From Filled Cronuts to Fresh Fare, Here's Your Guide to Rotorua's Foodie Scene

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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.

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.

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Cronuts, Ciabatta Café and Bakery

38 White Street, Fenton Park

Known as the home of cronuts in Rotorua, Ciabatta Café and Bakery offers up delicacies that are so good, even the non-sweet toothed among us will be delighted. The hardest part is deciding which flavour to pick!

Cabinet Food, Capers Café + Store

1181 Eruera Street, Rotorua

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.

TKFC, Terrace Kitchen

1029 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua

If you’re looking for an elevated but casual dining experience, you'll need to hire a space for you and your friends at Terrace Kitchen (they cater for groups of 1-500).  You won't want to miss a plate of their TK-marinade fried chicken complete with chickpea crumb and lemon mayo and totally gluten-free. 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.

Cassava Parmesan Croquettes and the Chimichanga, Sabroso

1184 Haupapa Street, Rotorua

The cassava parmesan croquettes with chimichurri mayo at Sabroso 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 buffet, Stratosfare

178 Fairy Springs Road, Fairy Springs, Rotorua

“Award-winning cuisine” and “buffet-style restaurant” may initially seem like an oxymoron, but the dark and glamorous venue that is Stratosfare 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.

Kimcheese Toastie, Okere Falls Store

757A State Highway 33, Okere Falls, Rotorua

The Kimcheese Toastie at Okere Falls Store 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.

Fresh Sashimi, Yamato

1123 Pukuatua Street, Hillcrest, Rotorua

Park yourself at the U-shaped bar inside Yamato 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!)

Neat Rotorua Places

Social Club

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Social in name and character, this eatery is a bright and vibrant place to park up with a group of friends any time of the day.

Rotorua Night Market

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Every Thursday from 4:30pm - 8:30pm enjoy shopping street side at an impressive range of boutique food, arts and produce stalls.

Vetro Mediterranean Foods + Revolver Espresso

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Anything from olives to oils to canned goods and specialty wines, Vetro is a grocer with a point of difference.

Terrace Kitchen

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Only open for private events, this place has food at the heart of its ethos, and thanks to the talents of some super-experienced chefs you can expect some exceptional...