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Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

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1161 Arawa St., Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
+64 7-347 7586
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Wed 07:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 07:00 - 21:30
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Melbourne, Australia
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were there for an early dinner. Family friendly cafe. Quirky little touches to the decor. Menu lists most classic cafe food and has a good selection on the kids menu including toddler portions! Definitely go for the lamb shanks which are hearty and very tasty. Good crisp chips accompany most meals. Most would struggle to finish a meal here!

Thank Jenni8774
Ngongotaha, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Been here many times and always leave feeling full! Wide menu, yummy food, friendly service and big portions. Best thing has got to be their caramel slice its DELICIOUS!

Thank jackhemi26
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, huge portions, nice environment, friendly helpful staff. Recommendation to the team though - either give food leftovers to farmers for their animals, or distribute to genuine needy folk.

Thank Rhodie1970
South Island, New Zealand
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146 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

my boyfriend really wants to try the place due to its quirky name so thats what we did we both had burgers both quite huge portions, my friend had pasta. I had a some pasta from him, it tasted awful so i shared my fish with him ... sort of american food fatty and massive portions... we did the tongariro... More 

Thank Shelathexplorer
Dublin, Ireland
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421 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a lovely coffee here one afternoon and had to share a caramel slice it was so huge. Quirky spot and good place to relax and watch the world go by.

Thank Orla B
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The best cafe in Rotorua! Meals are huge and worth every penny! Lovely staff and friendly! Love the atmosphere!

Thank Jerry L
Wilton, California
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went here because it was listed in one of our tour books. It had a different vibe than other restaurants we've been to on our vacation--not necessarily good or bad. Food only was average.

Thank dillysm0m
Marlow, United Kingdom
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266 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There were 7 of us eating here, 4 adults and 3 children. It was extremely busy but we found room to sit. The food was really excellent, and clean plates were sent back. We had a huge variety of dishes see the photos. I would definitely go back to eat when in Rotorua again.

Thank CrystalRose54
Cairns Region, Australia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Price was a bit on the high level. Food was really nice. Clean Prompt service. Coffee was good. Comfortable

Thank Sparkles14
Westfield, New Jersey
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118 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From a random stop in for coffee to a full lunch and breakfast the next day, we could not believe our luck in having found Fat Dog cafe. The staff are amazing friendly and the food is well worth it. Enjoy a flat white!

Thank Traveling4BiznFun

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$18
American, Bar, Cafe, European, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
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?