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Hidden away down a back alley in the center of Queenstown behind a rustic old wooden door, The Bunker offers discreet and intimate 'rustic' fine dining – specializing in red meats, game and local produce with a distinctly New Zealand flavour complimented by crackling log fires, intimate atmosphere, personal service and an impressive wine list. Our Cocktail Bar upstairs from the restaurant offers hand crafted classic and modern cocktails and an extensive wine and premium spirit list in a cosy lounge atmoshere which welcomes guests right through to the wee small hours. Wowing locals and visitors alike for over a decade with superb cuisine, friendly and knowledgeable service and a unique atmosphere,
PRICE RANGE
$24 - $48
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
European, New Zealand, International, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The degustation menu with wine pairing was the best I have tasted. The staff were friendly. efficient, knowledgeable and discrete. The ambience was so relaxing. Everything fine dining should be.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The positives: good location, attentive staff, lovely ambience, well balanced menu. The negatives: blandly prepared mains and sides. To be more specific, I ordered blue cod (which I loved at another restaurant the night before). The fish came out under- cooked; then came back correctly...cooked, but overly salty. Its sauce was colorful, but tasteless. So, to summarize my meal: it was poorly designed and poorly executed. My wife ordered duck with a side of mashed potatoes. The duck was properly prepared, but with bland, thin sauce. The mashed potatoes came out in a bowl and had the consistency and appearance of diluted cream of wheat, also with no taste. To the restaurant’s credit, they comped us generously for the poor meals. We wish we could same more nice things about this lovely place, but we can’t.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Special location. You would expect bad air because there are no windows, but it was very good. High standard service with very friendly staff. Good wine selection and interesting food. Reservation has to be made well in advance.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the 5 course degustation with wine and the meal was fantastic except for one issue. The service was also exceptional with reasonable prices. The only issue was there must have been accidental items on my plate that wasn’t meant to be. I don’t...think that is normal but all the same it’s why the rating is 3 rather than 5 starsMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was an amazing restaurant- the food was exquisite and the service perfectly served. Best restaurant in Queenstown in our opinion.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous food..the venison, the hare and the vegetarian were perfect. The staff were delightful, proficient and friendly. Only downside was the noise. It might just have been tonight, but I suspect not. We could hardly hear each other, whereas I could hear the man almost...two tables away. But would I go back? AbsolutelyMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 9 January 2024

Difficult to say what was better - the service or the dinner? We took the 5 course "Taste of the South" menu with matching wines. Every course had a land or a sea option, all of them were very good. Being more the meat person,...the lamb as main course was a total winner for me. The service was friendly, attentive and gave good advice - it was a beautiful dining experienceMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 8 January 2024

To be honest, my wife and I were apprehensive of what to expect at the Bunker based on the recent reviews on TripAdvisor. HOWEVER, we had a great experience! Our Waiter was not snobby, food tasted great and was beautifully presented. Our waiter even described...what was being served on the dinner plate. We were recommended the restaurant from friends who recently eloped and had their 'Wedding Eve' dinner here, so it did not disappoint. We would recommend to others visiting Queenstown to give this try.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 13 December 2023

Excellent food, warm service and amazing food. The shiitake risotto and the hare are to die for. Will be back

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 November 2023 via mobile

We had the Degustation menu, would highly recommend. Beautiful fine food, the lamb was exceptional. Highly recommend

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 9 November 2023

The bunker sounded great so we booked for dinner, food was good but nothing to rave about, portions were small and I think it was more about the presentation on the plate than the food itself. Wine menu was extensive, our waiter was a bit...over the top and trying to upsell.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2023 via mobile

Weird. Dark. SERIOUSLY dark ie you can’t see what’s in front of you. Dirty. Grubby even. When we arrived there were bar staff ignoring us and playing games amongst themselves. We asked to be directed to the restaurant and they just pointed to stairs. Inside...it’s like a panic room. Eerie. We exited left after one drink.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Cam Mitchell, Owner at The Bunker Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2023

Hi TheLuxeCritic, We always welcome feedback and we're prepared to take the good with the bad, but this one is a little hard to swallow. In many of the overwhelmingly negative reviews you have posted on this site you mention many properties being dark, dirty,...More

Reviewed 30 October 2023 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful experience. Food excellent and service excellent. I had a vegetarian meal which was faultless. My son had the best steak. We all had sweets to die for.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 September 2023

Amazing food, amazing staff, amazing chefs, amazing wine. what more can i say. recommend this establishment is you are in Queenstown and are looking for smoothing special, above and beyond normal.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 23 September 2023 via mobile

The ideal relaxed wonderful dinner. Three of us did the degustation menu with matching wines. Truly exquisite. Our wait person was excellent- a real boon as well - think her name is Lucy. This is a place to have a leisurely fantastic meal.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Galeo7
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Response from Michele M | Reviewed this property |
We were at the restaurant in Mar 23 and the degustation cost approx AUS 110 each. There were 14 in our booking not sure about minimum numbers but would assume 6.
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Response from Alex B | Reviewed this property |
Definitely. Likely the best in QT. I'd book early - it's relatively small, and I'd be surprised if it's not booked up pretty early and anyone doing the degustation is going to be there for 2 or 3 hrs - meaning not a big... More
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Response from intrepid_traveller27 | Reviewed this property |
I wore black jeans when I went and I was fine, most other diners were in the same nice casual wear. If you're someone who gets warm easily just be wary, they do have a wood-burning fireplace going (at least when I went) and... More
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THE BUNKER RESTAURANT, Queenstown - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos

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The Bunker Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5