The 13 Best Queenstown Restaurants

Best Queenstown Restaurants

Image from Sherwood

By Ruby Singh

Settled on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a stunning city with harbour views, snowy mountains, and picturesque landscapes.

Although a small city, it punches above its weight when it comes to restaurants. Be it wholesome or indulgent food, there are many options you can choose from.

Whether you’re living in or are visiting Queenstown for a few days, our list of the best Queenstown restaurants can guide you in making the right choice. Note that we split them up into casual and fine dining options for your convenience!

The Best Casual Dining Restaurants in Queenstown

If you’re ready, here are the best Queenstown restaurants for casual dining!

1)   Taco Medic

Taco Medic's Food

Image from Taco Medic Facebook

BEST FORDelicious and healthy tacos
SERVICESLunch and dinner Mid-afternoon snack Drinks Takeaways
WEBSITEhttps://tacomedic.co.nz/
ADDRESS19 Grant Road, Frankton, Queenstown, New Zealand    3 Searle Lane, Queenstown, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 3-442 8174 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSOpen every day from 12.00 – 8.00 PM (Searle Lane) Open every day from 11.00 AM – 8.30 PM (Grant Road)
PRICESPlease contact the company for details

This eatery is the brainchild of two Kiwi cousins who went to Mexico. Taco Medic aims to bring people together through great-tasting tacos while respecting Mother Earth.

Now, if you take a look at their menu, you’ll find that it has land, ocean, and soil categories.

For instance, the Fisherman Taco uses newly caught fish along with rubbed spice, onions, and coriander, whereas their Shepherd Taco uses lamb, carrot, and parsnip.

Their menu is designed to be 100% gluten-free and has vegetarian and vegan options, with the goal of providing tacos that can be eaten by anyone, regardless of dietary restrictions.

Also, you can partner their food with Pete’s Natural Organic Soda or Coconut Water to cool you in the summer heat.

Pros

  • Serves gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options
  • Accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Amex
  • Outside seating available

Cons

  • Long queues

Customer Reviews

Taco Medic proves to be one of the leading Queenstown restaurants where the locals are concerned. With incredible taste, their tacos easily crush their rival companies and other vendors.

Petrovinvers shared his experience with Taco Medic:

“After leaving the pub stumbled across the Taco Medic. Being peckish thought we would get a couple, got a fish one and a chicken one forgive me they do have more descriptive names but they were both delicious.”

Here’s another review from a satisfied customer:

“Oh my goodness, words can’t describe the delicious meal I ate here. They have a great variety of tacos, I got a lamb taco, pork taco, and veggie taco and ate the all within minutes. They were so easy that I barely had time to admire the look and perfection as I gobbled them down. So yummy and a perfect taco fix after lockdown! Eat here, because it will be the best dinner you can get in Queenstown in an alleyway.”

2)   Bella Cucina

Bella Cucina's Food

Image from Tripadvisor

BEST FORTrue Italian cuisine
SERVICESBreakfast, lunch, and dinner Drinks
WEBSITEhttps://www.bellacucina.co.nz/
ADDRESS6 Brecon Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 3 442 6762 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday, Wednesday – Friday, and Sunday: 8.00 AM – 10.00 PM Tuesday & Saturday: 5.00 AM – 8.30 PM
PRICESKindly visit their website to see their rates

Italian food is hands-down one of the best cuisines in the world. At Bella Cucina, you get to experience this fully as they offer true Italian flavours.

You will be enamoured by their warm decor, white table sheets, and elegant chandeliers.

Their bread is baked fresh and their meats are cured in-house every day. The menu reflects the seasons so you know you’re getting the freshest and most flavourful food.

Their wood-fired pizzas are a must-try, such as the Porchetta (slow-cooked pork belly with tomato and walnuts) or vegetarian Margherita (with parmesan, mozzarella, and basil).

And for the pasta, they serve up superb Spaghetti ai Frutti di Mare and Lamb Ragù Pappardelle, whether you like the pasta in the traditional or al dente style.

