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“As recommended by a local, well worth the visit”
Review of Relishes Cafe

Relishes Cafe
Ranked #9 of 85 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Adelaide, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“As recommended by a local, well worth the visit”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Great food and the seafood chowder is to die for. All meals were beautiful and they also take BYO for a small corkage fee. Great food and wonderful staff

Visited October 2012
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“Dined here twice in a week!”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Our first visit was so good, we went back for more. We booked a table for four for dinner. This is a busy restaurant, and it's easy to see why. We had wonderful food and good service on the first occasion (just needing service to have our drinks and water refreshed, and needing to ask to order desserts - admittedly, they were busy), and a repeat of the absolutely delicious food, plus excellent service on the second occasion. Relishes has a great location on the waterfront, and a cosy ambience with a warm fire for a cold wet evening. They are also great for those of you who are gluten-free! We can certainly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited October 2012
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“Best blue eye cod in town”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Friendly service with great food, especially the blue eye cod. Had the table at the front of the room so excellent view of lake and mountains. Would come back here next time in town.

  • Visited October 2012
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Coffee & Cosy Fire on a Cool Day”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Came into town after a morning of sight seeing, cool breeze blowing through town from the mountains... popped into Relishes for coffee to warm ourselves up and got cosy in front of the fire. Friendly staff and great service.

  • Visited September 2012
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Wanaka, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
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“Great Gluten Free treats and awesome coffee”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Our regular coffee stop on a daily basis... This place has some yummy yummy GF slices. Love the open fire!

  • Visited September 2012
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