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Water Bar

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 4345
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St Maurice la Souterraine
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely pint and a bit to eat in the sun looking out over the amazing lake Wanaka, having a great chat to our very friendly waitress Laura who really helped us out on what to do are town. Really cool place with nice vibes and smiley staff from all over the world.

Thank Graham G
Southampton, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful sunny afternoon sat outside. Staff were brilliant and really well accommodating! It was all excellently priced, recommend the wedges! Out of this world!

Thank Tom V
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109 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looks like the place turns into a club at night but was great for drink early evening and a scrummy meal! When in New Zealand one must try the lamb and here I had a really yummy large lamb shank and mash and it was very tender!

Thank Emma D
milton keynes
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447 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We couldn't decide which of the many places to eat and decided on this place - oh dear. The guy at the bar was not very friendly when we walked in, should have been a sign. He just about managed to give us some drinks. You wouldn't think an order of salmon and chips would be too challenging but the... More 

Thank donnyMiltonKeynes
WaterbarManagement, Owner at Water Bar, responded to this review

I am extremely apologetic for the poor service that you received. Could you please advise when you visited Waterbar so that I can address this in a proactive way with the staff that were working to make improvements. Thank you for your feedback. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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145 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A pleasure to find a meal in a pub without French fries. Succulent pork belly with Asia vegetables. Very good.

Thank GalaxyCricket
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the market on Thursday and decided to call in here to have some light late lunch. We ordered the pate and 1 fish meal and shared between the 4 of us. The pate was delicious, one of the best i'd had. Lovely area outdoors to sit and enjoy the scenery. Thank you. Prompt service and staff were... More 

Thank Deborah M
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

i strayed away for my usual salmon and just went for some chips. the chips were great but im a very picky eater and cant have chips without mustard the staff were very accomodating and bought 3 types for me honey mustard american mustard and another i was unfamilliar with 100% will be back lots of love, salmonlover 69

Thank salmonlover69
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2017

we went in for a quick bite while on a day trip to Wanaka from Queenstown. no one mentioned anything about a long wait for the food so we ordered curly fries, some wedges, pizza and a sandwich. we had to wait 1.5 hours for lunch which resultant in us not able to make it to a few more attraction... More 

Thank cash-knee
WaterbarManagement, Manager at Water Bar, responded to this review

First of all I would like to offer sincerest apologies that you received service that was far below our standards and what is fair and acceptable for any customer. Our owner was especially disappointed, as a family man with 4 year old and 3 month old children, we wish for our restaurant to be very family friendly and accommodating to... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Went for a yuck bite to eat, service was good and meal was nice had a burger and pizza and they were just what we wanted.. Not to much and well presented.. Would go back again.

Thank Maryanne C
Oakland, California
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59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

I'm not sure what the other reviewers are talking about on large portions. My husband and I both ordered the fish and chips and received one small piece of fish with a couple dozen chips each. For $27, not worth the money. So small that we thought perhaps they split one order into two, but we were charged for two... More 

Thank Megan L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$17
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 145 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 4345
Water Bar is a fully licensed restaurant with fantastic bar facilities and located right on the lake front in Wanaka. Whether you are after a full dining experience, a casual brunch or lunch, or a lively late night entertainment venue, Water Bar can make your visit a fantastic experience.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?