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Local cuisine, Gastropub, Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
US$4 - US$21
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Gastropub, Bar, New Zealand
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed 25 June 2021

Noticed the place visibly from the lake and in great location. Nice & comfy feel inside, great service from the waitress if I recall from Montana, USA? always checking if we needed anything and topping up drinks. Ordered the seafood chowder which was massive, biggest...serving of chowder I've seen with the toasted bread thing to go with it. and best tasting chowder too! Ordered the mussels which had a lovely sauce that had a Thai feel as nice and spicy. The Rib-eye for mains was PERFECTLY cooked and melt in your mouth delicious with salad and fries... one word...YUMMMMMY! Paid $140 for 4 meals including drinks and totally worth it for the value of portion and taste quality. Was 2 of us so they were quite impressed we finished the meals lol. Will definitely go back if we're in Wanaka again.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 14 May 2021 via mobile

What other place in NZ can you get views like this. Staff are friendly and efficient, great service. The sun streaming in late afternoon, and you look outside and the views are breathtaking. We only got nibbles to eat here (larger than expected) but very...nice. Have been back a couple of times on our holiday. Hopefully we'll be back soon and will bring friends with us.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 5 May 2021 via mobile

The meals are superb and the pork ribs are to die for. The table service was also superb. All were non NZ waitresses!!!

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 7 April 2021 via mobile

Had the calamari salad. It was nice but needed more dressing as lacked a little flavour in the actual salad (calamaris were pretty delish). One thing I don’t like though is large pieces of lettuce as personally I find it lazy not to cut it...finer. The thing I find annoying though is the tomatoes were well and truly pre cut and then popped back in the fridge and by the time I ordered my salad the tomatoes had turned floury and flavourless. It’s a shame as saving time pre cutting them ruins the flavour and takes 2 seconds to cut and toss on the salad. Never got asked how we found our meals, barely even saw a waitress except to get a drink and order. What I found interesting. They had a sign out the front saying ‘Fare game Fiordland Venison’. I asked what made it fare game, and the waitress said it’s not farmed. I asked is the deer shot out of a helicopter and she didn’t know. Farmed is a much nicer cut of meat generally as the helicopter shot deer is generally a lot cheaper and tougher meat.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 3 April 2021

Excellent service. Great food. Really busy night and the team was Excellent. Thanks so much. We had a big group, it was flat out and we all walked out really happy. Good communication from the staff!!

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 21 January 2021

From the time of order to meal delivery, was far too long - it wasn't that busy (1.30pm for lunch) , yet we had a long wait. When the meal finally arrived, it was good , the staff were friendly and it has a good...atmosphere.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 13 January 2021

Came in with partner and friend on our holiday. As I am gluten free (Coeliac) Bought other food from another place for partner and friend and was going to buy food for myself and the others were going to have beers. Was told we could...not eat there with the other food. 100% do not recommend. It is hard enough for me to eat out as it is let alone be turned awayMore

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 7 November 2020

We were most pleased with our dinner here a couple of weeks ago. The outside tables were bustling with people, inside the restaurant the place started to fill during our meal. I had the Caesar salad with grilled chicken; my daughter had the lemon pepper...calamari salad - both were large helpings - great value for money.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 26 October 2020 via mobile

We did not book a table here and the place looked fairly busy but we thought we would try our luck to get dinner here. After a quick look around they said yes and offered us a choice of a couple of tables. We were...seated & given menus and said someone would be woth us shortly to take drinks food orders. They were busy so were happy with this. After about 5 minutes another couple came in and sat at the other table we were offered. We ended up leaving without ordering when those people had staff taking both drinks & food orders, before anyone had even checked in with us sitting at the next table. Was pretty disappointing but we ended up getting takeaway food from a place down the road and eating it by the lake. It was much more enjoyable. We had a perfect view of the lake and it was much cheaper.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 2 September 2020

I ordered the fish and chips and it the fish was fresh, batter crispy and perfect, salad was nice and good potions....however my only complaint was that the l tartare sauce was the worst I’ve ever had. It didn’t have any flavour! I would recommend...you guys get a new one 😁 even a little homemade number with chunky pickles would be the bomb!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Yes, easy access
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Response from Peter J | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about Xmas. Many places closed in general but back in action for Boxing Day.
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Lake Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5