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“Loved this place!” 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
Tucson
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Loved this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2010

Our hosts recommended it, and we weren't disappointed. We were only in Rotorua for 3 days, and ate at Fat Dog 3 times (twice for lunch, once for breakfast). Atmosphere is super fun and laid back, food is delicious. Fish sandwich is one of the best things we had during our entire 2-week stay in New Zealand.

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  • English first
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  • German first
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  • Japanese first
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Best in Rotorua”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2010

Great food! Huge portions! Fast service! Friendly atmosphere!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Love this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2010

We were recommended by a local to check out Fat Dog. The place was a fun local hang out and the food was excellent! We loved this place. Huge portion though, so bring an appetite!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
“Wow - best Fish Burger ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2010

Fun Menu with high quality ingredients - packed at lunch - fun interior with all seats painted with sayings on the chair, so lots of stuff to read and look at inside. Bright colours, great atmosphere and excellent quality large portion food!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wellington, New Zealand
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138 reviews 138 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 63 cities Reviews in 63 cities
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
“A perfect place for brunch, you might want to get in early to beat the crowd!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2010

This is an awesome find. We stumbled upon it on a Sat night when we were off to have dinner at the Thai restaurant, which was just round the corner from Fat Dog. We walked past it and wished we were there instead - except it was really busy! It just had the sort of atmosphere you want to have, and it was quite busy. It looked so inviting that we decided we would come back the next day for lunch.

And glad we did! We got there after a morning of gondola and luge, and arrived just before 12. Managed to find a table, and just when we were ordering, a stream of people came in and the place was suddenly packed. We ordered the BLAT with wedges and big brekkie, both arrived in record time (about 10 min), and the portion was huge. THey both tasted really good too, and the price is reasonable at $16.90 for the big brekkie and $18.50 for the BLAT. Coffee was good too. The atmosphere is kind of funky and the people were nice. We will be back!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
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    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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