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 elopement clients.
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 place for your group.
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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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.
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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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.
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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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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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.
The history of gold in Queenstown dates back to the 19th century when a gold rush brought settlers to the area. Now, a new gold rush is coming to town in the form of Oro, a restaurant that celebrates the bounty of New Zealand and features a golden explosion of flavours. Its executive chef, who previously worked in the kitchen of Gordon Ramsay, has created a carefully designed menu that highlights the best seasonal ingredients, from fresh seafood, to locally sourced succulent meats and quality produce. With its stunning atmosphere and inventive dishes, Oro is sure to make your elopement guests feel like a thousand bucks as they discover the hidden treasures of this uniquely divine dining spot.
Our Top Recommendations for Lunch
Let's start with lunch, as there are some great options for dining that won't break the bank. These places are not in town, because as lovely as the centre of town is, they tend to get busy around this time of day and it can be hard to find a seat, especially for bigger groups. But don't worry, each of our recommendations is no more than a 15-20 minute drive away from town.
First up is Cargo Brewery. This place is great for a group because they have a variety of function spaces that can accommodate big groups from 15 to 60 seated guests. The food here is top-notch pub grub and they have a huge range of craft beers, so you're sure to find something to your taste. They're also kid-friendly so if you have little ones in tow, this is a great option.
Next on our list is Amisfield, a rustic-chic winery within a posh setting. This place has an amazing atmosphere and the staff are super friendly; the team remains proud of its local ingredients sourced from people with a commitment to sustainability and ethical farming practices. It's perfect for fine dining and pairings with friends or family, with a private dining room available for about 20 people. The food here is modern regional New Zealand cuisine, and featured on the menu is a three-course "trust the chef" option.
If you're looking for an engaging garden and courtyard setting that can cater to private functions and can seat up to 40 guests (both indoors and outdoors), then Akarua Wine and Kitchen is the place for you. This spot is known for its stunning location and views, as well as its amazing food and wine that are as delicious as they are beautiful.
Nest, located inside Kamana Lakehouse, is a great option for those wanting something more casual with an industrial-chic vibe. This is a perfect place for lunch and drinks with friends. The service is always friendly and wonderful. They have an impressive menu and the food is beautifully presented, divine to the palate. Go here for the best views in Queenstown, you won't regret it!
Next on the list is The Dishery, situated in Arrowtown. This is a great spot for both small and large groups, as they have both an indoor and outdoor seating area. The food here is healthy, wholesome and made with love. They use fresh, local ingredients and their menu change seasonally. This means that you'll always be able to try something new, and there are always great vegetarian/vegan options available.
Last but not least on our lunch list is Jack's Point Clubhouse, which is a 15-minute drive out of town. This stunning location with floor-to-ceiling windows situated next to an award-winning golf course offers panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range. The menu here is varied and has something for everyone, from burgers and pizzas to more gourmet fare. They also have a great selection of local wines that you shouldn't miss.
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