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Kai Whakapai Cafe and Bar

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Ardmore St, Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
+64 3-443 7795
07:00 - 23:00
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great food and outdoor setting, staff efficient and friendly, coffee and green tea magic, bacon and egg buttie super yummy, variety of nationalities dropping in, a good spot to sit and watch the world go by

Thank mrshammer10
Christchurch, New Zealand
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57 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We needed to have breakfast early in Wanaka as we needed to be on the road for a long day's travel and Kai Whakapai was open from 7am unlike most. We had a delicious and filling hot breakfast,one of them a gluten free option and we were very satisfied!

Thank CathyandKen O
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We ate here on 5 occasions during a 2 day stay in Wanaka. Breakfast,lunch and dinner all 5 star.Don't hesitate.

Thank algieHighbridge
Bristol, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited for lunch and had the most amazing freshly fried fish on a quinoa and black bean salad with avocado salsa. Perfect food for a summer day

Thank Miranda R
Denver, Colorado
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My friends and I ate dinner at Kai Whakapai during our stay in Wanaka and it was great. They have outdoor seating which was great on a nice night. We all ordered pizza - the mushroom, the chorizo, and the prosciutto and I thought the prosciutto was the best. They also had a selection of NZ beers and ciders. Overall,... More 

Thank globaladventures2017
Point Roberts, Washington
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The breakfast was good, but the staff didn't seem to be too interested in satisfying their customers. To bad, but I guess they are so busy they don't have to care...

Thank allan m
Findlay, Ohio
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We got our meals to takeaway as it was looking pretty overcast. The chorizo pizza was fantastic! Great combination of flavours. Just wish we could have stayed to have a beer.

Thank lauraknecht
Beijing, China
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a fancy place (you order and pay at the front), but excellent food. It was a rainy evening, so tables were at a premium, but we saw that there's plenty of outdoor seating if the weather is nice. A little pricey by US standards but about average for New Zealand, this was great value because the food was so... More 

Thank Nainai27
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has people there all the time never seems to button off whether it's coffee breakfast lunch or dinner great on a good day with outside dinning never eaten or drank badly here

Thank Bill B
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lunch menu. Had the salad with falafel, beers, creme fraiche and toasted sunflower seeds. Best thing I ate in NZ!

Thank hvl21950

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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
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ardmore St, Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 7795

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