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“Great food and atmosphere but staff service could improve”

Kai Whakapai Cafe and Bar
Ranked #7 of 81 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, Cafe, New Zealand
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Good for: Kids, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Canberra, Australia
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237 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere but staff service could improve”
Reviewed August 1, 2014

This cafe and bar has a very good vibe. The service was pretty average though. After a 10 minute wait to place an order none of the two bar attendees knew what sort of cakes were on display, breaking a cardinal sin of 'know the food you are selling'. Fortunately for these two dim sums the food that came out was excellent.

  • Visited July 2014
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Perth
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great place to chill”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

Just stopped in for a quick drink. Great place to hang out with both tourists and locals. Staff and customers were very friendly as we sipped our very local wine and watched the weather come across the lake. Will definitely be back

  • Visited July 2014
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Christchurch
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125 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Lovely Atmosphere”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

A quick brunch before sightseeing. Good menu and very pleasant staff. Perfect weather to sit outside !!middle of winter too. Lovely coffee Eggs Benny were well presenter with the English muffin underneath. One member had the Bacon and eggs which he reported were lovely. A very pleasint experience.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank seaoh
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Wellington, New Zealand
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best cafe in Wanaka”
Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Still our favourite after many years of visits and possibly best cafe in NZ. Great food, coffee, service and super friendly and helpful staff.

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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“2nd time in wanaka”
Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Always great coffee, friendly staffs but a bit slow on service. The foods great too but bit pricey if not equal price to Australia.
Open early as 7am & serves gfo as well.
I keep coming back everytime I'm there.

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Thank arlinap
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