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 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. Bistro Gentil

    $$$$ | French

    Indulge with a modern fine French meal in a quiet setting with lake and mountain views on the outskirts of Wanaka. Each meal begins with a...Read More

  • 2. Redcliff Café & Bar

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    If you want to try some of the good food that's produced in this area, Redcliff is the place to go. Even the atmosphere is true South at this...Read More

  • 3. Burt.Ritos

    $$ | Mexican

    Burt.Ritos offers a local twist on food cart culture, with an American chef who quit a restaurant to operate out of a vintage trailer in the...Read More

  • 4. Discover Milford Information Centre

    $$ | Café

    Formerly the only pub in town, the Discover Milford Information Centre is the only place in Milford Sound to buy a coffee, snacks, and counter...Read More

  • 5. Gantleys Restaurant

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    Built in 1863 as an inn for gold miners, this beautifully renovated old stone building, set in 2 acres of garden, is a nostalgic and romantic...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Ardmore Street Food Company

    $ | New Zealand

    The owners of this fully licensed café have a breakfast menu as sophisticated and extensive as their dinner menu: try the salmon-and-kūmara...Read More

  • 9. Luciano's

    $$ | New Zealand

    This Italian restaurant's gangster theme might strike you as a bit absurd, but the cuisine, presentation, and service are outstanding here....Read More

  • 10. Wai

    $$$ | New Zealand

    Occupying a corner spot on Steamer Wharf, Wai has one of the best views, and reputations, in town. The fillet of grouper, oven roasted and wrapped...Read More

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