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“Loved the food!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Bar

Lake Bar
155 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand (Formerly The Wanaka Ale House)
+64 3-443 2920
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Ranked #12 of 63 Restaurants in Wanaka
Price range: $5 - $23
Cuisines: Bistro
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Houston, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
“Loved the food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

While we were in Wanaka a major cold front came through and we stumbled into Lake Bar to warm up. The food was fantastic, there were great views of the Lake, and there was free wi-fi, not much else a person can ask for.

Visited October 2013
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Vicki B, Owner at Lake Bar, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Thanks Kelly, Yes it was a cold wintery blast that weekend. We agree it is best place to sit in and take in the views etc, with something nice and warm when that going on outside. Pleased you enjoyed your visit.
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Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great location, great view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Situated just in front of the lake guarantees good view while enjoying your beers. Lake Bar serves really good mushrooms risotto too. And the friendly staff deserves some credit too.

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Cumnock, NSW, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“This Bar Rocks!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Seriously good food, good cheer and their staff are their best asset.

This bar, the manager and his staff made for travelling with my Dad the best father-daughter experience I've had. Yes, we met up with the same group over the 3 nights....because there was no where else we'd rather have been. Outside watching the sunset under the glow of the heaters, or inside catching up on the rugby challenges.....it was a neat spot.

It was the answer to a hard day's golf, boarding/skiing and jumping a few fences to check out NZ shearing sheds. We didn't need to look elsewhere as this felt like our local drinking hole back home.

Down to earth, exceptional service, good prices and a warm atmosphere. Chris, its a credit to you.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vicki B, Owner at Lake Bar, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Thanks Alex, so please you enjoyed your stay and the trip with your dad. Maybe we will see you back our way soon
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“Great bar with great views!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Wanaka is an often overlooked part of New Zealand were Queenstown steals the limelight but they have some hidden gems in terms of views and bars/accommodation and cafes.

The Lake Bar is great for wine and home cooked food, seafood chowder was especially good as were their pot pies. There were however no vegetarian options.

Very friendly staff and some great views of the lake makes this a great place to stop and rest/visit if you're staying or passing through.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vicki B, Owner at Lake Bar, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Thanks Chris, pleased you enjoyed your visit to our Lake Bar, we too think it has one of the best views of our amazing scenery. We do have some vegetarian options available, Caesar with out chicken, Mushroom Risotto - although this is on evening menu. We are just about to revise the menu again soon and will definately take on board a few more vegetarian options as you suggest. Thanks again for visiting and hope to see you back cheers Vicki Lake Bar
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“Venison Hot Pot that melts in your mouth”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

So happy to find, This delishous dish, As I now have a great place to send people for Venison. The Lake bar ticks all the boxes. What will really keep me going back is the fab & tasty cocktails, Which are price at great rate.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vicki B, Owner at Lake Bar, responded to this review, September 8, 2013
Thanks Dannielle, so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Lake Bar, we look forward to having you and your mates as regulars to Lake Bar. Dont forget cocktails on special every Friday night.. thanks again Vicki
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