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Speights Ale House Wanaka

$$ - $$$, ,
93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5459
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good46%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“lamb shank” (48 reviews)
“caesar salad” (10 reviews)
“burger” (45 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 872 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We only wanted a light lunch. We all had the beef salad. Although it missed perfection (some avocado and roasted vegetables would be a great addition) it was extremely tasty and very enjoyable. The menu here is as one would expect for an ale house....More

Thank Duncan H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Food not too bad but level of nise fromothers drinking and sitting around was very loud and hard to manage. Timber floors were lovely but did not help with noise level. Could not hear ourselves talking!

Thank eaglewhiz
Reviewed 4 days ago

A big plus for the staff on duty. They were simply great. This is a busy place and a good place to go for happy hour. The atmosphere and decor is top notch. The food however is pretty ordinary. I had a beef burger and...More

Thank Andrew N
charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We apologize that you experienced a tough pattie with your burger. I understand your comments about not wanting to send it back, but really you should have done and the situation could have been rectified in a few minutes. This has been bought to the...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Pretty busy place for dinner. Menu selection only just enough and the food was what you would expect from a pub meal.

Thank John A
charlotte k, Public Relations Manager at Speights Ale House Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your comments.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff is very welcoming here and the historic Wanaka decor theme throughout is really fun and engaging. We were seated in a comfy booth and not rushed in any way. We ordered the Salmon (market fish of the day) and the Beef Salad. The...More

Thank AubreyHord
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location, indoor/outdoor seating and a fun staff make for a food option for couples and families alike. As expected, they have a healthy beer and wine list. Jump on in! For food, I had the salmon special. It was quite delicious. There was also...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here in the afternoon for some drinks. We sat outside, which is a nice place to sit if you want good views of the mountains and stream. However, there were a few people smoking outside. The service is relatively quick and the staff...More

Thank ec2005297
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner on recommendation of where we stayed and they were not wrong. Good friendly service, great range of beers and good food. I had the liver and onions, my wife the special of the day chicken and mushroom pie both of which we...More

Thank sandgrown_9
Reviewed 13 September 2018

A really nice feel to this place, clean, tidy,very helpful staff,have snacks etc all day and Dinner from about 17.30. Good selection of wines and beers,tho most beers obviously are Speights ales which are very good

Thank Euan R
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Fantastic service, awesome food, great beer and wine. While I visit Wanaka I will be going back there for dinner.

Thank daveschouten
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8 March 2017|
Response from Cechová M | Reviewed this property |
Dear Kates 1960, Sorry about this, But I was in NZ Speights Ale House with my french husband 1 Month ago and the food was truly delicious. Believe me, that french peoplae do have very hight level about the food. And me, as a... More
16 December 2016|
Response from charlotte k | Property representative |
Hi there. No we are not open for Christmas Lunch. There are a definite 2 places open though - Francescas - which is directly behind us. It is an Italian restaurant - you will need to book this though. Edgewater resort... More
13 November 2016|
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Response from charlotte k | Property representative |
Hi there. We do not have roast meals. If you go to our website you can view our menu. Hopefully there is something that would be to your liking.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$22
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 5459
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The Wanaka Speights Ale House is situated on Ardmore Street next to Bullock Creek and across the road from Lake Wanaka. The outdoor decks afford all day sun with a picturesque view of the lake. Indoor/Outdoor dining is available with a wide variety of gastromeals on the menu.
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