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Alivate

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 using local New Zealand produce. Extensive cocktail menu and craft beers and Central Otago wines.
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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
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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
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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
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Wanaka
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70 reviews 70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

There have been some significant & positive changes since I last dined at Alivate. Some subtle, yet clever improvements to the decor have improved the ambience. But more importantly, the food is more exciting. You can still get a burger if that's what you fancy, but the rest of the menu has more of a contemporary style, with many delicious... More

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Glenda T, Owner at Alivate, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are excited that you love the changes to the decor and the new menu! We have also added a new cocktail menu, yum! And you just can't beat that amazing view! Thanks once again! Looking forward to seeing you again. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

It was a good experience to had dinner in this beautiful place. Good salad and an excelent ribeye steak.

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Glenda T, Owner at Alivate, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us and our new tapas menu! More

London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This place looked great, lovely upstairs lake view, but the lunch steak burger was small, tough and full of gristle. The bun was a standard bought bun with a minuscule amount of coleslaw, in fact I thought it was just meat until I went searching, tiny amount of chips on the side to top it off. Another member had Asian... More

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Glenda T, Owner at Alivate, responded to this review

I'm sorry that you were disappointed with your food on the day you visited. We are always reviewing our processes and will address the issues raised in your review. More

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