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Water Bar

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, New Zealand
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145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Perfect location that you can have nice sunset, lake view and beer from the bar and the most important is the waiters are all fantastic !!! Great service !

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Thank StefHing
Brisbane, Australia
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485 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch at the Water Bar whilst visiting Wanaka. It had a nice view of the lake but not much else to claim fame. The menu looked more suited to Bar nibbles in a way. We waited a long time for the food and we suspect that didn’t take our order in to the kitchen as there were few... More 

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Thank zzrbell
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I popped into the Water Bar unsure if I was able to have just a coffee. But the view from the balcony looked so tempting. Was made to feel really welcome by a delightful Irish bloke and had a superb coffee . And yes the view was fantastic! I think a meal with the family next visit !

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Thank Barbara W
Kennewick
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147 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for 2 pm bite of lunch. They had a lunch pizza special offer of 10$ for any pizza. Meat lovers was good, enough for 2 to share. Waiter excellent. Kind of a bar pub scene but wonderful view from patio. Give it a try.

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Thank Martie E
L'Alpe-d'Huez, France
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Great atmosphere on the lake front in Wanaka. I ordered the chicken salad and my friend, the mushroom burger. We couldn't believe the value for money. Nice polite service and all round pleasant place to dine.

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Thank Charlie3888
Christchurch, New Zealand
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We had pizzas, Burger and nachos between us and they were all very nice and good price. The only downfall is that the tables are at the back by the pool tables and directly in front of the musician. We were there at 7.30 just as he started, so it meant we could not have a conversation at all as... More 

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Thank 1vs1
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We went here for a drink on Saturday. It was very loud and looked quite grabby. However, the young people seemed to like, however the weren't many people in theire.

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Thank Susan R
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is not somewhere I would usually go but we went here to watch the rugby on Saturday night. Service was SLOW as they were so understaffed, had to wait over 5 minutes at the bar to order our meals, the bar wasn't even busy! Food took about 45 minutes at least to come out, and was quiet when we... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Disappointed in quality of food, and the constant stream of cigarette smoke wafting inside from the front outdoor seating area.

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Thank Craig R
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Don't waste your time with this place. Spent almost 2 hours waiting for food to arrive. Had to chase it multiple times and still nothing. Told all sorts of rubbish and excuses. Totally disorganised and understaffed on a public holiday. Avoid!!! Plenty of other places to eat in Wanaka.

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Thank Blair38

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$18
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, New Zealand
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
Description
Water Bar is a fully licensed restaurant with fantastic bar facilities and located in Wanaka. We offer value for money and service with a smile from our friendly staff to ensure your visit is a memorable one. Whether you are after a full dining experience, a casual brunch or lunch, Water Bar can make your visit an experience!

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