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Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

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1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
+64 7-347 7586
Today
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Nelson, New Zealand
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have already eaten at Fat Dog in our 24 hour stay in Rotorua twice. We had a yummy veggie sandwich with french fries and the most amazing dessert- a chocolate and carmal cake!!! This morning we had some porridge that was delicious. Service great, atmosphere really fun and delicious food!!

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Thank Lynn R
Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We came because of past reviews but we found the coffee and scrambled eggs were ordinary. The food is a bit pricey too. Perhaps this was a one off?

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Thank traveler_lothlorien
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We ordered three different meals from menu. Food lacked flavour. Pricey for what we actually received. Coffee pretty good.

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Thank Komal R
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great menu, food was delicious. Staff were very warm and welcoming. Thanks for the muffins they were awesome.

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Thank marianne497
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by reception at our hotel so we were keen to try it. Very "quaint" decor, looks like a mismatch of tables and chairs found in op shops and garages. Ordered a burger which was ridiculously large - not sure who it was designed for. Had to pull the whole thing apart to attempt to eat it.... More 

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Thank aussieallisons6
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were recommended this and I'm glad we went! Great food choice, for adults and kids, and really good prices. The atmosphere is really laid back too. In fact, it was so good, we went back for breakfast the next day and my son said it was the best breakfast of the trip!

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Thank Fiona R
Nelson
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Has to be the best cafe in Rotorua!! We cannot rave enough about this place, from the moment we stepped in the door these guys just made us feel at home. Staff, amazing, fast, really friendly and fast Food, wow! Really generous meals that tasted awesome, great selection of meals to cater to all needs, eggs benedict were awesome. Coffee,... More 

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Auckland
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26 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Sunday afternoon. We ordered the nachos and falafel salad. Sat down at the end of the cafe, which was pretty filthy in part to the bird poop that hadn't been cleaned up. Moved seats, meals arrived, one meal arrived on a plate which appeared not to have been washed, staff kindly fixed this when asked and presented us a new... More 

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Thank Ton3s
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Every time I come through Rotorua it must include a stop in at the Fat Dog café. The food is excellent with extremely generous portions. Plenty of food to chose from and a great atmosphere in the café. I always brings friends and family here.

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Thank Shimmer74
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Good coffee and friendly service right in town. Easy to get parking. Quick friendly service. Yum food

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Thank Sarah C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $18
Cuisine
American, Bar, Cafe, European, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-347 7586

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?