In Queenstown, you'll find a diverse range of dining options to suit every taste and occasion.
Whether you're seeking a budget-friendly eatery after a day filled with activities, or a more upscale restaurant to celebrate a memorable event, this lively adventure town is home to an impressive selection of renowned dining establishments.
We've put in the hard work (and enjoyed every bite) to curate this list for you. So, without further delay and in no specific order, here are the top must-try restaurants in Queenstown.
Fusion restaurant in Queenstown
Experience Asian fusion at Blue Kanu, combining Asian and Pasifika-style cooking in a fun and lively setting.
Enjoy fresh, vibrant flavours, beautiful presentation, and cocktails in the heart of Queenstown. Open for dinner only.
Family-friendly restaurant on Queenstown Wharf
Located downtown Queenstown on the wharf, Ivy & Lola's Kitchen and Bar has a warm atmosphere and outdoor dining options. Enjoy breakfast cocktails and mulled wine on cold winter nights.
Serving a typical NZ brunch and lunch menu, the dinner options include delicious smoked meat selections. Ivy & Lola's also has a kids' menu. Note that the restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Latin American food in Queenstown
Caribe Latin Kitchen offers Latin American food and cheap eats in the heart of Queenstown. Enjoy takeaway or delivery with dishes like tapas, quesadillas, tacos, burritos, and arepas.
Grab a beer, margarita, or tequila to accompany your meal, and satisfy your sweet tooth with churros.
Brazilian restaurant in Queenstown
This kid-friendly Brazilian restaurant in central Queenstown is a meat lover's dream. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat BBQ feast, featuring 13 types of meat, platters, tapas, and more.
This place is perfect for carnivores, however there are some vegetarian options availanle. The restaurant also offers a kids' menu and great cocktails - try the "make your own Brazilian cocktail" option.
Italian restaurant in Frankton
Giovi is a local favourite Italian restaurant in Frankton. With a pasta bar featuring on-site made pasta, fresh sauces, and homemade ravioli and gnocchi, you're sure to have an authentic experience.
The restaurant also offers pizza and Italian wine from the owner's family vineyard. Open for lunch and dinner, and you can even buy pasta sauces to cook at home.
Restaurant at the Sherwood Hotel
This hotel restaurant emphasizes locally-sourced, homegrown, or foraged ingredients. Inspired by the location and landscapes, Sherwood Queenstown offers seasonal menus, sharing plates, and a "leave it to us" chef's recommendation option. Relax in the rustic ambiance with stunning mountain and lake views.
Korean restaurant in Queenstown
Easily the best Korean restaurant in Queenstown, I Love Kimchi offers delicious dishes like bibimbap, Korean BBQ, noodles, and fried chicken. With good service and a central location, this popular spot is perfect for walk-ins. The kitchen is usually open relatively late, but be aware that you have to order sides separately.
Casual restaurant in Fernhill
A local favourite in Fernhill, Lokal Kitchen and Bar offers great food, local craft beers, and a casual atmosphere.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this family-friendly restaurant is known for its burgers and hand-rolled pizzas.
Casual restauant in Queenstown
Located in downtown Queenstown on the lake's edge, Public Kitchen and Bar offers dishes designed for sharing in a relaxed and informal setting.
Enjoy premium food, a chef's menu, live music, and an ideal location for unwinding after a day of sightseeing.
Tapas restaurant in Queenstown
Experience lakeside views and Spanish tapas-style food at Pedro's by the Lake. With a great ambiance, delicious roast lamb shoulder, and friendly staff, this restaurant is perfect for a night out. Pedro's also serves sangria and cocktails, and there is a kids' menu.
Restaurant at Kamana Lakehouse hotel
For fine dining with stunning views, visit Nest, located at Kamana Lakehouse in Fernhill. Enjoy their set menus and tasting experiences, with meals incorporating foraged herbs and seasonal ingredients. if the weather is warm enough, sit on the terrace and admire the fantastic views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range while you eat.
Restaurant at the Rees Hotel
This small hotel restaurant at the Rees Hotel offers beautiful lake views, high-quality food sourced south of Christchurch, and a tasting menu.
Enjoy the extensive Bordeaux wine collection and all-day food options, complemented by excellent service.
Winery restaurant in Lake Hayes
Mora (formerly Akarua), a family-friendly winery restaurant, serves delicious food and local wines in a beautiful Lake Hayes garden setting. Enjoy shared plates, breakfast, and a children's menu. With a cellar door on-site, indulge in local ingredients and a delightful atmosphere.
Burgers in Queenstown
No list of restaurants in Queenstown can be complete without mentioning Fergburger. A Queenstown icon since 2001, this is your chance to treat yourself to massive, gourmet burgers in a lively atmosphere.
With cheerful staff and limited outdoor seating, it’s worth calling ahead to order and skip the queue. And yes, the experience lives up to the hype.
Steakhouse in Queenstown
Indulge in authentic, premium steaks at Jervois Steakhouse in central Queenstown. Eat your fill of the locally-sourced cuts, or try the seafood, chicken, and vegetarian options. A comprehensive drinks list and a six-course degustation menu add to the experience.