Rotorua Food and Drink

You won’t have to look too hard to find a number of high quality restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Rotorua. Try the award winning Mokoia Restaurant situated on the shore of Lake Rotorua, specialising in Pacific Rim Cuisine with indigenous herbs and spices.

If you like to dine with a view, you can’t go past the Skyline buffet and grill restaurant with spectacular panoramic views of Lake Rotorua, Mount Tarawera and beyond. A cute, vintage style restaurant to remember is the Pizza Library Co. offering handcrafted pizzas, each named after a famous story or nursery rhyme.


Sabroso is a consistent first choice for those who want exquisite and authentic Latin American food in Rotorua. This small but charming restaurant offers cuisine filled with Caribbean and South American flavours, from entrees like the chipotle calamares and taquitos, to classic dishes like the chimichanga and chili con carne. The restaurant’s drinks menu is worth exploring too, featuring specialties like Caribbean Rum Punch and a wine list that includes signature wines from Chile and Argentina. Advanced bookings are recommended due to its popularity among locals and tourists.

Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant

Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant is a multi-awarded restaurant renowned for its authentic Indian flavours, top-notch service, and undeniably delicious food. Its menu displays select dishes that showcase the rich variety of Indian cuisine, from biryanis and kormas to kebabs and its signature tandoori dishes. Many choices include chicken, beef, and lamb varieties, but vegetarian options are also available for those who don’t consume meat. The restaurant offers a fully-licensed bar for drinks, but you can also bring your own wine to the restaurant if you wish.

Hennessy’s Irish Bar

If you’re after a place to enjoy some good beer and filling comfort food, then Hennessy’s Irish Bar should be at the top of your list. This popular bar serves hearty servings of classic pub food such as burgers, mussels, nachos, wedges, and lamb shanks. The pub’s signature dish, however, is its seafood chowder, which is a consistent favourite among locals and tourists. As one of the city’s most popular bars, you’ll naturally find several brands of beer here, from the well-known Guinness and Kilkenny to craft beers like Emerson’s and Little Creatures. The bar also provides a wine list for those who prefer to have wine instead.

Le Café de Paris

For locals and visitors in Rotorua, Le Café de Paris may just be the closest thing there is to enjoying that quintessential French café experience. It ticks all the right boxes for that unmistakable atmosphere, from its charming interiors and music to its French-speaking staff. Of course, its food and menu items are the real highlights, with classic French delights such as crepes, croissants, and omelettes being consistent favourites. If you’re looking for a place to have some coffee and good conversations, Le Café de Paris may just be the place for you.


Set in a 1940s house, you know Abracadabra is special from the moment you step inside this quirky café and bar. It gladly serves brunches and dinners, with menu items such as the Kiwi-style bacon and eggs, organic buckwheat stack pancakes, lamb sliders, and chicken or beef kebabs leading the way. Organic coffee and luxury teas are also served inside, together with its selection of locally crafted beers, wines, and cocktails.