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Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
About
Abracadabra cafe and bar "Good food, good vibes" a funky 1940s house with unique character and atmosphere. Come in and meet us for exceptional kiwi service with a smile.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Mexican, Bar, Cafe, Contemporary
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 23 January 2024

I ordered a main course salad for $32 and an entree of prawns for $14 approximately. My bill came to $90+. The main salad looked like a starter and I got 6 tiny prawns. If I could give this place half a star I would....You guys are robbing customers. Absolutely disgusting. No wonder you were empty. You have lost on a local dining there again. And I will absolutely not promote you as a restaurant to tourists or to anyone coming to Rotorua. In fact I will tell them that you overcharge and it’s not worth the taste.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 28 December 2023

That the Cafe was empty should have been a hint as we are used to find a buzzing atmosphere at this place. I think the ownership changed and with that the magic of Abacadabra. This used to be our favourite place with lovely food and...excellent service and we were looking forward to a good meal but we left disappointed. The chicken burger was superthin and the coleslaw abundant but boring and the fries were dry. The open chicken sandwich was also a let down as the sandwich part was so tiny I had to look for it under the same mountain of coleslaw. The love that used to be part of every meal is gone. The only plus was the waitress she was friendly and the speed the food came to the table. We didn't have to wait as long as other reviewers. The water had a nasty after taste and the glasses were dirty. The toilets were a bit rundown as well. Unfortunately we need to find a new favourite place as we won't be coming back.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 6 December 2023

This used to be THE best cafe in town, sadly under new ownership it's really gone downhill. It's gone from a unique Moroccan/Mexican fusion to a generic cafe with your usual sandwiches and ribs - disappointing. Used to have a much nicer atmosphere too but...the white paint job and cheap laminated menus make the whole thing feel generic and sanitised (which is ironic given how filthy the place is now). Staff are decently friendly if not way too overworked and the food is still serviceable but it's a far cry from what it used to be and it's sad seeing my old favourite cafe go down like thisMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023

No beer on tap - as it was broken, Food was average, they couldnt provide what was on menu as there was no pork, prawns were tiny like shrimps and not as shown in there advertising images on there website or in-house menu. Food was...slow coming out. The place was struggling, bartender had little knowledge. They didnt know how to use till and one of our group had to wait 20minutes so she could pay, Everyone paid however, they charged us for an extra meal we didnt buy. Family members in our group of 13 had been before however now no-one would go back after this experience.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 21 September 2023 via mobile

Super friendly and efficient staff. Food came out fast and was very tasty - we had the pork belly and the pork ribs. Local beer on tab. The dining estaurant and bar area as well as a big outside garden are in the back, so...make sure you walk through if the front is busy (or empty). Dog friendly.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 30 July 2023

Abracadabra was very cold at 1030 am on a Sunday morning. We asked for blankets and heat pump to be turned on but the resaurant was still so cold the whole time we were there. I could literally see the waitress breath in the air!...Pleasant staff and service, drinks came promptly and were fine. Sadly food was not up to standard, french toast was dry and tough, both toast and bacon was literally cold, served on a cold plate. The bathrooms were very much in need of a refurbishment ,and were very dirty. Floors and toilets looked like they had seen a hard Saturday night and not been cleaned for days. Would not visit again sadly. This place used to be great but has gone downhill badly.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 10 July 2023

Quiet night suggested by a local. Ordered our dinner, drinks too. The pork belly was absolutely fantastic. The Jus was superb. Great service, quick too. Very accomodating to our needs. Loved it.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 28 May 2023

I went there with my workmates for a celebration fancy dress birthday dinner, 19 of us. The food was so tasty and hot, the service prompt and courteous. We had an awesome time. Thank you Abracadaba!

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 29 April 2023

We went here for dinner. Nice relaxing atmosphere. The food was fresh and delicious and the service excellent. Will definitely go again

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 18 April 2023

Food and service were excellent. Highly recommend the entrees spicy prawns, chermoula calamari, and BBQ ribs. Kids meals were also very good.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 10 April 2023

We had an excellent breakfast here. The dukkah scramble was really delicious and filling. Good coffee as well.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 7 January 2023 via mobile

