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“Nice setting, interesting food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Eichardt's Bar

Eichardt's Bar
Marine Parade, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-441 0450
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Ranked #2 of 189 Restaurants in Queenstown
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: European, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Nice setting, interesting food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Whilst a little "lost" as it is on the lake edge but with very limited view out or profile from the outside, I have now been there twice (a year apart) and on both occasions had good service and interestingly different Tapas. Total cost of eating there is not really much cheaper than a restaurant (we eat well and nothing good in Queenstown is "cheap"), but the food seems reliably tasty and interesting. This offers an excellent option if you want to be able to chose how much to eat, are interested in variety more than quantity and want a "cosier" setting than a restaurant typically provides.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Eichardts, General Manager at Eichardt's Bar, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
I think you've absolutely summed up what we are about - cosy and attentive, variety and quality in the menu and the opportunity to try a number of dishes without being overwhelmed. We are extremely proud of the quality of our produce and provenience of ingredients, it really does make a difference in the end result, which as noted is consistently good.
Hope to see you back a third time - but don't wait a year this time!

Regards,
James
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Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Discrete elegance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We enjoyed a cosy lunch by the fire looking out on to the Lake. We ordered all 4 vegetarian tapas options that were on the menu and were not disappointed. The warming winter cocktails also went down a treat.

Visited July 2013
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Eichardts, General Manager at Eichardt's Bar, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Thanks folks, glad you enjoyed your afternoon with us. Seasonality in the Vegetarian dishes is important and we love getting out into the region to explore and see what is on offer. non- vegetarians don't despair - we love meat and seafood just as much, and there's some amazing dishes on there this winter - Tahr & Venison featuring strongly just now!

Cheers,
James
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Melbourne, Australia
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“The best drinks and tapas in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The cocktails were fantastic and food exquisite. Will definitely head back there as it is also reasonably priced :)

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Eichardts, General Manager at Eichardt's Bar, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Thanks Tom, look forward to seeing you again by the fireplace with a mulled wine on the go! Andrew is working on next season's cocktail list so get ready for some great new creations.

Regards,
James
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Lovely Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed the sofa and fire on a very cold winter evening for after dinner drinks and desert.

Wine list is good although the by the glass selection is a little limited. Waitress was quite happy to let us try before we made a decision.

Had chocolate pudding for desert which was delicious.

Recommended.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Eichardts, General Manager at Eichardt's Bar, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Glad you enjoyed your evening - the fire is a great spot to be now the snow is falling!

We have around 18-20 Central Otago wines by the glass and a few other regional classics as well, and always happy to pour a little taster to help you decide. The list is ever changing so there's usually a couple of new ones each time you return.

Cheers,
James
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“Disappointed, sorry.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

We had heard great things about this spot and nice reviews, unfortunately we were disappointed on several fronts. We were in for an early dinner (5pm) and didn't book. We were 1 of two tables in. The atmosphere was warm and cosy, with a lovely lakefront view. Our service felt stiff, and disinterested. We ordered several tapas to share, expecting them to arrive at intervals arrived all at once and plopped in front of us with no explanation as to what was what. The food was very average. Some over seasoned, some over seasoned, some very hot, other dishes Luke warm. But what drive me crazy was the waiter who swooped in to clear each dish as we took the last piece of food from the plate. Please leave people to enjoy if possible. There was no other food coming out, so please leave us to enjoy the atmosphere. For our last meal in Q'town, wish we had dined elsewhere.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Eichardts, General Manager at Eichardt's Bar, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Thanks for taking time to provide feedback. I'm disappointed to read your experience was less than perfect, I do expect the best from the team and it looks like we may have just missed the mark this time. Its not a policy to rush anyone through their meal, perhaps during a lull in between busy periods the staff were looking for things to do and cleared a little quick!

I appreciate your comments on the flow of service and spacing of dishes, generally dishes will come out at once on one order, if you want to stagger your selections just ask the wait staff and we can accommodate.

Hopefully we will see you again and show what we can do and why Eichardt's has become a Queenstown dining icon.

Regards,
James Cavanagh
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