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Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka

93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5599
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

We've eaten at Francesca'sa few times now and have always enjoyed it. The food is great with a varied selection and pizzas that look delicious (I haven't tried one yet, so can't comment). The staff is the right combination of laid-back and professional that suits...More

Thank Toadguts
Reviewed yesterday

This place is tucked behind the Speights Ale House and its recommended to make a booking as it is very busy. We started with the Brushetta topped with Egg Plant and that was truly delicious. My wife enjoyed her Bolognese and I ordered the Prawn...More

Thank Andrew N
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stopped at Francesca's for lunch today. This is the best meal we have had in the Wanaka area. My prawn pasta was excellent and the other two recommended their pizzas as being very good. They do a very nice Negroni too! We will definitely return...More

Thank Zetlander
Reviewed 4 days ago

Yum! Authentic and delicious. We made a late booking but the restaurant graciously made room for us. All of us had different dishes, risotto, ragu, beef cheek gnocchi - wow, it was all sooo good. We would definitely go back next time we are in...More

Thank Scott G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious food, great service and the ambiance is great for families and couples alike. We came with our two tween boys, they raved about the spag bol...best they had ever eaten in fact. We went back two days in a row to try as much...More

Thank Emma K
FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Emma, thank you fir such a fantastic review. We are delighted that you enjoyed both your visits to Francesca's. We pride ourselves on our delicious food and friendly service and we are so glad that you received the full package on your recent visit....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We dropped in without a booking having arrived in Wanaka quite late. The place was full but we thought we'd enquire anyway. The waiter was almost apologetic and asked if we were prepared to wait half an hour. We graciously declined and headed off to...More

Thank Travelator_27
FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Yum - we agree that you cant beat an authentic Italian antipasti board to start a great meal. We are so pleased you had a fantastic time with us the other evening and we hope to see you again soon. Grazie Mille!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked a table a few weeks in advance for my wife's birthday. All went according to plan, table ready, food very good, staff very attentive

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FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We love birthdays here at Francesca's! Thank you for choosing to spend it here. We are glad you enjoyed your evening and look forward to having you dine with us again soon. Grazie Mille!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great food! they do two sittings - early 6pm ish or later. so many good things to try on the menu. the pastas are delicious. and good wines too.More

Thank Seasonedtraveller289
FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your fab 5* review! We pride ourselves on our selection of local and Italian wines so we are thrilled you enjoyed them with your meal. We can do other sittings outside of 6 or later as we are open from 5pm so if...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is tasteless than I expect. I think this is not typical Italian Food but New Zealand Style. There were a lot of people even in Tuesday. so You need to make a reservation. Why do not you Francesca's cook go to Italy and taste...More

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FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good afternoon, we are sorry that you didn't enjoy your recent meal at Francesca's on this occasion. Our Italian chef's have spent many years eating and cooking Italian food in their home country, and they endeavor to bring this taste of Italy to Wanaka. As...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great service, simple, honest food. As a vegetarian there were plenty of meals on the menu, yet the kitchen were still very accommodating and made me a pasta and sauce off menu which was exactly what I wanted. The restaurant has a nice ambiance and...More

Thank Cus2014
FIKWanaka, Manager at Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely comments regarding your recent visit to Francesca's Italian Kitchen. We try our best to accommodate our customer's dietary requirements which is made easy with our team of fantastic chefs. It is also very kind of you to comment on our...More

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7 February 2017|
Response from Trelawn | Reviewed this property |
Trelawn does not do dinners, breakfast is a cooked and continental with fresh fruit and homemade jams. 3 types of cereals .
3 December 2015|
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Response from Kurt H | Reviewed this property |
Hallo Jen, sorry i can't answer your question. I only wrote a review. In your case, i would contact the restaurant directly. kind regards kurt
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Parking Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 5599
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Excellent, affordable Italian food with a vibrant atmosphere and a real wood fired pizza oven. Lunch served from 12.00 Pm to 3 pm. Dinner served from 5.00 Pm to late. Bookings essential for dinner. We accept Cash, Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard and American Express only. Gift Vouchers available. No wifi. Open seven days a week.
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