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Picnic Cafe

$$ - $$$Cafe, European,
1174 Whakaue Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-343 9239
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (40 reviews)
“croque monsieur” (13 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (41 reviews)
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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1174 Whakaue Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

This place was just lovely and the young lady serving was so professional and friendly. The food was spot on, very good quality and the service fast. This place is doing it right. So many cafes could learn from Picnic how to do a simple...More

Thank j0nty111
Reviewed 2 days ago

As this is a licensed cafe, they probably have a menu which we didn't choose from. The cabinet food selection was not large but by golly it was tasty as and very filling. The lemon coconut slice was divine. My husband enjoyed his coffee. Tasty...More

Thank Kathleen H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We came for breakfast this morning and we read the reviews on where to eat before heading over as we were looking for a cafe in Rotorua and I am glad we chose this place friendly happy staff and the food was amazing picnic breakfast...More

Thank Jet824992
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here about 0945 on a weekday and it was very busy. Everyone was lovely but service was affected as they ran out of dishes. We had pancakes (which were more like crepes) and sandwiches both available all day long. Really the best part was...More

Thank Bluepalau
Picnic C, Manager at Picnic Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Bluepalau, thank you for your review, we are happy to hear that the pastries and staff were lovely. We do apologize that there were delays in the service and have taken your comments on board. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Picnic cafe is my weekly meet up place with my clients and friends, simply my TOP choice for brunch and coffee in Rotorua! WHY? I was a mystery shopper for many of well-known restaurants and food venues for over a decade in NZ so I...More

Thank jaydaiajjx
Picnic C, Manager at Picnic Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you jaydaiajjx for your amazing review. Your lovely comments have been passed on to our staff and we are all delighted to have met and exceeded your expectations. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We go to Rotorua 4-5 times a year every few months to Rotorua and this place exceeded our expectations. Food was fantastic (perfect eggs bene - sauce definitely their specialty!), servers friendly and human and costs right about where they should be for this quality...More

Thank JoyGAuckland
Picnic C, Manager at Picnic Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you JoyGAuckland for sharing your fabulous experience with a five-star review. We're delighted you had a great brunch and look forward to your return visit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Picnic café is my favourite spot for lunch and coffee as a local resident. Food is amazing as usual with consistent quality especially beef salad and eggs Benedict are best in town. Service as excellent as what you can expect, attentive and efficient. Even though...More

Thank keikei2011
Picnic C, Manager at Picnic Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you keikei2011 for taking the time to write a five-star review following your experience. Your comments about our Rebekah is noted with thanks. I'm delighted we exceeded your expectations. I do hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food amazing Coffee amazing Service amazing Prices amazing. Glad we stumbled across this lil gem..Absolutely amazing.

Thank Cherrybomb007
Picnic C, Manager at Picnic Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Cherrybomb007, thank you for sharing your experience. I'm delighted we exceeded your expectations and hope to be able to welcome your back in the near future.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome service, the ladies that served us were great! The food was delicious, we had the beef salad and spinach eggs Benedict. Great spot near the lake and we sat outside in the sun. Thanks

Thank Rebecca_holsted
Picnic C, Manager at Picnic Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Rebecca_holsted, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your dining experiene and received outstanding service. I do hope we will be able to welcome you back one day in the near future. Thank you for your feedback.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I cannot recommend this place enough. Best banana bread hands down. Really good service. Returned three times. Also recommend the mexican black beans breakfast. Only downside is that I wish banana bread portion bigger!

Thank Adedoyin O
Picnic C, Manager at Picnic Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for returning and posting your 5-star review Adedoyin O. Your comments of banana bread portion are noted and It's our pleasure to provide you with excellent service and I'm pleased we exceeded your expectation.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
7:30 AM - 3:15 PM
7:30 AM - 3:15 PM
7:30 AM - 3:15 PM
7:30 AM - 3:15 PM
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1174 Whakaue Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-343 9239
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Picnic Cafe has excellent food, great service with a European ambiance. The menu has an extensive breakfast range as well as an a la carte lunch menu. If you would like something lighter, the cabinet provides a range of cakes and sandwiches all made on the premises. Enjoy this together with a great air-roasted Allpress coffee, or a glass of wine at Picnic Cafe.
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