Where to Eat in Otago Region: The Best Restaurants and Bars

September 2, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Discover the best restaurant in Otago Region, New Zealand including Wanaka Gourmet Kitchen, The Millhouse, Vknow, Pitches Store, La Rumbla, Bistro Gentil, Vanessas Cottage Cafe, Pedro's House Of Lamb - Queenstown, Taco Medic, Maniototo Cafe
Things to do in Otago Region

1. Wanaka Gourmet Kitchen

123 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$94 - HK$228 +64 3-443 8579
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 516 reviews

Wanaka Gourmet Kitchen

Local New Zealand food ,Stonegrill

Reviewed By Peter A - Auckland, New Zealand

Consistently high TA reviews have been fully justified in our recent experience. Pre-booking is essential as confirmed by every table taken during our dinner in which we decided to restrict ourselves to stonegrill eye fillet and sirloin steaks. The food quality and size was excellent and the novelty of self cooking on the C400° stones at your table certainly works. Wine menu selections offered excellent matching choices for the meal and the overall experience was memorable. Service was engaging even under some competing demand.Recommended.

2. The Millhouse

Millbrook Resort, Malaghans Road, Arrowtown 9196, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night HK$94 - HK$235 +64 3-441 7000
Excellent
85%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 291 reviews

The Millhouse

Reviewed By Myree M - Perth, Australia

Great place to eat, quiet and secluded, light lunch with a beer to quench your thirst. Excellent service , plenty of space between tables local ducks on the pond to keep you amused, beautiful manicured Gardens and golf course. Big trees and views of the Mountains and Coronet peak.

3. Vknow

Cnr Fernhill Road & Richards Park Lane, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +64 3-442 5444
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 598 reviews

Vknow

This is a 6-7 minute drive out of Queenstown in a residential area, but well worth it. The food is absolutely first rate, different from the usual tourist menu, served by one of the owners in afriendly, laid back but efficient manner while the other owner cooks - brilliantly! Very informal, unusual, relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere . Great wines, great food and excellent value for money. No views, but if you're concentrating on the food,wine and conversation who cares? Highly recommended.

Reviewed By Zan N - Exmouth, United Kingdom

What a find in Fernhill away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown. Danny, the proprietor will look after you well. Do book. The food was very good and the selection of wine was interesting - ask Danny! Well worth visiting in a quiet location.

4. Pitches Store

45 Swindon Street, Ophir, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night +64 3-447 3240
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 203 reviews

Pitches Store

Reviewed By Wayne N - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Such an innovative menu. I didn’t know where to look. It was exciting.
Rabbit and Ophir Thyme pie, Reserve Silverfern Farms beef eye fillet and Provenance of lamb rump. The sides included corn with silver beet in a curry sauce.
My beef was excellent had duck pate with it, and was very enjoyable. Added to this was some noted regional wines that could be ordered by the glass. Try the Valli Bannockburn.
Desert was less adventurous included raspberry sorbet, pitches brûlée and cheese plate.

5. La Rumbla

54 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, European, Spanish, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$251 +64 3-442 0509
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 560 reviews

La Rumbla

Reviewed By eddymaya - York, United Kingdom

My lovely wife and I were staying with friends in Arrowtown and we all visited La Rumbla for dinner one evening. Wow! What a great place! Relaxed ambience. Beautiful decor. Friendly staff. And amazing food! We shared the octopus, the tiger prawns, the salt cod balls, the patatas bravas and the Andalusian tomato salad. Everything was very, very good. Portions were larger than you might expect for a tapas place so five dishes were plenty between four of us. We also shared the blackberry, goat's cheese & honey tart for pudding. Just a couple of mouthfuls each but it was yummy. We also had a few drinks, bringing the bill to NZ$180 or so. Pretty good value given the quality of the food. I can see why they're rated number one in town. Highly recommended.

