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Lakeside Cafe

Cafe, European, New Zealand
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Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good range of food available and lovely coffee. Seating available outside if the weather permits. Nice to have a coffee and a snack whilst looking out across the Lake. :)

Thank Aygee56
Hamilton, New Zealand
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overpriced tea and the carrot cakes were very old. Could not even wait for us to finish our tea and the vacumn cleaner was wizzing around us. Not a very pleasant experience considering the price>Would not go again

1 Thank Anne M
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Why would you bother? Oh that's right, it's the only place by the lake front not counting the overly priced burger van type of cafe further over. My suggestion is go somewhere else and get a coffee and food to go, then come down to lakefront and enjoy a great coffee and sandwich cake or whatever, from somewhere else.

1 Thank Kevin E
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Such an awesome location, yet that was the only good thing about the place. Burnt coffee & very overpriced. Ordered eggs on toast, received cold bacon, fried eggs overdone, and toast with jam on a separate plate. Service was terrible. All staff looked miserable and rude. Won't be back there.

1 Thank Dannii R
Auckland, New Zealand
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Why hasnt the managment of this cafe done anything about the comments made about this place..probably because they dont care. I visited this cafe recently, eager to sit and enjoy the view , whle having lunch. What I experienced was very unpleasant and unacceptable, especially in a tourist town.I should have walked out when I opened the door to be... More 

2 Thank loveroflife40
Blenheim, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Cold curdled tomato soup, 45 plus minutes for a warm drink, chips that tasted like old fat, and a pie that had been obviously taken out of a packet and sold as fresh....not. Atrocious would not recommend to anyone not even worth one star. And certainly not cheap for reheated slop

1 Thank pamwillows
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Went several times - always consistently great food & service. Lovely views of Lake Rotorua. Didn't try other cafes in Rotorua as were very happy there.

Thank TerrySenior
Rotorua, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

I really enjoy their food, & go there often. It isnt cheap, but good things arent cheap. But I have often wondered why they dont have a ramp instead of stairs, so people in wheelchairs, walkers, with pushchairs etc can get up to the food/checkout area. Today we saw a lady slip down the steps and she was holding a... More 

Thank pwDianne
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

We walked along the lake looking for a quaint place for breakfast. No where else in sight so thought we try the Lakeside Cafe as we were hungry. Ordered eggs with bacon, requested poached eggs but was told they couldn't do poached so we had fried. We asked for brown bread but breakfast arrived with white. Coffee was terrible, Chai... More 

1 Thank Karen S
Perth, Australia
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178 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

So whilst travelling on a tour bus around Rotorua and Tauranga, this was designated as the place we would stop and buy lunch. Because we were late, they kept food available for us and there was a great variety and reasonably priced as well. Staff were lovely, plenty of seating available and great views out to the Lake as well.... More 

Thank KylieIsTravelling

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, European, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
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!

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