Restaurants

Latin American in Rotorua

Sabroso

This modest Latin American cantina − adorned with sombreros, guitars and salt-and-pepper shakers made from Corona bottles − serves zingy south-of-the-border fare. The black-bean chilli and the seafood tacos are exce…
Cafe in Rotorua

Third Place

This super-friendly cafe is away from the hubbub and has awesome lake views. All-day breakfast/brunch sidesteps neatly between fish and chips, and a 'mumble jumble' of crushed kumara (sweet potato), green tomatoes a…
International in Rotorua

Atticus Finch

Named after the righteous lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird, the hippest spot on Eat Streat follows through with a Harper Lee cocktail and a Scout Sangria. Beyond the literary references, the menu of shared plates cha…
Cafe in Rotorua

Artisan Cafe

A spinning wheel and a Mary Poppins-type bicycle lend a folksy feel to Rotorua's best cafe. Yet there's nothing old-fashioned about the food, which includes cooked breakfasts, burgers, salads and a couple of vegan o…
Italian in Rotorua

Leonardo’s Pure Italian

Although it looks cavernous from the outside, Leonardo's is surprisingly pleasant inside, with dark wood, soft lighting and welcoming service. Sometimes the simple things are the best, and that's certainly the case …
Cafe in Rotorua

Le Café de Paris

The greeting is très français but this little cafe walks a fine line between a traditional crêperie and the kind of cafe that Kiwi retirees gravitate to. Galettes (savoury crêpes) are cooked to order and served alon…
Mediterranean in Rotorua

Abracadabra Cafe Bar

Channelling Spain, Mexico and North Africa, Abracadabra is a magical cave of spicy delights, from beef-and-apricot tagine to chicken enchiladas. There's an attractive front deck and a great beer terrace out the back…
Cafe in Rotorua

Fat Dog

With paw prints and silly poems painted on the walls, this is the town’s most child-friendly cafe. During the day it dishes up burgers, nachos, salads and massive sandwiches; in the evening it’s candlelit lamb shank…
Thai in Rotorua

Thai Restaurant

Our pick of the global selection of ethnic eateries along Tutanekai St, the Thai overcomes an unimaginative name with excellent service and top-notch renditions of classics such as pad thai and green curry. The seaf…
South Indian in Rotorua

Coconut Cafe & Restaurant

Owned by a friendly southern Indian family from Kerala, this riot of yellow and lime-green decor also serves up authentic dishes from Sri Lanka. Try the fish moilee (a hearty Keralan-style curry laced with coconut m…