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Kai Whakapai Cafe and Bar

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
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Ardmore St, Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
+64 3-443 7795
07:00 - 23:00
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Palmerston North
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had often had a drink here when visiting Wanaka but this time we decided to eat. Good, friendly service. They made a mistake with one of the pizzas but offered us drinks for free to compensate. As we were moving on they gave us 3 desserts to take away instead.

Thank David S
Christchurch, New Zealand
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Managed to get a table even though Wanaka was heaving on New Years eve day. Great that they had local beer on tap. The Ground Up IPA was excellent. Only thing that would have improved the breakfast is to offer optional black pudding - but that's just me.

Thank John_at_Zavkhan
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are no pretenses at this excellent lake-side eatery in the heart of Wanaka. Grab a table in the sun, have the friendly, chatty bar staff pour you an exceptional local craft beer, and share some pretty darn good pizza. What more could you want?

Thank Samuel C
Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great spot awesome service. Pizza was mint ice eaten pizza in Italy and this one was up there. Nice corner spot buzzing with people.

Thank Coops43
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just visited here and found it great. Highly recommend spicy lamb pizza!!! Staff were great, efficient, friendly, everything you could ask for. Prime location on the water front. Great vibe!

Thank Vicky C
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had take away coffees from this restaurant and it was the best coffee I had in our 11-day trip of south island in New Zealand. The restaurant was quite busy in the morning when we visited and had a good variety of food to offer. It appeared to be a popular place among locals.

Thank BalwantSingh2015
Leicester, United Kingdom
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227 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very busy cafe that has a good amount of outside seating where you can grab a table or just share as customers here don't mind if you join them. Very friendly helpful staff add to the enjoyment along with some unusual dishes and freshly baked cakes to add to usual selection of teas/coffees etc. The Vietnamese broth was a... More 

Thank Tony P
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84 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed a lunch from the cabinet. Date and orange loaf with marscapone. Such a generous helping I had to leave some.The coffee was excellent

Thank SorrelliAuckland
Athens, Greece
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99 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped off for a break whilst on a walk. Was very busy, and according to the locals, always is. However we were advised for the wait time for coffee, and indeed it took 25 mins. The chai tea, we had, was really nice, and gluten free chocolate brownie exceptional. They have an extensive menu, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Well worth... More 

Thank davidcapstick40
United Kingdom
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I dined here for breakfast while staying in Wanaka. For a big, hearty breakfast, you can look no further. The savoury muffins, the coffee and big breakie were all delish. Great atmosphere, sadly couldn't sit outside as it was so packed. Ive read a few recent reviews and ill give my fair account. 1. I chose this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?