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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Bar, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Trout's prime location on the lake front of Wanaka provides it with fantastic views. We have great food, coffee and drinks whether you are just after a snack or a main meal. We have Heineken, a range of Monteiths beers, and an assortment of craft beers on tap. We have a wide range of local wines and of course low and non alcohol options.
US$6 - US$25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Bar, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A birthday meal celebrated with friends. The staff were friendly & attentive and the food was excellent..

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 8 May 2021 via mobile

We only called in for a coffee, chose the coffee and cheese scone offer and had two of the best coffees ever (speaking as coffee snobs). My long black was smooth, well-balanced; her trim flat white had a good balance. And the scone was darned...fine - cheese all through not just painted on top. And friendly staff as a bonus.More

Date of visit: April 2021
MoMcKenzie, Owner at Trout Cafe Restaurant Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2021

Hi DuffnZann Always nice to read such positive reviews. Thank you...I will pass this on to our team here at the Trout Bar.

Reviewed 6 May 2021

Not only was the customer service friendly and welcoming, the food was amazing and fresh as well!! Food and drinks were unreal and will definitely return on my next trip back to Wanaka. Could easily sit here all day as this restaurant is in a...prime location. Can’t wait to come back :)More

Date of visit: April 2021
MoMcKenzie, Owner at Trout Cafe Restaurant Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2021

Hey Nakita- We can't wait to have you back! Thank you for your great review. Our team here at the Trout Bar take pride in their customer service as do our team in the kitchen. I will ensure to pass this on to all concerned....More

Reviewed 25 April 2021 via mobile

Visited here on recommendation of a local. Location is very nice, especially if you can sit near the window to enjoy the lake views. Limited lunch menu but good variety. The fish and chips (cod) were nice, chicken Caesar salad also good. Not usually any...sweet options available lunchtime but they rustled up an amazing ice cream sundae for the kids.More

Date of visit: April 2021
MoMcKenzie, Owner at Trout Cafe Restaurant Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2021

Hey Megan - We are pleased you enjoyed your lunch and time at the Trout Bar. Thank you for your feedback.

Reviewed 8 April 2021 via mobile

Very disappointed after this place came recommended by two locals. Our service person was grumpy and had no idea of service including reaching across one diner to serve another, wine and good almost thrown at us. We waited far too long for our meals which...were disappointing and expensive $32 for mostly mashed potato and pastry. Don’t waste your money here there is better to be had close by.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Moana, Owner at Trout Cafe Restaurant Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2021

This is disappointing to us too. Your table had a booking time that fell during peak service. Your group was informed of the wait time. We were unaware of any other issues on the evening that you mentioned in your review. Our manager spoke with...More

Reviewed 3 April 2021

Had a beef burger for lunch from trout, staff barely acknowledged us and the burger was literally the shittest burger I’ve ever had. At best it would be a $10 burger you’d expect from a lions caravan at a gypsy fair.. definitely not restaurant worthy.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 21 March 2021

Lovely place for a meal or just a drink. Were made very welcome by the hostess who was also our server and it made the visit a pleasant experience. Food was very good but a bit on the pricy side ( most of Wanaka is...like this ) but we didn't care too much. We will visit again on our next visit .More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 26 February 2021

I don't like giving negative reviews, but this needs to be sorted. Very disappointing, not surprising very little local patronage, took hour and half to get our meals in what was virtually an empty restaurant. Meals had no taste, if the chef had left for...the night you should have said, we could have gone somewhere else.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 9 February 2021 via mobile

Reasonable prices for a lovely breakfast and coffee - enjoyed the decor and music - will definitely come back here - recommend the waffles for brekky 😊

Date of visit: February 2021
MoMcKenzie, Owner at Trout Cafe Restaurant Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2021

Thank you for taking the time to post a review and for your kind words MstMe We look forward to seeing you again x

Reviewed 29 January 2021

Yes, a nice location with a view of the lake. Yes, some good dishes on the menu. But my friends and I were disappointed with the portion size of the $29 fish and chips we ordered. We were still hungry and had to order another...portion of chips to fill up. In addition, my request for "no dressing on the salad" was interpreted as no salad. I would not recommend this place for dinner.More

Date of visit: January 2021
MoMcKenzie, Owner at Trout Cafe Restaurant Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2021

Our Fish & Chip meal is a very popular dish with generous portions of Blue Cod, and at times I have asked the chef to not put so many fries on the plate. The "no dressing on the salad" interpretation was clearly a genuine mistake,...More

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3 May 2017|
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Response from Ggraeme | Property representative |
Hi, all our customers weither they are local or tourists pay the same for meals. Our prices for meals and drinks are on average the same as elsewhere in New Zealand. We do have a loyalty card for our customers who we have... More
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30 September 2015|
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Response from A2769CYmyshellbell | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Hello Carol Shelley here the owner. Unfortunately we will be closed Christmas day to let the staff have valuable time with families at this busy time of year. We wish you and your family health and happiness for... More
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Trout Cafe Restaurant Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5