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“Original, homely and tasty!”

White House Cafe and Bar
Ranked #30 of 88 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed December 31, 2012

When you've had your fill of the standard South Island restaurant fare (another steak, fish, lamb dish anyone?) you should go to the White House.

The meals are tasty, filling and original. We had a bruschetta and a pasta main each (don't come expecting carbonara or bolognese) and we were full and delighted. It's hard to go past this restaurant for originality.

It's true - the owner is not super friendly, but the other wait staff are welcoming and the ambience and decor mean you'll have a relaxed, fun meal. Like most places in Wanaka, it pays to book ahead in the highest parts of the high season.

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Awesome food and an amazing wine list in this very special place in Wanaka. Don't let the outside decor put you off. We felt like we were somewhere in the Med. Very, very good.

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Reviewed December 22, 2012

We visited the White House on recommendation and it was a superb experience, Peter the owner was great with the wines and food explanations. The restaurant is like being in someone's front room muddles and all which adds to the experience, if you are looking for crisp white tablecloths and stuffy ambience then probably not the place to go. The food is excellent and prices realistic for the quality, the Ragout was immense and the beef fillet excellent as well as clams spaghetti etc.
The wine choice very good to suit all tastes, look forward to returning.
Matt, Hayley, Keith & Mari

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Reviewed December 19, 2012

This restaurant was recommended to me and if it hadn't been, I probably would have never hunted it down and walked inside. Quite simply, this was the best meal we ate while in NZ, and we ate well at most places! The waitress was lovely and the decor is welcoming and laid back (like being in the living room of a traditional Greek island home). Lovely wine selection and the stuffed eggplant with slow cooked lamb was to die for! You have to go there!

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Fantastic wines fantastic food Pete the owner is just the funniest quick witted person to share the night with. five star review.

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Thank BoyWanaka
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