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Federal Diner

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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47 Helwick Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5152
07:00 - 00:00
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Sydney, Australia
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hidden away down an alley but worth looking for, a funky smallish menu, the coffee is brilliant, breakfasts are well worth the visit and they have now opened their own little deli next door. Always visit here when in Wanaka

Thank TheHighlander2015
Christchurch, New Zealand
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99 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed an excellent evening meal with friends - all the food was good and there was a good selection of wines and local beers. Ambience suffered as the place filled up & it became difficult to hold a conversation with anyone but the person adjacent to you.

Thank gokiwi
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Busy little hotspot in Wanaka. Lovely vive bit noisy but just shows the popularity. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Best scones and excellent coffee.

Thank Helen R
Lexington, MA
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165 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had a wonderful breakfast including poached eggs with smoked salmon and flat white and latte coffees at the Federal Diner, which is in the middle of Wanaka, a block or so from the lake, entrance down an alley. The staff was super friendly and helpful. A bit noisy, however, if you are looking for a calm and quiet start... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been here before, and tried their cheese scones. This time they were even better (fresh and hot, and just out of the oven). Great coffee and atmosphere and friendly service.

Thank Scott C
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friend and I went for dinner.. It was amazing! The moment you wAlk in the chef is smiling away welcoming you in and the beautiful waiter man was more than charming taking us to our seats. The food was amazing, definately recommend! We had a the prawns to start with, with steak and lamb as a main. Such amazing... More 

Thank beckyhO716AB
Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just visiting Wanaka for the day and found this excellent cafe down a little lane. Nice urban feel about it. We enjoyed a lovely lunch - I had the Buddha (eggs, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms on sourdough with hollandaise) and my companion had the chicken sandwich with caramelised onion which he pronounced delicious. Excellent coffee too. Service was welcoming and efficient.... More 

Thank rosebud98
Wanaka, New Zealand
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I go here a lot for brunch / lunch. Food is delicious, coffee excellent. Lovely staff and family friendly. Dinner is also brilliant - awesome sharing dishes and the evening staff are really on to it. The daily specials are always worthy. Best hollandaise in town and special mention to the Roti Roll and Burger.

Thank Fiona M
Adelaide, Australia
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123 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Discovered this place by accident in a lane off the main shopping strip. Obviously tourists don't know about it (hence the lower rating) but locals sure do. In sum, lovely atmosphere with a choice inside or courtyard outside, great coffee and food, good service. No view of the lake- but who cares? And free Wifi. Go!

Thank Bev S
Paris, France
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We discovered this restaurant by chance on our first day at Wanaka, we really liked their menu, so we returned and we were absolutely satisfied. Fine taste, modern, fresh... Not placed in front of the lake but the food and the service makes it excellent.


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Restaurant Details

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

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