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“Somewhere Special” 5 of 5 stars
Review of True South Dining Room

True South Dining Room
377 Frankton Rd. | 377 Frankton Rd, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 (0)3 450 1100
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Ranked #11 of 179 Restaurants in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $23 - $30
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Orange, Australia
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Somewhere Special”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We were on the last day of our holiday and it's become a bit of a tradition for us to look for a meal that's special. True South offered this and more. From the moment we arrived, the service was attentive and knowledgeable, but the food was the true star of the show and each course arrived with due ceremony. New Zealanders are proud of their country and justifiably so. They're also proud of their produce and True South uses locally sourced ingredients to great effect. My wife's meal was centred on Wakanui beef cheek and mine on Akaroa salmon, that followed Canterbury quail and Organic Jerusalem artichoke soup respectively. Our meal was brought to a stunning and beautifully styled conclusion by the dessert of Bramley apple and blackberry, white chocolate and hazelnut. If you're in Queenstown and want somewhere truly classy to dine, you must give True South a try.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
San Diego, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Food was good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Food was very good...but expensive. If you go into town there is even better food at the local cares and restaurants but a lot cheaper.

Visited September 2012
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Wellington, New Zealand
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45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Excellent dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We tried the True South Dining Room on our first night in Queenstown. Located within The Rees Luxury Aprtment and Hotel, this restaurant offers a formal dining experience but without all the fuss. The service and food here is simply something to experience. The staff were very efficient and friendly. The restaurant is rather cozy with approximately 12 tables. It wasn't busy when we got there and we got a table by the fire heater.

The menu offered a good selection of entree and mains. They also have a Tasting Menu which could be accompanied by matching wine for each course. We opted for mains and while waiting, they offered complimentary Creamy Scallop soup. The executive chef uses all local produces and grocers which I felt made it very authentic.

While the True South Dining Room might be especially convenient for residence of The Rees, I do recommend this restaurant especially if you're wanting to make your dining experience a special occasion.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“True South Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Great selection of food and wine and excellent service. We opted for the set wine pairing menue and it was very rewarding at a reasonable price.

Visited August 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

We booked this restaurant for our last night in Queenstown on the advice of others on Trip Advisor. We wanted a special fancy meal, and we got it! True South is cosy, with a (gas) open fire place, white table cloths and formal yet friendly wait staff. We didn't opt for the Tasting menu only because we aren't a fan of oysters, but we chose from a very delicious menu a la carte, and it ended up being cheaper anyway.

We both had starters, main, dessert; one of us had a glass of wine, and one tea with petit fours to share, there was a complimentary bread selection with local olive oil, a complimentary pre-dessert (which honestly confused me, as I thought that was dessert, and was a little surprised when the actual dessert turned up!), and an extra starter compliments of the chef (lamb spring rolls, unbelievable!!).
It was also walking distance from where we were staying so it was great to be able to follow the lake-side path home in the moonlight!
We highly recommend this restaurant for a special evening out in Queenstown. I'm sure lunch would be gorgeous too with the views!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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