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All 33 Arrowtown Restaurants

Postmaster's Residence

54 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
03-442 0991
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Ranked #5 of 33 Restaurants in Arrowtown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $40
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Step back in time and enjoy a slice of Arrowtown’s rich heritage. The carefully preserved historic cottage, once home to the town’s postmasters, has been a main street feature since the 1860s and is now a popular restaurant surrounded by beautiful gardens. Enjoy the beauty of each season at Postmasters, whether it's soaking up the sun whilst sitting out on the verandah with a refreshing drink or inside by the open fires with a homemade mulled wine in the colder months. The seasonal menu features fresh flavours, top quality local produce, and Central Otago wines which showcase the best of this famous wine-making region.  Plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options available as well as a dedicated kids’ menu.Open daily for breakfast, morning & afternoon tea, lunch and dinner.
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English first
Laguna Beach CA
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100 reviews 100 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We had a delightful experience here. A late lunch with lovely servers and very good food. And the weekly wine offering was a very good value. It was comfortable, low key and relaxed. The lunch menu choices were nice options. Try the Eton Mess for dessert. Be warned, it will easily feed two!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The restaurant provides a traditional style nz menu but in a great setting with very pleasant front of house staff. The venison carpaccio was excellent and the lamb melt in the mouth....but some of the accompanying items were a little tired eg the layered potatoes. Overall I would eat here again and would recommend it.

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Brisbane, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Went for dinner, was so good, went back for lunch the next day. This is a very well run restaurant, with efficient friendly staff and great food. The wine list also stocks lots of local wines and beers. I would like to recommend the seafood chowder. It comes in a huge bread case which is so delicious; it gets all... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This charming little restaurant was a great find. We chose to eat outdoors and the quality of the food was outstanding. Service was good and the atmosphere was excellent. Prices were on the high side but as with fine dining, it was okay value for money. Being in NZ we enjoyed the lamb.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We visited this place for brunch between Christmas and New Years, and the place was flat out, with every outdoor table in use. We probably had to wait just under an hour for our food, which was actually quite nice. The serving staff were good but were let down by the wait for food from the kitchen. The cafe kitchen... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Excellent food and excellent staff! The atmosphere is perfect. Worth a try and great place to stop after scouting around. Also nice ginger, rum & coconut sorbet! Every food item is good here!

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

After disappointment elsewhere in Arrowtown, found a table spare at busy Sunday lunchtime here. NZ mussels, a glass of wine, friendly and efficient service: couldn't ask for more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We popped in to this restaurant for the first time this summer. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals - they were cooked to perfection. The drinks list was extensive and we were able to try a few new NZ specialities such as the Tuatara Wheat Beer and the Green Man Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Desserts were devine. We will definitely be back.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We had dinner here, and the evening was very pleasant. Compared with the other places we dined in Arrowtown, we felt that it was a little over-priced, and not such a vibrant buzz as the other places we experienced. The staff were quite friendly.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The food was really good and decently priced. Definitely get the Postmaster's Mule mocktail - it's one of the most delicious drinks I've ever had. Arrowtown is a very charming location. The only downside to this restaurant is that the bathrooms could do with more maintenance, otherwise it was lovely.

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Additional Information about Postmaster's Residence

Address: 54 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03-442 0991
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Arrowtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 40
Cuisine: New Zealand

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