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Federal Diner

$$ - $$$Cafe, ,
47 Helwick Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5152
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
47 Helwick Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We love Federal Diner and come here on every visit to Wanaka. Great food, great coffee, and a friendly atmosphere.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank sarahjd2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for brekky and coffee this morning. Guy serving was lovely and efficient. Food was good quality. We felt the menu was a little limited and the quality was good but not exceptional. Coffee the same. Would still revisit though.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank JamieC1237
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cafe/diner is down an alleyway, so you do have to look for it. The cafe is modern and has a good menu, great food and great coffee. The staff were very friendly. Recommend especially for breakfast and lunch.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank SpockBrisbane
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had breakfast here and had the best scone of our lives (the fig scone). Everything else was also delicious, the staff was friendly and the restaurant itself was trendy and inviting. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank RAPF1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

4 of us had dinner there, every single dish we had was outstanding including dessert and coffees. Staff was also very friendly.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Corrado Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious weekend brunch - we had the Monk (eggs benny with bacon) and the daily special (a twist on eggs bene with asparagus). Mocha was awesome too! The entrance is hidden in the alleyway but once you come through the walkway the cafe itself is...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank adeliectravels
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Would not have known to go here but for a friend's recommendation - and even then it took a bit of finding as it is tucked down a lane. However had a great night there with delicious casual food and friendly service. I hear the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank JRD1000
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

A nice buzzy café with good service and good food and really good coffee. Met family there for a quick chat over coffee and stayed a little longer to enjoy this busy and popular café.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank gunnfam
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Ducked in here on a whim - Federal Diner is off a Main Street down a little alley. I had roasted tomato, halloumi and mushrooms on polenta - just about perfect if they added a bit more halloumi. Coffee is good and on the strong...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Caroline L
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

Great spot with friendly service and good sounding menu. Only coffee for me on the couple of times we visited but it was really really good coffee.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank KTandCoffee
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$60
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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