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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 - 21:30
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Sun - Wed 07:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 07:00 - 21:30
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Wellington, New Zealand
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for ldinner and breakfast in that order. Dinner was a huge tower of power Vegie Burger with chips which I shared with my companion. It was HUGE as are the massive slices of cake which I didn't have room for. Breakfast the next day was scrambled egg with bacon and was fabulous. The coffee is excellent and I... More 

Thank Tafianz
Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ordered a burger which tasted decent. The citrus cake was too sweet overwhelming the sourness that I was expecting. However, the portions were all huge.

Thank Zexenknight
Marseille, France
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice place with a varied menu. You can have lunch at any time or enjoy desserts. Good quality/ price range.

Thank SilIRP
Rotorua, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in on my way home to buy a piece of carrot cake-lights were on and door was open.. 2 women were standing behind the counter. Simply told 'we're closed, we close at nine!' (it was 9.10pm).. I said that I just wanted a piece of carrot cake, was told, 'No we have already cashed up!'...Really!!, perhaps put out a... More 

Thank Gloria P
Orem, Utah
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34 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Portions were very large, had a fun, chill vibe to it. Definitely a happening place, lots of folks stopping for a bite to eat.

Thank DareAcceptor
Rotorua, New Zealand
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered the B.L.A.T with wedgies and the mushroom fettuccini... it looked like I could have made it and I'm no kitchen wiz. Didn't taste fresh, felt like it was heated up. Quite disappointed especially as the order was over $50 drinks included, not happy and not coming back. :(

Thank Amelia2407
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Offered coffee and a selection of cakes or lunches. Both were good. On both occasions we went in there, it was extremely busy, suggesting it has a good local reputation as well. Round the corner from the information centre. Decor is different, as are table markers for your order.

Thank Margaret S
Auckland, New Zealand
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have being coming to this bistro for almost 30 years on/off. Either their standard have slipped dramatically or the rest of Rotorua restaurant scene have left the "Fat Dog" behind. My wife had the Tropical Fish burger - the idea was good. The description was tempting. Nice peesentation, Good portion , but the fish - awful. At nearly $20, we... More 

Thank DanWu2014
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here over Anzac weekend, lovely food, great service and the place itself is funky and different which we liked!! Serving sizes are huge!!

Thank 73mopar
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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411 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not much by way of sandwiches, just a few panini already prepared and uninviting. We went for Fish and Chips and the DB burger. Both were enormous with a huge helping of chips. J reckoned the fish (three pieces) was delicious, nicely cooked in a light batter. The DB burger... More 

Thank Sennockian55

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$5 - US$17
American, Bar, Cafe, European, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
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?