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AU$6 - AU$92
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Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This brilliant cafe was found by my wife. Slightly off the beaten track in the heart of Wanaka, the breakfast was absolutely superb. Fortunately, one table inside; it was absolutely rammed as it’s immensely popular. My wife enjoyed the fabulous kedgeree whilst I opted for...the more conventional eggs and bacon. Eggs cooked perfectly, which is always a trial for most restaurants and plates arrived with hot food, again marginally unusual! They also managed to serve my Americano with my meal which I requested, but most overlook this time delay after ordering. In summary, an extremely awesome cafe; I cannot rate it any higher. Part of me wished we had stayed in Wanaka a 2nd night, just to return for breakfast again!!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

"The Monk" Eggs Benedict was small and on very very thin bread. Hollandaise was lacking seasoning and poached eggs were over done so not runny at all. The "Hawea Flat" was kinda half done, very scarce piece of halloumi, polenta cake was not fully cooked....For Wanaka, you expect quantity and quality for money which wasn't the case, especially for your locals. Staff were very friendly.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 24 December 2023 via mobile

Went for an early breakfast our first morning in Wanaka. Nice vibe, casual atmosphere. The scone was a true, buttery scone (though I don’t think the date one was anything special). Egg breakfasts were also good.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 August 2023 via mobile

Found this wonderful little cafe with wonderful food service and atmosphere We had breakfast and coffee very happy with everything

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 1 August 2023 via mobile

This cafe served excellent food and had a warm and friendly atmosphere, especially welcome on the cold Winter’s day on which we visited

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 18 July 2023 via mobile

been here before, last visit about 3 years ago, still very good. great coffee, best cheese scones and date scones, always fairly busy friendly, relaxed sunny

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 15 May 2023

The hidden gem in Wanaka, secluded, FED is the number 1 café for locals - excellent coffee, food and service

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 7 May 2023

Date or cheese? Both excellent. A buzzy cafe with delicious food, coffee and friendly service, and a relaxed 'locals' feel about it.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 11 April 2023 via mobile

Decided to visit after reading reviews on Trio Advisor and was not disappointed. We were warmly greeted and had very attentive service. It was a busy place with people coming on all the time and the staff worked hard to accommodate everyone. The food is...fresh and healthy. I had the Hawea which was spinach, mushrooms, tomato and halloumi on a polenta cake. Simply delicious. My daughter ooted for a cheese and bacon crossiant which was large and fluffy. Will return on our next visit to WanakaMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 17 March 2023

We had breakfast at Federal Diner a couple of days ago. Everything was impressive - the atmosphere, the very friendly nature of the staff, and our delicious food. We’ve been in New Zealand for a week and my wife said it was her best meal...yet…. If we’d stayed longer in the area, I think we’d have come back here every day.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 7 March 2023

I liked the modern diner atmosphere. and great healthy breakfast options. good coffee. highly reccomend.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 24 February 2023 via mobile

Stopped here for breakfast, great service and food. Good value for money as well. It is popular so you might need to wait.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 15 February 2023 via mobile

Great spot for lunch on a week day; a real buzz of chatter and food being prepared. Polite and relaxed staff too. Healthy and uncomplicated menu - reasonably priced also. Would like to go back to try a few other things, particularly from the breakfast...menu. Definitely worth a visit when hunger craves good food…More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 20 January 2023 via mobile

We ventured in at 11.30am, we're waved to a table and proceeded to order drinks and food. Kids loved the kids burger and the roti wrap and adults burger was delicious. Great drinks and service. Highly recommend

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 20 July 2022 via mobile

Food was excellent as usual. Staff busy working hard to keep up with busy service. Dirty dishes cleared away. Coffee hot and well done.

Date of visit: July 2022
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neeshellis, Owner at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2022

Thank you Murphy Adventures for leaving a positive review, great to hear you enjoyed your time at Fed!

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Federal Diner is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5