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Lakeside Cafe

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Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
08:00 - 16:00
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Marlow, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only had coffee here but our family had the works and it all looked very good. I did have a bite of the pancakes and maple syrup that were pretty yum!

Thank CrystalRose54
Monza, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Lakeside Café has a very nice view on Lake Rotorua and a comfortable inner terrace. Food is nice and tasty, but, due to its location, prices are too much elevated. Almost a tourist trap!

Thank BurgerQueen78
Colleyville, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 320 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our tour guide brought us to Lakeside for lunch. The location cannot be beat in Rotorua, right on the lake. You order your food at the counter or select other items served in the cafeteria-style line. The food is brought promptly. We had the chicken sandwich and Lasgna-special. Both were very good and reasonably priced for a resort area.

Thank Steveh3Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Hot food and hot food, friendly service, great views over the lake.Can sit inside or under an umbrella.

Thank Liz M
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Our tour leader called ahead to reserve seating for 28. We were asked to order sandwiches to be quick, but I was intrigued by the special: salmon and potato cakes and salad. It was good, and with quick service, we had time to walk to the St. Faith's Anglican Church in the Maori village and be back on time to... More 

Thank 262DianeV2014
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Travelling on a day trip and arrangements made for lunch at the Lakeside Café. Excellent food and you can choose a sandwich or hot food. Seating marked out for already on our tour bus and it was great. Clean and tidy. Food good.

Thank Postiestylist
Rotorua District, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Thought we would take the kids out for a early lunch here. Thought the food was a little on the expensive side when we got there . But there's a bit more to look at being by the lake so thought what the heck we a here !! So bowl of wedges $14 (Gulp) but they were tasted good. But... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, View, Kids, Child-friendly
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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