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Kai Whakapai Cafe and Bar

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Ardmore St, Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
+64 3-443 7795
07:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
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140 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

We tried this cafe early one morning after a long drive from Queenstown. Nice coffee and cakes, many options and the size was quite big. They also have gluten free option for the cakes, so that was a bonus. Locals flock the place and ordered serious comfort food for breakfast such as bacon, eggs, ham, sandwich and thick meats in... More 

Thank les_canadiens_jkt
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

I love it here and we spent probably 80% of our time in Wanaka in this building! Go upstairs! (by the way the weather was bad)

1 Thank zeistar
Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Great breakfast, fresh, delicious home baking. Had wonderful banana loaf toasted with mascarpone cream - yum! All cabinet food looked fabulous and very enticing!

1 Thank bryoney79
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

A popular location morning, noon or night. During our stay in lovely Wanaka we ate breakfast here several times for the same experience again and again... Delicious filling food with good coffee served in a timely manner.

Thank Russell M
sunshine coast
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Where do I start ... Everyday we went past the place was packed the cold food looked good in the front area a bit dirty but if you're that busy I'm guessing that happens. So we thought it must be great um no couldnt be more wrong 2 pizzas $22 each 12inch in size. Bit exy but if it was... More 

Thank AntDee
Roger N, Owner at Kai Whakapai Cafe and Bar, responded to this review

You're dead right, that pizza is a shocker. And not at all like the pizzas we have a reputation for. Will investigate and rectify immediately. If you feel brave enough to give us another go I will shout you a free meal and a drink. Apologies for your experience. More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Excellent! Best bacon and eggs ever! We'll be back! Thanks! Staff were friendly and efficient but not OTT.

Thank 1tigerhill
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Great place to meet up and grab a coffee or breakfast or food in the day.This place makes awesome coffee! Staff really good too and the whole place just a great place to drop in on when in Wanaka. Try any of the food and coffee - all fab.

Thank Lynda C
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

the food, the people, the outdoor heaters and they do serve nice beer that frequently changes. it's pricey but the place does have the monopoly in town. Really worth a visit

Thank lucky l
Roger N, Owner at Kai Whakapai Cafe and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your excellent review. We try really hard to achieve the things you have described so when we get it right it means a lot. In defence of our "quite pricey" status we buy local products fairly expensively yet our prices are mid range compared to other cafes and actually quite low for craft beer considering that our beer... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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80 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Kai Whakapai translates from Maori roughly as 'food made good' and this is certainly the case here. Like many places these days there is a strong emphasis on local fresh food and produce and this place excels in this regard. meals aren't over;y complicated - just fresh and tasty. Lots of local beers too. Eat upstairs if you want a... More 

Thank KiwiTraveler23
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful breakfast here, lovely food. Friendly staff that made you feel welcome, would defiantly return, thank you.

Thank Mark K

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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, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, 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?