Pros

  • Offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free choices
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Accepts credit cards

Cons

  • Limited menu options (only a con if you really like a lot of variety, though, as it didn’t bother us)

Customer Reviews

With excellent food made from local and seasonal ingredients, divine desserts like panna cotta, and wonderful staff, customers say this great Italian restaurant is a dream.

Here’s Alex weighing in about the restaurant:

“The staff have been one of the most switched on staff I have seen in many years, the pizzas were simply perfect, panna cotta was to the point! (We ordered a second round of desserts, never done that before- ever!)

This is a must visit when in Queenstown!”

Another customer posted this review:

“I’d always walked past this little place but on a rainy afternoon it looked so inviting. Very friendly atmosphere and lovely ambiance. Waitress explained their ethos and how everything is fresh, local and the menu changes every day. Very quick service, lovely food and wine. Went with my daughter but would happily go by myself too. We were served by 3 different ladies and all were very cheerful and helpful.”

3)   Yonder

Yonder's Food

Image from Yonder

BEST FORHealthy and seasonal delights
SERVICESBrunch and dinner Drinks Venue hire
WEBSITEhttps://www.millbrook.co.nz/dining/smithys-smoke-house/
ADDRESS14 Church Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS03 409 0994 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday: from 8.00 AM – late Christmas Day: closed
PRICESFind their menu and prices here

Are you up for wholesome food and live music? If so, look no further than Yonder. Their menu is filled with favourites from around the world.

Chicken focaccia sandwich with house-made bread—check! Summer veggie hash—check! Healthy grilled nashi pear and pork belly burger with fries—check and check!

Whether you want a vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free meal, they have them. As such, you can keep up with your diet or avoid gluten-related symptoms.

What’s more, since all their bread, sauces, marinades, and sweets are made in-house, they are always fresh and delicious!

Yonder is all about bringing Queenstown good times. It’s one of the best Queenstown restaurants for dining and relaxing with friends over Martinis or cocktail drinks.

Pros

  • Haa both healthy and indulgent foods
  • Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options
  • Fresh and seasonal produce

Cons

  • Occasional order delays

Customer Reviews

Clients praised the eatery’s breakfast, ambience, and music events. In addition, they said that it had affordable meals and wonderful staff.

Let’s see one customer’s feedback on Tripadvisor:

“Stopped in for breakfast after a brisk morning walk! Lovely sitting in the sun under the heaters, coffee, hot choc, smashed avo, eggs bacon, pulled pork benny was lovely!!”

Another guest, Chloe, shared this review of Yonder:

“Such a good atmosphere, an amazing acoustic band played in the patio while we had dinner. Great value for money and unreal food. Especially the vegan menu!”

4)   Flame Bar and Grill

Flame Bar and Grill's Food

Image from Tripadvisor

BEST FORSteak lovers
SERVICESLunch and dinner Drinks Takeaways
WEBSITEhttps://www.flamegrill.co.nz/
ADDRESS1st Floor, Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown, New Zealand 9300
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9-409 2342 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Thursday: 4.30 – 11.45 PM Friday – Sunday: 12.00 – 11.45 PM
PRICESKindly refer to their menu here

Using the secret recipe of South African Braai, Flame Bar & Grill’s succulent steak and ribs are so exceptional that you’ll come back for more.

They pride themselves on their grilled steak and ribs. After all, they bagged the Gold and Silver awards at the 2018 World Steak Challenge held in the United Kingdom.

Additionally, they have a fantastic variety of burgers, salads, and appetisers. From crispy calamari and tasty skewered meats to vegetarian burgers, they have them!

While you’re dining, you can enjoy the picturesque view outside of the sunny dock, the cool blue lake, and the foggy mountain in the distance.

Pros

  • Offers gluten-free and vegetarian food
  • Accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Amex
  • Highchairs available

Cons

  • No breakfast options

Customer Reviews

According to customers, they had an enjoyable time at the steakhouse, thanks to the  amazing food, friendly servers, and the quaint lakeside view.

