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“Nice coffee and food but service not great.”
Review of Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

Fat Dog Cafe & Bar
Ranked #19 of 223 Restaurants in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: American, Bar, Cafe, European, Soups, New Zealand
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Whangarei, New Zealand
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136 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Nice coffee and food but service not great.”
Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Went here for coffee and something for breakfast due to Lonely Planets recommendation. Coffee and food were lovely and they had soya milk alternative which is a bonus. However our food was handed to us straight at the counter and then the coffees took forever. They were busy which I understand cos I used to do exactly the same job. But there should have been a bit more coordination so it all came out together when it eventually came out.

  • Visited October 2013
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great food, great atmosphere, great service”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

Fat dog is a trendy cafe that serves great food, from breakfast right through to dinner. Great place to take the kids and very reasonable prices.
Have been here on a number of occasions for breakfast and dinner and enjoyed it each time. If I ask our boys where they want to go for dinner, Fat Dog is their restaurant of choice.
We have never had to wait very long for our food either. Very efficient service.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Paul B
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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94 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Inspiration with breakfast?”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

I love this place. We parked ourselves on the comfy sofas by the window and spent a happy afternoon drinking coffee, reading and updating our blogs. Then we came back after dinner for one of the extraordinary desserts (deep fried ice cream anyone?) and the next day for breakfast. Definitely the best meal of the day.
It's a busy place. There were groups of backpackers, local folk having early meetings, and couples drifting in an out for coffees and snacks.
The atmosphere is casual but the service is sharp. Inspirational quotes on the backs of chairs walls and ceilings are a bit different and lots of fun. All in all this really is a great wee place. I only wish that there was one closer to home.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank LocalTouristNZ
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Perth, Australia
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Biggest burgers ever”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is a great place to go with kids and teenagers, something for everyone. It's got a good vibe, the kids loved the looney tunes characters as table numbers! We had quite a long wait on a Saturday night as it was very busy, but were happy with our burgers - the biggest ones we've ever seen.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Trevor C
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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great coffee, great food, fun place!”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

At Fat Dog you can get a great coffee to complement your meal.
The hot chocolates have to be tried!
Meals are a work of Art and the table markers are unique.
A fun and popular place. You'll be happy to wait for a great experience.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Jen W
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