Top 10 restaurants in Queenstown, New Zealand

December 28, 2017 Venice Greaves

Staggering beauty and heart-pumping thrills await in the resort town of Queenstown, which is also known for its Hobbits—much of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in the area. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Queenstown for the kayaking, bungee jumping, jetboating, white-water rafting, hiking and skiing. More mild-mannered adventurers can take a quiet cruise through nearby Milford Sound, part of the Fjordland National Park World Heritage area, or sample South Island pinot noir from one of the region's 75 wineries.
Things to do in Queenstown

1. The Bunker

14 Cow Lane | Queenstown, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa European, New Zealand, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$118 - HK$235 +64 3-441 8030
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Bunker

Hidden away down a back alley in the center of Queenstown behind a rustic old wooden door, The Bunker offers discreet and intimate 'rustic' fine dining – specializing in red meats, game and local produce with a distinctly New Zealand flavour complimented by crackling log fires, intimate atmosphere, personal service and an impressive wine list. Our Cocktail Bar upstairs from the restaurant offers hand crafted classic and modern cocktails and an extensive wine and premium spirit list in a cosy lounge atmoshere which welcomes guests right through to the wee small hours. Wowing locals and visitors alike for over a decade with superb cuisine, friendly and knowledgeable service and a unique atmosphere, The Bunker is certainly a Queenstown experience not to be missed. PRIVATE DINING ROOM AVAILABLE FOR LARGE GROUPSDiscover The Bunker – Queenstown's best kept secret since 1997.

Reviewed By osffan2016 - Rescue, California

We would never had discovered the Bunker without the guidance of our tour guide that afternoon (Central Otago Wine Tour by Appellation Wine Tours. Steve was our excellent tour guide. He was formerly a Concierge for larger hotels. He now has his own independent Concierge business (Concierge Queenstown) so guide travelers who have lodging where there is no concierge (think smaller hotels, motels and Air BNB). His recommendations for two night's dinners were spot on! Thanks Steve!! Other than the odd physical lay-out of The Bunker, the meal was delightful. Food was top flight and service was both friendly and accommodating. Plus we had a great red wine that had been properly stored.

2. Vknow

Cnr Fernhill Road & Richards Park Lane, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +64 3-442 5444
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 598 reviews

Vknow

This is a 6-7 minute drive out of Queenstown in a residential area, but well worth it. The food is absolutely first rate, different from the usual tourist menu, served by one of the owners in afriendly, laid back but efficient manner while the other owner cooks - brilliantly! Very informal, unusual, relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere . Great wines, great food and excellent value for money. No views, but if you're concentrating on the food,wine and conversation who cares? Highly recommended.

Reviewed By Zan N - Exmouth, United Kingdom

What a find in Fernhill away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown. Danny, the proprietor will look after you well. Do book. The food was very good and the selection of wine was interesting - ask Danny! Well worth visiting in a quiet location.

3. Tandoori Palace Indian Cuisine

62 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +64 3-409 2845
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 254 reviews

Tandoori Palace Indian Cuisine

Established Indian Restaurant in Queenstown, offering authentic food, cater for vegetarian and Jain. Ideal location for groups, can hold up to 80 diners. Daily lunch specials.

Reviewed By Melb19721 - Camberwell, Victoria, Australia

We got takeaway from this restaurant several times whilst in Queenstown. The food was consistently excellent and appeared to made with good quality, fresh ingredients. The butter chicken and palak paneeer were some of the best Indian food I have had. At first $20 for a curry seemed very expensive However the curries actually come with rice. I think the restaurant does need to make this clearer. This is written in an odd place on the takeaway menu. If it weren’t for the women taking out order advising us that ‘the curries come with rice’ we would have ended up with four containers of wasted rice. By Queenstown standards this restaurant is not over-priced and with the excellent location and service you can’t go wrong.
If your in Queenstown and looking for Indian cusine, this is the place to go!

4. Habebes

30 Shotover Street | Plaza Arcade, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating Cafe, Fast Food, Healthy, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Lunch HK$110 +64 3-442 9861
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 212 reviews

Habebes

Reviewed By Rwc142014 - Souderton, Pennsylvania

Yeah, salad initially sounds bland and boring, but this place has a crazy combination of amazing salads that you can get on a plate or in a wrap. A large plate is enough to split between two people and you can fit a little bit...MoreThank you so much for your fantastic review! We definitely aim to show people that salads need not be boring, so it's great to get your feedback, and we are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our food ? thanks again!

5. Caribe Latin Kitchen

36 Ballarat Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Latin, Fast Food, Venezuelan, Colombian, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Late Night HK$24 - HK$86 +64 3-442 6658
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 790 reviews

Caribe Latin Kitchen

Queenstown does offer many types of cuisine from all around the globe, but not much in regards to Latin American or Caribbean flare which is a blast on flavour, colours and creativity. With the sounds of Salsa, smells of the Caribbean, the textures of the amazons, the colours of Latin America and the flavours; is to create a humble but intense composition for locals and visitors to enjoy. Our name: "Caribe Latin Kitchen". Our influence: all Latin America. Our Game: to combine the best from local ingredients and take them to a place where they dance with our cooking.

