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Federal Diner

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47 Helwick Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5152
07:00 - 00:00
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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9 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Handy location for coffee or dinner. Good service and atmosphere. Not to crowded for dinner and we got served quickly and meals didnt takelong&

Thank UBIQUE105
Christchurch, New Zealand
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126 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped in for coffees. Nice place. Service was fine. Coffee didn't rate at all - I'm a barista and fussy. Some might find it ok. But bland.

Thank GrahamAK
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Café had excellent atmosphere and great coffee. Busy place so obviously a fav of the locals. I can see why. Good service.

Thank Judith H
Berkeley, California
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We sat outside for 10 minutes and didn't get served, so we stole a seat inside when we saw a spot open up. Waited another 15 minutes before someone finally came over to us. The waitress seemed vaguely annoyed that she had to take our orders. Took another 20 or 25 minutes to get our food. I ordered some sort... More 

Thank nachty
Management response:

This is not what I expect from an experience at Federal Diner - and I am very disappointed that this is the experience you received. Thank you for writing the review so that I can review our processes and procedures to ensure this isn't the service our staff are giving. More 

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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here this week for lunch and absolutely loved it. There are two parts to it - the restaurant/kitchen with indoor seating, and the deli/takeaway with outdoor seating. There were eight of us - ages ranging from 3 yrs to 79yrs and we all enjoyed it. Great staff, great coffee and amazing food. Of all of the places we... More 

Thank Mark J
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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122 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not much to say about the Federal Diner. Our breakfasts were simply excellent. The coffee was perfect, the bacon was great, eggs cooked perfectly and lovely hollandaise sauce. We got a "famous" cheese scone to take for lunch and yes, they're good - not the best I've had by a long shot however. I also think they're slightly overpriced given... More 

Thank adam-caro_alexander
Dunedin, New Zealand
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Date scones, coffee, iced chocolates and smoothies altogether a great spot for morning tea. Also bought some homemade pies from the Fedeli , delicatessen ..these were superb and saved me cooking dinner that night 😂

Thank hrhs
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

I had the banana bread toast and a side of scrambled eggs with tea and wished that I could have eaten three more helpings of it when I was done!! The banana bread toast came with real bananas and nuts crushed on top of it, and was so moist and delicious! My husband had the eggs Benedict and was wishing... More 

Thank brittney c
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

We came twice for breakfast and once for dinner, great croissants and scones and the ugly amazing slow cooked lamb for dinner, best meal of the holiday and great toy box for the toddler.

Thank emmak2179
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264 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Best cafe in town by a distance, the coffee is very good and the food is well prepared and tasty. It's a buzzing place, be prepared to wait or try outside if it's not too cold. The scones are excellent. Not too pricey either. A great find.

Thank jwjg

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47 Helwick Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 5152

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