Where to Eat in Rotorua: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 21, 2017 Giuseppe Pratt

Bubbling mineral springs and pools promise maximum relaxation in Rotorua, on New Zealand's North Island. Therapeutic hot mud pools, dramatic geysers and a buried village are within easy reach of the city. What happens in the bubbling mud geysers of "Rotovegas"—the area at the top of Fenton Street—stays in Rotovegas. Once you've made the most of the mud, soar nearly 2,000 feet on the Skyline Gondola for views of Lake Rotorua, then zip back down to explore the lake by paddle steamer, fishing charter or WWII amphibious vehicle.
Things to do in Rotorua

1. Capers Epicurean

1181 Eruera Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Contemporary, Soups, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$173 +64 7-348 8818
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 857 reviews

Capers Epicurean

Capers has a passion to provide our valued customers with food that is both good for your body, soul and for the planet. With our free-trade coffee beans and organic deli products, sustainability is at the top of our priorities. For over a decade, the Capers team have been making and serving wholesome foods and a great coffee and edgy T2 teas. Whether it's a catch up with friends, weekend brunch, business breakfasts, family outing, food on the go, or a dinner date - we have got you covered.

Reviewed By claire621

We visited twice for breakfast during a brief stay in Rotorua, the coffee was okay but the food was outstanding. We enjoyed eggs benedict with ham hock, which was huge! Perfectly poached eggs and acres of ham, yum. The second morning we had bacon bagels, again big portion with tomatoes and capers and scrambled eggs - sounds a bit odd? Try it :)

2. Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant

1118 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$86 - HK$181 +64 7-343 6222
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant

Rotorua's most awarded restaurant with awesome atmosphere and flawless service.

Reviewed By traheg - Trondheim, Norway

We wanted indian food, and this place offered a a great version of it. Nice to sit outside, and the waiter was swift and friendly to us, although maybe not so happy. Not a problem though. Great nan. Can definitely recommend this place.

3. Stratosfare Rotorua

178 Fairy Springs Rd | Skyline Rotorua, Rotorua 3201, New Zealand Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer Italian, Indian, Seafood, International, Mediterranean, Sushi, European, Grill, Contemporary, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$173 - HK$455 +64 7-347 0027
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Stratosfare Rotorua

Where to look first, outwards, upwards or at the live chef displays... Set high on the side of Mount Ngongotaha, Stratosfare is the newest hot spot on Rotorua's burgeoning foodie scene. Luxurious Italian marble, granite, schist stonework and timber set the scene for a memorable experience where David Trubridge light frames your dinner setting for an evening that is sure to delight all your senses. Skilled chefs at their stations craft your cuisine, while cocktail connoisseurs mix and shake at the bar - and the sights don't stop - there's also an incredible 180 degree Panorama of Lake Rotorua and the city to soak in amongst the atmosphere. Did we mention the menu? A range of cuisine is presented to tantalize your taste buds, from the tidal mussel tank, ensuring the freshest mussels you can find, to the flame rotisserie, aged prime cuts, Art of the Grill, seasonal salads and the freshly cooked-to-order crepes, we are sure you will leave wanting to come back again and again. Featuring a stunning array of freshly prepared buffet and cooked-to-order dishes highlighting locally sourced seafood, meat and produce, Stratosfare will take you on a gastronomic journey. Our commitment to quality begins long before our produce arrives at our pinnacle site. We work in partnership with local NZ farmers and growers who share our commitment to food excellence, from the pasture to the plate. Our award-winning Wagyu Angus cross fillet steak is just one example. Our prime beef comes from 16,000 hectares of coastal farms near Gisborne. The people of Mangatu Farms have been working their ancestral lands for more than 200 years. They can tell us exactly where the beef has come from, how it was reared and what it was fed. It's the little details like these that set our dining experience apart. We think you will be able to taste the difference too. Last dinner booking 8.30Pm.

Reviewed By Alison D - Sleaford, United Kingdom

We were told about this by a local who described it as a great experience & he wasn’t wrong. We booked for our Saturday night dinner in advance & as the gondola ride is included (which normally costs $31) it means you get the chance to walk around & view all the activities as well as your meal. It happened to start pouring with rain when we were there, so we took shelter in the wine-tasting experience, (there are worse things to do on a rainy afternoon!) wonderfully led by Annie. There is so much to choose from, the challenge is to select those things you really want to sample, without peaking too early! Our server was Geraldine, who was charming and helpful, keeping a smile as she cleared away our Mountains of plates, thank you! We did hesitate at first as it was $57 a head, so not cheap, but when you consider how much you pay for a starter & main in a decent restaurant, not to mention the fact that here, you can go back & try as many dishes as you like/have room for, it was actually quite a bargain - in a lovely place with superb views. Go for it!

4. Le Cafe de Paris

1206 Hinemoa Street | Cbd, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand (Formerly Le Cafe de Paris) Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards French, Cafe, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast HK$55 +64 7-348 1210
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 261 reviews

Le Cafe de Paris

Being greeted with a friendly "Bonjour!" As you enter the Cafe de Paris is one of its unique charms. The French owners, Alain (from Lyon) and Valerie (from Pau) settled in Rotorua 12 years ago.They provide a wide variety of French cuisine and an all day breakfast with a very competitive price of $9.90 . You can taste their unique almond croissant or beef bourguignon. They offer savoury galettes (delicious crispy, buckwheat crepes, gluten free and organic) or dessert crepes both with a great range of authentic French fillings. It is the original French cafe in Rotorua where you can have the taste of authentic French food surrounded by some "ouh, la! La!" Or "Voila"...Alain and Valerie welcome you with Bonjour and you are the most welcome if you want to try your French.. Come and have a French experience without the jet lag....

