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Federal Diner

$$ - $$$Cafe, ,
47 Helwick Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5152
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Overview
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (23 reviews)
“cheese scone” (32 reviews)
“roti” (10 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
47 Helwick Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 387 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great coffee. I got an extra shot and it was strong but with no nasty bitterness. Perfectly cooked eggs on delicious sour dough toast and streaky bacon baked until the fat is just rendered enough but retains all the flavour. Perfect.

Thank Y3838ADrichardm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved our visit here and the food was very well made. We had The Monk (benedict) and the Sweat Treat (Belgian waffles). Both were very tasty and my wife loved her almond macaroon tea. Would definitely eat here again!

Thank Daniel K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The coffee is excellent and the selections for breakfast options are outstanding. I had two breakfasts at the Federal Diner and both were excellent. The fruit plate and granola were freshly prepared and the best I've had in New Zealand.The wait staff are very personable...More

Thank _helendoniskeller
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Twice we came here for coffee and a pastry, and twice the staff appeared just so worn out they didn't have much energy or time for friendly personal service. The table was rather sticky, as was the floor (this is at 10am) and we felt...More

Thank TaranakiJim
Reviewed 15 April 2018

meals were very tasty service was a bit slow but we were not in a hurry would go back again lovely place to visit

Thank hogseven7
Sian W, Owner at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018

Thanks for taking the time to write your review, great to hear your enjoyed your Federal experience. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 6 April 2018

This is a hidden gem, frequented by locals who know where to get good food. Good coffee, variety of breakfast dishes to suit all tastes, delicious home baked goods.

Thank Fi_B111
Sian W, Owner at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018

Thanks for taking the time to write your review, great to hear you enjoyed your Federal experience. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Federal was once a great place, good coffee, service and food. But the last two times here it’s on the downward slope. Service is no longer great, staff just seem tired and too busy, uninterested in going the extra mile. We were there for breakfast...More

Thank turnbe
Sian W, Owner at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018

I was very disappointed to read your review and to learn of your experience. Yes we are a busy cafe, however this shouldn't be to our detriment. I will be taking your review on board and reviewing our product and service. Thank you for taking...More

Reviewed 31 March 2018

so-so food. Got the Buddha, which is eggs Benedict with spinach/mushrooms sautéed and a roasted tomato, on bread. not much flavor there, almost bland. Added salt and pepper, immensely improved flavor. coffee was good. got a 2nd to go. good vibe. would go back.

Thank Paprika25
Sian W, Owner at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018

Thanks for taking the time to write your review, great to hear you enjoyed your Federal experience. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

We had seafood chowder, bacon/egg butty and pulled pork roti, along with tea and coffee. Food was delicious, coffee was good, presentation was excellent. Service was slightly sluggish, otherwise a 5 star cafe. Will definitely visit again to try more of the brunch/lunch options.

Thank Finbarr M
Sian W, Owner at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018

Thanks for taking the time to write your review, great to hear you enjoyed your Federal experience. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

We were absolutely blown away. The food was faultless and the service exceptional. I highly recommend this place!!!! It was surprisingly quiet which was unfortunate during warbirds. I don’t know why more people are not eating here!

Thank NZTravellerAuckland
Sian W, Owner at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018

Wow, what a great review and I'm so glad that you enjoyed your Federal experience. Can't wait to see you again in the future.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$4 - US$60
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
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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