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Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
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08:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:00
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lakeside Cafe in Rotorua is a must visit if you're in town! The service is simply wonderful, you feel more like you're visiting old friends than going to a cafe. The staff are friendly, warm and approachable but the best part is their milkshakes. Simply heavenly, thick creamy and delicious. I wish I could rate more than 5 stars!

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Thank kylewilloughby
Rotorua, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

was a bit exspensive for what we had. It was good sitting outside looking over the lake.Lots of people having coffee etc

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Thank joanfern
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was recommended by our tour bus Driver Kerry. He also recommended the Cornbeef sandwich which was fantastic. The only downside was they don't sell coke or Pepsi. But the Organic Cola was nice. Great selection of other foods and brilliant cakes.

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Thank Mike M
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21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

This Cafe is OK. The food was good but not great. Definitely came out of a packet from the freezer but it was edible. Great view and some live music which was nice so good for a drink but I wouldn't recommend the food.

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Thank Helen_g13
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Came here in 2010,now here again. Still got the same, good food,good views and nice, polite service. Lots of choice on the menus,almost too much 😀. I'll probably be back here next holiday too. There was a constant stream of customers,which to me indicated a good reputation. Especially as a lot seemed local/regulars.

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Thank Brian C
Auckland
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

As the cafe is by the lakeside.. it's a lovely location.. sunny day, small bites or meals is always a great way to spend the day.. only downside was that our shakes and cold beverages took 25min to come which completely spoilt the experience.. training is required as there was plenty of staff on as it's a weekend...

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Thank Rose1029
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

First of all they advertise a good breakfast selection.. so my partner and I ordered Bacon, eggs and toast which we then found out they only do scrambled and fried.. so I opted for a warm croissant with Jam. We then ordered two coffees and went outside to enjoy the views of the lake. Its took over 30 minutes for... More 

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Thank finvo
Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I have been visiting this cafe for over 7 years, staff are always friendly and helpful. Love the moccachino they make - always delicious. A wide range of food, something to suit a wide range of choices. Sandwiches are always well filled, fresh and tasty. Great location, and if people have little people with them, the safe cobbled area lets... More 

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Thank Chrissie195
Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Sitting outside under umbrellas. Lovely. Good range of food. Decor a bit dated. Outside seating uncomfortable.

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Thank Bigheartjay
George Town, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Enjoying ourselves at the lake front, we decided to have our meal by the lake too. Hence, we picked Lakeside Cafe & Crafts. The outdoor seats are very nice, you can enjoy the warm sunshine and the sparkling lake view. Although situated at tourist area, but the food is surprisingly good and the price is reasonable. Our favorite is the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 16:00
Monday
08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 16:00
Thursday
08:00 - 16:00
Friday
08:00 - 16:00
Saturday
08:00 - 16:00
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
Description
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?