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Francesca's Italian Kitchen

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93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5599
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12:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We really wanted pizzas after climbing Roy's peack so we came as quicly as we could which was 21:20, since it says they are open till 22:00 on TripAdvisor. After 5 minutes os discussion amongst themselves they said the kitchen us closed, so we tried looking for other places but almost everything was already closed by then. We had to... More 

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Thank tomereli
FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

We regret deeply that you did not enjoy your second pizza. We always check on our tables and had you brought the matter to our attention at the time we would have happily made you another. With regards to our opening hours, it states on our website and two places outside our premises that we close between 3pm and 5pm... More 

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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was in Wanaka for two nights and ate at Francesca's the second evening after being unable to get a reservation the first evening. I'd recommend calling well ahead especially on a weekend. The food was very good - I absolutely loved my kale salad and my gnocchi - while not the most creative or flavorful I've ever had -... More 

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Thank Kim W
FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

I greatly appreciate the time you have taken to review us and am thrilled to hear your overall experience was a positive one. With regards to your feedback with our level of service, I have taken your comments on board and will try to rectify this issue. Although we aim to always maintain a high level of professionalism, we also... More 

UK
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193 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a popular pizza/pasta eatery which tends to operate on two sittings of 17:30 and 20:30. The staff are very friendly and the service is efficient. Our food (pizza and pasta) was very tasty. You need to book.

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Thank JMarpleInc
FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Grazie! So glad you enjoyed your meal with us. We appreciate you taking the time to let people know that they need to reserve. And while we do operate with various sittings in an evening, the times are more flexible depending on availability. But many thanks once more for your lovely review. More 

Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Best restaurant food in Wanaka. Been many times during winter stays in Wanaka. The service , food is tops.

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Thank paul d
FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

We love to hear that our guests return to us when they can so thank you so much for letting us know. See you next winter! Grazie mille! More 

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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great italian food and great service. Although we had not booked, which is usually a must, they managed to fit us in.

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Thank Janine A
FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

We are happy to hear that we got you in for a meal and you enjoyed it so much. We appreciate that you took the time to review us and hope to see you again. Grazie mille! More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited as a couple as it was so well recommended. The risotto portion was unbelievably small. The pasta dish was pasta floating in a watery tomato sauce. No one asked at any stage if we were OK with our meal. It was expensive for what we got and tried to comment on poor portion size etc to waitress and... More 

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FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to respond and we deeply regret that your experience with us was not up to the standard that we are known for. We have had a large shift in staffing on the floor and apologize that you feel your comments were not addressed properly. I assure you we have taken them on board now... More 

Hobart, Australia
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161 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped for a quick dinner. Good atmosphere. Warm (essential for Wanaka in spring) and pleasant service. The food was delicious. The place was recommended to us and now I commend it to others.

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FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed yourself and thank you for your lovely review. Grazie mille!! More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in the mood for some Italian cooking at Lake Wanaka and FK looked like a good bet. It was ok; we didn't have a bad meal, but I have eaten at many better, similarly modest Italian restaurants, including in New Zealand ( Tutto Beni in Christchurch, for example where the food is reaLly delicious). A lot of pizza,... More 

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FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

We regret sincerely that you did not get to experience our full menu, we try our utmost to make sure we have everything in our kitchen from the first customer to the last. However, there have been some disruptions in the South Island delivery system due to earthquake damage the past week and a half. Our chefs are working tirelessly... More 

Sydney, Australia
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49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely restaurant overlooking a little steam with lovely gardens. We dined with some local friends who suggested Francesca''s. Great menu and wine list. Waitress was lovely and restaurant and a nice atmosphere. Risotto was excellent.

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Thank Moyran68
FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to rate our restaurant. We are always glad to hear that we have been recommended by locals as the Wanaka community are very dear to us. Hope you return next time you are travelling through. Grazie Mille!! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky to get in for an early dinner without a reservation, the staff were very welcoming and the meals were lovely!

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Thank irinammelnik
FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed yourself. Hopefully see you again. Grazie mille!! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 5599
Description
Excellent, affordable Italian food with a vibrant atmosphere and a real wood fired pizza oven. Lunch served from 12.00 Pm to 3 pm. Dinner served from 5.00 Pm to late. Bookings essential for dinner. We accept Cash, Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard and American Express only. Gift Vouchers available. No wifi. Open seven days a week. RESERVATIONS STRICTLY BY TELEPHONE ONLY PLEASE. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL FOR A RESERVATION.

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