New Zealand’s outdoor urban playground and capital of adventure, Queenstown (affectionately referred to as Q-Town by the residents) is a destination that is open all year. Tourists and residents alike flock here for nature-inspired adventures and are spoilt with options due to the location, nestled between a breathtaking Lake and Southern Alps. When you’re strapping your skis and navigating the nooks and crannies of Remarkables or kayaking through the water of Wakatipu or knotting your laces to explore along the trail that make up Fiordland National Park, you are aware that once you get to Queenstown it will be moving.
The city’s activity is at the heart of Queenstown’s cultural scene, the city is aware of the importance of both filling up and ending the day by eating a delicious dinner. If you consider the large number of tourists that visit the city to enjoy their holiday (while the city’s inhabitants are only 13,000 people and it’s the most frequented tourist destination within New Zealand), the result is an influx of hungry visitors. Nearby Otago which is a wine region known for its beautiful vineyards and it’s Pinot Noir, undoubtedly contributes to the food scene too.
There are more than 120 cafes and restaurants in Queenstown accessible I’ve narrowed my top 8 choices to eliminate some of the decision-making.
If you’ve done some research about where to eat in Queenstown It’s likely that you’ve been to Botswana Butchery. The ambience is a relaxed fine dining experience as tables are covered with white linens with patterns, wallpapers and paper lanterns help to soften the atmosphere. The wine cellar is comprised of 1800 bottles, guests might be interested in taking them up on their menus for pairing, which allow dinner and lunch to be perfectly paired with a Central Otago wine. of the kitchen Vicky Wong was born and was raised within Hong Kong and learned under French-trained chefs at the Mandarin Oriental, so you’ll discover a mix that incorporates Asian, French and New Zealand influences in their food.
In a hidden alleyway in downtown Queenstown just a few blocks from the wooden entrance to reach The Bunker’s chic dining room , which is on the other side. The cozy and intimate atmosphere is a perfect mix of rustic fine dining as well as a late-night bar and a private venue and all within one. Their menu is focused on red meat, game and unique New Zealand delicacies like seared southern ocean scallops and the loin of Bannockburn Hare, as featured in their “Taste of the South” menu. After dinner, you can stay in for a cocktail while enjoying the crackling of the fire in the fireplace and live music every Thursday and Saturday.
Be prepared for queues at the corner of this burger place and their bakery in the early morning just next door. Fergburger has earned quite a name in Queenstown and when you bite your tongue in one of their huge and delicious hamburgers, it’s evident the reason. With only New Zealand beef, you could opt for something classic such as Ferg Deluxe. Ferg Deluxe (their most popular option) A burger made from beef that comes with standard toppings like bacon and cheddar. If you want to embrace the wild side of Queensland and try Bambi, the Sweet Bambi, with a patties made of natural Fiordland deer.
The Grille at Eichardt’s
True to Kiwi style In true Kiwi style, the Grille at Eichardt’s Restaurant is equally relaxed as well as elegant. It is situated near Lake Wakatipu, the crystal water that anchors the city, you can dine into a lavish breakfast as well as lunch or dinner. The main attraction for oysters is their menu, which allows you to choose from three options to enjoy the natural oysters with garlic and lemon as well as cucumber and gin granita or baked with garlic, and breadcrumbs from speck.
There’s Kappa in a modest attic-style restaurant on the the top of a shop that is located on the street. Although it might appear superficial at first it serves the most exquisite Japanese food in Queenstown that ranges with everything from crispy and light tempura to freshest sushi to tangy tatakis seasoned with homemade sauces. Although the decor seems casual and casual in its decor, service isn’t, with every dish being an art piece.
The name “Rata” originates from the blooming bright, fiery-colored rata tree an indigenous species to New Zealand – and serves as a tribute towards the nation. Chef Michelin-starred, Josh Emett, and veteran restaurateur Fleur Caulton. Rata is a restaurant that embodies the scenery (and the flavours) from the South Island and combine them with a jovial Kiwi style in a casual dining establishment. This calm vibe extends to the quiet setting away from the city and an interior that is unfinished wood as well as polished stone and the trompe-l’oeil wall that is green, lush vegetation. The food is also delicious. seafood and meats are served with unusual twists such as Paua (a Mollusc that is that is native of New Zealand) tortellini, the glazed cheek of beef from Wakanui and smoked eels from freshwater lakes and streams in North Canterbury served with black truffle.
You’ll have to get away from the city to pay an appearance at the fashionable Sherwood and its expansive three acres of land that look over Lake Wakatipu. A restaurant and a motel, The Sherwood encapsulates Queenstown’s community spirit. Utilizing ingredients from their personal kitchen gardens as well as the surrounding farms , and the occasional foraged item Their culinary team creates delicious food that is a reflection of the season while tattooed bartenders make unique drinks and pour pints from rotating taps of craft beer. Make sure to look through their calendar of DJ shows and live music events that take place a couple of times per month.
This is my favorite place to eat Italian meals in Queenstown. It’s five minutes to get a taxi from town to reach it however, I can assure you that it’s worth the trip (another benefit is that you’ll know there will be a lot of Q-Town locals, not tourists). The idea is to make you feel at the home of your family, and you will due to the exceptional service, the relaxed and casual atmosphere, and traditional dishes.
The visit is the perfect time to sample wines made in the Otago region. Co-owner Danny Carson has over 10 years of working in the wine industry and organizes regular wine tastings in the restaurant. If you’re looking to learn how to appreciate New Zealand vino, call ahead and inquire what the next tasting night will be.