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Lakeside Cafe

Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
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  • Very good28%
  • Average32%
  • Poor17%
  • Terrible13%
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“sandwiches” (12 reviews)
“lake rotorua” (9 reviews)
“food quality” (2 reviews)
Closed Now
Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

Very sad to see this important eatery closed by the Council. The land is required for the new lakeside development, which is due to start in 2020

Thank diane583
Reviewed 27 May 2018

Have notified Trip Adviser but they won't mark it as closed for some unknown reason. I was there on the last day. Sad to see it all empty now as was the only cafe by the lakeside.

Thank NZNana
Reviewed 1 May 2018

When we came here the whole cafe was absolutely chock-a-block with elderly. theres absolutely NOTHING wrong with elderly people, just it was really hard to get around with all the walking sticks and chairs and understandably slow walking pace and slow order taking. i do...More

Thank Hana H
Reviewed 7 March 2018

We ate meat pies and lammingtons. Wanted to feel like kiwis for the day :) food was great! It’s the only place you can eat outside on the lake. Free WiFi. Busy with the travelers and the locals alike.Sad that they are closing--hope they relocate.

Thank travelR321
Reviewed 28 February 2018

Had lunch here & could not believe the high prices for poor tasting food. Very busy but no excuse for poor counter service from staff. Seemed as if all they were interested in was rushing every one through & collect the money

Thank Woo1949
Reviewed 26 February 2018

Service was prompt and friendly; the coffee was fine; good range of food, and the view of the lake attractive.

Thank WorldWideKiwi
Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

Been coming here for years to hear that your closing down soon.. All the very best team going forward.. It’s really been great over the years..

Thank temac1
Reviewed 24 February 2018

Quite a large establishment on the lakeshore. Food offerings were not exceptional but good value and what we expected for a café. Staff were attentive and helpful. Watch the paddle steamer on the lake, helicopters and seaplanes coming and going.Free parking 50 yards away.

Thank Howard471
Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

Nice location, we got an iced coffee and a berry smoothie served in small takeaway milkshake cups which was surprising, the drinks were ok but were very overpriced at $8.20 (extortion). We also got takeaway wedges special which was ok but again over priced.

Thank B5888WHsamanthac
Reviewed 29 January 2018

We liked the view over the lake but was very disappointed with the food. Although it was average the price was very high. , we wouldn't go there again for that reason. Over $40 for a light lunch.

Thank JuneL1042
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Soundshell, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
On the lake side of the community Soundshell building. We were there on Sunday, when the markets were on, so not sure how often it's open other than Sundays. It's like a bistro where you take a tray and select the slices, sandwiches etc from the slide-glass cabinets - like a Country Women's kitchen. Then you order your drinks - my BOWL of latte was fantastic. We sat at tables just inside the glass looking out, across Lake Rotorua but the tables outside were popular too. Very reasonable, great food...all the locals seemed to be there!
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