Rocked on in with a group of friends, and as I entered the front porch, I noticed that the tables hadn't been tidied and cleaned off, (probably due to a staff shortage?), and the lanterns, which are a feature of supposed ambience, were covered in...cobwebs and general grime. Went inside, and noticed the rug beside the door was extremely filthy, and the general decor was looking very tired and shabby. If you guys are reading this, please update, clean and refresh your decor while still keeping in with the 1940's vibe, as it would indefinitely help with a more positive review. The service wasn't too bad, and the young red-haired girl behind the counter was lovely and helpful, working very hard as she took all of our orders. The food looked good, well prepared and presented. The pricing wasn't too bad either. A little recommendation... for those customers wishing to sit on the porch. Due to the poor weather in general, may you guys please invest in something more weatherproof to put around the porch please? It wasn't too nice having to sit at the tables provided as they were a bit wet through.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 27 August 2022

Phoned Abracadabra on the 20th of June to make a booking for an event we had coming up. I gave the lady my details, told her what area we wanted and confirmed my booking. Two weeks later on June 30th we went in. Again we...confirmed our booking while we were there, she checks their booking diary, confirms my name, date, time, event etc and then proceeds to show us the area as we wanted to get a visual of how we wanted to set up. Fast forward to recently, we decided to hire an event planner to come in and do the set up for us. We give her all the details and she replies that she is setting up for another event that same day, time, place and area that we have booked in! We phone to find out what's happened and again, she checks their booking diary and confirms my name, date, time, event etc and tells us not to worry as the other event is actually in the front of the restaurant. We then hear a few days later from the event planner that the other party is still going ahead in the same area we booked. Yesterday we went in and asked to speak with the manager to find out what the hell is going on with their bookings. Low and behold my booking is NO WHERE to be found in their book! And we're told "Sorry but I can't put you in that area as someone else has booked it" . . . I BOOKED IT! TWO WHOLE MONTHS BEFOREHAND! all he kept saying was that there's no record of my booking so there's nothing he can do! He says that whoever initially took my booking must have "forgot" to write it down even though 3 times it was checked and confirmed 🤔 hmmm make that make sense? Then it changed to "well they paid a deposit to secure the area" when asked why we were never told about a deposit or even given the option if it meant security we were told it was because they don't take deposits for smaller bookings. After going around in circles with him we ask to speak with the owner. We get her on the phone and she's absolutely rude and arrogant and continuously contradicts herself. First the booking was never written in (even though again it was checked and confirmed three times prior). Then, was told when a booking with a larger group books they get priority to the area and moved us to another area (keeping in mind they moved a booking they "had no record of" 🤔. When questioned why no one called to tell us she said "because we misplaced your booking and couldn't find your details" so what is it? Did you forget to book me like you said? Or did you misplace my booking, like you also said? So you just kick us to the curb and hope we won't notice? We were also told "well they prepaid their platters so...." SO WHAT EXACTLY? We were told to come in two days prior to the event to pre pay food so that's exactly what we had planned to do! The owner basically had a "take it or leave it" attitude (in regards to moving us to a different area!) And apologized for the "missed communication" . There was no MISSED communication....... There was just NO COMMUNICATION WHATSOEVER!! I would 1000% recommend that if you are looking to book a venue for your event that you stare well clear of this place! The most disgusting attitude from the owner, lack of understanding from the manager and over all unprofessional handling of literally everything!!!!! In the end we agreed to be moved because we had months of planning already booked, paid and gone into it and we had nowhere else to go but by the grace of god we found somewhere else to hold our event today because there was no way in hell this place deserves the money we intended on spending with them! The new venue we booked at also mentioned they have had multiple people rebook with them because these money hungry people kick smaller groups under the bus! So no, I'm not going to call you and cancel my booking but if you see this you can shove my booking where the sun don't shine and also, your Matcha Latte taste like crap!!!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 13 August 2022

Pre covid it was a regular get together hangout - Order some platters, grab some wine, enjoy great service and good laughs. Now: wine glasses arrived with lipstick on them, no platter choices - just the med, staff can’t be bothered wearing masks to protect...either themselves or the clientele, tables uncleared. The staff were friendly and one young woman working the rear section was working really hard. But just disappointing all round.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 16 July 2022 via mobile

Arrived for lunch, tables not clean but not a lot of customers. Ordered the eggs Benedict and a coffee. 20 mins later drinks arrived, three staff providing service very slow. my 2 friends received their meal I waited patiently for 20 mins my meal didn't...arrive. Had to see staff about meal .They hadn't cooked it! When my meal was brought out a quick sorry and ran away. Disappointed to say the least. No offer of compensation. Will not returnMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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ABRACADABRA CAFE BAR, Rotorua - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5