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The Bunker

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International, Contemporary, Wine Bar, New Zealand
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14 Cow Lane | Queenstown, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 (0)3 441 8030
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Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Hidden away down a back alley in the center of Queenstown behind a rustic...
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, The Bunker is certainly a Queenstown experience not to be missed. PRIVATE DINING ROOM AVAILABLE FOR LARGE GROUPSDiscover The Bunker – Queenstown's best kept secret since 1997.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing 7 course dinner.

The Bunker lived up to its great reputation. 7 fantastic courses, if you want good quality food you can't go wrong here. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Joe_Stevenson85
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Dunedin, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The Bunker lived up to its great reputation. 7 fantastic courses, if you want good quality food you can't go wrong here. Highly recommended.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

As an Aucklander we have been here several times, always enjoy the pre drink cocktails upstairs at the outside heaters, then move down for a wonderful meal with excellent staff from around the world and a wonderful varied menu to finish with drinks again at the upstairs bar

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Sydney, Australia
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I wanted to try this place on a previous trip to Queenstown, but they were booked out. Make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment! My friends and I went here on a cold night and the cosiness inside just cannot be beaten. The log fire and the leather and wood interior creates an intimate and cosy atmosphere. The food... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

The Bunker does what many restaurants in Queenstown don't: deliver on service and food in equal amounts. Cathy, the Maitre'D is superb, the food is original and exquisite. It highlights New Zealand fare without being pretentious or showy. The wine list conjures up feelings of a millionaires private cellar, again, Cathy was very open and honest and knowledgeable about pairing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Considering we ordered from the degustation menu we expected better service. We waited half an hour between each course and my boyfriends lamb was very rare when he ordered medium, he had to leave half of it. The food was really tasty but the wait and the undercooked lamb really put a damper on the night. Cocktails were fantastic.

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Bendigo, Australia
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Wonderful experience, staff are fantastic and very knowledgeable about what they are serving. Local produce, we had the Roast Lamb rack and Stewart Island oven roasted salmon, both dishes presented and cooked perfectly. Lovely big open fire on a very cold night ---- recommend highly !!! Make sure you book as space is quite limited.

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Dublin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My partner and I meandered our way through the ‘Taste the South’ degustation menu to celebrate a special birthday recently. The food was delicious: standouts were juicy prawns in a moreish, bowl lickingly good broth, lamb served three ways and saffron crème brulee. The paua agnolloti was a bit of a clumsy dish, the sauce was too thick and gluggy... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

My partner and I recently dined at The Bunker and had the 'Taste of the South' degustation menu and were not disappointed! Each dish was delicious, especially the hare, and the lamb was cooked to perfection. We will definitely be returning to the Bunker soon.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Disappointed not to be able to secure a booking for dinner, we were determined to still visit after hearing many good things about The Bunker. After having a very enjoyable dinner elsewhere, we dropped in for cocktails. It was packed inside and we ended up outside under a heater and enjoyed our drinks which finished off an outstanding evening very... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We ate at The Bunker on Saturday night. The menu and wine list is extensive; all in all a great experience. The paua and the lamb were both excellent. Sarah had the mushrooms and the duck. the duck could have had more of the skin rendered but otherwise it was a very good meal. service as always was first rate.

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Additional Information about The Bunker

Address: 14 Cow Lane | Queenstown, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 (0)3 441 8030
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
Cuisine: International, Contemporary, Wine Bar, New Zealand

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 14 Cow Lane | Queenstown, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 (0)3 441 8030

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary, Wine Bar, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine

Description

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, The Bunker is certainly a Queenstown experience not to be missed. PRIVATE DINING ROOM AVAILABLE FOR LARGE GROUPSDiscover The Bunker – Queenstown's best kept secret since 1997.

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