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A Food Lover's Paradise - Dining in Central Queenstown

Queenstown is a culinary treasure trove, offering a diverse array of dining experiences to suit every taste and budget. From chic restaurants offering fine dining to cozy cafes with comfort food, Queenstown's food scene is as vibrant and varied as its landscape. Here’s a detailed guide to the top places to dine in Queenstown central, highlighting their menus, sources of ingredients, dress codes, pricing, and locations.


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Tanoshi & Ramen, Ramen

  • Location: Cow Lane, Queenstown City Centre, Ramen, Ramen in Searle Lane - also Tanoshi in 5 Mile, Frankton

  • Menu: Japanese tapas, tepan and ramen (no ramen in Cow Lane)

  • Dress Code: Smart casual

  • Pricing: Affordable

  • Bookings: No bookings in Cow Lane but recommended in 5 Mile

Visit their website for menu and booking options



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The Bunker

  • Location: 14 Cow Lane, Queenstown City Centre

  • Menu: Fine dining with rustic influences, featuring wild game and seafood - perfect for a celebration or romantic evening

  • Dress Code: Smart casual

  • Pricing: Premium

  • Bookings: Worth it in Winter

Visit their website for menu and booking options



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The Cow

  • Location: Cow Lane, Queenstown City Centre

  • Menu: Home-made pizza, Italian pasta and breads - perfect food after a day skiing!

  • Dress Code: Smart casual

  • Pricing: Affordable

  • Bookings: Worth it in Winter - they also have a cosy big fire!

Visit their website for menu and booking options



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Captains Steak and Seafood Restaurant and Bar

  • Location: 15 Ballarat Street, Queenstown City Centre

  • Menu: Serving hearty full breakfasts, great seafood and steak dishes next to a cosy fire and awesome cocktails. Also a perfect place to go to before or after a movie on a cold day!

  • Dress Code: Smart casual

  • Pricing: Affordable

  • Bookings: Worth it for breakfast and dinner in Winter

Visit their website for menu and booking options



Image Source: Rata Website


Rātā

  • Location: Te Nuku, 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown

  • Menu: New Zealand cuisine with a twist, using local ingredients.

  • Dress Code: Smart casual

  • Pricing: Mid to high-range

  • Bookings: Essential

Visit their website for menu and booking options



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Fergburger - Legendary Must-do!

  • Location: 42 Shotover Street, Queenstown Centre

  • Menu: Famous burgers, a must-try in Queenstown

  • Dress Code: Casual

  • Pricing: Affordable



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Madam Woo

  • Location: No 5, The Mall, Ballarat Street

  • Menu: Malaysian-inspired street food

  • Dress Code: Casual

  • Pricing: Reasonable

  • Bookings: Recommended

Visit their website for menu and booking options




Eichardt's Grille

  • Location: 9 Marine Parade with waterfront views

  • Menu: Sophisticated brunch and dinner menus including Lamb, Venison, Wagyu Eye Fillet, Duck, Salmon

  • Dress Code: Smart

  • Pricing: High-end

  • Bookings: Essential and well in advance

Visit their website for menu and booking options



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Botswana Butchery

  • Location: Archers Cottage, 17 Marine Parade, Queenstown. Overlooking Lake Wakatipu

  • Menu: Luxurious meat dishes, fresh seafood, and local produce.

  • Dress Code: Smart casual

  • Pricing: High-end

  • Bookings: Essential and well in advance

Visit their website for menu and booking options


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Blue Kanu

  • Location: 16 Church Street, Queenstown City Centre

  • Menu: A blend of Pacifica and Asian flavours

  • Dress Code: Casual

  • Pricing: Mid-range

  • Bookings: Yes! In advance

Visit their website for menu and booking options



Image Source: The Pier Restaurant & Bar Website


Pier Restaurant & Bar

  • Location: Steamer Wharf, Queenstown Central

  • Menu: Seafood and contemporary New Zealand cuisine

  • Dress Code: Smart casual

  • Pricing: Mid-range

  • Bookings: Recommended

Visit their website for menu and booking options



Image Source: The Flame Bar & Grill Website

Flame Bar & Grill

  • Location: 88 Beach Street, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown Centre

  • Menu: South African-inspired barbecue and grill

  • Dress Code: Casual

  • Pricing: Mid-range

  • Bookings: Recommended

Visit their website for menu and booking options



Image Source: Giovi's Website


Farelli's by Giovi & Giovi's Frankton

  • Location: Steamer Wharf.