6. Bistro Gentil

76 A Golf Course Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards French, European, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +64 3-443 2299
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 451 reviews

Bistro Gentil

Located in a beautiful garden setting infused with artwork from world renowned artists, overlooking the lake and Mountains of Wanaka, Bistro Gentil serves wonderful modern French cuisine using only the best seasonal produce from Central Otago and it's kitchen garden. Being the first South Island restaurant to house an Enomatic wine-dispenser system, diners can enjoy a range of fine wines by either the glass, half glass or taster. With indoor and outdoor Seating, we are open for à la carte dining Tuesday to Saturday evenings. A seven course degustation menu is also available on Friday and Saturday. You are welcome to try our complimentary samples of olive oils and pure fruit balsamic vinegars. Bistro Gentil was recommended in the 2014 Cuisine Good Food Guide.

Reviewed By sandyLimassol - Limassol

A wonderful experience - the food will challenge your taste buds. The service is also excellent so when in Wanaka, don’tmiss this great restaurant!

7. Vanessas Cottage Cafe

21 London Street, Hampden 9410, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 3-439 4839
Excellent
80%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 154 reviews

Vanessas Cottage Cafe

Reviewed By Lyn M - Oamaru, New Zealand

Fab place to stop and enjoy a generous cup of coffee and home made treat. Staff were really friendly even though they were super busy ... well done management! Love the ambiance and funky crockery. Would definitely call in again ... probably even make the trip from Oamaru just for the experience.

8. Pedro's House Of Lamb - Queenstown

47 Gorge Road, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards New Zealand Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$228 - HK$228 +64 3-441 4526
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 859 reviews

Pedro's House Of Lamb - Queenstown

Pedro's House Of Lamb offers only one dish to Take away: a tender whole lamb shoulder slowly cooked over 4-5 hours. Garlic and rosemary bring out the delicious flavour and scalloped potatoes accompany the dish. In Queenstown we also do deliveries for $8 Extra (between the Fernhill, Frankton and Arthur's Point area)

Reviewed By blossominvecargill - Invercargill

Was told about pedro's in Queenstown by a friend, so thought we would try it over the weekend.
Well worth the money, two large meals that easily fed four people.
The roast lamb just fell off the bones and the seasoned scalloped potatoes were very tasty.
If you like roast lamb, this is the place.
They deliver in Queenstown too.

9. Taco Medic

5-17 Church Street | food served out of a hole in the wall on to 3 Searle Lane, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$39 - HK$118 +64 3-442 8174
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Taco Medic

Taco Medic is here to attend your hunger emergencies. Our specialty tacos are made with the freshest seasonal produce, free range meats and seafoods, wrapped in an authentic daily pressed corn masa tortilla. Healthy and gluten free, come and be cured. You can find us in beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand. Visit our Taqueria on Searle Lane in the Queenstown city centre 11am till 10pm 7days, or our Taco Truck operating 7 days a week at the Queenstown Airport this Winter. Our hours there are 10am till 5pm.

Reviewed By Felixx9995 - CA

Where we’re from, we take our tacos seriously....very seriously. Taco Medic, while having it’s own twist, filled our taco craving. The Fisherman and Bushman were among our favorites. All of them were delicious. There is no view. It’s on a street that looks more like an alley but the food makes up for all of that. (You could also enjoy your tacos lakeside.) The tacos are $7 each but are quiet large. A bargain by Queenstown standards. The service is good too. Very personable and prompt. Love that everything is gluten free.

10. Maniototo Cafe

1 Pery Street, Ranfurly 9332, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner HK$24 - HK$86 +64 3-444 9023
Excellent
78%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 87 reviews

Maniototo Cafe

Reviewed By TheHighlander2015 - Sydney, Australia

Wouldn't miss this one when going through Ranfurly
We had an overnight here on the rail trail and the Maniatoto Café was a really highlight
Coffee and breakfast before our last days ride, a kind of funky granola that was excellent
Staff an service all excellent

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