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Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
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Vegetarian, New Zealand
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1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
64 7 347 7586
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Today
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice place for a quick bite to eat

Popped in here for a late lunch. Had the nacho. They arrived really quickly and were yummy. Good service. Have been here a number of times over the years and always been pleased with the place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
saraandray
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auckland
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auckland
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90 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Popped in here for a late lunch. Had the nacho. They arrived really quickly and were yummy. Good service. Have been here a number of times over the years and always been pleased with the place.

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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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117 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went for a late lunch with my wife. After seeing what others were eating we ordered a dogs bollox burger which is a double burger with an egg, onions onion rings and a number of veggie additions. Very tasty and with the fries was a big meal for the two of us. Still getting used to NZ restaurant prices but... More 

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Thank Jazzaferri
Canberra
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fat dog is pretty good for Rotorua. Big serve size. Good quality food. Pretty good service. Licensed with a fairly good drinks menu. Good for breakfast and burgers.

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Thank Dagadae
Velten, Germany
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We've been eating there twice while we stayed in Rotorua and it really filled our tummys with delicous stuff! I'm not a person that is able to eat a lot in a short time but the chicken burger I got was so good I nearly swallowed it in a whole. Be sure to visit the fat dog while staying at... More 

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Thank Saskia W
Douglaston, New York
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197 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food for a luncheonette! Delicious in a simple setting. Unusual menu but such good combinations of ingredients.

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Thank Noodlequeen
Rotorua District, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Always get good value at the Fat Dog, this time a quick stop for a plate of wedges and coffee, in between shopping. Always busy, a great family friendly place!

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Thank beentheredonethat768
Shelly Beach, Australia
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here for dinner and it was delicious. The service was good and we were even forewarned that the chicken breast (because it's thick) may take up to 30mins to cook (it didn't actually take that long). I would happily come back again

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Thank Groovychook
Napier, New Zealand
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We always seem to end up at Fat dog everytime we go to Rotorua we have had lunch dinner and breakfast here and it has always been great. It's well priced a bit funky inside. the meals taste great and seem to come out quickly whether they are busy or not, well recommended

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Thank Hoffy001
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My girlfriend and i came here last year but commented on tripadvisor that the food was good but the coffee was burnt. We tried again today but everything was soooooo tasty!! Even coffee tasty so much better than the last time. We are so glad that the manager tried to listen to customers and actually make food and beverages taste... More 

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Thank 제영 경
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love the breakfasts at Fat Dog. I'm a breakfast girl and it's usually the main meal of my day, so the portions here are fantastic for someone like me. If you're looking for gourmet, go somewhere else. If you're looking for a hearty start to your day then Fat Dog is what you're after! Dinner on the other hand... More 

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 17
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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

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