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Alivate

145 Ardmore st, Wanaka, New Zealand
+64 3-443 1188
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Ranked #41 of 59 restaurants in Wanaka
Price range: $10 - $24
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
Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

Had dinner at Alivate tonight. I had fish of day wash down with a very nice Tarras Pinot Noir and the better half had the lamb. Couldn't fUlt service or the food. We'd return.

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Glenda T, Owner at Alivate, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Yes our Pinot's are to die for! Glad you enjoyed your experience and look forward to seeing you back to enjoy our new Tapas menu! More

Wanaka
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Fantastic service, food was superb. Would eat here again. View fantastic and for out of season could not fault anything.

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Glenda T, Owner at Alivate, responded to this review

We are excited that you had a lovely time and enjoyed the food and experience. Next time you return you will be able to try out our new tapas menu! More

Raglan, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Went for dinner. Lovely service but food was pretty average and not very comfortable. Very cafe like. Probably wouldn't go again as there are better options

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Glenda T, Owner at Alivate, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. Since your visit, we have made extensive renovations to the restaurant and now have a new Tapas style menu. We invite you to visit again to check out the new set up and menu. More

Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I wouldn't describe this as a restaurant, the food is very average bistro style and the layout feels odd. Quite frankly every one in our group of 6 felt they cook better food themselves at home. My husbands "salad" and i use the term loosely, was tired wilted dry salad mix out of a bag with a couple of cherry... More

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Glenda T, Owner at Alivate, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We seek to learn from all feedback provided by our customers as it is our desire to all ways seek to provide our customers with an excellent experience. Clearly on this occasion we did not meet your expectations, that said we will take on board your input in order to continue to improve our efforts... More

Wellington, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Super restaurant, upstairs from the main street. Super food, friendly service and great views. You can chose to dine inside or outside on their balcony which is fab. The seats inside could do with a little bit more comfort instead of "outside chairs", which is why the review is a 'Very good' and not 'Excellent'. Would recommend highly if you... More

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Glenda T, Owner at Alivate, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very kind review. It is always so very satisfying to receive a positive review from one of our many satisfied customers who have taken the time and effort to record the enjoyable experience that we have been able to provide to them. For your information it is our intention to provide our customers cushions... More

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