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Kai Whakapai Cafe and Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Ardmore St, Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
+64 3-443 7795
07:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I had two cappuccinos and one brownie. Both were pretty good. The service is awesome, and the music in the background is cool. You can also catch a free, fast, hassle-free WiFi signal that appears to be from the town council.

Thank Gustavo N
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food great staff great coffee good seating inside and out. Inside is a little small so we sat outside.has a great veiw

Thank kerrie212
London, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came here as it was 2115 and I needed to have dinner and this place had nice reviews. Well, they only offer dinner till 2130 and you can only order pizza. No big deal though. I have to say the selection of beers is great and they are very nice. However, there are not many food options (loads for... More 

Thank kitsune87
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99 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I guess the word that best describes this place is nice - nice food, service, view ! We had a selection of entrees and local craft beer, all of which were excellent. The desserts were also yum! Sit outside and enjoy the warm sunshine and the stream of people walking by as you dig into the food.

Thank AshishNichani
Queenstown, New Zealand
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188 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a shame. We've been coming here for years. It was our go-to place in Wanaka for coffee and brunch. Our coffee this morning was weak and tasteless - no depth of flavour. The service was perfunctory to say the least. We won't be back

Thank MissBossyBoots
Roger N, Owner at Kai Whakapai Cafe and Bar, responded to this review

Apologies for your experience. We don't always get it right and your review has prompted me to look a bit closer. Im sure we will bounce back. More 

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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our favourite dining location during our 5 night stay in Wanaka. We were there most mornings for breakfast and a couple of times for lunch and dinner. The food is delicious with ample gluten free options at a very affordable, reasonable price. The central location allows a strong connection to the local free Wifi (Spark Wifi is usually... More 

Thank Amy-lee A
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40 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place for lunch. We sat upstairs by the window, and through budding tree branches in springtime we can see part of the lake. There are also outdoor seatings in front that offer a different view of the lake. Vegetarian choices are plentiful and all three we've tried are well-presented and delicious.

Thank aroundwould
Cromwell, New Zealand
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77 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food and coffee very good and served by attentive staff. Despite being busy, the service was prompt. What more could you ask for.

Thank Bob S
Sydney, Australia
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85 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ordered breakfast and coffee - it arrived promptly, which is important at breakfast and the food was very good and a little different - the spicy cauliflower fritters definitely lived up to the name. Very good service too.

Thank ivalee9
Annapolis, MD, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quick service, delicious complete breakfasts,, wonderful "flat whites" served by an energetic and caring staff mark an establishment well supported by the locals, so you know it is the "real deal."

Thank George K

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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, 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?