Where to Eat and What to Order in Rotorua

Whether you’re short on time or you’re just eager to go straight to the best, keep scrolling to find out where to eat and what to order in Rotorua.

A donut on a table.

Eating our way through a city or town is easily one of our favorite ways to experience a new destination, and it was no surprise that this beautiful, geothermal town delivered with plenty of options. From mouthwatering cabinet food options to a luxurious seafood buffet, we’ve discovered the best places to eat in Rotorua, and now we’re spilling the secrets.

Whether you’re short on time or you’re just eager to go straight to the best, keep scrolling to find out where to eat and what to order in Rotorua.

Spending the day in Rotorua? Check out our 12 Hour Guide to find out exactly what to see and do to make the most of your stay.

A donut with a syringe.

Fresh donuts, Baked Rotorua

Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa

Known as the home of donuts in Rotorua, Baked offers up perfectly doughy delicacies that are so good, even the non-sweet toothed among us will be delighted. Add in your choice of jam, Nutella, or salted caramel to your heart’s content thanks to a cheeky syringe that lets you customise your order of glazed goodness from start to finish.

Cabinet food.

Cabinet Food, Capers Epicurean

1181 Eruera Street

When you’re on the go, Capers does cabinet food exceptionally well, and won’t leave you feeling like you’ve traded quality for convenience. Try a crumbed chicken sandwich with sweet chili and aioli for something savoury, or head to their sweets cabinet for a number of decadent cakes, slices and vegan raw treats. Whether you opt to eat in their large dining room with plenty of seating or retreat back to your car for a meal on the dashboard, you’ll be well taken care of.

Food on a table at Rotorua's Terrace Kitchen.

TKFC, Terrace Kitchen

1029 Tutanekai Street

If you’re looking for an elevated but casual dining experience, head to Terrace Kitchen for a plate of their TK-marinade fried chicken, complete with chickpea crumb and lemon mayo. It’s totally gluten-free, and trust us: you won’t miss the breadcrumbs one bit. Bonus: The space has been designed with a huge attention to detail, (we’re talking white tiling, natural tumbled, and tons of natural light), so be prepared to feel impressed just stepping in the door.

Food and a cocktail on a table.

Cassava Parmesan Croquettes and the Chimichanga, Sabroso

1184 Haupapa Street

The cassava parmesan croquettes with chimichurri mayo make the perfect appetizer to start your meal on the right foot, and are, in our opinion, a must-order. For your main, you can’t go wrong with a chimichanga—a cheese filled fried flour tortilla that will put you into a food coma in the best way possible. We would be remiss not to mention that you should wash all of this down with a margarita—they’re well-loved with regulars and it’s easy to see why.

Seafood on display.

Seafood buffet, Stratosfare

178 Fairy Springs Road

“Award-winning cuisine” and “buffet-style restaurant” may initially seem like an oxymoron, but this dark and glamorous venue will prove that theory wrong. You’ll be elated to fill up your plate with their fresh, locally sourced seafood that ranges from mussels to calamari and prawns, all while enjoying the stunning panoramic views of Lake Rotorua.

A toasted sandwich.

Kimcheese Toastie, Okere Falls Store

This is far from your average toastie, boasting homemade kimchi and melted cheese with pickled vegetables atop a warm, toasted bun—the perfect way to hit the spot after a long afternoon exploring Rotorua. Plus, they have gluten-free and vegan options available, so no one has to miss out. If you’re extra peckish, pair it with something tasty and energising from their smoothie menu. You’ll feel rejuvenated and ready to hit the road again in no time flat.

Sushi on a plate.

Fresh Sashimi, Yamato

1123 Pukuatua Street, Hillcrest

Park yourself at the U-shaped bar and watch the chefs slice sashimi made of some of the freshest fish in town. This warm and humble Japanese eatery is all about delivering an authentic Japanese experience that will have you returning again and again. (Not to mention, it’s BYO with a small corkage fee!)

Vegan sweet food on a table.

Plant-based cheesecake, Tea & Happiness

149 Fairy Springs Road, Koutu

This plant-based cafe’s cheesecakes will satisfy even the most critical dessert connoisseurs, without using even a hint of animal products. Like what you taste? Owner/Operator Karin Vincent is just as happy to share recipes! Admittedly, we haven’t perfected the art of vegan cheesecake quite like Karin, but that just gives us an excuse to return as much as we please.