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Kai Whakapai Cafe and Bar

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Ardmore St, Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
+64 3-443 7795
Today
07:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
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Point Roberts, Washington
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The breakfast was good, but the staff didn't seem to be too interested in satisfying their customers. To bad, but I guess they are so busy they don't have to care...

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Thank allan m
Findlay, Ohio
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We got our meals to takeaway as it was looking pretty overcast. The chorizo pizza was fantastic! Great combination of flavours. Just wish we could have stayed to have a beer.

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Thank lauraknecht
Beijing, China
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Not a fancy place (you order and pay at the front), but excellent food. It was a rainy evening, so tables were at a premium, but we saw that there's plenty of outdoor seating if the weather is nice. A little pricey by US standards but about average for New Zealand, this was great value because the food was so... More 

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Thank Nainai27
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This place has people there all the time never seems to button off whether it's coffee breakfast lunch or dinner great on a good day with outside dinning never eaten or drank badly here

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Thank Bill B
California
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lunch menu. Had the salad with falafel, beers, creme fraiche and toasted sunflower seeds. Best thing I ate in NZ!

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Thank hvl21950
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed time with nice Wanaka beer and live song at sunshine. Many people like this place. 저녁 식사 후 맥주 마시기 좋습니다. 저녁에는 라이브 공연 있었습니다. 토요일 저녁에 방문했습니다. 모두 즐거운 여행 보내세요.

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Thank minjung k
United States
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great views, great beer, friendly staff and quick service, oh did I mention good food. We're locals, and we love Kai WhakaPai. We have a child, and although the front tables appear to be a young hangout - it's fun for everyone. If you want peace and quiet upstairs is good for catching up on emails and enjoying the view... More 

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Thank mtnspiritorg
Norwich, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We sat outside on the bench with a local beer and ordered so super tasty food... falafel was awesome (recommended by the staff when I needed help). There was a busker out the front which meant music, sunshine, good food, beer and view of the lake! Spectacular!!!

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Thank Francesca C
Wanaka, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you had to pick one location as the beating heart of Wanaka, Kai WhakaPai is that place. No better way to get a feeling for what's happening in town than to sit down with a coffee, beer or something to eat and watch the world walk by. Breakfast, lunch or dinner the food is superb, the baristas are the... More 

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Thank Wanakaparagliding
Sydney, Australia
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65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The central location of this place makes it THE place to be in Wanaka for apres-ski, aperitif, breakfast, dinner. We've been told that this is where the locals go after after work and it really looks like it. The place is packed after 5PM every day. The food here is delicious regardless whether it's for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 23:00
Monday
07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 23:00
Thursday
07:00 - 23:00
Friday
07:00 - 23:00
Saturday
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ardmore St, Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 7795

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