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Mokoia Restaurant

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New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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77 Robinson Avenue | Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-343 5100
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Bordeaux, France
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to have three entres/first courses each and they were served on six separate small dishes: we had a beautiful fresh prawn and scallop dish (biggest scallop I have ever eaten), a delicious charred duck and a stuffed squid dish. Then for main course, which we split again, was the eye fillet (medium rare as we love it), once... More 

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1 Thank Reay M
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Kiaora Reay M, Thank you for your delightful feedback. Our team is very happy to read regarding your overall experience here at the Mokoia Restaurant. Thank you for detailing it! We pride our service and meal, and a comment like yours surely keeps on motivated in reaching that excellence. Thank you once again. We look forward to hosting you near... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place offered us the best fine dining experience of a life time. The best we had in ages. Sea food chowder and the lamb were just mind blowing, great taste and presentation. Enough parking space on site and the host opens the door and welcomes by the name. We were hosted by Binod, demonstrating the world class styles of... More 

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Thank Stephen S
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Stephen S, Wow! Thank you such an amazing 5-star review. Our team here at Mokoia Restaurant is very delighted to hear regarding your experience. It really makes us feel proud when our guests enjoy our meals and service. Thank you for your recommendation and we eagerly wait for your return. We look forward to hosting you soon. Warm Regards,... More 

Wollongong
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201 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a quality restaurant but why on earth is it all the way out in the boonies? If it was in town I'd be more inclined to vote it higher. It's just a pain to get there and it's not like it's got a view or anything special to tempt you. It's pretty pricey but the food is good,... More 

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WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Squizzynet, Thank you for providing us with a feedback and a generous 4-star rating. Thank you for sharing your dining experience, I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our food and a good service from our team. We do offer a complimentary shuttle service for our guests (pre-booking very essential and recommended). We look forward to hosting... More 

Australia
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

Had the most awesome burger,tasty, patties just cooked right,thin fries,good service friendly staff.Had breakfast here as well Continental as well as hot,baked beans in a wee ramikin tasted homemade small beans but tasty as poached eggs cooked perfect on toast,fresh fruit was also yummy as were the croissants.

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Thank jontue
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear jontue, Thank you for an amazing feedback on your dining experience here at Mokoia Restaurant. It is very delighting to read a review when our guests fully satisfied and enjoyed our meals. Your comment has been shared with the team and we are very excited. Thank you once again and we look forward to hosting you very soon. Warm... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

The atmosphere was great and the food was wonderful. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a great night out for any occasion.

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Thank Wendy5558
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Wendy5558, Wow! Thank you for such an amazing review. Our team here at Mokoia Restaurant is very happy to hear regarding your overall Mokoia Experience. It is comment like yours that motivates us to strive even more to ensure a 100% guest satisfaction. Thank you once again, we look forward to hosting you soon. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal More 

1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

Arrival at the places and ask the front counter is the kitchen still open and told the front counter and waitress that we DIDN'T have a booking and ask for a la cart menu but has been giving a set lunch menu instead and been told is $39 for the whole lots so we said ok. Then half way through... More 

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Thank Joan W
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Joan W, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. First of all, I would sincerely like to apologies for a poor service you received upon your visit. It is comment like yours that helps us improve even more. I have shared your feedback with my team and I will personally be investigating the issue myself. Please... More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

Amazing food, amazing value and amazing service. The people were well trained and very friendly the restaurant had a nice atmosphere but the food, OMG, if you are in Rotorua you have to go here for dinner it was a taste bud extravaganza. Our mains were not quite as good as the bread and dips (highly recommend) or soup we... More 

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Thank Tanya E
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Tanya E, Thank you such an amazing review and a 5-star rating on top. Our team is very glad to hear regarding your overall experience here at Mokoia Restaurant. WaiOra Lakeside Spa Resort is also a 4.5 star luxury resort with a Day Spa on its wing where daily treatments and spa therapies are operated, our guests are most... More 

Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

My partner and I were celebrating our anniversary at this local. We were both very impressed with neat and classy decor, professional staff and of course, most delicious food we both ever had! I was intrigued with they unique use of local herbs and spices in their modern cuisine, very original! We were offered seat in situation appropriate place with... More 

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Thank Chezz777
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Chezz777, Thank you for such a wonderful review. I am very pleased to hear regarding your overall experience here at Mokoia Restaurant. Your comment has been shared with the team and we are very delighted. We pride ourselves in using indigenous herbs and spices on our food. Guest satisfaction is what we aim for and a review like yours... More 

Rome, Italy
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

We choose this restaurant because it was one of the only one that was stating to use local maori spices. The restaurant is inside an hotel and we were hesitant at the beginning, but we tried and we decided that once there, we should try the shared menu in order to taste more dishes possible. At the end it was... More 

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Thank Mara S
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Mara S, Wow! First of all, Thank you very much for such a valuable feedback. Our team here at the Mokoia Restaurant is very delighted to hear regarding your Experience. We pride ourselves in using indigenous herbs and spices on our food and customer service. Thank you detailing your dining experience. It is comment like your that motivates our... More 

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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016 via mobile

We came here 2 years ago, and we're so impressed with the food we decided to make a detour and come back to Rotorua just for another meal. We were not disappointed. The couple sharing experience allowed us to sample 3 entrees, 3 mains and 2 desserts (we couldn't manage 3...). The chowder was outstanding, the prawns and the BBQ... More 

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1 Thank Crulajk
WaiOra_Manager, Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Crulajk, Wow! Thank you for sharing your amazing experience and detailed review on Mokoia Restaurant's shared dining experience. I am very glad to hear that your detour to Rotorua for dining purpose turned out to be excellent. Our team are very delighted to hear back from you. Thank you for being our return guests and we look forward to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$23 - $80
Cuisine
New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 77 Robinson Avenue | Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-343 5100
Description
Mokoia Restaurant is a definitive fine dining experience featuring creative Pacific Rim cuisine using fresh and flavoursome local ingredients. The restaurant specializes in healthy gourmet cuisine using unique indigenous foods and herbs. Executive Chef Ervin Y Garde has created a menu that he feels embraces the essence of contemporary New Zealand culture. Join us for breakfast, high teas, lunch and dinner, enjoy freshly squeezed beverages from our fresh juice bar and experience first class hospitality in a positively breath-taking lakefront location.

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