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The Winery Restaurant at Mt Difficulty

$$ - $$$European, ,
73 Felton Road, Bannockburn, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
+64 3-445 3445
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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European, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
73 Felton Road, Bannockburn, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We love everything about this spot. Perhaps we feel such affinity because a few of our forebears spent so much time sluicing and dredging and drinking up here in the bad old days. Mt Difficulty have done a wonderful job of creating this dining location...More

1  Thank OldGoatsKnowBest
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had this as a recommendation from a wine expert so we drove down from Wanaka. The restaurant sits on a hill looking out over the Otago valley. The wine tasting area is a little tight but the restaurant and patio are not. The service...More

Thank Phil T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love the Roaring Meg Pinot Gris and thus wanted to pay a visit to the winery producing this wine! The lunch was absolutely delicious, and they offer a free wine tasting when one has lunch there (otherwise wine tasting would be just 2 NZD!)....More

Thank Marine A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fabulous wine and food experience! Wine tasting was done with no snobbery - just pure taste! Well done on the overall service!

Thank loveroflifenz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really liked that they offered cellared wines in the restaurant (by the bottle) to drink with lunch, so you could try them to see how the current vintage available in the cellar door might develop in the bottle over the next few years. They...More

Thank Bek1976
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely meal/shared antipasto platter between 2 and main course each Still a bit too much food but very good Grade A wines

Thank tnorwood2018
Reviewed January 16, 2018

The food here was excellent. The chef is clearly inventive incorporating haute cuisine techniques into local flavors. We had the cheese plate (exceptional), fish of day (salmon and scallops oh my), and the server-recommended lamb which were all excellent. The food was a bit pricey...More

Thank MDWandering83
Reviewed January 14, 2018 via mobile

We had lunch here out on the large veranda/patio overlooking the mountains. What incredible views! We ordered the sharing platters and cheeseboards, really nice with lots of variety that included a lovely smoked mussel pate that I could have eaten all day - fantastic. Nice...More

Thank TillyMint001
Reviewed January 12, 2018

We enjoyed our lunch at Mount Difficult, highly recommended you book in advance. We also had the pinot noir tasting tray, and we are huge fans of the 2011 Bannockburn and latest Chinaman's terrace. The market fish was excellent. Great views and a nice way...More

1  Thank kangelini
Reviewed January 8, 2018

Everything about our visit to Mt Difficulty was excellent, from the breathtaking views to the outstanding food and service we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Wine tasting was a nice way to start our visit as it gave us an idea of what to choose...More

Thank nemo88
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
$20 - $26
European, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
12:01 PM - 4:00 PM
12:01 PM - 4:00 PM
12:01 PM - 4:00 PM
12:01 PM - 4:00 PM
12:01 PM - 4:00 PM
12:01 PM - 4:00 PM
12:01 PM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 73 Felton Road, Bannockburn, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Central Otago  >  Cromwell  >  Bannockburn
  • Phone Number: +64 3-445 3445
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The Winery Restaurant at Mt Difficulty provides a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy a delicious lunch. The restaurant is open daily between 12 noon and 4pm. On a fine day the outdoor terrace is the perfect spot to take in the flavours of the region while enjoying the uniquely Central Otago views. The chef produces imaginative cuisine, and the menu showcases the freshest of produce, with a choice of substantial fare or platters to share. The kitchen is open and the dining environment is casual. All main meal options come with suggested wine matches, though diners are welcome to make their own choices during a complimentary wine tasting at our Cellar Door tasting counter. Reservations are essential - demand is high year round and much of our seating is weather dependent.
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