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Lakeside Cafe

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Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
08:00 - 16:00
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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127 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The location of this cafe is superb, but the food is very average, it's more about making money than serving quality food. i struggled that scrambled eggs were made with powdered eggs, not what I was expecting. Service is friendly.

Thank hazel S
Rotorua, New Zealand
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86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

... Fabulous location at the Lakefront overlooking the lake and activities going on there. Best place to sit is outside away from the crowds and noise and tired looking interior. Food old fashioned and ordinary, but is a favoured place by many elderly locals probably because of this... And the view... And the ease of parking. Such a shame that... More 

Thank NZNana
Auckland, New Zealand
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119 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very handily placed with great views over the lake. The food looked a bit ordinary, but I had a fantastic corned beef & salad sandwich, constructed while I watched! Coffee very average. Surroundings reminiscent of 1970s, a bit dark inside, but plenty of outside/near outside seating. Staff pretty friendly.

Thank Alison K
Rotorua, New Zealand
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I used to eat here often but had a break and was very disappointed when returning. The selection had certainly decreased and the prices had certainly increased. Returning for coffee refil, they had run out. We had a snack and drink - not lunch due to the prices.

Thank Katie W
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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217 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here for a lunch and once we had survived the ordering and paying process we were very satisfied with the food. I feel that perhaps they were surprised by the volume of customers

Thank CaravannersDandK
Hamilton New Zealand
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102 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We had a great table by the window and enjoyed lunch from the special board. It was lovely and reasonably priced.

Thank nadyjay
Naples, Florida, United States
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83 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We thought that we would have lunch here after seeing it recommended. The setting was nice but the food was average and overpriced. Would not return as there are so many other cafes in the area.

Thank Rodger T
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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281 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Seriously.. maccas is better. Bland hash browns. Terrible shoulder bacon even coffee was poor. I would never give these guys a good recommendation. Left most of it on the plate. Perfect location shame about the food. Spend some money on decent produce and you will see your profits soar

Thank crocteaser
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

The only place by the lake so they have a captive audience. Coffee and cheesecake were Yum. The view is stunning the cafe just a bit dated could be amazing with a revamp. The young guy that served us was lovely. Bit odd that they started to put tables and umbrellas away at 2.30 so even though it closes at... More 

Thank Tracey A
Brockville, Ontario, Canada
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29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Nice Fast food restaurant and is very popular with Tours. Most people try the Fish & Chips. We tried the potato wedges & Fries but prefered the Fries.

Thank Gary T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
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
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?