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Water Bar

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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 4345
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we went in for a quick bite while on a day trip to Wanaka from Queenstown. no one mentioned anything about a long wait for the food so we ordered curly fries, some wedges, pizza and a sandwich. we had to wait 1.5 hours for lunch which resultant in us not able to make it to a few more attraction... More 

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Thank cash-knee
WaterbarManagement, Manager at Water Bar, responded to this review

First of all I would like to offer sincerest apologies that you received service that was far below our standards and what is fair and acceptable for any customer. Our owner was especially disappointed, as a family man with 4 year old and 3 month old children, we wish for our restaurant to be very family friendly and accommodating to... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Went for a yuck bite to eat, service was good and meal was nice had a burger and pizza and they were just what we wanted.. Not to much and well presented.. Would go back again.

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Thank Maryanne C
Oakland, California
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59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

I'm not sure what the other reviewers are talking about on large portions. My husband and I both ordered the fish and chips and received one small piece of fish with a couple dozen chips each. For $27, not worth the money. So small that we thought perhaps they split one order into two, but we were charged for two... More 

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Thank Megan L
Shanghai
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Best location for meal. Great foods and wines and we all had a great time during our dinner. Wish to come there again,

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Thank Eric Z
Newcastle, Australia
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

The view from this place is amazing!!! The food is just as good. Our meals were huge and so tasty. They must have one good chef - all our meals were cooked to perfection.

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Thank Dianne F
Norwich, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

The staff were awesome funny and really approachable. They had a pizza and beer deal on which we took advantage of. The pizza was really good thin crust and beer was tasty they had a wide range to choose from, great choice. We were able to sit outside lake in the background and enjoy the sunshine.

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Thank Francesca C
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Was a nice stay at the waterbar. The fish and chipswas decent but not the as good as many others in NZ. The believe it or not quiz however was really fun

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Thank Jaron B
Timaru, New Zealand
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

lunch menu ends at 5pm. we ordered 5 minutes to 5 and effectively ate dinner at Lunch prices! I had a platter but requested no pork, so instead I was given double portion of smoked salmon. Delish.

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Thank deeval2014
WaterbarManagement, Director of Sales at Water Bar, responded to this review

Hahaha, glad you liked your extra Salmon. Thanks for a great review More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Ordered a couple of drinks but barman decided to spend several minutes chatting to an Irish couple about his experiences in NZ. Don't wish to sound fussy but quick service is better than very slow service

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1 Thank Neil J
WaterbarManagement, Manager at Water Bar, responded to this review

Hi Neil, Firstly thank you for visiting Water Bar, it is regretful to hear that you were unsatisfied with the service you received. We do try to harbour a welcoming atmosphere and try to build a rapport with our guests who like to have a chat at any given opportunity, when we have the time to do so. Priority should... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Water bar had a pumping atmosphere while I was there end of December. The food was great and the gluten free pizza and burgers were really nice. My only criticism is that smoking is allowed on the outdoor balcony. Great for smokers, not so great if you aren't into it yourself.

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Thank Samuel M
WaterbarManagement, Manager at Water Bar, responded to this review

Hey Samuel, thanks for reviewing Water Bar after your visit at the end of December. It's always reassuring to hear that customers love our food, and they received great service! Totally understand that some people will not want to dine in a smoking area, but as a Restaurant bar, some guests will wish to smoke with their drinks, as with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 18
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 4345
Description
Water Bar is a fully licensed restaurant with fantastic bar facilities and located right on the lake front in Wanaka. Whether you are after a full dining experience, a casual brunch or lunch, or a lively late night entertainment venue, Water Bar can make your visit a fantastic experience.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?