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Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

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1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
+64 7-347 7586
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07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Wed 07:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 07:00 - 21:30
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6 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The meals were quite expensive and sadly the food didn't live up to expectations. The cake was dry and the chicken burger I ordered was in need of more seasoning/flavour. The tables and highchair weren't clean and I had to get three forks before I found a clean one. Very disappointed unfortunately.

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food here is large and generous. The coffee is always good and the staff are always friendly. There is need to wipe the tables better and more often, but it maybe due to the fact the are busy

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Thank Keryn69
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Food is excellent - menu is extensive. Very hard to decide on what to eat - saw other people's meals come and wished I was able to eat more! Service is swift and professional.

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed breakfast early Monday morning before visiting Te Paui. It was a bustling spot with kitchy decorations and good coffee! We had he Eggs Bendite & Vege; both were huge portions & made with fresh ingredients. Timed wifi is offered. It was a great way to start our morning. Takeaways (to go) is available; case was fully stocked with... More 

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Bournemouth
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food is reasonably priced, when compared to prices of other food-places in Rotorua. Quality wise, it's mostly fried food, but it's good fried food. To put it in perspective, we moved to Rotorua from the UK a few months ago. We've had quite a few portions of fish and chips around town, and my wife today announced that the... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited Fat Dog with around an hour to spend with parking available in a limited time frame. The food was reasonably priced and came out quickly. The portion was huge and more than enough to eat. The food was largely fried fare, so possibly not for the health conscious but it was good and I enjoyed my meal.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The thing about fat dog is they're inconsistent I've had ok meals there but I've also had terrible meals. The big breakfast is mainly deep fried stuff which isn't that appetising. Coffee was good, service ok.

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Thank ccw85
Auckland, New Zealand
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118 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stopped in for a simple coffee & scone, which was very good - see photo (generously sized scone, freshly made). Only regret was not being more hungry - lots of food choices for any kind of breakfast, brunch, lunch, morning tea ... Plenty of options for vegetarians. Coffee was good, service was friendly & prompt, staff were welcoming. There are... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have ordered a blueberry and cream cheese muffin. It was surprisingly good. It really tasted like a good soft moist blueberry cheesecake. The staff was very friendly too.

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Thank ptrckng
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We always amke a point of going to the Fat Dog when we visit Rotorua! It's great. The portions are epic, and top tip is to make sure you're hungry before you go. We had bangers & mash, fish & chips and chilli nachos. There was enough food for 6 people let alone the 3 of us! If you get... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 17
Cuisine
American, Bar, Cafe, European, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:30
Friday
07:00 - 21:30
Saturday
07:00 - 21:30
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?