Our Favourite Dining Spots in Queenstown: A Local’s Perspective

Queenstown is a foodie's paradise, with an abundance of amazing restaurants to choose from, from every cuisine imaginable. It can be hard to know where to start, so we've put together our favourite spots and what we usually recommend to our couple celebrating their love .

Whether you're looking for a casual setting for guests or something more special and private for you and your beau, we've got you covered. So read on and get ready to tuck into some incredible cuisine!

Outstanding Dinner Spots in Queenstown

If you're looking for a delicious and memorable dining experience while in the middle of Queenstown, then you'll want to check out one of these amazing spots. Each offers its own unique setting, menu and charm, so you're sure to find the perfect match.


Botswana Butchery

The first spot on our list is Botswana Butchery, a Queenstown institution located in the historic Archer's Cottage. This place is perfect for a group of meat-lovers, as they have an impressive array of steaks on the menu that are all cooked to perfection. The atmosphere is warm, inviting, and romantic -- with views of the lake and a golden ambience that adds to the overall dining experience. Whether you have less than 10 guests or more than 30, Botswana Butchery's function rooms can accommodate you for dinner.
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Blue Kanu

For a taste of "Polynesia" -- a blend of Polynesian and Asian cuisine, look no further than Blue Kanu. This award-winning restaurant is known for its fresh seafood, which is caught daily and brought in from Auckland. The menu features rich, authentic island flavours and tropical hut style cocktails, and the atmosphere is one of vibrant sophistication. Private dining is available for up to 8 guests.

The Grille by Eichardt's

Eichardt's Grille is another excellent fine dining option in Queenstown and is perfect for those wanting to experience a Kiwi take on the traditional French fare. The setting is elegant and refined, with an outdoor area that offers stunning views of the lake and mountains. They also have an impressive wine list that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate. The space can accommodate a total of 120 guests and there is a private dining room that seats 12, but these areas can be partitioned for smaller groups who are after a more intimate dining experience.

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Flame Bar & Grill

Another local favourite is the renowned South African BBQ joint aptly called Flame.This is the perfect dinner spot for a group of hungry groups of non-vegetarians, as the portions here are hearty and the prices are very reasonable. The atmosphere is fun and lively, with an open kitchen and a great selection of beers on tap. Be sure to try their succulent award-winning steaks! They can accommodate groups of 16 or more, but be sure to book in advance for a semi-private dining experience

White + Wong's

If you're looking for an Asian-fusion dining experience, then head to White + Wong's. This vibrant and stylish restaurant takes classic street foods from countries like China, Thailand, and Malaysia (among others) to offer unique flavour combinations that will tantalize your taste buds. The space is modern and oriental, with private rooms that can host anywhere from 12 to 60 people.

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The Bunker

Hidden away in a back alley in the middle of town, The Bunker offers a discreet dining experience like no other. This local institution is perfect for people who are after a truly unique and memorable evening, as the setting is unlike anything else in town. The menu features inventive NZ dishes, craft cocktails and wine that are all served in an intimate and comfortable setting. The Bunker can accommodate up to 36 people at a time for dinner.

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The Parlour

Saving the best for last, our final recommendation, The Parlour is the pinnacle of elegance. The area's dramatic views of the lake and mountains from its beautiful location in the heritage wing of Eichardt's Private Hotel make it extra desirable for people who are after a luxurious and romantic setting. An ode to the past, the space features magnificent artefacts, local artwork, period pieces and a fireplace. Can seat up to 24 guests.

So there you have it -- our top picks for the best lunch and dinner spots in Queenstown. No matter what your budget or group size is, you're sure to find a place that suits the cuisine you're after while allowing you to take in the incredible views of this beautiful town.

Which restaurant are you dying to try? If you're looking for more recommendations on dining spots in town, be sure to ask the team at Queenstown Elopements to help you out! They know all the best places in town.

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Margo's Mexican restaurant in Queenstown is a great place to enjoy a delicious meal and margaritas. The atmosphere is fun and festive, and the food is authentic and flavourful. The margaritas are fresh and fruity, and the service is friendly and attentive. Whether you're looking for a casual night out with your entourage or a romantic dinner for two, Margo's is the perfect spot. With their generous portions, you’re sure to leave satisfied!


Rātā is more than just a restaurant, it's an experience. From the moment you step into the light-filled eatery, you feel transported to another world. The urban forest of native trees creates a special dining haven in the midst of bustling Queenstown, and the backdrop of some of the region's oldest historic buildings adds a sense of grandeur. The cuisine is well balanced and inspired, with both familiar and adventurous dishes to tantalise your tastebuds. The service is second to none; their skilled team and award-winning chefs are always ready to ensure you have a memorable dining experience. Come and taste the essence of New Zealand at Rātā, you won't be disappointed.


Amisfield Winery & Bistro is a haven for wine aficionados and food enthusiasts alike. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Lake Hayes, their cellar door offers tastings of award-winning Central Otago wines. Pair your favorite drop with their seasonal tasting menu, meticulously crafted to showcase local produce.

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Jervois Steak House 

Calling all meat enthusiasts! Jervois Steak House is a haven for prime cuts and perfectly cooked meats. Indulge in their array of juicy, aged steaks while basking in the cozy ambiance and top-notch service. With a diverse selection of cuts and an unwavering commitment to quality, this spot ensures an unforgettable experience for steak connoisseurs.

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Soda adds a vibrant touch to Queenstown's culinary tapestry with its fusion flavors. Mixing Asian and European cuisines, it's a lively spot where you can enjoy succulent dumplings, aromatic curries, and other sizzling dishes against the picturesque waterfront.


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