One customer named Tyson left this comment:

“So we had the meat for 2, omg we were full with happiness and the food with delicious. Our waiters had such great service

Highly recommended

Thank you.”

Furthermore, Carlien M. said of the steakhouse:

“Food were absolutely delicious and good size portions!!! Definitely recommend this nice grill

5)   The Taj Indian Kitchen

The Taj Indian Kitchen's Food

Image from My Guide Queenstown

BEST FORIndian street food
SERVICESLunch and dinner Degustation
WEBSITEhttp://www.thetajqueenstown.co.nz/
ADDRESS75 Beach Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS(03) 442 5270
OPERATING HOURSOpen every day from: 12.00 – 3.00 PM, 5.00 – 9.00 PM
PRICESKindly see their menu and prices here

Named after the sublime marble mausoleum Taj Mahal, The Taj Indian Kitchen has a large array of Indian dishes made from imported spices and classic ingredients.

Their lunch menu consists of the street foods of India, which are constantly evolving and changing. Just like their enjoyable Dahi Poori, Dosa, Pav Bhaji, and Kebabs.

They have your favourite curries as well, like Ambala Lamb Curry, Subz Diwani Handi (spinach and vegetable curry), and Nilgiri Jhinga (tandoori prawns curry).

If you want to go on a culinary adventure, we recommend their degustation menu or The Taj tasting dishes. You also have the option of Dal Taj or Poppadum bread for both menus.

With trained chefs hailing from India, the food is as authentic and superb as can be. Thus, The Taj Indian Kitchen is among the best Queenstown restaurants to visit!

Pros

  • Authentic Indian dishes
  • Traditional and local ingredients

Cons

  • Somewhat on the expensive side

Customer Reviews

On Tripadvisor, The Taj Indian Kitchen ranks 5th among Queenstown restaurants in terms of ratings. Customers complimented the high-quality food, sizable portions, and friendly and attentive staff.

Ambrish wrote feedback of the Taj:

“I have one of the finest experience while having my dinner with The Taj. It started with entertaining my request to have a table where I have Lake view. We ordered basis dishes (much chicken, Paneer butter masala and Dal Makhani) since we are visiting them for first time.

The curries were amazing and specially dal and murg reminds me my collage days back in Delhi, India.”

And Amrit also commented about the eatery:

“We went to this place for lunch and they had a huge variety of food on both lunch and dinner menu.We ordered from both the menus and the food was amazing. Our server Edita was very good and attentive as well. Will be back soon to try some other dishes.”

6)   Boliwood Restaurant & Bar

Image from Boliwood 

BEST FORAuthentic Indian Food
SERVICESLunch, Dinner
WEBSITEhttps://www.boliwood.nz
ADDRESS62 Shotover Street, Queenstown
CONTACT DETAILS03 442 7779 (for Town)
03 442 2019 (for 5 Mile)
OPERATING HOURSDaily: 11:30 AM until late
PRICESKindly see their menu and prices here

Boliwood is one of the restaurants in Queenstown that serves authentic Indian food. They have many mouthwatering dishes to offer for their lunch and dinner menu.

They serve various meat (except pork), vegetable, and seafood meals to their diners. All their food is guaranteed to be halal.

If you’re interested, online reservations and bookings can be made through their website. They have various promos throughout the year, perfect for celebrations with loved ones.

Pros

  • Authentic recipes
  • Halal food
  • Open most hours of the day
  • Online ordering and reservations available

Cons

  • Might have full seats during peak hours

The Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Queenstown

And that takes care of the more accessible options! Moving forward, let’s proceed with the top fine dining restaurants in Queenstown.

7)   Blue Kanu

Blue Kanu's Food

Image from Tripadvisor

BEST FORAsian-Pacific cuisine
SERVICESDinner Drinks
WEBSITEhttps://www.bluekanu.co.nz/
ADDRESS16 Church Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 3-442 6060 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSOpen every day from 5.00 – 10.00 PM
PRICESPlease see this link to see their rates

Forget about the world by trying Blue Kanu’s “Polynasian” cuisine. Combining Asian and Pacific cuisines have resulted in interesting flavours that will float your boat!

