The Southern Alps and Fiordland Restaurants

Queenstown, as the main regional resort, has the widest range of restaurants. Throughout the area, menus focus on local produce, seafood, lamb, and venison. Wine lists often highlight South Island wines, especially those from Central Otago and Gibbston Valley. Cafés and restaurants driven by the summer tourist trade shorten thei
Queenstown, as the main regional resort, has the widest range of restaurants. Throughout the area, menus focus on local produce, seafood, lamb, and venison. Wine lists often highlight South Island wines, especially those from Central Otago and Gibbston Valley. Cafés and
Queenstown, as the main regional resort, has the widest range of restaurants. Throughout the area, menus focus on local

Queenstown, as the main regional resort, has the widest range of restaurants. Throughout the area, menus focus on local produce, seafood, lamb, and venison. Wine lists often highlight South Island wines, especially those from Central Otago and Gibbston Valley. Cafés and restaurants driven by the summer tourist trade shorten their hours in winter. Dress standards are generally relaxed, with jeans or khakis acceptable almost everywhere. At high-end places, particularly in Queenstown, you'll need to reserve a table at least a day in advance.

Outside of Queenstown and Wanaka dining options can be limited. In summer, meals of some sort are available almost everywhere, but outside the high season, there are fewer options in the smaller settlements and they don’t tend to stay open late.

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  • 1. Fergburger

    $ | Burger

    A Queenstown institution, the famous Fergburger gets mentioned in media around the world. It began life as a burger bar serving from a hole...Read More

  • 2. Joe's Garage

    $$ | Café

    There are now 10 outposts around New Zealand, but Queenstown is where the Joe's Garage concept began—good coffee in a laid-back, friendly spot...Read More

  • 3. Kohan Japanese Restaurant

    $$$ | Village Center | Japanese

    For more than 20 years, Masato Itoh has run only Japanese restaurant in town, combining fresh local ingredients with imported spices and seasoning...Read More

  • 4. La Rumbla

    $$$ | Spanish

    This is one of those rare places that's got all the elements right: food, service, and atmosphere. Put it down to the passion and interest of...Read More

  • 5. Relishes Café

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    You could hit this lakeside spot for every meal of the day, starting with the bacon or salmon eggs Benedict or check the counter food for something...Read More

  • 6. Sandfly Cafe

    $ | Café

    The Sandfly Cafe just may have the best coffee in town, and a hearty breakfast from bacon and eggs to delicious corn-and-coriander fritters...Read More

  • 7. The Bathhouse

    $$$ | Eclectic

    In the early 1900s this space was a Victorian bathhouse, right on the beach, built to commemorate the coronation of Britain's King George V...Read More

  • 8. Vudu Cafe

    $$ | Café

    This Queenstown institution is so popular it's opened a second venue, so if you can't get in to the main café try its "mini-me" version (Vudu...Read More

  • 9. Winnie's

    $$$ | Pizza

    A long-serving local favorite restaurant and bar with the winning combination of excellent pizza, pool tables, and a roof that opens to sunshine...Read More

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