Queenstown Restaurants

Wondering where to eat in Queenstown? New Zealand's adventure capital may be small, but its restaurant scene is on fire, with more than 150 restaurants to explore.

Fine dining, gourmet burgers, takeaway treats and cuisine from around the world-Queenstown has all of this and more. Since the city is so compact, you can eat at several types in a day (if your appetite permits). For something super special, indulge at one of Queenstown's best lakeview restaurants.

It's not just about food; you'll find plenty of spots to drink in Queenstown, too. Neighbouring Gibbston produces the famous Central Otago Pinot Noir. With all this excellent wine, it's well worth booking an exploration with a wine tour. Sign up for a tour by coach or rent a bike for a cycling adventure through the vines.

Are you working on your Queenstown itinerary? Here are a few of the best dining options in town.

Fine Dining

  • Queenstown is compact, but its fine dining scene is expansive. Thanks to the excellent local produce and acclaimed wines, top chefs love cooking in Queenstown.
  • One of the most renowned restaurants in town is Rata, helmed by the Michelin-starred New Zealand chef Josh Emett.
  • Another posh choice is The Grille by Eichardt's in the hotel of the same name. Located right on the lake, it's a spectacular choice for a special occasion.

Casual Dining

  • Even Queenstown's casual cafes showcase fresh local produce. To see the local bounty for yourself, pop into one of the weekly farmers markets.
  • A Queenstown institution is Fergburger. This must-do burger joint commands a serious following.
  • Another casual favourite is The Cow, established in a former cow shed. The restaurant's pizzas have been drawing crowds for decades.

Restaurants with a View

  • Thanks to beautiful Lake Wakatipu, many of the best restaurants in Queenstown also serve up epic views.
  • To see Queenstown from above, put the Stratosfare Restaurant on your itinerary. Set at the top of the Skyline Queenstown Gondola, the dining room offers panoramic views of the lake and The Remarkables.
  • A view doesn't need to break the bank. Many casual spots have views, too. One of the best restaurants in Queenstown offering a view is the Boat Shed Cafe, serving fresh seafood and bistro fare on stilts over the water.

Created in partnership with Destination Queenstown