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Restaurant in Central Wanaka. A Locals favorite. Open 7am daily. Evening dining Tuesday to Saturday.
PRICE RANGE
US$4 - US$60
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 21 April 2021

Had a really nice morning tea here, great coffees. Best almond croissant and cheese scone really good too. Lovely service

Date of visit: April 2021
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Neesh E, General Manager at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to give such a positive review! we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 19 April 2021 via mobile

Lovely place, coffee very nice, food looked delicious, however bad customer service from one member off staff........ I am over 50 I really really don’t appreciate being called LOVE from a 20 something girl, extremely offended by it, if you don’t know the persons name...then don’t assume that calling older woman LOVE is appropriateMore

Date of visit: April 2021
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Neesh E, General Manager at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the feedback, and I'm so sorry that one of our waitstaff used inappropriate language during the table service. I will have a chat to the team to endevour this type of address is not used when serving customers again. We hope to...More

Reviewed 9 January 2021 via mobile

Excellent breakfast. Good choices on the menu (including great options for the kids). Quick, friendly service and delicious food.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Neesh E, General Manager at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2021

Many thanks for taking the time to give us a great review! we hope to see you again soon

Reviewed 4 January 2021 via mobile

We came here for breakfast. Had good coffee and we both got a bacon buttie. This came with two bits of bacon and a fried egg. On an English style muffin with chutney. We were serve quickly. There was plenty of places to choose to...sit.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Neesh E, General Manager at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2021

Thanks Deanne for the positive review!

Reviewed 15 December 2020 via mobile

Great little find. Went to meet friends for a last minute breakfast. We had the granola bowl and it was so nice & fresh. Service was great.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Neesh E, General Manager at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2021

Thank you Rachael for your recent review at the Diner. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 2 December 2020

After reading the ratings we were underwhelmed. We were greeted by two sparrows feeding around the inside table. Coffee had a terrible burnt flavor. Not a great start. The scran bowl was really wholesome but the top billing Betty's butty only had two small pieces...of bacon and one egg in a small bun all diminished by the generous portion of relish. Maybe we were spoilt by Ferg burger's quality and generosity the previous day.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Neesh E, General Manager at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2021

Sorry to read you had a disappointing breakfast in December. We value your feedback, and will pass your comments onto the kitchen and barista on duty. We hope you will return and have a more positive experience next time.

Reviewed 27 November 2020

Food was very good once we got it. Vegetarian options. Good value. Waited for ages, ended up going inside to try to order, was told, sorry we'll send someone out to take your order. Two of our group couldn't wait and went to nearby deli...and ordered.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Neesh E, General Manager at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2021

Hi Sue, thank you for your feedback and I'm sorry you had such a long wait for table service at Federal Diner. We pride ourselves on having quick, friendly service so will be taking your comments on board. We hope to see you again to...More

Reviewed 6 October 2020

Went with friends for breakfast on Sunday morning. We found a seat luckily but, whereas we were given menus and coffee orders were taken, we waited an unacceptably long time before anyone came to take our order for food. And this was only after we...flagged someone down to get their attention. I had the bacon and egg roll which was tasty. The coffee was good but not hot enough even though this was requested.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Neesh E, General Manager at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2021

Hi Linda, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We pride ourselves on our coffee and efficient service, so I'll be feeding your comments back to the staff and to see how we can improve the customer experience. If hope you visit...More

Reviewed 3 October 2020 via mobile

We had breakfast there today. Great service and food and reasonably priced. I had the eggs bene which was basic but delicious and kids could get bacon on toast for $5. Yum!!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Neesh E, General Manager at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2021

Thank you for the great review!

Reviewed 3 October 2020 via mobile

A great place for breakfast, loved it here but its hidden down a small alley so don’t miss it, also has outdoors seating. The service was quick and food was great, loved my bacon butty with fried egg. Will go back when in Wanaka again

Date of visit: October 2020
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Neesh E, General Manager at Federal Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2021

Thanks Pete for the positive review!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Federal Diner

Yes, Federal Diner offers takeaway services.

Yes, Federal Diner offers delivery services.

Federal Diner is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5