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Water Bar

) #38 of 62 Restaurants in Wanaka $$ - $$$ , ,
145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 4345
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My friends and I (party of 10) decided to head to water bar after a long day on the slopes to see if we could get some food. Although they we're quite busy at happy hour they managed to put a few empty tables together...More

Thank amandahiggers
Reviewed 2 days ago

I imagine that the Water Bar is more geared to the drunken night crowd than the dinner crowd. The service was horrible, probably some of the worst we experienced during out two week trip to New Zealand. They were slow, messed up our orders and...More

Thank Danielle H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Ordered food at the bar. Tall man with thick beard was incredibly rude and made me feel like an idiot when I ordered water he just rolled his eyes and said "it's right there you can get it yourself". Pizzas were average. Wouldn't return.

Thank BohemianBeauty
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Looks like its s popular place for beer drinkers at happy hour. Other than that I would give it a miss. Staff very inattentive.

Thank Paul3131
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm giving this restaurant 5 stars simply because their jalapeño poppers are beyond amazing! So crunchy and cheesy and spicy! We also had the meat lovers pizza and a hot chocolate and it was all good. Decent prices too.

Thank bri860
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A group of 6 of us decided to eat at water bar after an adventurous day. The first meal was bought out within a reasonable amount of time however the rest of the meals didn't come out until the first meal had been eaten! I...More

Thank Kate D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nightlife fantastic, lovely location on an evening when the wind isnt blowing in off Lake Wanaka. Fairly average pub food and after afew visits since the bar changed hands not overly impressed to return here except for a drink on their rather outstanding large Lakeside...More

Thank prebblenicola
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for a bite to eat. Had the pizza and drink combo with wedges. Wedges got messed up and we ended up with complimentary beer battered fries. Pizza was a typical pub pizza. Nothing to write home about. Beer was cold kind of hard...More

Thank jonnk157
Reviewed 17 May 2017

My party of 4 only picked the Water Bar as it was convenient and we found easy parking. This became a lucky choice as all the lunch meals we ordered were great. Three of the party had the days special pulled pork burger and were...More

Thank Bill D
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Excellent service, environment and food made more special by their consideration for my wheelchair bound brother. Great location and highly recommended if you're ever in Wanaka. Thanks.

Thank 340george1951
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 4345
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Water Bar is a fully licensed restaurant with fantastic bar facilities and located right on the lake front in Wanaka. Whether you are after a full dining experience, a casual brunch or lunch, or a lively late night entertainment venue, Water Bar can make your visit a fantastic experience.
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