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Lake Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Gastropub, Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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155 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand (Formerly The Wanaka Ale House)
+64 3-443 2920
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoy a great lake view while having a snack or decent meal along with a drink or two if you wish. This place has everything you could want to replenish your body before or after taking in the sights of Wanaka. A great spot with friendly staff. Very popular at all times of day or night so it can get... More 

Thank Murray A
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the food, wine, and especially the service. Such a friendly bunch of people and make you feel so welcome.

Thank Abby S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

"Lake Bar" is the one place you definitely want to skip when you're out with family in Wanaka. It has notoriously incompetent, rude and lazy staff. This without doubt is a reflection on the kind of management and/or ownership in charge of this dump. The whole experience makes one feel uncomfortable and out of place. We were made to wait... More 

Thank Absek
Christchurch, New Zealand
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181 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Group of 4 tonight but it was an hour from.order to delivery. Guess it was because 3 ordered the venison and they needed to go to Fiordland to get it??? Was very nice once it arrived but service from the kitchen could improve. Would still go back for good honest food and good portion sizes.

Thank Graeme M
Wanaka, New Zealand
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed a brilliant night out at this busy bar. Maybe a Little understaffed for the size of the place, but service was very friendly. Food portions were large and filling. Great spot, and mid week quiz night is great fun!

Thank Shane S
Hong Kong, China
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in a rush and the staff at the Lake Bar acknowledged this and put a fast order on our take away BLATs. They were so nice and friendly when responding to our rather-panicked request for fast take-away. Thanks Lake Bar.

Thank JackInShekO
Level Contributor
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is great! However, it takes more than 30 minutes for the food to be served. We had a guy as our waiter who is not really doing his job. So we had to get a female waitress to help us. Other than that, it's all good.

Thank bwmst
Canterbury Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of options in Wanaka, but Pete and the team at Lake Bar are right on top of their game when it comes to hospitality. Plenty of choices of beer, wine and food and it all comes with a smile and great service, cheers Team Lake Bar, you rock !

Thank Leigh S
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've had a lovely meal here but made the mistake of ordering 2 portions of onion rings & garlic bread between 6 of us plus our main courses - the portions were enormous & we all struggled to eat it all!! So although it may seem a bit expensive, you get loads.

Thank Nuttynana
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had luckily booked the table previously as the town is extremely busy. Service was good but after giving the order the meal took a long time to come but was worth the wait. The cheesecake Baileys flavor was delightfully delicious.

Thank Elinor W

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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$4 - US$21
Gastropub, Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 155 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand (Formerly The Wanaka Ale House)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 2920

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