Luxury Dining Experiences in Queenstown
Queenstown is one of the very limited towns in the South Island where you will find a choice of fine dining experiences. Be sure to make the most of it, whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion or “just because”. Most fine dining restaurants in Queenstown offer a local affair, where you’ll dine on locally-sourced food prepared by award-winning chefs. On top of that, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking scenery or enjoy rustic settings to reflect Queenstown’s alpine-meets-rural vibe. We’ll go through some of our favourite dining experiences in this list of the best fine dining restaurants in Queenstown.
1. The Bunker
Located down an alley behind a large wooden door is the rustic restaurant and late-night venue of The Bunker. In the early evenings, this restaurant offers divine cuisine to enjoy beside a crackling log fire. Try their game meat, red meat and local specialities, as well as an Otago wine or a cocktail off their extensive drinks menu. Later into the evening, the bar livens up as an upmarket nightclub playing house music.
Location: Cow Lane
2. Amisfield Winery & Bistro
Escape the hustle and bustle of the town by dining at the Amisfield Winery & Bistro in Lake Hayes. The winery specialises in all things Otago, from its award-winning wines to its cuisine made with local and seasonal ingredients. Should you not know what to indulge in, there’s a “Trust the Chef” degustation menu to cope with the analysis paralysis. See more wineries worth visiting in 10 Wonderful Wineries in Queenstown.
Location: 10 Lake Hayes Road
3. Jervois Steakhouse
Meat-lovers, don’t miss this town centre steakhouse showcasing some of the top lamb and beef producers in the area. The hearty food at the Jervois Steakhouse is complemented by an authentic setting with exposed timber and brick interior creating a warm and earthy environment. Aside from red meat, there are some succulent chicken breast and seafood dishes to enjoy.
Location: Brecon Street
4. The Millhouse
Based on a five-star resort, The Millhouse at the Millbrook Resort is certainly something to save for a special occasion. Enjoy impeccable-presented plates of South Island specialities, such as Southland venison and Cardrona merino lamb. The menu changes seasonally, reflecting the local produce sourced for their meals. Diners will also enjoy a rustic setting of exposed brick walls and timber framing for that farmhouse feel, while alfresco dining overlooking the Mill Pond is an idyllic way to spend a summer evening.
Location: Malaghans Road, Arrowtown
A true foodie experience awaits at this restaurant run in collaboration with a Michelin Chef and Celebrity Masterchef judge, Josh Emett. Rata’s ever-changing menu aims to showcase the best of Central Otago’s produce and vineyards, presenting international travellers with a chance to indulge in true New Zealand flavours.
Location: 43 Ballarat Street
6. Botswana Butchery
Boasting one of Queenstown’s best lakefront locations, Botswana Butchery is well worth considering for a special night out. Diners are treated to a wealth of cuisine, from seafood fresh from the New Zealand coast to meat dishes from the nearby high country stations. Stay cosy in winter by the log fires or dine alfresco with stunning views of Lake Wakatipu.
Location: 17 Marine Parade
For something a little different, be transported with the tastes of Japan at Tatsumi. The fine-dining Japanese restaurant offers a contemporary menu of European-based Japanese cuisine, as well as traditional favourites like sushi, sashimi and tempura. For those who want to try a little bit of everything, Tatsumi also offers an all-day tapas menu, as well as an eight-course degustation menu. Plus, the in-house fish tank allows diners to order live crayfish and paua for the freshest of sashimi.
Location: 9 Beach Street
One of Queenstown’s fine dining experiences inside a luxury hotel, Lombardi is the offering from Hotel St Maritz, which is open to casual diners, as well as hotel guests. The views here are to die for, overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, the surrounding mountains and more. Another thing to excite the eyes is the open kitchen where you can watch chefs working their magic and firing up with wood-fired pizza oven. The restaurant serves up New Zealand cuisine, as well as European favourites. See more hotels with divine restaurants in our 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Queenstown.
Location: 10-18 Brunswick Street
9. Wakatipu Grill
You can hardly dine closer to the lake than at Wakatipu Grill. Book your table before sunset to watch the sun glisten across the lake and dip behind the mountains. Enjoy sundowners from the bar, with a mix of unique cocktail creations and one of the wines from the 1,000+ wine cellar. The seasonal menu offers something for just about everyone with exquisite vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options available.
Location: Peninsula Road
10. True South Dining Room
Dine on the shores of Lake Wakatipu at The Rees Hotel’s True South Dining Room. The visually-stunning plates of “True South” cuisine only use ingredients from suppliers located south of Christchurch to assure freshness and encourage sustainable practices. Try award-winning beef and lamb dishes and sample Bordeaux and local wines and craft beers. See more hotels with top restaurants in 10 Best Accommodation in Queenstown for Foodies.
Location: 377 Frankton Road