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Formerly ‘The Landing’, KOTA welcomes new owners and a fresh dining experience. Offering progressive international cuisine that combines elements of different culinary traditions – sweet & sour, tangy & fragrant flavours. A casual & trendy dining experience with local Central Otago wines, New Zealand beer & cocktails. Family friendly. Enjoy one of Wanaka’s best views across the lake from above.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
International, Contemporary
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking
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Reviewed 31 October 2021 via mobile

Attentive service and delicious food all with a lovely outlook over Lake Wanaka. We had two evening meals at this restaurant over a 10 day period, one with a large group (18 of us) and another as a couple. Both evenings were lovely.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 27 October 2021 via mobile

We often dine here when visiting Wanaka, it’s always extremely good, enthusiastic staff and high quality Indian fusion style meals. The Goat curry is particularly flavoursome. It also has a superb balcony overlooking the lake.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 27 October 2021 via mobile

Exquisite! Excellent and divine dining. Great service and just the perfect place to wine & dine. Thank you for a pleasurable experience. Michelle & Gary

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 16 October 2021 via mobile

Fantastic food and service - we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Would highly recommend and will absolutely return next time we’re in Wanaka. Thanks to the team at Kota!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 2 October 2021

Excellent service attentive and special place ,lovely outlook fresh colors and lake view clean ,green and spacious. Menus choices and creative food palette, lovely interesting combination of flavors. Great cocktails very reasonable . Mixed fresh and fusion flavors , beautifully presented and designed on the...plate well done special evening to remember .More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 14 August 2021 via mobile

Very good meal, great service , I had the pork and it was lovely, great crackle. Cauliflower was excellent too This is our 2 nd time here and we love it.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 13 August 2021

The octopus was burnt and tough and you could tell just from looking at it that it was not edible. Pork belly crackling was also soft and chewy. Definitely not the service or food I would expect at the price point.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 12 August 2021

6 of us dined at Kota last night and it was outstanding. It is Wanaka's best kept secret. My meal was the best I have had for a long time, My husband and I shared the Dumplings which were very tasty. I had the Duck...for main course and he had Pork Belly. Both of us agreed our meals were right up there. Then we shared the most delicious Creme Brulee. The owner and his off-sider served us. Lovely lovely men - very knowledgeable and friendly. All of our party said the same. Excellent and we will be back.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 22 June 2021

The food was excellent however, they served one person the wrong meal and to make up for it they gave him a free wine. The tables are far to close which made it very difficult to hear one another speak. The pork belly was tasty...but obviously reheated in a microwave as the crackling was soft. The octopus was so tough and burnt, We are local people.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 22 June 2021 via mobile

It’s a while since we last visited Kota and our visit to celebrate our wedding anniversary, made me realise we should’ve returned much sooner. Knowing we’d almost certainly opt for a dessert, we shared a starter of Crispy Tamari mushrooms, which we’ve enjoyed before and...did not disappoint. For mains we went for the pork belly, cooked to perfection and crackling ‘to die for’ and New Zealand beef shoulder, moist, succulent and delicious both accompanied by a side of toasted broccoli. Deserts (Crème Brûlée and Coconut Pana cotta), were as ever amazing. The staff as always were friendly and super attentive. Can’t wait to return and it definitely won’t be very long before we do so.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Kota restaurant & bar Management, Front Office Manager at Kota Restaurant & Bar Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2021

Hi, Dear Thank you for giving your time to write this beautiful and lovely review. Glad our team made your evening. You were celebrating wedding anniversary and are happy to hear that you and your better half enjoyed everything. Look forward to seeing you again....More

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15 February 2017|
Response from Kamel T | Property representative |
Hello, yes we do allow infants. The restaurant is open from 5PM, you can reach us on 03 443 5099 or email us to make a reservation. We look forward to hearing from you Warm Regards, Kamel Toor
Carole L
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Response from Srupkovac | Property representative |
Sorry we are not open for Christmas Day itself, but are open every other day during December/January THE LANDING RESTAURANT & BAR ▪ LAKE WANAKA RESTAURANT / BAR / FUNCTIONS / CATERING Level One, 80 Ardmore Street, Wanaka... More
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Kota Restaurant & Bar Wanaka is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5