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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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“brunch” (22 reviews)
“cheese scone” (33 reviews)
“kedgeree” (4 reviews)
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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

Great restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Deliciously food and friendly service. Mid range pricing. Lovely atmosphere/decor and the garden will be perfect on a summer evening Thanks Federal!

Thank Hanna L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We've tried to drop in without a booking in the busy tourist season and not been able to get a seat. Not a problem in the quieter shoulder season. Fast and friendly service and pleasingly flavoursome.

1  Thank whattosay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is hidden away- not put on the street but a bit further in. There is lots of outdoor seating with a view of the mountains and unfortunately a building site right next door. The service was a bit slow but the waiters were...More

1  Thank ec2005297
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this place. Fabulous for vegans. Super tasty, not touristy and great views from the back verandah. Has a deli and a diner. Killls me to write this review as it means that they are going to get busier and it wasn't crazy when we...More

Thank NthnBeachesNSW
Reviewed 12 September 2018

Up a little boardwalk alley and you find this cafe. Great theme, really good atmosphere tho slightly impacted at the moment due to building work out front, excellent coffee and terrific Cheese Scones, Not sure what it is that New Zealand does to scones but...More

Thank Euan R
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

This place is hidden down a side alley but well worth seeking out. Excellent coffee, bacon butties and cheese scones. Didn’t have time for a full meal but everything we saw taken past our table looked very good.

Thank Anne_W503
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Always busy and rightly so, food and coffee don’t get much better than this , owner and chef Brona loves great food and its shines through in everything they serve . Always packed with local so you know it’s going to be good . Locals...More

Thank Jo M
Sian W, Owner at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

So glad to hear you enjoyed your Federal Experience. A lovely review and thank you for sharing this with others. See you again soon for another kedgeree.

Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

Nice coffee. Good service. Didn’t get the chance to eat here unfortunately, but the food that we saw coming out looked pretty amazing!

Thank SunTraveller84
Sian W, Owner at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Hopefully you'll get to come back to try our food next time. Lovely to hear you enjoyed dyer Federal Experience and thank you for sharing.

Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

I am a local on Wanaka and from time to time I try all the restaurants and cafes. But I always find myself wanting to be here at the federal Diner. Today’s breakfast was exactly the same as the last one I had as was...More

Thank Chefmetcalfe
Sian W, Owner at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

What a great review and so glad to hear we are your go to when you come to town! Thank you for taking the time to share this with others. Hope to see you again soon on your next visit.

Reviewed 31 July 2018

Awesome menu, good wine list and nice relaxed atmosphere. My wife and I had dinner with a friend and thoroughly enjoyed it. Often booked out so make a reservation.

Thank davemoore2018
Sian W, Owner at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to write this review and for your kind words. Hope to see you again soon.

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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
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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