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…
Cafe in Wanaka

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.
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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…
Modern NZ in Wanaka

The Landing

Local beef, lamb and salmon is served in innovative ways in this upmarket upstairs restaurant at the apex of the main streets. The dishes do well to compete with the spectacular lake views.
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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…
Japanese in Wanaka


Tucked away in a shopping arcade, this relaxed eatery does interesting local spins on sushi (how about venison?), Japanese curries, noodles and superlative juices and smoothies.
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.
Cafe in Wanaka

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…
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 …
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…