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. Agave

    $$$ | Mexican

    Hidden down a small alleyway, Agave keeps the menu basic, with a focus on execution. The blue cod tacos nicely incorporate New Zealand seafood...Read More

  • 2. Ivy & Lola's Kitchen & Bar

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Feast your eyes on a collection of relics from the 1940s to '60s, right down to the mismatched crockery and enjoy good food, great service,...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. Reflections Cafe and Restaurant

    $$$ | New Zealand

    Great views of the lake are visible from almost every table at this rather rustically decorated restaurant. The menu is hearty, if not a little...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. The Old Mountaineers Cafe, Bar & Restaurant

    $$$ | Café

    This cozy, very personable café/restaurant has big picture windows for grand views of the outside and all sorts of interesting mountaineering...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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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