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Picnic Cafe Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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1174 Whakaue Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-343 9239
07:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 16:00
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Papamoa, New Zealand
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99 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Called into this little cafe for some lunch and coffee. Stumbled upon this more by chance as we were in Rotorua for the day and was near to where we parked the car. What a find! Thought we would give it at try and wa so pleased we did. Food was delicious. I had a chicken and avocado toasted ciabatta... More 

Thank kiwi94
Romford, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small licensed cafe. The staff are friendly and helpful and the prices are fair, including for alcohol. The food itself is tasty and well presented. It is a great place for breakfast to start the day rather than paying hotel rates. 

Thank Clive_C54
Newport Beach, CA
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102 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here for a quick breakfast before heading out and had their croissants and coffee. These were the most amazing croissants - best I've had in a long time, including delicious orange marmalade with it The coffee was great and the service was friendly. I can see why it gets such good ratings. Would definitely go back again.

Thank plumeria54
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for a 4 course dinner for a fundraising event. Picnic is only open for breakfast and lunch so the dinner was a one off visit. The food was some of the best food I have eaten in Rotorua. Amazing!! Wonderful ambience and atmosphere. The service was wonderful to. Enjoyed my whole evening there and now are looking forward... More 

Thank A7113WOlisac
Auckland, New Zealand
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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cafe is so wonderful, the food is great and the service is awesome as well. A really handy location. It does get very busy though (because of popularity) so I would recommend to go there before 10am. I've been here 2 times and each time have not been let down. Thank you!

Thank Madienne C
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just around the corner from Eat Street and across from the Novatel, we stopped for a quick bite before checking in. Food was quick, delicious and tasty, no wonder there was hardly any empty tables!! Good coffee too!!

Thank Cirton
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Forget your hotel offering far better value here with excellent breakfast, staff and location near Eat Street.

Thank 42lfr
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great atmosphere, great (and fast service). The pancakes with grilled banana, bacon and maple syrup were the best I've ever had. Kids loved theirs as well and partner loved his Picnic Breakfast and was impressed with the presentation. Lots of options to choose from.

Thank samweir2017
Bremen, Germany
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little cafe with tables inside and outside. Delicious cookies and cakes and great breakfast. Unfortunately, it takes sometimes a bit longer before you get your food/drink. Typically, because it's quite busy, what is a good sign again...

Thank Extrem-Relaxer
Ngongotaha, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been here a few times and never disappointed! Food is amazing and always tasty, service is great and I love the decor/interior of the cafe. Place is always busy but staff are always welcoming.

Thank jackhemi26

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$14
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?