We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
145 Ardmore st, Wanaka, New Zealand
+64 3-443 1188
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #36 of 65 Restaurants in Wanaka
Price range: $9 - $21
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Tapas, Asian fusion
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Asian fusion menu with small plates, main meals and delicious desserts using local New Zealand produce. Extensive cocktail menu and craft beers, Kronenbourg 1664 on tap and Central Otago wines.
Write a Review

55 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    19
    19
    9
    6
    2
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Leicester, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Easy to miss but thanks to my ever inquisitive girlfriend we spotted the steps up to Alivate. Above the subway on the lake front but don't let this put you off! Great service and a wonderful setting with comfy chairs and nice little booths for up to 4! A great bit of fine dining in Wanaka. The beef fillets were... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Maryland
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Excellent mussels, lamb, and beef. Helpful, cheerful wait staff. Can sit inside or outside (but it can get quite windy)

Was this review helpful? Yes
Christchurch, New Zealand
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Great atmosphere, food was good but the service was a little inexperienced,well worth a visit though

Was this review helpful? Yes
Queenstown, New Zealand
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Was nice, meals were average size, small if you are a hungry guy. Service was good the staff were friendly. As a large group we were put outside on the deck, even though the heaters were on it was still cold, and with older people in our group prehaps not very appropiate.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

If you can get a table on the balcony, you can eat a great meal with an amazing view of the lake. The lamb sliders were delicious, and the chocolate cocktail made a lovely dessert.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mauritius
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The food was nothing special and basic request of my son wanting onion in his burger was met with an initial no and then when pressed "I will see if the Chef has any onions"! It was late afternoon and the place was practically empty. It turns out that the waitress in question was the owner. Subsequent discussions with the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Glenda T, Owner at Alivate, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. I remember attending to your table that day. Your son requested that his burger have only the steak and that he would prefer grilled onions instead of the red onion jam. The kitchen were happy to oblige. Your request to swap grilled greens for the roast vegetable salad on your chicken dish was also attended... More 

Melbourne
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Stopped at this lovely restaurant for lunch on our way to Queenstown and were not disappointed. This restaurant has really nice atmosphere, and the best view over the lake from the balcony. Food was delicious and service was great, would definitely come back here again.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I ate here on 3rd Jan at the recommendation of the campsite owner and was not disappointed (far from it!). Obviously it was peak time for them during Kiwi holidays and the restaurant was packed. Groups in front of me were told that there would be a wait as the restaurant was fully booked but as I was dining on my... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Honolulu, Hawaii
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We loved everything about this restaurant - the service, decor, cocktails and food. They even helped us get a taxi in the rain on a day when we didn't even eat there. The portions are just the right size and so delicious. Truly unique food with Asian flare.

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

Having to wait close to 1.5hrs for the mains is pretty disgusting, then on top of this when the mains did arrive, the portion size was pathetic and would be better represented on the entree menu. The quality of the mains certainly didn't reflect the high price paid for a crap feed.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Glenda T, Owner at Alivate, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. I'm sorry that you had a bad experience on your visit last night. It was an extremely busy evening and there was a wait on food, for which we apologise. You haven't mentioned which dishes you ordered, but our menu is small plate asian fusion. The small plates are entree size and are designed to be... More 

Travelers who viewed Alivate also viewed

Wanaka, Otago Region
 
Wanaka, Otago Region
 

Been to Alivate? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Alivate

Address: 145 Ardmore st, Wanaka, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-443 1188
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 9 - 21
Cuisine: Tapas, Asian fusion

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Alivate staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?