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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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Wellington, New Zealand
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128 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you blink you can miss this delightful cafe. My husband spotted the menu and we shared a delicious shoulder of lamb. Staff were friendly and the bill reasonable. Worth finding

Thank Sue C
Wellington, New Zealand
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Down a lane behind a frock shop this place has a great indoor outdoor vibe. Specialist coffees lots of fresh salads and stuffed potatoes in one area. Lots of people picking up these salads to go. The rest is a larger cafe/bar with outdoor area and lane access to other streets. Breakfast/lunch menu good choices to suit all with free... More 

Thank Phil P
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this place. Tucked away from the tourist restaurants overlooking the lake. We ate here twice in a row to try all the specials because we were so impressed first time. Definitely go for one of the specials! Great food and service. Shame we don't live nearby.

Thank luc1_8600
Queenstown, New Zealand
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98 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've never been disappointed by a meal at Fed's. Hearty, tasty, unfussy, and wholesome. I had the lamb shoulder - delicious. The service was good, and the waiter pleasant.

Thank Dion_C
Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Freshly baked date scones best ever!! Went back two days in a row for it. Lovely brunch menu as well! Would love to try their lunch/ dinner some day.

Thank clairelB4171VE
New Zealand
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82 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We called in for breakfast as it has been a firm favourite in the past. The breakfast menu is a bit limited but generally good. The latte in a glass arrived with nearly half a glass of foam, I pointed it out and requested some more milk be added. The waitress offered a new coffee which I said no to... More 

1 Thank kiwimadeinnz
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We dined there last night. The food is excellent but not over the top. We have also dined at more highly rated restaurants in the area which can be guilty of over promising and under delivering. (Not to mention overcharging). Federal Diner does great fresh and local foods simply and perfectly. Good service and small but spot on wine list.... More 

Thank Hartley C
Loveland, Colorado
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent lunch. The food was ver well prepared. Great flavors. We had the Pork roti. And fish on slaw.

Thank K2272AKdaveg
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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141 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

The Federal Diner does a great job on food and presentation.... the atmosphere is relaxed and casual, with upscale food offerings.

Thank sophia818
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96 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

So glad we made the effort to find this place. It is down an alley but not that hard to find - look for Fideli sign (this is takeaway down the same alley and also looked very good). I had the banana bread breakfast and my partner had the chia one. Both were creative and excellent. Coffee also great. Nice... More 

Thank Fi_07

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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?