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All 25 Cromwell Restaurants

Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door

803 Kawarau Gorge Road | Goldmining Centre Kawarau Gorge, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
+64 3-445 4841
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Ranked #4 of 25 Restaurants in Cromwell
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery
Description: Cross the bridge over the Mighty Kawarau River to join us in our idillic Central Otago setting, surrounded by Wild Thyme and rocky outcrops.
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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Had a lovely afternoon here for our staff Christmas function. We had the wild food platter matched with their beautiful wines - paua, salmon, venison, goat and rabbit! A great meal and lovely outdoor setting to soak up the sun.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We had their tasting menus (both lunch and dessert) and both were excellent! Very nice location in the gorge.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Our luncheon at Wild Earth was stunning..the presentatio of the delicious food , many cooked by smoking in wine barrels was stunning. Large long wooden platters with exquisite tastings of hare, venison, paua, served in the paua shells were visually gorgeous! Service was attentive, friendly and efficient. Just loved it!.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We had a selection of four dishes from the tapa-inspired menu. The presentation was on oak barrel platters and the food was cooked in oak barrels. Everything was perfect- amazing flavours and flavour combinations. We chose to drink superb Wild Earth Pinot Gris with the meal and enjoyed tasting the Pinot Noirs.The staff were super friendly and knowledgeable about the... More 

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singapore
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We were 3 couples from the Lion City looking for lunch and some wine tasting. Have read the reviews of this place, I just wanted to bring my group here. The setting of the establishment was beautiful, across the Kawarau River connected by a lovely yellow bridge. We met Chelsea, the owner's daughter who runs the establishment with her brother.... More 

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Brisbane
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We travelled to this Restaurant on our way to Wanaka from Queenstown. We are so glad we stopped here for lunch. You walk over a long narrow bridge over the Kawarau River - from the carpark- We had a food/wine tasting for two and our son had chicken kababs. The food was simply sensational -cooked outside in wine barrels- all... More 

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samandwes, Restaurant Supervisor at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review

Hi heathermaeM! Thanks so much for your amazing review, it's so great to hear that you and your family enjoyed everything with us as you travelled through to Queenstown. Looks like you caught us on one of those crazy windy days but i'm glad you still got to look around the garden, your photos are stunning! Thank you again for... More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We stopped here for lunch on our first day of our two-week trip, and ordered the Oak Stave for two with matching wine flight for two - what an amazing way to dine! Our daughter had the Kid's Stave, and it was so refreshing to have an option for kids that had been really well considered, rather that just an... More 

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samandwes, Restaurant Supervisor at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review

Hi Trudi M! Firstly thank you for your excellent review and taking the time to write. I will pass your kind words on to Chelsea who served you, i'm sure she'll be thrilled to hear that you enjoyed everything! We really appreciate your feedback, especially on the kids stave as it's always one we're trying to improve to suit kids... More 

Queensland, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We stopped by on our way through to Queenstown just wanting a look about but decided to go all out and have lunch, wines and even dessert too! The signature platter not only had a huge wow-factor but tasted amazing too. Abalone was magnificent! We ordered a bottle of Rose but our waitress (aussie girl??) brought us a tasting of... More 

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samandwes, Restaurant Supervisor at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review

Thanks Patrice-cx! I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Platter and wines! The Rose would have just been released when you visited and it's great that Samantha brought our big signature Pinot Noir to try as well, we're very proud of that one! Thanks for all your feedback, you'll be happy to know that we've got brand new... More 

Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

5 delicious shared plates matched with 5 superb wines for 50 bucks. Magnificent! Indulgence for the palate without breaking the budget. Every dish was a favourite, and the location is pretty special too

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samandwes, Restaurant Supervisor at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review

Thanks so much Ashley! We're so glad you enjoyed your Oak Stave and the whole platter experience. We're very proud to present high quality, local and wild foods on a holiday budget! Thank you for taking the time to write and come in, we hope you had a great time while in New Zealand and we'd love to see you... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

An unexpected find in a gold mining rush. Everything was exceptional and unique. Loved the idea of barrel cooking, enjoyed the different flavours it brought to all the dishes, and the food wine matching experience. If we were to comment on anything it would be that we were the only couple in the restaurant do it lacked the buzz.

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samandwes, Director of Sales at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Cheryl G! We're so glad you found us and enjoyed your food, wine and barrel experience with us. The photo you uploaded of your husband and the our Oak Stave and Wine Flight looks great to! That's interesting that you mention being the only couple in the reataurant at the time, we have this funny thing... More 

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Additional Information about Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door

Address: 803 Kawarau Gorge Road | Goldmining Centre Kawarau Gorge, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-445 4841
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Cromwell
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 8 - 30
Cuisine: New Zealand

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