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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: Dinner, Drinks, 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
Cocktails a must!

Went early before our dinner reservation and had several cocktails. They were delicious. The upstairs bar is an awesome mellow space with tributes to the likes on James Bond and The Rat Pack. Dinner was spectacular, as was the service. A culinary delight. The Venison was my favourite of the night... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Geoffery G
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Went early before our dinner reservation and had several cocktails. They were delicious. The upstairs bar is an awesome mellow space with tributes to the likes on James Bond and The Rat Pack. Dinner was spectacular, as was the service. A culinary delight. The Venison was my favourite of the night. A must for a classy, tasty dinner in Queenstown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Wow! And did I mention wow? From the moment you discover The Bunker, hidden away in the back alley of Cow Lane, you begin a truly magnificent dining experience. We felt like we were dining in the company of old friends even though we had never been here before. There are only about 10 tables so booking ahead is definitely... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Outside and inside fire to keep you warm from the cold alpine air. Skilled and friendly staff. Massive drinks selection. Perfect for a drink with friends with music loud enough you can still hear the person next to you. Classy and comfortable.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

My partner and myself had some great news and really wanted to celebrate. we had heard about bunker and been told it was great food so we decided to give it a go. We walked in and was welcomed by an extremely friendly lady (i can't for the life of me remember her name) and she looked after us the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We fell in love with the tasting plate as a starter and the food that followed was just as good. Throughout the night we were served by a lovely french man who was able to offer great suggestions on food, a good sense of humor and great service, thank you!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

What a lovely intimate restaurant with so much atmosphere including an open fire. The service was first class, friendly yet professional. I had the lamb and my friend had the beef. Both meals were superb. The brulee and the chocolate fondant topped off a great evening. However I would suggest they extend the music selection as there was quite a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Didn't dine, just went to the upstairs bar for beautiful mulled wine and cocktails. Lovely atmosphere, knowledgable staff, roaring Fire. Was cozy and intimate.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

My partner and I went here for his birthday whilst holidaying in Queenstown, I had the lamb which was fantastic and my partner had the Deer. the service was fast and efficient We had the chocolate fondant for desert which was amazing, we highly recommend. Overall it was a lovely dinner, the open fire was a very nice touch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We came here 13 years ago where we had our own dining room upstairs as there was a big group of us. From what I remember it was great then, we rebooked and came back a few weeks ago and we had a beautiful meal here in beautiful surroundings with fantastic service. A great menu and wine selection. Definatly go... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

If only all our dining experiences could be as wonderful as our dinner at The Bunker. This small inviting intimate restaurant hidden away in the winter wonderland of Queenstown is so good I want to keep it a secret but I mustn't. Cathy, a lovely Irish lass runs the show with a standard of service that I believe is faultless.... More 

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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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Restaurant Details

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: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups

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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