The Queenstown Lakes District is spoilt for choice when it comes to exceptional restaurants and cafes. When you’re booking your luxury holiday in Queenstown, it pays to know the best places to eat in Queenstown and Arrowtown. And what better way to do that than by getting advice from locals!
The local team at New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Rental Homes knows the Queenstown restaurant scene well. To help you out, we’ve personally hand-picked our top 10 best places to eat in Queenstown. These are all listed in our Luxury Rental Homes Insider’s Guide.
Rata 43 Ballarat Street, Queenstown
Brought to life by well-known New Zealand Michelin star chef Josh Emett and local restauranteur Fleur Caulton, Rata is a relaxed restaurant with first-class food and service, tucked in away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown. It also features a comprehensive Central Otago and New Zealand wine list.
Madam Woo 5 The Mall, Lower Ballarat Street, Queenstown
Another one of Josh Emett’s gems, Madam Woo has a fresh and flavoursome menu inspired by Malaysian street food. Handily located in The Mall, it’s the perfect lunch destination in between a spot of shopping and an afternoon on the lake. The Hawker rolls are a must-try.
Jervois Steakhouse Brecon Street, Queenstown
Design your meal by selecting your preferred cut of prime beef, then pair it with elegant sides and sauces. The dessert menu at Jervois is just as impressive as the mains – we recommend the chocolate fondant with bourbon gel and maple kumara ice cream.
Amisfield 10 Lake Hayes Road, RD 1, Queenstown
Amisfield is home to one of the region’s best winery experiences. The Bistro offers a choice of a seasonal à la carte menu or Amifield’s famous signature ‘Trust the Chef’ menu – perfect for shared dining. Spend the afternoon in this incredible setting and relax with their fabulous wine selection.
Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan 265 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Road, Queenstown
We love this restaurant for its relaxed casual atmosphere and lovely setting. The food is fabulous and a little more low-key than what you would expect from a winery. The menu changes seasonally and it’s open for breakfast too. Great for families with the gardens and children’s play area.