For the mains, you should try out their jungle-style lamb curry with kumara, snake beans, and coconut yoghurt or briny mussels with yellow curry, fruit chutney, and prawn toast.

Feel like sharing? They offer large servings of pork dumplings, tofu, and Korean fried chicken, as well as their heavenly Fijian Chocolate Loaf and pineapple cake dessert.

And of course, they have an array of cocktails to refresh your mind and body. The bold but fascinating The Wahine and the lovely Lychee Petal Martini are perfect for summer.

Pros

  • Offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Outside seating available
  • Accepts major credit cards

Cons

  • Not open for breakfast and lunch

Customer Reviews

Customers love this funky restaurant in Queenstown. They praised everything about it, from the energetic decor to the faultless service.

Here’s one customer’s feedback of Blue Kanu:

“This restaurant seriously deserves its reputation. The decor, the atmosphere, the service plus the food and drink were spot on. We had the Feed Me, the chef got everything right and we left absolutely brimming with food. Delicious.”

And another diner named Sue shared her experience:

“A perfect spot to enjoy an evening out. We chose a table outside, shaded but superb. The food to be shared arrived in perfect harmony. The wine, Wooing Tree rose, a match made in heaven. Wonderful night, thank you Blue Kanu.”

8)   Rātā

Rātā's Food

Image from Rātā

BEST FORLocal New Zealand flavours
SERVICESLunch and dinner Dessert
WEBSITEhttps://www.ratadining.co.nz/
ADDRESSTe Nuku, 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown, 9348, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 3 442 9393 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSDinner (Tuesday – Sunday): 5.00 PM – 10:00 PM Lunch (Friday – Sunday): 12:00 PM – 2.30 PM
PRICESView their menu and rates here

Rātā prides itself on bringing distinct New Zealand flavours to your plate. The ingredients are sustainably and freshly sourced to prepare a delicious range of food.

Surrounded by forest scenery and enduring historic buildings, the restaurant has a calm and relaxing ambience.

For appetizers, we suggest you try their tomato bread and goat cheese profiteroles to whet your appetite. Afterwards, you can proceed to their succulent merino lamb rump and 55-day aged beef fillet mains.

Their wines encompass those from Otago, Greater New Zealand, and abroad. Their Elderflower Parfait with olive oil jelly and blueberry sauce is simply divine.

Pros

  • Uses sustainable and fresh produce
  • Accepts cash, Mastercard and Visa

Cons

  • Limited menu selection (again, only an issue for some)

Customer Reviews

According to clients, the eatery offers a fabulous fine-dining experience with great food and staff. One also mentioned that the 3-course lunch gave value for money.

Alpna, one satisfied customer, wrote this review:

“We had a wonderful time at Rata. It was a great experience with delicious 3 course meal. It was made special by the warm and friendly service by the staff. Enjoyed the tomato bread! The vegan menu was a bonus!”

Also, Steve commented of the restaurant:

“Absolutely amazing Kiwi fine dining. An enhanced, incentive menu featuring local ingredients served in interesting and innovative ways. The lunch menu is incredible value: 3 courses fit NZ$45. They could easily charge twice that. Great wine, beer and spirits list too. A must if you’re visiting Queenstown.”

9)   Tatsumi

Tatsumi's Food

Image from Tripadvisor

BEST FORJapanese fusion cuisine
SERVICESDinner Drinks Deliveries
WEBSITEhttps://tatsumi.co.nz/
ADDRESS9 Beach Street Upstairs, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 3-442 5888
OPERATING HOURSOpen every day from 5.00 – 9.00 PM
PRICESCheck out their rates here

Within walking distance of Queenstown Mall, Tatsumi is a great spot to relax and refuel. The restaurant offers traditional Japanese fare with a modern European twist!

Set in a lounge setting, the ambience is cosy and elegant contrary to ordinary Japanese eateries. It has first-class wines displayed on the racks in a beautiful pattern.

