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“Always busy, and deservedly so”

Kai Whakapai Cafe, Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #12 of 94 Restaurants in Wanaka
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Situated on the Lake Wanaka lakefront Kai Whakapai Cafe & Bar is known as the Wanaka Institution. A place to slow down and take the load off. Sit down and slow down. Meet friends, new and old, tell stories. Make stories. We serve good food, good brews, good music and a good attitude to good people. So come on down and experience a bit of local Wanaka. We are Kai.
Reviewed 1 March 2021

This place was buzzing the whole time we were in Wanaka (four night stay in early Feb). It's in a great location across from the lakefront but doesn't rest on its laurels - there is substance behind the style. Food was excellent, and so was the service. Great for breakfast (good coffee) and evening meals too.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Nick Aubrey, Owner at Kai Whakapai Cafe, Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words! Kai is a pretty special place to Wanaka locals and so amazing you thought the same! We really look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 25 February 2021

Nice vibe, nice cider, real yummy polenta chips however felt the portion size was a little off - there were exactly 12 chips...for $12!

Date of visit: February 2021
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Nick Aubrey, Owner at Kai Whakapai Cafe, Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2021

Thanks for your feedback. Very sorry about portion size, I think there may have been an error and you may have received a small chips as most people find our large chips a bit over the top..... Hopefully we see you again for more chips.

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Reviewed 23 February 2021 via mobile

We were in a group of 7 and everything we orderedwas not presented really well, but the food tasted sublime too. Coffee was great too. The service was ok.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Nick Aubrey, Owner at Kai Whakapai Cafe, Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2021

Thanks for the Good Feedback! Great to hear the food tasted sublime! Constructive points re presentation too!

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Reviewed 23 February 2021

Stopped here one morning to grab coffee (have an addiction) and breakfast. Friendly staff, efficient service. You can also enjoy a view towards Lake Wanaka especially from a table on the footpath. Will return.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Nick Aubrey, Owner at Kai Whakapai Cafe, Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2021

Thanks for your feedback re our friendly staff and efficient service! We look forward to seeing you return!

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Reviewed 22 February 2021

While having an amazing afternoon in Wanaka, we stopped off here, my friend had a drink already so i was going to get one then the blond manager grunted at me because somehow I was in her way, despite there being plenty of room then I approached the bar and she ignored me and very patronisingly loudly said, "we like a queue in here...who's next" haha, nuts, I just left.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Nick Aubrey, Owner at Kai Whakapai Cafe, Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2021

Ouch - Not the feedback we want to hear - My sincerest apologies! Our great location gives us many space constraints, so always a challenge to keep our door clear! Corrective action will be taken today with the team. Hopefully we can see you again sometime!!

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