food would be a great adventure! They have the most delicious pastries, made there. Burgers that have to be held together with skewers they are so big; a kids menu for those who really just want a normal sized meal, amazing frozen coffees (sorry, Martin!), good local beers, excellent eggs benedict, tasty fries, and if you go away hungry, it is your fault, not theirs!

The interior is decorated very well, with great art, photographs, and fun stories about a (likely) fat dog. There are covered tables outside, too.

No doubt, we're addicted to the Dog!!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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111 reviews 111 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Best lamb sald ever!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

Staff was friendly and food was very good. Good selection of beers.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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france
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143 reviews 143 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“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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33 helpful votes 33 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“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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