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US$13 - US$32
New Zealand, Contemporary
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Reviewed 2 November 2021 via mobile

Rotorua being half way between Tauranga and Taupō is a great place to meet up. For a change from a noisey cafe I looked for a restaurant for lunch. I am so glad I chose Matai Restaurant. The welcome on arrival was warm and helpful....There is plenty of parking. A small but excellent menu with everybody’s favourite. I thought the pricing was reasonable. The setting and decor was very nice and warm! We all enjoyed our meal, which was cooked to perfection and full of freshness and delicious flavours. The staff was very attentive and friendly. We look forward to returning. Thank you for having us.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 31 July 2021

Five star dining at its best.. each dish a masterpiece. The lamb and beef dishes have won national awards Sensational

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 20 July 2021

If you love fine dining this s a must! We had lunch there and it was amazing, they even have a kids menu. We also try the buffet breakfast which was a bit disappointing as there wasn't much, a section of fresh fruits, yoghurt and...cheese will be good to add, You can order if you want anything in particular (eg: hollandaise sauce, omelette)More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 14 June 2021 via mobile

Matai is a lovely classy restaurant on Fenton Street Rotorua. Rotorua has a great line up of cafes and restaurants for its size but not all are in the obvious places (like this one). Matai is different as it’s an independent restaurant located inside a...resort complex but absolutely has all the passion and expertise you would expect from a world class Chef owned and operated restaurant. Chef Ryan is hands-on and the food is simply outstanding. One of the nicest lamb dishes I’ve ever had. Not surprising he has won various awards and recognition for his cuisine. The service was impeccable also. Well worth a visit for a special occasion or just a treat! Bookings essential.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 8 June 2021

Excellent dinner and service. The food was balanced and flavourful. The seafood dishes at it’s freshest and perfectly presented. As we were a happy and easy going table, celebrating a birthday, the waiter knew how to have fun with us, yet keeping professional and discreet....Highly recommend this place. Thank you team. We’ll be back.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 26 April 2021

Absolutely phenomenal experience at this restaurant. Stunning food cooked to perfection, excellent attention to detail. Very attentive service. Thank you very much, will definitely be back!

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 4 April 2021 via mobile

Look no further, Matai is Rotorua’s new and best fine dining establishment. Stunning meals and great service. It’s only a matter of time before this place is number 1. The pork belly and lamb were stand out dishes, and make sure you leave room for...dessert. If you are lucky the chef might swing past your table for a chat.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 29 March 2021 via mobile

We had the buffet breakfast as we were staying in the Regal Palm Resort. Lovely restaurant, our waiter was lovely and friendly. Food was delicious! Just a little limited we thought for a buffet breakfast though we understood as we were at the time the...only ones in the restaurant and Covid would have no doubt limited the numbers unfortunately. Overall lovely experience and I would most definitely go back!More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 25 March 2021

Wow!! We are a family of 5 on holiday in Rotorua. We had heard good things about Matai but tonight they have exceeded all expectations! For us to go out with our children aged 8 - 13 and for them to order off the children’s...menu and be so happy is one thing. The best pizza ever, the best calamari ever etc - all made in the restaurant. However for us as parents to be able to go out and have such an exceptional meal at the same restaurant was so fantastic! Hands down the best Lamb dish we have ever eaten. The Chef Ryan came out and introduced himself and we absolutely admire his passion and his vision for Matai. Outstanding food, stunning service with a beautiful family connection. (Ryan’s mum - you have every right to be proud!) We will be back! If you are in Rotorua you would be mad not to visit!More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 25 March 2021 via mobile

Wow what can I say? Not only did the kids say the pizza from the children’s menu was the best pizza they have had, but our pork belly entrees and lamb mains were absolutely amazing! The lamb was the best fine dining lamb meal I...have EVER eaten! I even had to go to the kitchen to thank them! Ryan and your team we wish you all the best with this restaurant, you deserve to do well from what we have experienced! Way more than 5 stars from us!!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5