Our recommendations for dinner in Wanaka based on our own experiences and the feedback from our guests at Maple Lodge Wanaka who have dine out in Wanaka.
A change of name and a change to the menu with great local food on offer. On a hot summer’s evening where better than the balcony at Alivate to enjoy a glass of local wine, a great feast and a prime view over Lake Wanaka. Great reviews from our guests.
A taste of Mexico in downtown Wanaka, Amigos has a relaxed atmosphere with great food and fab margaritas. Personal favourites are their chile con carne served in a tortilla basket with churros for dessert!
Upstairs at Pembroke Mall the Bombay Palace offers Indian food with all the kiwi favourites such as Butter Chicken.
Sheltered courtyard with a view towards the lake for a lunchtime bite to eat. They serve awesome soups for the winter.
This is a family restaurant with a la carte menu and blackboard specials that include venison, rabbit and pasta dishes. Mixed reviews from guests who have eaten there.
A hidden gem just off Helwick St (behind 47 Frocks and Kate Findlay interiors) – worth hunting out but only open to 4pm. Winter evening dining on Friday & Saturday nights.
New Zealand family restaurant – where the portions are huge, summed up by their slogan of ‘too much is never enough’. It might be just what is needed after a hard day skiing or walking though.
Enjoy pub food in a fabulous old building with a warm fire in winter and a cute garden for summer nights. The hotel has an interesting history and collections of photos from deer hunters who have been associated with the area over the years.
Relaxed café dining by the lake. Tables in the back are sometimes shared with other diners when it is busy and the tables outside give a great opportunity to watch the world go by. Great food – one of our personal favourite places to eat and receives good reviews form our guests.
This is the best Indian restaurant in town. We recommend the goat curry and for those who can’t decide the banquet delivers a great range of dishes. The Spice Room is a definite favourite with ourselves and our guests at Maple Lodge.
The only Thai restaurant in Wanaka, offering standard Thai dishes with a view towards the lake. Mixed reviews from Maple Lodge guests.
Pizza and spaghetti – great for those nights where you just want something simple to eat. If it is busy you can pop across the courtyard into Bar Luga or Woody’s and sit by the outside fire while you wait for a table.
Fine dining with a great view across the lake the Landing offers a range of choices to suit most diners. Fairly pricy but always a favourite with guests and now open for lunch during the summer. (The Landing was formerly Missy’s Kitchen).
Good pub food by the lake serving Monteith’s beer. Bread and dips are enough for 4 people so we advise having them on their own or give them a miss so you can fit in the huge plates of food for mains.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Housed in an iconic Mediterranean style building near the lake the White House offers interesting food from their blackboard menu which changes regularly. Mixed reviews from guests.
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