Restaurants

Top Choice Tapas in Wanaka

Kika

The baby sister to Francesca's has grown up fast, vaulting within just a year of opening to become the only Wanaka eatery named among New Zealand's top 100 restaurants in 2017. It's a Mediterranean mix of modern Ita…
Top Choice Italian in Wanaka

Francesca’s Italian Kitchen

Pretty much the matriarch of Wanaka eateries, the perennially busy and cavernous Francesca's has the big flavours and easy conviviality of an authentic Italian family trattoria. Even simple things such as pizza, pas…
Top Choice Cafe in Wanaka

Kai Whakapai

As Wanaka as that tree, this local institution is where the town seems to congregate on a sunny evening for a liquid sundowner over excellent pizza or salad. Locally brewed craft beers are on tap and there are Centr…
Mediterranean in Wanaka

White House Restaurant & Bar

This curious restaurant is, well, yeah, in a house – a white one – looking as though someone dropped a casual eatery into the lounge room of an art-deco home. The ever-changing menu ranges through a selection of bru…
Modern NZ in Wanaka

Landing

Looking over the lake from an upstairs perch, the Landing is a stylish place where both menus and views change with the seasons. Expect local meats and fish served in innovative ways. The wine list is strong on Cent…
Cafe in Wanaka

Double Black

An unexpectedly good caffeine oasis in a new residential development at the foot of Mt Iron. The coffee is good and the quinoa kumara fritters with curried lentils and grilled haloumi won us. The inviting deck succe…
Cafe in Wanaka

Florence's Foodstore & Cafe

Wood, corrugated iron and jute-cladding create a rustic feel – part barn, part farmhouse kitchen – for this edge-of-town gourmet provedore. Call in for the region's prettiest smoked salmon Benedict, as well as Frenc…
French in Wanaka

Bistro Gentil

Far removed from the madding crowd, with fabulous NZ art and delicious modern French cuisine, Gentil ticks plenty of boxes for a memorable night out. The self-serve wine machine feels a little too vending machine, b…
Cafe in Wanaka

Soul Food

This little organics store offers a healthy range of id-affirming soups, pizzas, muffins and juices. Not everything’s strictly vegetarian, with spiced lamb sausages and and bacon breaking the spell if you're less in…
Crêpes in Wanaka

Charlie Brown

Started by a Frenchman in 2016 and taken over by, well, another Frenchman a year later, this retro caravan purveys French crêpes and savoury galettes, with a permanent menu and a seasonal specials board. Grab a crêp…