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Relishes Cafe

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1/99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 9018
07:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
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London, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was pretty disappointed with this place. One of the servers was very nice and attentive but the other one forgot my order of coffee and didn't even come back to take my breakfast order. The coffee was very nice but the breakfast was a bit sad. Salmon portion was very small (less than 100grams I believe) and it was... More 

Thank kitsune87
Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When asking where to have breakfast in Wanaka, the manager of our hotel instantly recommended Relishes Cafe. It was Sunday Morning - 10:30am - prime-time for brunch when we arrived. The place was packed (always a good sign), with locals and tourists alike. My Fiancé had the Eggs Benedict with Salmon and I ordered a Bacon & Egg Bap (Not... More 

Thank eastaroadster
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'll start by saying this would probably have been a 5 star review based on the food and ambience inside. The restaurant is cozy with a nice view to the lake from the front tables, and my salmon was cooked exceptionally well - with a flavorful salad side. My dining companion had the duck which he also quite liked. So... More 

Thank KimTravelling
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some odd happenings. A breeze outside so we took a table inside but staff decided to leave the door open so quite cold. We moved to the back. Cooked breakfast arrived - everything on the plate was cold. It was sent back. The smoked salmon arrived in a small cast pan that was so hot, we've just stopped at a... More 

Thank Chris S
Townsville, Australia
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love this restaurant and eat there every time we visit Wanaka. There is always an interesting selection of dishes to choose from and we have had excellent food each time.

Thank Fish03
York, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Relaxed lakeside dining with innovative food and daily specials. Quality over quantity. Good choice of beers wines and ciders. Friendly unhurried service.

Thank JohnMP9967JP
Wanaka, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Relishes Cafe for a meeting. The staff were polite and professional with a sharp wit that kept me on my toes. There was one staff member, she was short with long dark hair about 27ish who was very funny, and very Australian. The guy on the coffee had big hair and a big beard to match -... More 

Thank John-Jo R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food is good. Very good actually but portions are very modest. Not ideal of you're really hungry. I guess it's the same in other restaurant sin the area. Service s good price slightly on the high side. We've been reccomended other restaurants in the area. I would check out others next time.

Thank Steve E
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely few outdoor tables. Friendly staff, quick service and tasty food. Not too fancy, perfect for the fussy and the quick eater. Coffee's good too. Hit this place up if you need to stop to eat & drink during the day.

Thank weeksy_j
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Relishes with my wife, brother and his wife. Sat inside and watched the sun set over Lake Wanaka; some people sat outside and seemed to enjoy it. When we arrived about 6 it was pretty quiet but by 8 it was packed (always a good sign). Food was very tasty and service was excellent - very friendly and... More 

Thank Alistair D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, European, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1/99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 9018
With our lakefront setting, spectacular views of the majestic Southern Alps, contemporary and innovative cuisine, and fresh daily baked goods, Relishes Cafe has become something of a Wanaka institution. We are open from 7am till late offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy a glass of wine from our extensive list of local and New Zealand wines or a cup of locally roasted fair trade organic Venus coffee in a casual atmosphere. In summer, the double French doors are opened wide to fully enjoy the stunning lake view, and in winter, a roaring fire displaces the chill after a day playing on the mountains. As a family run business, we welcome even the littlest members of your family by providing a children's menu, a well loved toy box, and a highchair. We happily cater to special dietary needs and also to special events when our in house baker creates delicious cakes to celebrate your occasion! With an abundance of local produce, meats, eggs, and wine grown in the Otago region on our doorstep, there is no need to go further afield for ingredients that will create flavours to delight the palate. Dishes highlight seasonal produce, locally found herbs like horopito, free range eggs, and meats that come from the region, some coming from just down the road. Drawn by the allures of Wanaka after many holiday visits, brother and sister Toby and Tash, along with Tash's husband Paul, bought Relishes Cafe. Showcasing their passion for food, wine, and travel, the trio are frequently seen both in the kitchen and on the house floor. Head Chef Silvia has traveled the world and has an extensive culinary background including experience in Europe. She draws on her international experience to whip up culinary fusions with a Kiwi touch. Serving up twice daily blackboard specials, she and her team continuously bring something new to the table.

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