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Federal Diner

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$$ - $$$Cafe, ,
47 Helwick Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5152
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Overview
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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CUISINES
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
47 Helwick Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 384 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 1 week ago

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 weeks ago 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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 1 week ago

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 weeks ago 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 1 week ago

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 weeks ago 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 1 week ago

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.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After living here for over two years, I found this place to be my new morning go to. The staff are very friendly, food and coffee on point and just the all round atmosphere I love. Nice work guys.

Thank Charlie3888
Sian W, Owner at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review, and I'm glad to hear we are your new go to! Thank you for taking the time to share this with others,

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very busy cafe, depending on what time you visit, second time visit we arrived early so quickly seated! Great service, awesome coffee! Yummy breakfast!

Thank Hanhzie
Sian W, Owner at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whenever we go to Wanaka on holiday we have breakfast one day at Federal Diner and have always had a great experience. I was disappointed to see that pancakes or waffles were missing from the menu. My husband had eggs benedict but he said the...More

Thank Rayner4
Sian W, Owner at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I'm very sorry to read your review and to learn of your experience. We do change our menu very regularly as we like to keep things seasonal and to add new dishes we have created. However, thank you for your feedback and I will be...More

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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, Local cuisine, Kids
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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