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Lake Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Gastropub, Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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155 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand (Formerly The Wanaka Ale House)
+64 3-443 2920
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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315 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Lake bar is a busy, noisy sports bar and restaurant which is popular with locals and tourists. We were lucky to be shown to a table at 6.45pm as it was obviously busy especially with large groups. We ordered blue cod and chips and beefburger and chips. It took a while,- 40 mins for the food to come but... More 

Thank Sheilambutcher
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great service and good food. Pleanty of room for dinning or to have a drink. Will be back when i visit Wanaka again.

Thank Andrew M
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ordered venison that was not tender and asked 3 other guests who were with me to try a sample and all agreed it was a tough cut of meat. When I complained the young waitress went to the manager, who was enjoying himself at another table, and told the waitress that most of the food had been eaten therefore... More 

Thank peter s
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for coffee and dessert. Super friendly staff. INCREDIBLE dessert! Huge portions, VERY tasty! Yum :)

Thank Katy C
Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best bar in wanaka they will show you a great night! They go above and beyond to satisfy their clients! Thank you Michaela and josh!

Thank Ben H
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went there for my wife's birthday and what a great meal we both had.while I had a beautiful steak and my wife had the fish and it was all cooked to perfection .the manager was a very nice and helpfull man .We will certainly be returning again as we had a fantastic night and highly recommend the place .

2 Thank old222
Oamaru, New Zealand
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoy a great lake view while having a snack or decent meal along with a drink or two if you wish. This place has everything you could want to replenish your body before or after taking in the sights of Wanaka. A great spot with friendly staff. Very popular at all times of day or night so it can get... More 

Thank Murray A
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love the food, wine, and especially the service. Such a friendly bunch of people and make you feel so welcome.

Thank Abby S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

"Lake Bar" is the one place you definitely want to skip when you're out with family in Wanaka. It has notoriously incompetent, rude and lazy staff. This without doubt is a reflection on the kind of management and/or ownership in charge of this dump. The whole experience makes one feel uncomfortable and out of place. We were made to wait... More 

Thank Absek
Christchurch, New Zealand
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199 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Group of 4 tonight but it was an hour from.order to delivery. Guess it was because 3 ordered the venison and they needed to go to Fiordland to get it??? Was very nice once it arrived but service from the kitchen could improve. Would still go back for good honest food and good portion sizes.

Thank Graeme M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 21
Gastropub, Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 155 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand (Formerly The Wanaka Ale House)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 2920

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