Best Places to Eat in Rotorua

Rotorua has some incredible cafes and restaurants. We’ve narrowed down our top picks which we think will satisfy all types of travellers. Here are the best of the best:

Eastwood Café is one of Rotorua’s newest additions. Eastwood is the more relaxed and down to earth sister of the equally popular Terrace Kitchen, which is great for dinners, cocktails and special occasions. Located in the Whakarewarewa Forest just beyond the Redwoods i-SITE, Eastwood is a compulsory pit stop before or after your walk or bike ride. We recommend their sourdough wood-fired pizzas (there are also great kids pizza options), selection of cabinet food and great coffee.


This place is a Mexican food lover’s dream. It’s got all the crowd favourites: burritos, quesadillas, nachos, tacos, empanadas, and of course, great margaritas and churros. The restaurant is small and intimate but bursting with vibrant décor. We highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment, as there is a limited number of tables. However, they also do takeaway and delivery, so there’s no need to miss out!


If you are looking for a great brunch spot, Capers is the way to go. Their breakfast and lunch menu is available from 7am-2pm every day, and has several gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Their huge cabinet is also filled to the brim with savoury dishes, salads, cakes and more. There’s something for everyone here, including a menu just for the kids. After your food and (amazing) organic fair-trade coffee, browse their shop inside the café which has great treats to take home, and some good souvenirs.

Capers Epicurean cafe.
09 January 2015 Rotorua Daily Post Photograph by Ben Fraser 
RGP 10Jan15 - TASTE SENSATION:  Capers staff will ensure you have a great time.
RGP 10Jan15 - TASTE SENSATION:  Capers staff will ensure you have a great time.

Trail Kitchen is another new addition to the Rotorua food scene at the Waipa Mountain Bike Park. Take a break from riding the trails to have some breakfast or lunch. Big breakfasts, French toasts, salads, smoothies, and great coffee – what more could you ask for?


Fat Brother Burger is located near Eat Street, with beautiful views of the newly restored lakefront. This new local favourite serves burgers, sandwiches, loaded fries, milkshakes and more. The name says it all, the menu options are definitely loaded. With a relaxed atmosphere suitable for children, you can be sure to find something for everyone to enjoy.


We hope you’ve gotten some ideas for where to eat on your next trip to Rotorua. Hope to see you soon!


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