  • Menu: Authentic Italian pizza, pasta and fine cuisine. Giovanna and her team have created a cosy, rich settings in the Steamer Wharf and in Remarkables Park, Frankton

  • Dress Code: Casual.

  • Pricing: Mid-range

  • Bookings: Recommended - especially in Winter!

Visit their website for menu and booking options




Ivy & Lola's Kitchen + Bar

  • Location: 88 Beach Street, Steamer Wharf

  • Menu: Modern New Zealand cuisine with a focus on fresh, local ingredients and a local favourite!

  • Dress Code: Casual

  • Pricing: Mid-range

  • Bookings: Currently closed for refurbish and due to open in July 2024




Siagon Kingdom

  • Location: 88 Beach Street, Steamer Wharf and Remarkables Park in Frankton

  • Menu: Fresh and affordable Vietnamese foods

  • Dress Code: Casual

  • Pricing: Affordable

  • Bookings: You can walk in but best to book in Winter!

Visit their website for menu and booking options



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Boardwalk

  • Location: Upstairs with lake views, Steamer Wharf

  • Menu: Fresh oysters, crayfish, steaks, burgers, salads with vegan and gluten free menus

  • Dress Code: Casual

  • Pricing: Affordable with kids menuye

  • Bookings: Recommended

Visit their website for menu and booking options




Winnies - Pizza

  • Location: 7-9 The Mall, Queenstown Central

  • Menu: Pizza, pasta, nacho's & sides with kids menu and Vegan options

  • Dress Code: Casual

  • Pricing: Affordable, great family restaurant

  • Bookings: Recommended

Visit their website for menu and booking options



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Fat Badgers - Pizza

  • Location: 33 Camp Street

  • Menu: Pizza, Salads & Sides with great beer!

  • Dress Code: Casual

  • Pricing: Affordable, great for families

  • Bookings: Call to order or book a table

Visit their website for menu and booking options




Yonder

  • Location: 14 Church Street

  • Menu: Experimental dishes with vegetarian and vegan options

  • Dress Code: Casual

  • Pricing: Mid-range

  • Bookings: Recommended

Visit their website for menu and booking options




No5 Church Lane

  • Location: 5 Church Lane

  • Menu: Modern European and Mediterranean cuisine with a sophisticated twist

  • Dress Code: Smart casual

  • Pricing: Mid to high-range

  • Bookings: Recommended

Visit their website for menu and booking options




The Nest - Kamana Lake House

  • Location: 139 Fernhill Road

  • Menu: Classic dishes at the highest alfresco dining. They update their menu with the 4 seasons and offer five course degustation experiences. Lake views!

  • Dress Code: Smart casual

  • Pricing: Mid to high-range

  • Bookings: Recommended

Visit their website for menu and booking options




True South Dining Room

  • Location: The Rees Hotel, 377 Frankton Road, Queenstown

  • Menu: Fine dining with an emphasis on Southern Alps ingredients

  • Dress Code: Smart casual to formal

  • Pricing: High-end

  • Bookings: Recommended

Visit their website for menu and booking options



Image Source: Amisfield Website


Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door

  • Location: 10 Lake Hayes Road

  • Menu: Known for its 'Trust the Chef' degustation menu and wine pairings

  • Dress Code: Smart casual to semi-formal

  • Pricing: Higher-end

  • Bookings: Essential and well in advance

Visit their website for menu and booking options


Queenstown’s dining scene is as diverse and exciting as its landscapes. Whether you're in the mood for a gourmet meal with a view or a quick bite in a bustling street-side eatery, Queenstown's restaurants offer memorable culinary experiences. Be sure to explore these top spots to truly taste your way through the adventure capital of New Zealand.

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