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Third Place Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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35 Lake Road | Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 4852
07:30 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 07:30 - 15:30
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Blenheim, New Zealand
Level Contributor
50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

I went here with my son, his wife & my two grandchildren - reasonably priced & good food - It's on the lake front & there is good off-street parking to one side of the cafe.

Thank Gerald B
Rotorua, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

I always look forward to the yummy custard slices but lately they have been a bit flat and really small. I don't think they are worth the $5 anymore

Thank debI3825BO
Canberra, Australia
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Came here for a friend's birthday breakfast, quite a large group of us with no reservation. But this didn't startle the staff at all, they re-arranged some tables took our orders and things just ran that smoothly from the get go. Great ecperience

Thank Dez1985
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

I used to come here often, and while the coffee is still good, unfortunately the food and the service has dropped. I had the eggs bene with a side of avocado for an extra $3.50...for that I got 2 slices of bruised avo on top of over cooked eggs. When I last visited 3 weeks ago I had the fresh... More 

Thank Keri16
Darwin, Australia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Amazing food. In Rotorua on holiday and took TripAdvisor advice. Very generous serves. We shared and still struggled to finish. Excellent. Nice staff. Good view over lake.

Thank Judy O
Rotorua, New Zealand
Level Contributor
65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Had lunch here on a Friday, it wasn't busy. The café overlooks the Ohinemutu Area / Lake so get a table towards the back of the café with a view. The staff seemed a bit bored and not very interested. The cabinet selections are OK, the Ginger Crunch has good solid ginger flavour. Food from the menu was a little... More 

Thank Lee-Ann M
Rotorua NZ
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150 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I always enjoy the 3rd Place, the food is excellent and the service friendly' We all enjoyed our meal and look forward to the next visit.

1 Thank chiliwilinz
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

We ordered fish and chips. The fish was great, the salad also, the tartar also, but I would recommend to make home made fries, not deepfrozen, it is so much better and really bad potatoes can ruin the whole impression. And the other negative experience was the waitress who was not too kind. Overall experience is good, but they could... More 

Thank tundiis
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed there with my friend , meal was really good , we ordered coffees for us which was just awesome, really want to go there again and want to try something different.😊

Thank 240gagand
Level Contributor
19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

This is a trendy cafe with a great atmosphere. Nice food, good coffee, lots of magazines and newspapers. Unfortunately the last time we were there (sat morning) the music was very loud, with a heavy beat, and not pleasant. ] wanted a quiet coffee and cake and read the paper and chat to my companions. But the loud music drove... More 

3 Thank HillcrestTraveller

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$13
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Delivery
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Open Hours
07:30 - 15:30
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Lake Road | Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-349 4852
Third Place Cafe has great views of Lake Rotorua from the indoor and outdoor tables. Fresh food made daily. Full breakfast and Lunch menus, Morning and Afternoon tea. Great Coffee and fresh daily baking. Range of salads and sandwiches.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?