Reviewed By Falconflyer19 - Cincinnati, Ohio

Caribe is a great place to stop and pick up a burrito before walking to the beach. Good size portions and pretty taste products. They also have a small but really nice sitting area outside.

6. Blue Kanu

16 Church Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, New Zealand, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$55 - HK$196 +64 3-442 6060
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 851 reviews

Blue Kanu

Kia Ora................. A vibrant collision of asian and pacific flavours to float your boat a style we call polynasia with oceans of aroha we bring you blue kanu We look forward to seeing you soon XXX

Reviewed By albert411 - Auckland, New Zealand

Dinner at Blue Kanu is a unique experience and I recommend it to all Queenstown visitors. The food is memorable for its innovation displaying wonderful flavours and textures. Combine that with a team of wait staff who are at times entertaining but always engaging and professional along with a stunning fit-out, this is a restaurant that has to be experienced. Blue Kanu - It's a great night out!

7. Pedro's House Of Lamb - Queenstown

47 Gorge Road, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards New Zealand Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$228 - HK$228 +64 3-441 4526
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 859 reviews

Pedro's House Of Lamb - Queenstown

Pedro's House Of Lamb offers only one dish to Take away: a tender whole lamb shoulder slowly cooked over 4-5 hours. Garlic and rosemary bring out the delicious flavour and scalloped potatoes accompany the dish. In Queenstown we also do deliveries for $8 Extra (between the Fernhill, Frankton and Arthur's Point area)

Reviewed By blossominvecargill - Invercargill

Was told about pedro's in Queenstown by a friend, so thought we would try it over the weekend.
Well worth the money, two large meals that easily fed four people.
The roast lamb just fell off the bones and the seasoned scalloped potatoes were very tasty.
If you like roast lamb, this is the place.
They deliver in Queenstown too.

8. Taco Medic

5-17 Church Street | food served out of a hole in the wall on to 3 Searle Lane, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$39 - HK$118 +64 3-442 8174
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Taco Medic

Taco Medic is here to attend your hunger emergencies. Our specialty tacos are made with the freshest seasonal produce, free range meats and seafoods, wrapped in an authentic daily pressed corn masa tortilla. Healthy and gluten free, come and be cured. You can find us in beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand. Visit our Taqueria on Searle Lane in the Queenstown city centre 11am till 10pm 7days, or our Taco Truck operating 7 days a week at the Queenstown Airport this Winter. Our hours there are 10am till 5pm.

Reviewed By Felixx9995 - CA

Where we’re from, we take our tacos seriously....very seriously. Taco Medic, while having it’s own twist, filled our taco craving. The Fisherman and Bushman were among our favorites. All of them were delicious. There is no view. It’s on a street that looks more like an alley but the food makes up for all of that. (You could also enjoy your tacos lakeside.) The tacos are $7 each but are quiet large. A bargain by Queenstown standards. The service is good too. Very personable and prompt. Love that everything is gluten free.

9. Little Blackwood

88 Beach Street | Steamer Wharf, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Bar, Pub, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch HK$63 - HK$196 +64 3-441 8066
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 148 reviews

Little Blackwood

Located on the water's edge in the heart of beautiful Queenstown, Little Blackwood tempts you with a delightful cocktail menu, local beers and wines, signature cheese & meat boards, and tapas style offerings. Grab a drink and enjoy the million dollar view from the heated outdoor deck, or relax inside by the roaring open fireplace, surrounded by modern handcrafted Blackwood furniture and contemporary fit-out. Open daily from 3pm until late, Little Blackwood the perfect place to warm up after a chilly winters day in Queenstown.

Reviewed By Carly_Louise_80

Little Blackwood is nothing but awesome! The drinks and food are superb. Visited it twice in two days. Had the Frosè, Espresso Martini, Manuka and London cocktails, as well as the best Pimms (with Ginger Ale) I’ve ever had
We ordered food too: mushroom pizza, dumplings and pork belly. Ermahgerd they were DELICIOUS! They don’t make them on site, rather they order the food from somewhere else in QT but who cares, it makes Little Blackwood the PERFECT place to go for drinks, food AND music! Speaking of music, the acoustic guitarist who played last night (NYE 2017) was awesome! My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed every single cover song he played and his rendition of them too.
Highly, HIGHLY recommend Little Blackwood to anyone who wants to visit a funky, cool and hip QT bar.

10. Bespoke Kitchen

9 Isle Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Contemporary, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 3-409 0552
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 728 reviews

Bespoke Kitchen

Bespoke Kitchen Winner of New Zealands best Cafe award. A carefully crafted menu that speaks to health and wellbeing with no compromise on flavour.

Reviewed By tpurchases - Seattle, Washington

My husband and I ate here for breakfast one morning - we were staying at the Dairy Hotel across the street. It was clear that this place was popular among locals ask well as tourists. The place was well staffed, very efficiently run, and the food selection was incredible. From small pastries to full American-sized breakfasts, but with more interesting combinations of ingredients and great flavor. Full espresso service too. You could grab a Sandwich or artisan dessert to go too!

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