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Cinema Paradiso Bar & Cafe

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72 Brownston Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
443 1505
11:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Perth, Australia
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101 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What others have said in their reviews is correct. Cinema Paradiso embodies the Wanaka experience. It is relaxed, friendly and personable. The seating is eclectic and comfortable. The intermission is actually a good thing. The food service is great and the staff really do make a difference in the way they deal with their customers. This is a great way... More 

1 Thank Angus D
London, United Kingdom
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212 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Small, intimate setting with comfy chairs and and an intermission that features freshly baked cookies. Not sure if more needs to be said.

1 Thank Jay D
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the best independent cinemas I've ever visited. The screens are really quirky and cosy - lots of seating variety, from a dentist's chair to a 2-seater sofa - and there is an intermission, during which you can purchase freshly baked cookies (unbelievably good!). The staff were super-friendly (I asked for a drink they'd never heard of, which wasn't... More 

1 Thank Devan S
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

stay in wanaka about a week.then find out tis cinema vry special in town...different type of sofa for u to choose...can orden drink ,food and cookie...eating while watching...although alone but quiet enjoy as there environment vry special n comfortable..the important need to share..there have 15minute for toilet break..between the show..really take care of the audience need...thus visit this town should... More 

1 Thank Cathrynkh27
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my boyfriend to this cinema on his birthday during our stay in Wanaka. The staff were very friendly and seemed to really enjoy their work. We got a meal before the movie (Dr Strange), my boyfriend loved his vegetarian dish and I loved my meatlovers pizza (strange contrast I know). We got cookies before the movie and mine was... More 

1 Thank GothicKiwi
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We'd been reccomended a trip here by friends and weren't disappointed! The staff were really friendly, we went to see a pretty average film but it was all about the experience :) we nabbed a sofa which was pretty comfy and they even did a vegan cookie for me in the intermission which was really good. A good evening entertainment... More 

1 Thank Lucie T
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Awesome experience. Great boutique theatre. Current movies We had holumi salad delivered to our seats for dinner then at intermission had fresh blueberry & ginger icecream with fresh hot giant cookies. Yummy. A great experience all round. Recommend for the whole family

1 Thank Bruce M
Wanaka, New Zealand
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

An absolute must do in Wanaka. Great food, cosy seats, THE COOKIES. Staff are lovely and super accommodating, love the mid-movie chats while waiting for everyone to get back to their seats.

1 Thank rosemaryandjulius
Concord, California
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264 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is a comfy movie house mixed with a restaurant and snack bar. The cinema runs a repertory schedule with recent and classic films. They change frequently, so there often something new to see. You can order food and drinks to be brought to you in the theater, or you can eat in the lounge area before or after the... More 

1 Thank N_skier
Fraser Coast, Qld
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Our friends had raved about this place (and its ice cream and cookies) so we had to check it out. My son had just broken his leg skiing so this was one of our few remaining holiday entertainment options! The staff were just lovely and let us in first via the disabled access so he could get a seat in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Bar, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 72 Brownston Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: 443 1505

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