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“Very tasty breakfast with awesome views!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lakeside Cafe

Lakeside Cafe
Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Ranked #7 of 11 Coffee & Tea in Rotorua
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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Dining options: Breakfast
Description: On the lake side of the community Soundshell building. We were there on Sunday, when the markets were on, so not sure how often it's open other than Sundays. It's like a bistro where you take a tray and select the slices, sandwiches etc from the slide-glass cabinets - like a Country Women's kitchen. Then you order your drinks - my BOWL of latte was fantastic. We sat at tables just inside the glass looking out, across Lake Rotorua but the tables outside were popular too. Very reasonable, great food...all the locals seemed to be there!
Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Very tasty breakfast with awesome views!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We had breakfast here. Average prices (15$), but good value for money and well cooked. The views were very nice as well.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
“Unfriendly and slow. Food quality and quantity average”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Visited during Waitangi weekend. Burgers were the bulk buy type and poor, the 15 chips that came with it was surprisingly small for $12.50. Fast foods outlets offer much better value. Friends order some cake and coffee and when asked the waitress where the coffee was about 8 minutes after the cakes arrived, they were told 'it would arrive when it was ready SIR!" No idea of customer service. We will not return

Visited February 2012
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Brisbane
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13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Coffee very ordinary”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

Great location but has a cafeteria feel to it (not in a good way) sandwiches were fine but oh dear the coffee was dreadful. My husband took his back and said he'd asked for two shots of coffee (it was insipidly week) and was told "that is two shots" with no offer of remaking or fixing, all in all mediocre at best.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Tokoroa, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Put your feet up”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

After some time at the lake front market its nice to put your feet up at the lakeside cafe and enjoy the quiet with their good food, especially the hot silverside sandwiches!!

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Sydney
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great location, poor execution.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Food mediocre, more like a fast food outlet than a lakeside cafe. Coffee was OK.

Visited January 2012
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