They have a wide assortment of fresh nigiri, sashimi, and sushi rolls you can choose from. And if you want something more filling, try out their crispy Karaage Chicken, Merino Lamb Rack Cutlets, or Agedashi Tofu.

For dessert suggestions, we highly recommend their sweet Black Sesame Crème Brûlée, delicious Mango Pudding, and irresistible Green Tea Fondant.

Pros

  • Offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options
  • Near Queenstown mall

Cons

  • No lunch option

Customer Reviews

Many customers praised their delectable and well-presented food as well as their service. No matter how many times you visit, their food quality never falters, said patrons.

Let’s see Shigelbinks’s review on Tripadvisor:

“Great staff and delicious food. The king prawn gnocchi was sublime! The sashimi was tasty and beautifully presented. I would definitely go back!”

Another customer left this comment:

“From the lovely owners, to the helpful and charming staff, this restaurant never ever disappoints. Impeccable quality of the food, service, drinks, and desserts, sets the bar.

I have made my way through the entire menu a few times over the years and have never been left thinking whatever I sample was only meh. Every dish is made with such care and attention to detail. Balance is always present.“

10)   The Bunker

The Bunker's Food

Image from Tripadvisor

BEST FORRustic fine dining
SERVICESDinner Functions Deliveries
WEBSITEhttps://www.thebunker.co.nz/
ADDRESS14 Cow Lane, Queenstown, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 3 441 8030 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSOpen every day from 5.00 – 11.00 PM
PRICESKindly refer to their menu here

Food that’s simple and consistently delicious—this is the reason customers keep coming back to The Bunker.

With a homey fireplace and vintage music, the fine-dining restaurant is excellent for a romantic date or family dinner, even late into the night.

Their flavourful lamb, venison, and snapper dishes are perfectly paired with their vast collection of wines, beers, and cocktails. You can also order side dishes, such as truffle mash croquettes and seasonal salads.

The Bunker is situated at 14 Cow Lane in the heart of Queenstown. They also accept private large group dinners for 10 up to 28 people.

Pros

  • Has vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options
  • Accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Amex
  • Can host large group dinners
  • Delivery service available

Cons

  • No lunch option

Customer Reviews

Customers said that the restaurant had amazing food and service. Also, they greatly enjoyed the degustation course, which lets you try a variety of foods and wines.

One diner stated this of the restaurant:

“Fabulous fine dining . Great service with friendly staff. Venue very cool!! Would definitely recommend for friends.”

Furthermore, DeKoster shared his experience:

“We finally made it. Belated 40th celebration and wedding anniversary. Degustation and wine pairing was enjoyed. Everything was spot on and devine. A hidden little gem. The staff were fantastic and knew their product. Thanks for a great evening. Highly recommend.”

BEST FOR
Sunny lakeside beer garden and balcony
SERVICESBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WEBSITEhttps://www.pogmahones.co.nz/
ADDRESS14 Rees Street, Queenstown
CONTACT DETAILS(03) 442 5382
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURS11am – Late Daily
PRICES

Póg Mahone’s offers an authentic Irish atmosphere in Queenstown! It’s designed exactly like an Irish pub, so you’ll definitely get the feel of relaxation and unwinding.

Also offering lively music and amazing service, you can never go wrong with it as you eat their mouthwatering food.

Take a look at their menu and book seats for your next lunch or dinner date. Experience Ireland in New Zealand, only at Póg Mahone’s.

Pros

  • Fantastic Irish hospitality
  • Friendly service
  • Great meals and good drinks

Cons

  • Sometimes quite noisy and busy with drinkers, live music, or sport

Customer Reviews

Read what Sarah Becker had to say about Pog Mahone’s food, environment, and overall service:

“We stopped by here after lunch and just wanted to enjoy the beautiful scenery. There are only a few tables along Lake Wakatipu but it was a great spot to enjoy some post-lunch beverages. I ordered a hot chocolate with Bailey’s and my husband got a beer. Inside was theme-appropriate decor with a friendly staff, but you cannot beat the views here! The food menu looked good, but we never got a chance to go back!”

