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Relishes Cafe

1/99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 9018
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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07:30 - 22:00All hours
Cafe, European, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1/99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for lunch based on previous trip advisor rating. Lovely setting and atmosphere. Subsequent food was excellent, but took significant prompting from one of our party for the staff to take our order. When they did so, their attitude was below par with more interest...More

Thank Neil M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful Good Friday evening here. Our waitress was lovely - friendly, gave us some travel tips, and made sure to inform us about the Good Friday alcohol laws before we sat down. I had a delicious vegetarian pasta dish and split a...More

Thank nachty
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Warm friendly reception and helpful efficient staff. Can highly recommend the Eggs Benedict and coffee - great on a cold autumn morning!

Thank Brian R
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Helpful staff accomodated our large group of 7 for lunch. We enjoyed our meals and drinks and enjoyed the wonderful view of the lake

Thank ashofmelbourne
Reviewed 7 June 2017

We went to Relishes for dinner while in Wanaka. It was a week night so not so busy, however it was lovely to sit near the fire in a warm & welcoming environment. We had the chicken liver pate which was divine. I had the...More

Thank Tracy757
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Walked into the warmth - sat near the fire - orders delicious food and theres a great toy basket to keep kids entertained and a great beer selection for the hubbys..

Thank Hannah H
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Been here before and enjoyed it. Again the FOH staff were friendly and helpful. But the coffee was slow, brunch even slower. Bacon was way overdone and overall definitely not as good as previous visits. Perhaps the A team wasn't on for the holiday weekend.

Thank Duncan N
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

We usually eat here when staying in Wanaka and find it reliably good and pleasant. Nice wine by the glass and delicious lamb mains. We didn't have dessert but I was tempted by the creme brûlée. Maybe next time!

Thank Bernee2013
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Looked like a busy little cafe with cosy atmosphere & lovely seating in the sunshine, views of the lake. Food ok, good enough for the purpose it served. One staff member seemed very distracted & it actually felt like we were a burden in her...More

Thank spideyspidey
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Hands down the best tomato bisque I have ever had in my life. The atmosphere is super cozy with a fire burning at all times. Steak was excellent as well! Staff was extremely friendly. We even went back the next morning because we enjoyed our...More

Thank scottysnarr
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1/99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 9018
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With our lakefront setting, spectacular views of the majestic Southern Alps, contemporary and innovative cuisine, and fresh daily baked goods, Relishes Cafe has become something of a Wanaka institution. We are open from 7am till late offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy a glass of wine from our extensive list of local and New Zealand wines or a cup of locally roasted fair trade organic Venus coffee in a casual atmosphere. In summer, the double French doors are opened wide to fully enjoy the stunning lake view, and in winter, a roaring fire displaces the chill after a day playing on the mountains. As a family run business, we welcome even the littlest members of your family by providing a children's menu, a well loved toy box, and a highchair. We happily cater to special dietary needs and also to special events when our in house baker creates delicious cakes to celebrate your occasion! With an abundance of local produce, meats, eggs, and wine grown in the Otago region on our doorstep, there is no need to go further afield for ingredients that will create flavours to delight the palate. Dishes highlight seasonal produce, locally found herbs like horopito, free range eggs, and meats that come from the region, some coming from just down the road. Drawn by the allures of Wanaka after many holiday visits, brother and sister Toby and Tash, along with Tash's husband Paul, bought Relishes Cafe. Showcasing their passion for food, wine, and travel, the trio are frequently seen both in the kitchen and on the house floor. Head Chef Silvia has traveled the world and has an extensive culinary background including experience in Europe. She draws on her international experience to whip up culinary fusions with a Kiwi touch. Serving up twice daily blackboard specials, she and her team continuously bring something new to the table.
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