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Fan - Tan

18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
+64 3-442 0885
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good15%
  • Average12%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
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“dumplings” (8 reviews)
“buddha bowl” (2 reviews)
“prawns” (4 reviews)
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Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyable food, we tried a range of dishes at our table of four and we wolfed it all down. Great service, quick and tasty. Would recommend.

Thank snakefang
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We popped in to Fan-Tan for an early dinner. Both of us were pretty hungry after a long road trip, and the large portions at Fan-Tan soon saw us replete. We enjoyed all our dishes, especially the dumplings. The service was attentive, although this dropped...More

Thank SchalkNZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

We dropped in for an early dinner with our 3 children during the week and left with mixed feelings. The food was lovely, our (early primary school aged) kids ate from both the kid and the adult menu and we were pleasantly surprised by the...More

Thank zoekay2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We live in Arrowtown but we had not tried this restaurant yet. When our family come over from Australia they love trying the restaurants in Arrowtown so tonight we decided on Fan Tan. I guess everyone has different expectations of what service and food is...More

Thank nbalwaystravel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lacks atmosphere, poor service, and food is too salty or over spiced. Was a recommendation but failed almost totally. Staff seem disinterested or perhaps they aren’t proud of the food which is fair enough as the standard was so bad I wrote this review. The...More

Thank Scottpapa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow - An exceptional menu selection and stunning flavour combinations. Staff were awesome! Will be back again very soon.

Thank Lee_smiling_again
Reviewed 12 September 2018

We were excited to try out this new restaurant in Arrowtown, but honestly, food is very average and not worth the price. Beef Cheek croquettes - this dish is probably the only good dish we had Horopito salt and pepper squid - the whole dish...More

Thank Vienne L
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Great dumpling and buns but wouldn't waste my money on the sushi sorry, soggy and rice not cooked properly and abit expensive for what it is

Thank m-OhKay
Reviewed 19 August 2018

This is tucked away off the main street, but well worth the visit. Asian fusion food that is full of flavour, terrific presentation and great service. A must try on any foodie tour of the region, it offers very creative tastes and beautiful presentation. Staff...More

Thank Gtrain217
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a delicious meal at Fan-Tan on a very busy Saturday evening. The restaurant was full but this did not detract from the service and meals. All the dishes we tried were full of flavour and beautifully presented. Will definitely revisit.

Thank Virginia P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$7 - US$29
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Arrowtown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-442 0885
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Fan-Tan is a story of East meets West. The name orignates from the game, long played in China with beans or pebbles and evokes Arrowtown’s goldrush history, when, in the 1860’s Chinese miners brought their own gambling games to the goldfields. Our cuisine is a fusion of European, NZ, Pacifica food with flavours influenced from Asia. It is simple delicious food, designed for sharing and as our name suggests, “brings a sense of joy, pleasure and entertainment”.
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