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1/99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9343, New Zealand
+64 3 443 9018
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7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: With our lakefront setting, spectacular views of the majestic Southern...
With our lakefront setting, spectacular views of the majestic Southern Alps, contemporary and innovative cuisine, and fresh daily baked goods, Relishes Cafe has become something of a Wanaka institution. We are open from 7am till late offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy a glass of wine from our extensive list of local and New Zealand wines or a cup of locally roasted fair trade organic Venus coffee in a casual atmosphere. In summer, the double French doors are opened wide to fully enjoy the stunning lake view, and in winter, a roaring fire displaces the chill after a day playing on the mountains. As a family run business, we welcome even the littlest members of your family by providing a children's menu, a well loved toy box, and a highchair. We happily cater to special dietary needs and also to special events when our in house baker creates delicious cakes to celebrate your occasion! With an abundance of local produce, meats, eggs, and wine grown in the Otago region on our doorstep, there is no need to go further afield for ingredients that will create flavours to delight the palate. Dishes highlight seasonal produce, locally found herbs like horopito, free range eggs, and meats that come from the region, some coming from just down the road. Drawn by the allures of Wanaka after many holiday visits, brother and sister Toby and Tash, along with Tash's husband Paul, bought Relishes Cafe. Showcasing their passion for food, wine, and travel, the trio are frequently seen both in the kitchen and on the house floor. Head Chef Silvia has traveled the world and has an extensive culinary background including experience in Europe. She draws on her international experience to whip up culinary fusions with a Kiwi touch. Serving up twice daily blackboard specials, she and her team continuously bring something new to the table.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic breakfast.

I much prefer the option of eating out for breakfast rather than using the hotel, whenever the opportunity arises. Relishes is the perfect example of why. I plumped for the full cooked breakfast. The ingredients tasted fresh, it was well cooked and properly seasoned. The poached eggs on ciabatta... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Simon L
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Epsom, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I much prefer the option of eating out for breakfast rather than using the hotel, whenever the opportunity arises. Relishes is the perfect example of why. I plumped for the full cooked breakfast. The ingredients tasted fresh, it was well cooked and properly seasoned. The poached eggs on ciabatta were spot on, the sausage was herby and delicious and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Arriving in Wanaka, we had researched some venues but came upon Relishes purely by chance. My wife just liked the look of the place, and it looked reasonably busy which is normally a good sign. We were asked if we minded sharing our table with others, and were shown to a table with a lone female diner, who turned out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Great, warm and quiet atmosphere, excellent food - best chowder we had in long time. Nice diverse menu with original dishes. We will come back next time we re in Wanaka.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Service was good. Atmosphere was friendly. Only visited as we were treated to a gift voucher curtosy of our hotel. The menu was a little "fancy" for our tastes and waiter forgot our sides but we're still charged for them. I'm asuming the menu changes regular so check this out first if your a fussy diner

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Each time we visit Wanaka we dine at Relishes and always enjoy the delicious food they serve. Due to our timings, we have only had lunches there, but would love to have the time to stick around and have dinner at Relishes. Great location too - facing the lake. We will be back....and hopefully for dinner next time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

I had fish special and husband had lamb and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Many of our meals in NZ suffered from being over sauced or just trying too hard but this place serves good, fresh food beautifully but simply prepared. It was one of our best meals and we loved Wanaka.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Dinner at Relishes Cafe was a nice experience. Staff friendly. Nice casual dining. Food delicious. Wine list ok. Coffee good. Located in main street. Recommend Relishes and suggest booking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Relishes is a fabulous cafe that's open all day for breaky, lunch and dinner. Serving up some serious love on a plate with a range of delicious and well presented food. Try one of the daily creations written on the blackboard and don't miss out trying something on sweets list! YUM! Recommend to all. You won't be disappointed 👍

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

A great café style bistro - we had mussels, garlic bread, and the blue cod and the lamb and all were absolutely delicious. All washed down by some very nice NZ wines by the glass. Service was friendly and this was one of our most enjoyable meals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Lovely staff, amazing coffee and to top it off best eggs bene I've ever had!! So delicious I almost licked the plate clean :-) perfect hollandaise sauce, crispy bacon and lovely runny eggs!! Love love love this place

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1/99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9343, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3 443 9018

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

With our lakefront setting, spectacular views of the majestic Southern Alps, contemporary and innovative cuisine, and fresh daily baked goods, Relishes Cafe has become something of a Wanaka institution. We are open from 7am till late offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy a glass of wine from our extensive list of local and New Zealand wines or a cup of locally roasted fair trade organic Venus coffee in a casual atmosphere. In summer, the double French doors are opened wide to fully enjoy the stunning lake view, and in winter, a roaring fire displaces the chill after a day playing on the mountains. As a family run business, we welcome even the littlest members of your family by providing a children's menu, a well loved toy box, and a highchair. We happily cater to special dietary needs and also to special events when our in house baker creates delicious cakes to celebrate your occasion! With an abundance of local produce, meats, eggs, and wine grown in the Otago region on our doorstep, there is no need to go further afield for ingredients that will create flavours to delight the palate. Dishes highlight seasonal produce, locally found herbs like horopito, free range eggs, and meats that come from the region, some coming from just down the road. Drawn by the allures of Wanaka after many holiday visits, brother and sister Toby and Tash, along with Tash's husband Paul, bought Relishes Cafe. Showcasing their passion for food, wine, and travel, the trio are frequently seen both in the kitchen and on the house floor. Head Chef Silvia has traveled the world and has an extensive culinary background including experience in Europe. She draws on her international experience to whip up culinary fusions with a Kiwi touch. Serving up twice daily blackboard specials, she and her team continuously bring something new to the table.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?