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Lake Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Gastropub, Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free 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
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Courtenay, Canada
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576 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in for lunch while we were in Wanaka. Parking was at a premium but me managed to park just across from the Bar. My wife had the chicken wrap with fries and I had the blue cod fish and chips with salad. I also had the apple cider which was on tap. It was crisp and very favourable.... More 

Thank Smoltman
Wodonga, Australia
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51 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Meals took around an hour to come out (busy night) but worth the wait. Food had great flavors & presentation. Staff were friendly with a relaxed vibe and ambience.

Thank Rase90
Wellington, New Zealand
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had been told Lake Bar had fantastic meal, yes they sure do, I had the mussles as a main out standing flavour, my partner had the venison back rack, perfectly cooked, great atmosphere, we sat outside tables nice and clean, the staff were do switched on and super friendly, sun was out, lots of people about, this place was... More 

Thank Michelle H
Sydney, Australia
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218 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for a drink and stayed for dinner. Great views from the front area, and at this time of year the sun is lovely. Huge meals. We had share tapas plate. It was just amazing. Prawns, meats, cheeses, veggies etc. we had to leave some on the plate. Served with bread and a variety of savoury biscuits. Sangria is... More 

Thank Sandra B
Wanaka, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic place to go, excellent service and the food was amazing, best steak in town. Right across from the beautiful lake Wanaka.

Thank bugleywanaka
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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166 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place is just by the lake so make sure you grab a high table to have great view on lake. The food was good and portions were big.

Thank spanc2001
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic spot for a drink and a socialise. Like the tapas menu and the squid was delicious. Had the chocolate dessert there later in the night which was a big disappointment. Never mind.

Thank Sophie H
Owaka, New Zealand
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service was perfect meal was ok a bit better than just a bar meal. Would go again good price for wanaka area

Thank 79robynb
Perth, Australia
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a lovely lunch at the Lake Bar recently. Good service, betting service (it was Melbourne Cup Day) and good choice of ales on tap. Food took a while to come out - but we weren't in a hurry. Views are great. A little sparrow kept flying around which was a little disconcerting. All in all a good experience.

Thank Yvonne T
Elko, Nevada
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95 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in here on our first night in Wanaka. It was 9:00 at night and we'd been driving all day down the west coast from Golden Bay. The bar staff told us we just missed getting dinner, but that we could at least get something off the bar menu. That was good enough for us and we got some... More 

Thank Rue C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$21
Gastropub, Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Kids
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?