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Urbano Bistro

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289 Fenton Street | Glenholme, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 3770
09:00 - 15:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 09:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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Perth, Australia
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100 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

We ate at Urbano Bistro during a family stay at Rotorua. The bistro is popular, noisy on a Saturday night and friendly staff and owner (Richard). We had grilled steaks, chicken breast and lamb tenderloin. The food was very well cooked and served perfectly to the requested style (med-rare etc). I got confused with the lamb tenderloin dish. It has... More 

Thank Michael R
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

My husband and I were staying down the road from this restaurant whilst in Rotorua. We spotted this restaurant which was within walking distance of where we were staying. We chose a selection of breads to start and a chicken burger and beef burger as our mains with a bottle of Riesling. Despite a disappointed look from our waitress, the... More 

Thank helenbolton_11
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

The food here is superb. The have a really lovely and well executed menu. And we had a lovely server too. There is a bar area at one end of the restaurant and we had a drink there but its not conducive to staying; little draughty and uncomfortable.

Thank ergogirl
Belgrade, Montana
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

Wife and I had dinner here and the food was 3.5 out of 5 stars. It's fine if it's convenient and you're travel weary, but it's uninspired. Better restaurants with real passion for food are in and around the town center.

Thank dananna2016
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

Seriously the best breakfast we had on our New Zealand trip. Our order consisted of the Urbano Hobo and the French toast. Wonderful friendly service and a great coffee to kick start our morning. Thanks heaps for a job well done !

Thank Katie- C
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

Had a lovely meal here on first night. Mix of European/Asian influence. All very tasty and good portions. Enjoyed the wine and draught beer.

Thank Chris C
Galashiels, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Was recommended this restaurant as fine dining. Staff were lovely and attentive. Prices were high ( more than some top restaurants I've eaten at in other cities) Food was tasty but no more than other restaurants so in my opinion slightly overpriced. My husband had steak and asked for medium, it came out rare.., He still ate it as didn't... More 

Thank J T
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

Excellent service and very nice ambience, all was set for a fantastic experience until the meal/s arrived. The positive balanced out the negative to create an overall experience that was average. That said the staff did ask often (too often) if the meal was OK which to me suggested a lack of confidence in the chef.

Thank Kadinmac
Key West, Florida
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72 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Our meal at Urbano is summed up in my title to this review. We had a delicious meal but the service was extremely slow. It was high tourist season and the restaurant was packed with what appeared to be too few serving staff. Once we got our meals, the food was beautifully prepared and presented.

Thank AstuteTraveler33040
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

This was our second visit with a year in between. Once again the service was spot on and so friendly. The food was outstanding. We'll be back.

Thank Mark G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$28
European, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 289 Fenton Street | Glenholme, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-349 3770
Located on the corner of Grey & Fenton Streets in Rotorua's "MOTEL MILE" for all day dining, allowing extensive use of the sheltered northerly aspect for alfresco dining in warmer months, through to the relaxed contemporary decor of the interior to suit all occasions. Smart casual cafe by day - serving breakfast, lunch and bar snacks. Fresh baked muffins, slices, cakes and biscuits. Ozone Coffee - dine in or takeaway. Bistro dining by night - serving modern, innovative, contemporary NZ cuisine. Suitable for casual and intimate dining, business meetings, family and corporate functions. Licensed bar. Menus available online. Reservations recommended. Free wi-fi. Free motel delivery. Voted "Outstanding Restaurant", Rotorua Hospitality Awards 2013 & finalists in 2014. NZ Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards 2013 and 2014. Semi-Finalist "Monteith's Wildfood Challenge" 2013.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?