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The Empanada Kitchen

60 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 210 279 2109
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“empanadas” (64 reviews)
“pastry” (7 reviews)
“lamb” (7 reviews)
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Fast food, Argentinian
60 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

Sandwiched between two sets of public toilets in an area smaller than a single car garage probaby doesnt sound too inviting. But the Empanadas are worth putting that aside for. Beef and lamb excellent

Thank TheHighlander2015
Reviewed 2 days ago

Loved being able to walk up and get a tasty snack to eat on the go - great fillings and well worth the $6.

Thank Cindy B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just finished 2 chicken mushroom and garlic empanada..absolutely tasteless and contents of the pastry resembled and finely minced dark grey consistency. I would say the mm contents resembled that of chicken stuffing from large supermarket chain. .at least stuffing is tasty. I would not recommend...More

Thank 2luvs2travel
MauroViale, Owner at The Empanada Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for you review. You sound quite angry for someone who has only spent $5.50! Firstly, we use chicken thighs - the juiciest, tastiest and most expensive part of the chicken. Secondly, the dark ‘mince’ you mentioned - this is actually champignon mushrooms that...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Please do yourself a favour and try the cheese sticks and the quesadillas!! Went in for a snack but could not resist!!

Thank Valli C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A board, good food and friendly staff. Doesn't look that difficult but for sure it is. Well things well done as said the slogan. Continue in this way. Fugazetta and whatever flavor with lamb have no mistake!

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 15 September 2017

this place have a little space in the middle of the town what is good, but the flavors options have to be better, this with this or this with that, maybe make something more popular and will sell more.More

Thank Juninho-NZ
Rebecca W, Owner at The Empanada Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2017

I'm not quite sure I understand this review. We have a small kiosk and offer 4 flavours a day. There is no space to offer all our huge range of flavours so we change the flavours offered every day. That way, there's always something new...More

Reviewed 5 September 2017

Staff was friendly and they always have one vegetarian option. Nice hot snack to get from this stall while sitting out there enjoying the view.More

Thank Tanya6868
Rebecca W, Owner at The Empanada Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Thank you Tanya for taking the time to write a review. We're so happy you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again! We change the flavours every day at the Kiosk and so there's always something new to try! Best wishes, Mauro...More

Reviewed 31 August 2017

A quirky little stand down at the lakefront, don't be put off just because it's lodged in the Queenstown toilets. Great variety of options daily, we tried the chicken, lemon and thyme and the beef empanadas on separate days, including one at the Queenstown airport...More

Thank SwimSnow
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Stopped by for lunch but it turned out being a quick snack because it was not filling enough. Would have to get two next time.

Thank Wyatt E
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Stopped in as my egg allergic girlfriend couldn't find very little in the way of breakfast options. Was only looking to buy 3 total but ended up enjoying it so much we walked away with three each. The flavours were incredible! And learning that the...More

Thank Sean B
MauroViale, Owner at The Empanada Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

Thank you Sean for taking the time to review our business. We're so pleased you enjoyed our empanadas and we look forward to seeing you again next time. We'll have something new for you to try! Best wishes, Mauro & Rebecca

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$3 - US$7
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 210 279 2109
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Of Spanish origin, empanadas are pastries stuffed with many delicious fillings. At The Empanada Kitchen we take pride in using premium quality and locally-sourced products whenever possible. We focus on Spanish, Italian and South American-inspired flavour combinations, relying on a wealth of experience and family recipes. Try our own delicious sauces made to compliment the empanada flavours.
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