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Third Place Cafe

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35 Lake Road | Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 4852
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I used to come here often, and while the coffee is still good, unfortunately the food and the service has dropped. I had the eggs bene with a side of avocado for an extra $3.50...for that I got 2 slices of bruised avo on top of over cooked eggs. When I last visited 3 weeks ago I had the fresh... More 

Thank Keri16
Darwin, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Amazing food. In Rotorua on holiday and took TripAdvisor advice. Very generous serves. We shared and still struggled to finish. Excellent. Nice staff. Good view over lake.

Thank Judy O
Rotorua, New Zealand
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had lunch here on a Friday, it wasn't busy. The café overlooks the Ohinemutu Area / Lake so get a table towards the back of the café with a view. The staff seemed a bit bored and not very interested. The cabinet selections are OK, the Ginger Crunch has good solid ginger flavour. Food from the menu was a little... More 

Thank Lee-Ann M
Rotorua NZ
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142 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I always enjoy the 3rd Place, the food is excellent and the service friendly' We all enjoyed our meal and look forward to the next visit.

1 Thank chiliwilinz
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ordered fish and chips. The fish was great, the salad also, the tartar also, but I would recommend to make home made fries, not deepfrozen, it is so much better and really bad potatoes can ruin the whole impression. And the other negative experience was the waitress who was not too kind. Overall experience is good, but they could... More 

Thank tundiis
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed there with my friend , meal was really good , we ordered coffees for us which was just awesome, really want to go there again and want to try something different.😊

Thank 240gagand
Level Contributor
16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a trendy cafe with a great atmosphere. Nice food, good coffee, lots of magazines and newspapers. Unfortunately the last time we were there (sat morning) the music was very loud, with a heavy beat, and not pleasant. ] wanted a quiet coffee and cake and read the paper and chat to my companions. But the loud music drove... More 

2 Thank HillcrestTraveller
Wellington, New Zealand
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245 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had not reserved a table however, were fortunate to have a table with fantastic views over Ohinemutu Village and Lake Rotorua. The café has a very wide range of cabinet and menu food at reasonable prices. The café is very clean and the staff were very friendly and polite. The coffee was great. A really great place for brunch... More 

Thank Peter C
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for lunch with a friend came from overseas . Really heard a lot about this cafe . Atmosphere was really great apart from the staff working in front who served us was so rude . The same girl was on the counter when we ordered and paid . We were told your card got declined & I was like... More 

Thank maganv
fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this review

Dear customer I am very sad to hear that you had a disappointing experience at our cafe. I can understand how you would have felt being told that your payment had been declined and we apologise for the way our staff member handled the situation. I have brought this to the attention of our staff and we thank you for... More 

Whangamata, null, New Zealand
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely brunch was enjoyed at outside table on a beautiful frosty morning. Busy and crowded indoors, but good service, good coffee and menu. A beautiful outlook over ohinemutu village and lake.

Thank Lesley S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$2 - $13
Cafe, European
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Lake Road | Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-349 4852
Third Place Cafe has great views of Lake Rotorua from the indoor and outdoor tables. Fresh food made daily. Full breakfast and Lunch menus, Morning and Afternoon tea. Great Coffee and fresh daily baking. Range of salads and sandwiches.

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