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Wanaka is our place. For 30 years Relishes has created modern New Zealand cuisine from the wild and wonderful ingredients at our door. Join us for fresh, delicious, imaginative food at breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Home of Good Food Relishes is a Wanaka lakefront icon. A relaxed sunny café by day and an atmospheric candlelit restaurant by night. Our brunches are legendary, our lunches and dinners divine. Relishes is a family run restaurant. Sister, brother duo, Tasha and Toby can often be seen running the cafe, Paul is hidden behind scenes. Together they have been passionate about Wanaka, food and service for one and a half decades.
PRICE RANGE
$11 - $36
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
Cafe, European, Healthy, New Zealand
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Waterfront, Family style, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Relishes was a wonderful experience on both occasions. Really warm inside with a great roaring fire and fantastic service. The menu was excellent with great service. I can recommend the porridge and soup being the menu items I sampled. The coffee was great and will...be back.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came for coffee and cake and were okay. The coffees we had yesterday in Wanaka in another cafe in Helwick Street were very good, so we were hoping for similar. I am aware NZ prefer dark roasted coffee beans, and we were getting used...to the darker less mellow coffees in NZ, but my coffee on this occasion had a very dark caramel crema, and on first sip had a definite burnt aroma and bitter flavour on the palate. I think the coffees may have been over-extracted. The place was very busy and packed with tourists. The cakes were passable - date and orange scone was nice; the orange and quince friand was okay.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 April 2024 via mobile

Popular with tourists and locals alike, this is a great spot for breakfast. We opted for the full cooked breakfast, and the eggs Benedict with bacon on sourdough. Both were delicious! We also popped in for coffee and cake yesterday afternoon which was lovely too!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 April 2024 via mobile

Best seafood chowder ever! Lots of different seafood in delicious sauce. That being said nothing ordered by our group of four was disappointing. Wished we had discovered this place earlier in our stay so we could have eaten there more than once.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 February 2024 via mobile

Delicious breakfast and cappuccinos. Would definitely recommend. Friendly with outdoor patio seating. Bacon was yummy

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 14 January 2024

We went 3 times to this cafe in a matter of 3 days. They use fresh ingredients and straight from farm to table. The food was light and perfectly flavoured. Special mention got roasted tomato soup and carrot cake. The ambience was so positive and...fresh. A must go for anybody in Wānaka. Being vegetarian had enough of choices.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 30 August 2023 via mobile

Wonderful! Highly recommended for everyone and anyone, including gluten free and celiac. They have a separate fryer, totally understand the importance of cross contamination. And the food is DELICIOUS! Service was lovely, super accommodating to where we wanted to sit. The food came out in...a good time without being too fast to have been properly cooked - tasted fresh and was simple but beautifully presented.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 9 August 2023 via mobile

Popped by for breakfast after reading the reviews here and I must say they do not disappoint. The food is served warm, the staff are friendly, and they even told you that food will be 10-15mins later due to high number of orders. Lovely place,...we will come againMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 3 July 2023 via mobile

Amazing haven’t been to this restaurant for 15yrs went for lunch was just perfect delish food thoroughly enjoyed it kids loved it as well

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 22 May 2023

Friendly, expert staff. Highlight was the delicious gluten free muffin for my coeliac husband - try it when they are fresh from the oven.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 2 May 2023 via mobile

A chilly morning snd a warm welcome. I have been here often and always enjoyed my visits. Recommend the jalapeños cornbread breakfast - so good.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 24 April 2023 via mobile

Nice cafe. Had read a previous menu online and fancied a breakfast burrito but not on the menu now. I ordered the breakfast with poached eggs and a coffee. Excellent coffee. Good breakfast except the addition of a sweet relish . The potato hash was...great and the sausage good quality . Pleasant staff and quick serviceMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 24 April 2023 via mobile

My husband wanted a good breakfast for our trip ahead. We weren’t disappointed, we both ordered the eggs “ anyway “ so chose scrambled, it came with crispy bacon and yummy ciabatta bread. It was cooked beautifully. Service was excellent and friendly and fast. The...coffee was good although could have been warmer. We will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 17 April 2023 via mobile

Simply the best lunch we have had in a very long time. Prompt service friendly staff They took the time to ask what we enjoyed about our meals. Forget the rest try the best. Our pic was Buddha Bowl and special of the day. Avocado...edamame bean squash with rye halloumi marinated tomato and rocket. Please keep this on your menu we will be back. From trio from InvercargillMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 9 April 2023 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch after a rainy walk up and around Mt Iron. Had the seafood chowder (best I've ever had) and Thai pumpkin soup and both were great! Decent amount of bread came with. Great service, friendly staff.

Date of visit: April 2023
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RELISHES CAFE, Wanaka - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, Relishes Cafe offers takeaway services.

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