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Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

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1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
64 7 347 7586
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Cambridge, New Zealand
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48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

this place just gets better and better - lively bustling place that had queues to the door, waiting for seating, meals are huge with friendly fast service. Judging by the diners a hugely popular place in Rotorua. Well done

Thank dajarranz2012
Hamilton, New Zealand
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68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited for lunch, right on the peak time of midday during the week, and were pleasantly amazed! Our pleasure included a) how tasty and well-presented the food was; b) how generous the portions were;c) the reasonable prices; and d) how patient and nice the staff were. We eat out a lot, and this has to be in our top... More 

Thank BellaF1
Auckland, New Zealand
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110 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good range of cabinet food and choices from menus. Coffee always excellent and the place has a good Buzz

Thank Phila987
Whangarei, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited here & found the food a bit average for the price. It was ok but not great. I think they applied a discount to our meal which was really nice. Service was good with very fast delivery of our order. It wad recommended as a family restaurant and we hoped there might be some entertainment for kids but... More 

Thank Renren82
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

One of the few places in town that was open all day. Great selection of entrees, mains and desserts! Moderately priced and fairly well executed.

Thank Frank E
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50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really fun and funky atmosphere! Cool menu on the wall with a long list of hot drinks, we had something called the fish (hot chocolate with whipped cream and a large chocolate covered marshmallow fish on the side) and a flat white that was served with a nice little cookie on the side. We ate the Eggs benidect, Fat dog... More 

Thank Lauren V
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cool atmosphere with a fun decour. This place has very generous servings so make sure you're hungry (or just order less!)... great spot and very central. Also very nice that it's not in the extremely touristy 'dining zone!

Thank jac067
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here on saturday 20th august... and it was perfect... the staff at the front of house and in the kitchen did and amazing job . The food was delightful and the service from tne team out the front (between 7pm -8.10pm) was fantastic . Thank you to all!!

Thank slackalice1
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had breakfast here 2 days in a row and it was great. The cafe was packed and we could see why as the food was delicious and man sized portions which suited my husbands appetite. Friendly staff and a great atmosphere we will definitely be back

Thank sharenw2015
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bacon mushroom fettuccine pasta is the bomb. Also chicken burger is good as well. Chicken is so tasty and tender. Friendly and closed by to the hotel we stayed at (ibis).

Thank Alex B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $18
American, Bar, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
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?