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Kai Whakapai Cafe and Bar

€€ - €€€, Cafe,
Ardmore St, Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
+64 3-443 7795
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Ardmore St, Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lively lake front location, friendly staff, good selection of local beers on draft. Maggie had a glass of Pinot noir. They had three available and she was offered chance to taste before selecting. First was so good - Maude a local wine she didn’t even...More

Thank fredfindlay
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazingly popular with young travellers and vibrant atmospher. Service quick but interaction with staff functional rather than welcoming. Prices good and food good although one of my fried eggs was a tad hard.

Thank Wiltshire-feet
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is great all day/night! The coffee and beers are amazing. Yummy yummy food! Very relaxed atmosphere with friendly service

Thank Alex H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dropped in for a quick burrito and a couple of beers. The beer was Wanaka on tap and both were excellent. The staff were super friendly and very friendly. The location is perfect, right on the lake. The burrito was very ho hum. The...More

Thank Andrew D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here numerous times , great variety of food and drinks. We could not fault anything we had or the experience of staff service

Thank Roman J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Come to Kai whenever we visit Wanaka. Love sitting in a booth overlooking the lake. Great priced food and large menu...good vegetarian options! Love the atmosphere downstairs of a weekend with live music. But my favourite thing has to be the flake chocolate crumbled on...More

Thank Genna C
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

I got some chips to takeaway when the chip shop was shut. It was a decent size for a decent price with friendly staff.

Thank Nakita C
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

We must have ordered wrong things. Really disliked the salmon fritatta almost inedible. Surprising since Fodors and L.P. both like this place.

Thank William F
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Tried to find a real Craft Beer in Wanaka and didn't have much success until we got to Kai Whakapai. Only complaint was the range was limited.

Thank Matapos
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

We've been here a few times, and the food is generally pretty good, but the customer service we experienced today was below average. They weren't overly busy, but it took a while to be served. This wouldn't have been a big deal, except that the...More

Thank MorganGrundy
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2 June 2017|
Response from Roger N | Property representative |
yes, there are a couple of options that can be made vegan if you make if we change a couple of ingredients and you can always make up a breakfast by adding together some side dishes :-)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
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07:00 - 23:00
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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