We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Federal Diner

Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
47 Helwick Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5152
Website
Today
07:00 - 00:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Wed - Sun 07:00 - 00:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

316 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 312: English reviews
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
122 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Not much to say about the Federal Diner. Our breakfasts were simply excellent. The coffee was perfect, the bacon was great, eggs cooked perfectly and lovely hollandaise sauce. We got a "famous" cheese scone to take for lunch and yes, they're good - not the best I've had by a long shot however. I also think they're slightly overpriced given... More 

Helpful?
Thank adam-caro_alexander
Dunedin, New Zealand
Level Contributor
30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Date scones, coffee, iced chocolates and smoothies altogether a great spot for morning tea. Also bought some homemade pies from the Fedeli , delicatessen ..these were superb and saved me cooking dinner that night 😂

Helpful?
Thank hrhs
Level Contributor
23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had the banana bread toast and a side of scrambled eggs with tea and wished that I could have eaten three more helpings of it when I was done!! The banana bread toast came with real bananas and nuts crushed on top of it, and was so moist and delicious! My husband had the eggs Benedict and was wishing... More 

Helpful?
Thank brittney c
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came twice for breakfast and once for dinner, great croissants and scones and the ugly amazing slow cooked lamb for dinner, best meal of the holiday and great toy box for the toddler.

Helpful?
Thank emmak2179
Auckland
Level Contributor
262 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best cafe in town by a distance, the coffee is very good and the food is well prepared and tasty. It's a buzzing place, be prepared to wait or try outside if it's not too cold. The scones are excellent. Not too pricey either. A great find.

Helpful?
Thank jwjg
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for breakfast and was not disappointed. The cheese scones were absolutely amazing - definitely a must-try!

Helpful?
Thank Terence C
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
77 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Federal Diner is in the middle of Wanaka it's a smaller restaurant with a great Atmosphere. When we arrived we were seated promptly and drink orders taken. The service was great very friendly and efficient. The food was lovely I shared a fish Taco entree and it was delicious. At the table my sister shared a lamb shoulder for two... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jeremy L
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tasty food and coffee. We sat outside as we got the weather. First the food, very good; two of us had the goats cheese salad special and husband had burger, all excellent. We decided to order wine when our food arrived and it took an age to come. When we queried the delay we were told the wine order goes... More 

Helpful?
Thank mdel29
Hamilton, New Zealand
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was recommended and we were looking forward to the experience. We popped in for coffee and something to eat one morning. My husband went to order and was told by the wait staff to sit down and someone would come to take our order. Bit of a surprise for NZ cafes, especially in the morning. My husband told... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Deborah F
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having had lunch here i thought give the dinner a fair go. But similar .. Lacks intimacy .. Very child friendly but I guess I didn't expect babies and infants at night. And not much they can do about the acoustics I suppose. It is fine dining so expect that sort of portion size and I'd suggest reading menu for... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Andy A

Travellers who viewed Federal Diner also viewed

Wanaka, Otago Region
Wanaka, Otago Region
 
Wanaka, Otago Region
 
Wanaka, Otago Region
 

Been to Federal Diner? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 00:00
Thursday
07:00 - 00:00
Friday
07:00 - 00:00
Saturday
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47 Helwick Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 5152

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Federal Diner staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?