Reviewed By Geoff-Dale - Auckland Region, New Zealand

Lovely little cafe in the centre of town. Great prices and good selection from the menu and in the cabinet.

5. Abracadabra Cafe Bar

1263 Amohia Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mexican, Bar, Cafe, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$55 - HK$173 +64 7-348 3883
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 493 reviews

Abracadabra Cafe Bar

Abracadabra cafe and bar "Good food, good vibes" a funky 1940s house with unique character and atmosphere. Come in and meet us for exceptional kiwi service with a smile.

Reviewed By MnWonderer - MN

This was a treat to have stopped in for dinner. This place is unique. The staff especially Monica and Terri wonderful. Very helpful in our food selection and wine selection could not have been better. If you are in the area, this is the place to go.

6. Mokoia Restaurant

77 Robinson Avenue | Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night HK$181 - HK$628 +64 7-343 5100
Excellent
74%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 326 reviews

Mokoia Restaurant

Mokoia Restaurant is a definitive fine dining experience featuring creative Pacific Rim cuisine using fresh and flavoursome local ingredients. The restaurant specializes in healthy gourmet cuisine using unique indigenous foods and herbs. Executive Chef Ervin Y Garde has created a menu that he feels embraces the essence of contemporary New Zealand culture. Join us for breakfast, high teas, lunch and dinner, enjoy freshly squeezed beverages from our fresh juice bar and experience first class hospitality in a positively breath-taking lakefront location.

Reviewed By tropicgirl39 - Sydney, Australia

I wanted to try some Maori cuisine and based on the reviews of this restaurant, decided to try the Mokoia restaurant which is at the Wai Ora spa resort. I am still drooling at the memory of the outstanding meal we had here.
The entrees all looked so delicious and I could not make up my mind so I opted to have 2 entrees instead of a main meal. Both entrees (the venison in plum sauce and the scallops) were delectable. The venison was so tender and cooked to perfection with a sumptuous sauce.
My husband had the salmon which he reported as thoroughly enjoying.
The ice cream trio that my husband ordered (but I ended up eating most of) was absolutely divine.
The service as well was attentive and professional.
The wine list was varied.
I also found for the quality of the meal here, the value was amazing.
Highly recommended and I will definitely return next time we are in Rotorua.

7. Sabroso

1184 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Latin, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks HK$86 - HK$173 +64 7-349 0591
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 614 reviews

Sabroso

Sabroso offers a broad taste of Latin America, serving everything from tasty tapas to homestyle Mexican specialities and traditional South American dishes. The beverage menu features our signature margaritas along with affordable South American wines. In short – unpretentious dining for those who love great flavours. The atmosphere is casual and fun, and the food and drinks are delicious!

Reviewed By Sarahchamps - Auckland, New Zealand

We loved this little restaurant and booked due to the great reviews on trip advisor and we werent disappointed! Really tasty fresh food - best place we ate in Rotorua.

8. Ali Baba's Tunisian Takeaways

1146 Tutanekai Street | Central City, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Tunisian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$31 - HK$102 +64 7-348 2983
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
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Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 433 reviews

Ali Baba's Tunisian Takeaways

Welcome to Ali Baba's Tunisian Cuisine. Tunisian cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean and desert dweller's culinary traditions. Our food can be quite spicy, however we try to cater to customers tastes. As well as meat meals we also have falafel (vegetarian) as a option for those who desire this. Our menu comprises of Kebabs, Pasta and Rice Meals, Gourmet Pizzas and Kascrutes. All meals come with side salads and you can choose from Lamb Chicken or Falafel. Medium or spicy flavour. Ali Baba's Tunisian Cuisine was established in 2004 and is a family owned and operated business. Our aim is to provide flavoursome meals to our customers in a friendly relaxed environment. Our Prices range from $4.50 up to $18.00. Great prices. We have a range of fresh homemade Deserts and biscuits. Our meat and cooking practices are 100% halal.

Reviewed By Eyal K

Amazing place for a good stuffing lunch. Wonderful and uniqe tastes! Worth visiting if you are in Rotorua. Take the mixed kebab!

9. Picnic Cafe

1174 Whakaue Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$110 +64 7-343 9239
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 592 reviews

Picnic Cafe

Reviewed By 123LS - United Kingdom

Nice welcome, varied menu, attentive service. At last somewhere without chips with every meal. Tasty omelette with focaccia. Wanted to return next day but too late and they were closed.

10. Ciabatta Cafe and Bakery

38 White Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$39 - HK$55 +64 7-348 3332
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 552 reviews

Ciabatta Cafe and Bakery

A range of continental breads and pastries baked fresh daily. Also a great lunch menu featuring "The Long Dog". More than just a bakery, we have amazing coffee aswell, plenty of cafe style Seating and great ambience.

Reviewed By Ray A

We stopped by for breakfast and really enjoyed a chocolate croissant, cream-filled donut, and outstanding coffee Americano. We like the place enough to return for lunch to take away and ate it later on the road. Vika was a great sales lady and the breads are the best we found in Rotorua.

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