11 Best Places To Eat In Queenstown, New Zealand

places to eat in queenstown
Adrian Chew
Adrian Chew

Travel to New Zealand and try its various cuisines this holiday season. The place you should go is Queenstown. Famous for its lake, beautiful scenery and festivals, there are many bars, restaurants and cafes around the town. From local food to Asian cuisines, the town is a one stop place for you to try different types of cuisines while also enjoying the panoramic view of the whole town. Below are some of the eateries you should check out while visiting Queenstown.

1. Frankton Arm Tavern

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When in Queenstown, you need to try the food at this well-known bar. It is one of the top bars among tourists and locals. Take a look at the picture above and you will want to grab the food and eat it. While having your drink or meal, enjoy the scenic view of the beautiful lake from Frankton Arm Tavern. Besides that, you can also play pool at this bar and hangout with your friends or family.

The foods you order here are all in large portions and if you are really hungry just go for it. If you have a hard time finishing your food, you can always share among your family or friends. The pizzas, burgers and fries are among the foods you must try if you are at the bar.

Frankton Arm Tavern

Address: 14 Yewlett Cres, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (11am-11pm)

Facebook: Frankton Arm Tavern

2. Fat Badgers Pizza

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If you really like fast food then Fat Badgers Pizza is another restaurant you should check out. From the name of the restaurant, you will know that the pizzas are indeed in large portions. Choose from the wide range of drinks available. Among them are wines, juices, beers as well as ciders. The good thing is you get to enjoy the freshest pizzas in the town and you should eat them with your kids and family.

There are too many toppings to choose from and you need to refer to the menu or the website. Among them are Julius Badger and Hawaiian Badger. Apart from that, you can also order salads to have together with your pizzas. Fat Badgers Pizza is open for lunch, dinner and supper, so you can come at anytime, but it is better to come early as it is usually full of diners.

Fat Badgers Pizza

Address: 9300, 33 Camp St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (12noon-4am)

Website: Fat Badgers Pizza

3. Japanese Cuisine Kappa

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Miss your favorite Japanese sushi and ramen noodles while away on vacation? Do not worry as you will get to eat them in Queenstown. Japanese Cuisine Kappa is definitely the top Japanese restaurant in the town. Whether it is lunch, dinner or supper you are in for a surprise as the food here is great and the service is excellent.

Be prepared to savor the delicious pork cutlet, tempura, teriyaki chicken and soba noodles. Also, do not forget the wines and other drinks. Not all Japanese food is raw and you need to try it for yourself.

Japanese Cuisine Kappa

Address: 36 The Mall, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (12 noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm)

Facebook: Japanese Cuisine Kappa

4. Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door

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Looking for something unique to drink or experience? Then head over to Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door to indulge in the food and wine. It is advisable to book your reservation in advance. Apart from tasting the different wines, you get to enjoy the signature dishes at the bistro.

Sit back and relax while waiting for your food to be served. The environment at the bistro is cozy and you get to drink high quality wines as well as enjoy mouth-watering dishes. The cheese board is a must as it is highly recommended by the chef. Depending on which meals you choose, you will have the chance to try dishes like macron, crispy duck with greens and horseradish mash as well as others.

Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door

Address: 10 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Rd, Frankton, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (12noon-8pm)

Website: Amisfield Bistro & Cellar Door

5. Taco Medic

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Although the name sounds strange, Taco Medic is a restaurant and not a clinic or medical center. Time to enjoy some Mexican food and the popular tacos. Choose the tacos that you want from the menu as there are different types.

Among the tacos are Mr Nacho, The Fisherman, Runnyman Breakfast and many others. The tacos at this restaurant are awesome and highly recommended by tourists. You will want to come back for more as you will like the fluffiness of the corn masa tortillas.

Taco Medic

Address: 3 Searle Ln, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (12noon-10pm)

Website: Taco Medic

6. The Taj Indian Kitchen

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Fancy eating Indian food while in town? Then The Taj Indian Kitchen is the best place to spice up your taste buds. The name of the restaurant will remind you of the well-known Taj Mahal. If you plan to dine here, book your reservation online.