12) Kinross 

BEST FORGourmet wine with meals
SERVICES
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Wine Tasting, Room Accommodations
WEBSITEhttp://www.kinross.nz/
ADDRESS
2300 Gibbston Highway, R.D 1, Queenstown 9371
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: 0800 131 101
Email: [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday, Sunday: 8am–6pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 8am–8pm
PRICEShttps://www.kinross.nz/page/dine/

Kinross Bistro offers a delectable selection of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They’re open all-year round, with only Christmas day as an exception, so you have plenty of time to check them out.

Aside from their food, another thing they’re known for is their wine and gorgeous vineyard. Each bottle is handcrafted, quality assured and is sold at the best price. This restaurant is a place a lot of people would recommend to try at least once in your life.

You can contact Kinross for reservations, and even room accommodations if you’d like to stay for longer in the premises.

Pros

  • Amazing wine selection
  • Always open
  • Great food portions

Cons

  • Occasional order delays

Customer Reviews

Garnering a high rating in Google Review, take a look at some of the feedbacks left by Kinross’ customers, proving their deserving spot as one of the best restaurants in Queenstown:

“Amazing stay here at Kinross! Would definitely recommend. The place itself is gorgeous and has very helpful staff. We stayed in one of the cottages and had dinner at the bistro. Shout out to our server Tristan who’s attention to detail and wine recommendations perfected our evening. Thanks Kinross!” – Patrick Taylor

“Excellent service and great tasting experience that was tailored to my palate and exploring new flavours at the same time. It was coupled with learning about the history and grapes of the region. The bistro offered excellent food and similarly great service. Strongly recommend to visit.” – Nikoletta Soos

13) AKARUA WINES & KITCHEN BY ARTISAN

BEST FORAlfresco Dining and Tasting
SERVICES
Dining, Wine Tasting, Private Functions
WEBSITEhttps://akaruaandartisan.co.nz/
ADDRESS
265 Arrowtown- Lake Hayes Road, Arrowtown 9371
CONTACT DETAILS

Phone
03 442 1090

Email
[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM

Saturday and Sunday, 9 AM – 6 PM

Cellar door, 11 AM – 5 PM

PRICESMenu

Akarua Wines & Kitchen aims to deliver the best food and wine experience to their customers. Quality is guaranteed, no matter if you’re getting something from their winery or being served food from their kitchen.

Their Cellar Door offers a wide range of Akarua wines, from Pinot Noirs to Central Otago wines. Their dishes, meanwhile, is handcrafted and uses the freshest ingredients available.

The food is to die for, same with the view the restaurant offers. The beautiful garden and cottage is the perfect place for dining and sightseeing.

Pros

  • Unique food and wine experience
  • Wide range of Akarua wines
  • Knowledgeable cellar door staff members
  • Akarua Wine Club delivers straight to members’ door

Cons

  • Restaurant often busy

Customer Reviews

“Beautiful food with a peaceful outdoor setting, the duck was to die as well as the potatoes and the tomato salad 10/10”

“Stunning setting, good range of well presented and tasty food with great wines and friendly and prompt service. Great place to relax on a sunny day. Highly recommend.”

“We had booked to have lunch at Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan as a stop off our hop on hop off wine tour. The garden setting is beautiful. The staff are very accommodating and helpful. The food was delicious. The lamb is really worth a mention, scrumptious, falling off the bone and full of flavour. The sides were so tasty, delicate and carefully put together, a real treat. Highly recommend this restaurant but be sure to book in advance so as to not be disappointed, it is packed.”

You’ve just read through our list of the best Queenstown restaurants. As you can see, their menus are diverse and will surely make your day.

Did we leave out other fantastic Queenstown restaurants in our list? Send us a message and we’ll check out your recommendations!

Planning to stay at a hotel and enjoy exquisite food? If you are, you might want to read about the best New Zealand hotels.