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145 Ardmore st, Wanaka, New Zealand
+64 3-443 1188
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Ranked #43 of 60 Restaurants in Wanaka
Price range: $10 - $23
Cuisines: Tapas
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: New small plate, tapas menu from June 2014 using local New Zealand produce. Extensive cocktail menu and craft beers and Central Otago wines.
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Whangarei, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We were accosted on the street by their door girl who promised they could meet our requirements. We had a few issues with them though. The service was very very slow, we had to wait over an hour for our entrees to turn up, and remind them of our drinks. They also didn't deliver what we ordered = 1 x... More

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Balclutha, New Zealand
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My wife and I ate at Alivate on a recent trip to Wanaka. My wife had lamb backstrap with potato au gratin (which she particularly commented on as being great) and I had fish and chips. The waitress seemed a bit stunned that I only had one of the "small plate meals" on offer but there was plenty there and... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Hi, we went here after a days skiing and although the food was nice, they advertise on the menu that the portions are big enough to share and we found the opposite! Actually they weren't quite large enough to satisfy the hungry skiers!

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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This was exactly what we were looking for on our final night in Wanaka. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals - I had the chicken breast and roasted vegetables, which sounds very plain, but they packed a lot of flavour in, and the vegetables had unexpected flavours and little extras mixed in. The cocktails were perhaps not the best I've... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We dined at Alivate last Saturday evening and were impressed with the very good food and service. I would recommend Alivate to visitors to Wanaka due to the combination of an excellent view, nicely cooked food and reasonable prices.

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Wollongong, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The view is amazing, the food was great, the lamb and ribeye was cooked to perfection! Staff are very friendly and the atmosphere is great for a romantic dinner.

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Sydney, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Ended up at Alivate as we needed to eat early and it seemed to be one of the only places open for cooking non-takeaway food at 4pm. We were also enticed by the promise of "happy hour" from 4-5pm. After eating and drinking I was amazed to find our bill was roughly $40 more than I would have expected given... More

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Glenda T, Owner at Alivate, responded to this review

Your review is more than a little unreasonable. Our Menu is clear in describing our plates as "Small Plates" for sharing. The pricing of our menu is extremely reasonable and our customers including many other reviewers have stated as such. You unfortunately have no understanding of the Liquor Laws under which we are obliged to comply and operate which prohibit... More

Hobart, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Had a terrific meal here on our last night in Wanaka. Very good service and food. I had a rib eye, which was cooked beautifully and very good. The venison curry was great too. Lamb backstrap also very good. This place is right on the waterfront strip near all the other bars and restaurants, but is a little quieter and... More

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Brisbane, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Great view. Food was really nice. Staff were ok. However value for money it was not. Big cost for little itty bitty meals.

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Brisbane, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We came here for dinner one night. The atmosphere was nice, but the staff weren't going out of their way to do anything. The food was delicious, but the sizes were quite small considering it was a bit more expensive than the other places around.

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