Top 10 restaurants in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

July 18, 2017 Moriah Teneyck

Discover the best restaurant in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand including Jade Palace, Kohan Restaurant, Reflections Restaurant, Mackenzies Cafe Bar Grill, Thai Tekapo, Astro Cafe, lake tekapo tavern, Run 76 Cafe, Lake Tekapo Rakinui Restaurant, Tin Plate Kitchen & Bar
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1. Jade Palace

8 Rt, Lake Tekapo 8770, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Chinese, Asian +64 3-680 6828
Excellent
4%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
11%
Terrible
62%
Overall Ratings

2 based on 181 reviews

Jade Palace

Reviewed By Graham L - Balgowlah, Australia

Very disappointing. There were only two of us for dinner but were told there would be a 15 minute wait for a table for 2 even tho there were dozens of varying sized empty tables in the restaurant. We ordered spring rolls, another entree, mussels in black bean, another main, rice. The waitress was not elegant in placing the dishes on our table. The mussel dish was very salty and cold before I could even finish it. In the mean time the table two away from us was cleared into a trolley- scrapping of plates, crashing of dishes, spraying of cleaner. NZ $72. Couldn’t get out quick enough!

2. Kohan Restaurant

8 Sh, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +64 3-680 6688
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Kohan Restaurant

Reviewed By rourkemanchester - Sheffield, United Kingdom

The place looks like a pop up restaurant in a school gym with absolutely no attraction whatsoever Food very ordinary indeed Service (just) ok. The problem is that the other restaurants in the village are average as well. Next time would consider self catering

3. Reflections Restaurant

Main Rd, Lake Tekapo 8770, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Grill, Healthy, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$86 - HK$196 +64 3-680 6234
Excellent
46%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 648 reviews

Reflections Restaurant

Reviewed By Tomirman - Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom

Enjoyed a meal here every night during our recent visit. There was a very varied choice of food, all perfectly cooked and presented with some options for smaller appetites. Views of Lake Tekapo from the large windows, helpful, happy, friendly staff enhance the pleasure. Very popular so booking is recommended

4. Mackenzies Cafe Bar Grill

State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$8 +64 3-680 6886
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Mackenzies Cafe Bar Grill

Reviewed By Janice M - Sunshine Coast, Australia

After a really full on active day it was great to go here for dinner. The servings are generous and more importantly delicious. Service was efficient and friendly. Good value for money too

5. Thai Tekapo

State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai Dinner +64 3-680 6998
Excellent
17%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
9%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 207 reviews

Thai Tekapo

Reviewed By linus_110048 - New Delhi, India

The staff is extremely rude & argumentative & just do not know how to behave with guests. The staff should first go and see how to other restaurants staff behave and learn some basic manners.Very arrogant, and doesn’t know how to look after the customers.
We ordered some dishes for our total vegetarian friends & clearly informed them so. One of the dish came with seafood in it & a lady from the kitchen came & argued endlessly with us.

6. Astro Cafe

Mt John | Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 3-680 6007
Excellent
50%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 787 reviews

Astro Cafe

Astro Cafe on top of Mt John, beside the Mt John Observatory. Operated by Earth and Sky Limited, with office situated in Lake Tekapo township.

Reviewed By ReviewbyCraig - Wellington, New Zealand

We visited as the wind gusts were picking up speed at this altitude. (So much so that it wasn't really possible to stand around outside.) We kept ourselves safe inside and just soaked up the amazing views. The staff were really helpful, made excellent coffee in double-quick time and reassured us that we would be fine on the access road. The staff do a great job in a confined space and everyone was cheerful and keeping an eye on the customers.

7. lake tekapo tavern

8 Lake Highway, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Pub Late Night, Drinks
Excellent
11%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
34%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 163 reviews

lake tekapo tavern

Reviewed By James P - Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

If you want an authentic Kiwi experience amongst the tourist traps of Tekapo then come to the Tavern. We had an excellent time with super friendly service. The staff couldn’t have gone out of their way More to accomodate our family. Good fun times and great food. Great to see the locals frequenting this place too.

8. Run 76 Cafe

Village Centre SH8 | Main Street, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, New Zealand, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 3-680 6910
Excellent
44%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 574 reviews

Run 76 Cafe

Reviewed By OldGoatsKnowBest

Really regretted making plans to call in on journey south. Not as reviewed. Unreliable. Kitchen closed to enable them to do other work making filled rolls perhaps for bus load. Felt uncomfortable. Just took a coffee. Absolutely not for us. Drove on to Nichols Garden Cafe in Cromwell.

9. Lake Tekapo Rakinui Restaurant

Peppers Bluewater Resort | State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$275 +64 3-680 7000
Excellent
44%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 86 reviews

Lake Tekapo Rakinui Restaurant

Rakinui Restaurant celebrates this abundance of fine fare, capturing the flavours of the region perfectly with a contemporary farm to table philosophy. The wine list carries a selection of fine New Zealand wines to complement your dining selection. Enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Tekapo in a relaxed and casual dining setting.

Reviewed By Bi-coaster - Florida

We had both dinner and then breakfast at this restaurant in Peppers Bluewater Resort. Reservations for dinner are essential and this will ensure that you get a table with a good view of the lake. Our Asian platter of dumplings, wontons, and egg roll was good and the high country salmon entree nicely prepared with bok choy and carrots. Since the resort caters to bus tours and other groups, the dining room can become noisy. This was particularly true at breakfast. Breakfast buffet had lots of options, but I felt the food was only average quality.

10. Tin Plate Kitchen & Bar

Main Street | Lake Tekapo Village, Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Highchairs Available European, New Zealand, Pizza, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$71 - HK$196 +64 3-680 6677
Excellent
31%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
8%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 328 reviews

Tin Plate Kitchen & Bar

Tin Plate Kitchen & Bar is a contemporary Restaurant & Bar open for lunch & dinner and offers a diverse range of food, wines, craft beer, cocktails & a great pizza menu that is available for take away. Indulge in a scoop or bowl of New Zealand Kapiti ice cream, available in 10 delicious flavours! Our menu changes with the seasons to ensure you get the freshest and finest local ingredients on your plate, catering for gluten free, vegetarian & vegan diets. During winter come in & enjoy the warmth & comfort of the fireplace while relaxing with a glass of mulled wine & in summer enjoy a Cosmo in the outdoor Seating areas & soak in the sun. Tin Plate Catering offers a range of options to suit all function & event types. Ask us for a copy of our Catering Kit which will give you costs & menu choices. The restaurant & bar can be hired out for private functions i.e. birthdays, corporate or staff events. Let us work with you to create the perfect event!

Reviewed By mefa1984 - Newcastle, Australia

Went for dinner and arrived around 8.20ish and were told that they closed at 9 and they were not accepting people to dine-in anymore. We said we wanted pizzas and they said only take away. Unfortunately, not many more options around, we had to get pizzas from there. There was only 1 table with people inside as everybody after us was told takeaway only. We ordered our pizzas at 8.25ish and had to wait over 30 mins to get the pizzas. We were angry at the poor service, but the only thing that saved them was that the pizzas were nice.

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