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PRICE RANGE
AU$6 - AU$28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Gastropub, Bar, New Zealand
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here for a relaxed lunch.great views. Good pub food, large servings. Friendly and attentive staff. Fish and chips were very good.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 18 March 2024

We thoroughly enjoyed out lunch at the Lake Bar. We sat outside looking towards the lake on a beautiful sunny day. The drinks were great and the food was very tasty. Steve & Karen

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 15 March 2024

Let down by one meal out of four. Four people and three nice meals, the seafood chowder a stand out. However the hot and spicy battered prawns a disaster. From the time they arrived all diners were saying they look over cooked and overcooked they...were, like hard little nuggets. Probably should have been sent back as they should never have left the kitchen. A shame really as the service was very good and nice view looking over the lake but let down by the kitchen.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024 via mobile

We had an excellent dinner here. The mussels in green curry sauce were delicious. The mussels were smaller than I’ve been eating but just as good. The short ribs were melt in your mouth good. We also ordered the grilled veggie plate (without the pesto...and feta) and that was a good addition to our meal. The waitress was friendly and efficient. All in all, a very good meal. At 6 pm, it wasn’t very busy. We were seated immediately. No happy hour here so you might want to drop by a happy hour at one of the nearby bars first. We sat inside. They have outdoor seating too.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 9 January 2024 via mobile

A great place for casual or more formal dinning in a pub setting. A high standard of food and great service. The best location in Wanaka. Just go there, great value and always a good experience.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 17 November 2023 via mobile

Great location, overlooking the lake. We chose this bar/restaurant because it seemed to have a good atmosphere. I have food intolerances, which makes eating out difficult at times. Paddy on the reception desk was very friendly and helpful, and able to give me a good...idea of what I could eat. We came back later in the evening and were able to get a table near the front, in the bar section. It became busy later on, so it would probably be best to book a table in the restaurant at the back in peak season. The bar staff were very friendly and helpful. We ordered the short rib of beef and blue cod in beer batter. They were delicious and portion size was good. I can’t believe the potato gratin was dairy free!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 1 November 2023

We always liked to come here for the bangers and mash lunch Special, which used to be $15 begore Covid. Now it's $24, which is fine, but not really a Special anymore. But the big disappointment was to be told no mustard available for the...sausages. Yes...this Restaurant kitchen does not stock any type of mustard at all!🫣More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 19 July 2023 via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal. The Mulled Wine was divine. Good service and nice atmosphere. Menu with something for everyone. Well done!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 16 June 2023 via mobile

Very nice long lunch yesterday. Enjoyed Mussels Seafood chowder and Fish an Chips. Food was good and service was nice as well. Staff was friendly.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 20 May 2023 via mobile

The lamb salad is one of the best meals in Wanaka! Wish I had have gone back a second time for the meal, not just for drinks! The staff are very friendly and helpful. If it’s sport you like to watch, they have it all...to view on screens around the venue. And it’s warm inside too.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 24 April 2023 via mobile

We were there on a Tuesday night for a business trip. It was quite busy around dinner time. We ordered an entree of oysters to share after seeing friends that had ordered them earlier as they looked lovely, we were so disappointed they were so...over cooked and oily, disappointed since our friends earlier were cooked beautifully 😏 Ordered steak both had medium, one of the steaks was way undercooked nearly raw and the other was medium… really no consistency in the meals 🙁 steak was nice once i swapped my undercooked one with hubby haha and the sauce was nice. Service was friendly but slow and meals took over an hour to come out. Quiet pricey for what you get.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 18 April 2023 via mobile

We had a beautiful sunny fall afternoon at the Lake Bar. Beautiful views of the lake, very friendly staff, food was good and beer was cold. Nice way to end a long day of hiking. We ended up stopping multiple days either much just a...drink or dinner. Stop in and enjoy the view!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 14 April 2023 via mobile

Second visit toWanaka and to Lake Bar. Interesting menu with lots of great choices. Reasonable prices and excellent food. I would not hesitate to recommend.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 6 March 2023

Rang to book a table for 10 and was told she is too busy to take my booking. Suggest you revisit this as turning a table of 10 away is not good for your business.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 18 February 2023

We were lucky enough to get a table here as they were just about to put a sign out saying fully booked for the night. I'd recommend booking tables as this was the case for most restaurants. I had the lamb my partner had the...vege salad with chicken. We were both happy with our meals. Don't expect to be in and out, my partner had already finished his beer before the food came, probably took about half an hour before our meals arrived.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Response from Peter J | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about Xmas. Many places closed in general but back in action for Boxing Day.
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Lake Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5