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Federal Diner

47 Helwick Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5152
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (19 reviews)
“cheese scones” (22 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
47 Helwick Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Handy location for coffee or dinner. Good service and atmosphere. Not to crowded for dinner and we got served quickly and meals didnt takelong&

Thank UBIQUE105
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped in for coffees. Nice place. Service was fine. Coffee didn't rate at all - I'm a barista and fussy. Some might find it ok. But bland.

Thank GrahamAK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Café had excellent atmosphere and great coffee. Busy place so obviously a fav of the locals. I can see why. Good service.

Thank Judith H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We sat outside for 10 minutes and didn't get served, so we stole a seat inside when we saw a spot open up. Waited another 15 minutes before someone finally came over to us. The waitress seemed vaguely annoyed that she had to take our...More

Thank nachty
Management response:

This is not what I expect from an experience at Federal Diner - and I am very disappointed that this is the experience you received. Thank you for writing the review so that I can review our processes and procedures to ensure this isn't the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here this week for lunch and absolutely loved it. There are two parts to it - the restaurant/kitchen with indoor seating, and the deli/takeaway with outdoor seating. There were eight of us - ages ranging from 3 yrs to 79yrs and we all...More

Thank Mark J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not much to say about the Federal Diner. Our breakfasts were simply excellent. The coffee was perfect, the bacon was great, eggs cooked perfectly and lovely hollandaise sauce. We got a "famous" cheese scone to take for lunch and yes, they're good - not the...More

Thank adam-caro_alexander
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Date scones, coffee, iced chocolates and smoothies altogether a great spot for morning tea. Also bought some homemade pies from the Fedeli , delicatessen ..these were superb and saved me cooking dinner that night 😂

Thank hrhs
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

I had the banana bread toast and a side of scrambled eggs with tea and wished that I could have eaten three more helpings of it when I was done!! The banana bread toast came with real bananas and nuts crushed on top of it,...More

Thank brittney c
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We came twice for breakfast and once for dinner, great croissants and scones and the ugly amazing slow cooked lamb for dinner, best meal of the holiday and great toy box for the toddler.

Thank emmak2179
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Best cafe in town by a distance, the coffee is very good and the food is well prepared and tasty. It's a buzzing place, be prepared to wait or try outside if it's not too cold. The scones are excellent. Not too pricey either. A...More

Thank jwjg
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 5152
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