While ordering your food, you should opt for the lamb curry, lamb shanks and scallops. They are delicious and highly recommended. Besides that, choose from the variety of salads, rice and deserts on offer. Kids will also like the food here and the poppadoms are indeed a must when you dine in.

The Taj Indian Kitchen

Address: 75 Beach St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (12noon-10pm)

Website: The Taj Indian Kitchen

7. Jervois Steak House

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You might be wondering where you can have your favorite steak. There is one steak house in Queenstown worth checking out. It is none other than Jervois Steak House. Look at the picture above and you will be attracted. The steak here is cooked to perfection - you really need to try it.

The petite fillet is popular among diners so make sure you order it. For entree you should have the calamari and lobster ravioli whereas for dessert order the bom Alaska. Everything here is so delicious so you should bring your entire family to this steak house.

Jervois Steak House

Address: 8 Duke St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (5pm-10pm)

Website: Jervois Steak House

8. Erik’s Fish & Chips

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Although fish and chips are well-known in the whole of Australia, you will also find the food in Queenstown. This is the type of food that kids will like to eat, especially if they hate vegetables or salads. The restaurant is just opposite Novotel hotel. You will be in for a surprise as you get to choose and order from the various food on offer. Do take note that Erik’s Fish & Chips is not a restaurant as it operates its business from a food truck.

You can either take away your food or have it on the spot. For kids, there are kids hotdog meals and kids fish meals to choose from. If you want to share, opt for the family meal deal. You can order carbonated and cold drinks from the food truck. The fries, potato fritters, calamari rings, wedges and hotdogs are so yummy and ideal for the whole family.

Erik’s Fish & Chips

Address: 13 Earl St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (12noon-9pm)

Website: Erik’s Fish & Chips

9. Captains Restaurant

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You will get to enjoy fresh seafood while on your holiday here. The recommended restaurant is Captains Restaurant. While at the restaurant, you should order the soup of the day as well as the seafood platter, especially if you eat in groups or with your family. Apart from that, the salmon dishes and braised lamb are also popular among diners.

If you are looking for premium local wines, Captains Restaurant is the best place to have a glass of wine. You can refer to the menu as there are a wide range of wines to choose from. All the wines are from across the country. If you are celebrating your friend’s birthday or your wedding anniversary, the restaurant is a perfect place for such occasions. Always remember to book your reservation before coming here.

Captains Restaurant

Address: 11 Mall St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (9am-10pm)

Website: Captains Restaurant

10. Caribe Latin Kitchen

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While in the town center, check out this Cuban restaurant. It is not the usual place you normally eat but it is worth a try. Indulge in the uniqueness of Latin American food. Apart from Mexican tacos, you get to munch mouth-watering nachos, burritos, tapas, arepas and quesadillas. You can choose either the vegetarian or meat options.

Kids will also enjoy the food here. Do not forget the desserts and drinks as they are great too. The texture of the food and the different sauces will attract you to come here.

Caribe Latin Kitchen

Address: 36 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (10am-11pm)

Website: Caribe Latin Kitchen

11. Madam Woo

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Before you head back to your hotel, drop by at Madam Woo for a dinner or supper. It offers Chinese and Malaysian cuisines. The dishes you need to try are stir-fried pork belly, Hainanese chicken rice, the ginger mojito as well as vegetarian dishes. This is the perfect place to eat if you like Asian or Chinese food. Madam Woo is also suitable for kids. Kindly book your seats online if you want to dine at Madam Woo to avoid disappointment.

Madam Woo

Address: 5 The Mall, Lower Ballarat Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (12noon-11pm)

Website: Madam Woo

Not just another resort town

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Queenstown is not just another resort town. It has various eateries, activities and points of interest to explore. The next time you come to Queenstown, check out the eateries above while visiting the town center. Besides, it is another destination to consider for your vacation, especially if you are bored of other countries!

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