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“One of Queenstown's Iconic Restaurants” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gantleys Restaurant

Gantleys Restaurant
Ranked #62 of 254 Restaurants in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, New Zealand, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Melbourne, Australia
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296 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
“One of Queenstown's Iconic Restaurants”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

I have always loved this restaurant. Truly the best restaurant in town. Food is outstanding as is the wine list. In fact the wine list is the most awarded in all of New Zealand.
We were seated in front of the fire. Started was a classic Carpaccio with olive oil, capers and pecorino cheese. Main course was wild Southland Venison wrapped in pancetta. One of the best meals I have ever had and coming from someone who dines out on a regular basis this is no small feat.
After dinner we adjourned to the library for coffee and after dinner drinks. Great atmosphere with plenty of classic wines on display.
We were staying nearby at Nugget Point so walked to the restaurant but as the restaurant is quite a distance from Queenstown it offers a free taxi from your accommodation and back.
You can't go wrong here and will not be disappointed. Fourth time for me here although it has been over 13 years since the last time. Still brilliant after all that time.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Paul S
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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews
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“Romantic, special & excellent wine!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

Gantley's is an exceptional restaurant. It's a full proof option for a romantic night or special occasion. My boyfriend surprised me by taking me here for our last night during our 8 week travels- and it was amazing! They have some of the best wine, and the food is fantastic. Portions are small, (one of those places with huge plates and small meals) but the service, quality and flavour is perfect. There's a free shuttle you can organise with the restaurant to and from Queenstown (which I'd say you should do so you can sample the red, white and dessert wine!)

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Alix2112
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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209 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Romantic fine dining Retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

Well ... what a find! We celebrated our Anniversary there on 17 September and were warmly greeted the moment we stepped inside (2 degrees outside).

First impressions:
- cosy intimate dining atmosphere
- extensive use of stone/timber décor & fireplace that brought the room up to a comfortable, but not too hot temperature
- unobtrusive classy background music
- attentive, friendly service & knowledgeable on the extensive wine list
- great menu options

As a fine dining restaurant, you would expect a high standard. We certainly were not disappointed with any aspect of our experience. Top notch.

For entrees, we had the Seared North Atlantic Scallops - done to perfection.
Mains: NZ Lamb Rack Cutlets + Roasted Mt Cook Salmon + steamed broccoli & roast winter vegetables - beautifully presented with many layers of flavour
Dessert: White chocolate & ginger crème brulee + Apple & black currant Crumble - both scrumptious!

Matching wines perfectly complemented the food.

We loved the Wine Library and wished we could have stayed the night. Met the new chef and thanked them all for a very memorable evening.

This is one of those dining experience that will live long in our memories of New Zealand. Sensational evening!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peter L
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Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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“Perfect Anniversary Dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Superb food, and fantastic service from the staff who really understand their role – professional, helpful, and yet unobtrusive. We were shown to our table; a nice place by the fireplace. I could go on for quite a while about the experience. We ordered the six course degustation menu with matching wines. The food was perfect and flavours amazing. The waiter we had was superb. It was refreshing to have someone professional serving us. Compliments to Jared Aldridge and Brent Rands for ensuring his Chef and the floor staff are providing an excellent service.

Choosing Gantleys for our Anniversary dinner was “Simply Brilliant”. It was one of the best fine dining experience we have encountered. The ambience, service, and the food was AMAZING and 5 Star all the way. Highly recommended

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jagdish K
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melbourne
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“Fantastic night”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Five of us dined here in Tuesday the 4th of September and had a wonderful night. An outstanding menus, I had the seafood ravioli and the lamb served two ways, both wonderful dishes. The wines list is amazing and the suggested matches for our selections were perfect. We were in a jovial mood and our waitress played along with us, it's was a lot of funning and a dining experience not to be missed.

Then we hoped back in our complimentary taxi ride back to Queenstown

We will be back

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank troydMelbourne
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