Top Choice Italian in Wanaka

Francesca’s Italian Kitchen

Ebullient expat Francesca has brought the big flavours and easy conviviality of an authentic Italian family trattoria to Wanaka in the form of this stylish and perennially busy eatery. Even simple things such as piz…
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It's not soul food in the African American sense, rather this little organics store offers a healthy range of id-affirming soups, pizzas, pastas and muffins. Not everything’s strictly vegetarian, with wild venison a…
French in Wanaka

Bistro Gentil

Lake views, fabulous NZ art and delicious modern French cuisine – Gentil ticks plenty of boxes for a memorable night out. There's oodles of wines by the glass, but at these prices we would prefer it was poured for u…
Indian in Wanaka

Spice Room

The combination of authentic curry, crispy garlic naan and cold beer is a great way to recharge after a day's snowboarding or tramping. Beyond the spot-on renditions of all your subcontinental favourites, the Spice …
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Kai Whakapai

An absolute Wanaka institution, Kai (the Māori word for 'food') is the place to be for a liquid sundowner accompanied by a massive filled baguette or pizza. Locally brewed craft beers are on tap and there are Centra…
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A classic 21st-century Kiwi cafe, Ritual is smart but not too trendy, gay-friendly but family-friendly, too, and filled to the gills with delicious food. The counter positively groans under the weight of tasty salad…
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Florence's Foodstore & Cafe

Wood, corrugated iron and jute-cladding create a rustic feel for this edge-of-town gourmet provedore. Call in for the region's prettiest smoked salmon benedict, as well as French-style pastries and delicious filled …
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Federal Diner

Tucked away in a back lane, this cosmopolitan cafe delivers robust breakfasts, excellent coffee, legendary scones and chunky gourmet sandwiches. In the evenings, the menu shifts to substantial dishes meant for shari…
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Relishes Cafe

A cafe by day with good breakfast and lunch options, this place transforms itself at night into a sophisticated restaurant with a good wine list. Toast the lakefront setting with a glass of Central Otago's finest.
Burgers in Wanaka

Red Star

Red Star spoils diners with a menu featuring inventive ingredients and 19 different burgers made Kiwi-style, with crunchy toasted buns. Grab a seat on the terrace and sup on a craft beer while you wait.