From Loaded Donuts to Fresh Fare, Here's Your Guide to Rotorua's Foodie Scene

A donut on a table.

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.

Fresh donuts, Baked Rotorua

Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua

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, Capers Epicurean

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, 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.

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

Capers Café + Store

Syrup being poured onto a brunch meal.
Place Rotorua

Capers is a fail-safe place to settle in for a brunch, lunch, dinner or simply a coffee and newspaper session.

Vetro Mediterranean Foods + Revolver Espresso

A man browsing inside the store.
Place Rotorua

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

Arts Village Café

The interior of Arts Village cafe.
Place Rotorua

Sharing a space with the Arts Village means even though this spot serves great coffee and food, it is also a show-off point for local artists whose pieces line the walls.

Pig & Whistle

Entrance to the bar.
Place Rotorua

Pull up a pew, grab a cold beer, and enjoy the atmosphere of a place that just gets hospitality through and through.