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Hennessy's Irish Bar

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Irish, Bar, European, British, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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1206 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7-343 7901
11:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Wed 11:00 - 23:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Variety of burgers, pulled pork rolls and roast pork sandwiches was the order of the day between the six of us. BBQ / steak sauce and hot chips stood out as a family favourite.

Thank John G
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Lovely family restaurant! Been here on many occasions and throughly enjoyed my meals each time. Great local pub with loads of charter! Also very excited about the new building! Keep up the good work guys!

Thank Ashleigh H
Rotorua, New Zealand
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Great homely menu, warm fires to keep you toasty in winter, Irish music, friendly service. Guiness beet on tap.

Thank Amandaf69 F
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171 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Walking into this pub you would have thought you could actually be in Ireland. The atmosphere and décor are so Irish. We were warmly greeted and shown to a table. Unfortunately the menu's took some while to be delivered. The food service was also a little long but once food came it could not be faulted. Very friendly, attentive staff.... More 

Thank AussieSuzie53
Buffalo NY
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341 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

It was mid-afternoon, much of Rotorua was closed, we walked into Hennessy's with few others inside and were treated to a fine bit of pub grub to sustain us till the late Maori shows. Very authentic Irish & Brit goodies. (Probably left over from the old colonial penal days.) Anyway we were happy to have them open in mid-afternoon.. Start... More 

Thank Hewitty15
Ripon, England
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38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

We decided to give this establishment a try after being put off by the prices in most of the "proper" Eateries in central Rotorua. The lure was "Shepherds pie plus a pint for NZD15". Frankly, we weren't expecting much but, my God, were we wrong! The Shepherds pie was absolutely delicious - the best I've tasted, inside or outside the... More 

Thank RayCad
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9 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

Don't bother if you're a visitor - these guys are only interested in serving their mates. Went for a beer - or at least tried to, but was continually overlooked as the bar stuff chummed up with mates. Avoid.

Thank Robbo032
4menandadog, Owner at Hennessy's Irish Bar, responded to this review

Sorry to hear of your frustration Robbo, but definitely give us another chance. Staff can let you down sometimes and it's great to get constructive feed back where we can train and improve. More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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764 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

Saw this place when I arrived but it looked so dark outside that I thought I'd give it a miss! However, yesterday it was raining and as I was standing outside - I thought I'd give it a spin. Well it is a proper pub inside, all wood and actually quite large. Of course you get the Irish beers/ stouts... More 

Thank Honisoiquimalypense
Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

A short walk from the row of rip-off restaurants on Eat St., Hennessey's Irish Bar has excellent food and fair prices. Our meat eating friends raved about their dishes, and we enjoyed our veggie nachos and veg fettuccine very much. We are on a trip from the U.S., and agreed it was one of our beget meals in NZ.

Thank nooneisinmytree
Christchurch, New Zealand
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61 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Had just arrived in Rotorua, needed somewhere to eat and came across Hennessy's. It was 9pm, food notices were still out, asked if we could get a meal..YES.. We all chose the Shephards Pie..which also came with a drink. Brilliant, lovely and tasty. I could not finish mine. Food good, staff good.

Thank judith m

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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$3 - US$17
Irish, Bar, European, British, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1206 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-343 7901

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?