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Wine and Dine Arrowtown

From award-winning fine dining restaurants to a freshly scooped ice-cream, Arrowtown has a variety of delightful places to eat. Savour the aroma and atmosphere at any number of cafes and bars. Enjoy New Zealand cuisine presented at its award winning best or international styles at Indian, Thai, French, Mexican and Italian restaurants.

When it’s time for a drink head to the local (The Fork & Tap is a good start!), where you really will meet a local. Eat outside in the summer, and in the winter relax by a cosy fire sampling a range of fine New Zealand wines and the best selection of craft beer in the area.

These are a few of our favourites (listed alphabetically) but there are so many little cafes and eateries in Arrowtown, you'll be spoilt for choice. Don't hold it against us if you have a bad meal at any of these mentioned - we cannot be held responsible. And please let us know if you find a gem!!!!


 

AGAVE (MEXICAN)

Mexican at its best! Family-friendly and great service

Owned by the same family who own Saffron so you know what you are getting is going to be GOOD! Using rare, exotic and authentic Mexican fare, they can spice it up to your liking! Make sure you book, this place is super popular.


 

Amisfield Winery and Bistro (INTERNATIONAL)

Top end pricing but well worth the money!

Only 5 minutes’ drive from Arrowtown you will find one of the best winery restaurants in New Zealand.

Amisfield is a specialist producer of award winning wine and globally renowned for not only their wine but also the multi award-winning country style bistro which overlooks the majestic Lake Hayes. Experience Amisfield’s cool climate pinot noirs, aromatic whites and stylish bubbles in the Wine Tasting Room or savour fresh, local produce and enjoy magnificent views in this casual, yet sophisticated, Bistro.

The Bistro offers a daily-changing a-la-carte menu and their signature style of dining - Trust the Chef Menu - a selection of dishes that are designed to be shared, chosen by the Chef based on the freshest seasonal ingredients available. 

If you are looking for somewhere special and memorable, this is our pick. You will not be disappointed.

Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.


 

Arrow Thai Food (THAI)

Best Thai food around and great take-aways

Arrow Thai Food is a small authentic Thai restaurant in a lovely sunny spot above the banks of the Arrow River proudly serving authentic, healthy and fresh Thai cuisine. Thai owned and operated with Thai chefs creating your delicious dishes in Thai style woks above roaring flame burners. Indoor or outdoor seating. An extensive range of tofu, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are on offer. Don’t be afraid of the chilli as they are more than happy to make your dish to suit your taste! Many dishes are chilli-free too. Be sure to try their famous Thai Green Curry and ever popular Phad Thai.

Opening hours: 7 days a week. Lunch 11.30am - 3pm. Dinner 3pm - 9pm.

Your choice of takeaway or dine in. BYO and kids menu are available for dine in.

Groups and families welcome.


 

Bonjour (FRENCH)

If you love French food, this is great.

Bonjour is located in Arrowtown’s popular Ramshaw Lane and offers delicious French Cuisine in a cosy ambience. Enjoy their fresh Crepes made in front of you. Visit their “Epicerie” with fresh Baguette, Croissants and Pain au Chocolat. Try a French breakfast, a fabulous French lunch menu or select from fresh and simple dishes of France’s everyday cuisine for dinner, all in a relaxed French environment. Be sure to try their original French Cheese Fondue!

Opening hours: Open 7 days a week from 8.30am – 9 pm for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS OPEN.

Groups and functions welcome.


 

Hole-in-One Cafe & Bar @ MILLBROOK (INTERNATIONAL)

Best place to chill and enjoy the surrounds!

Open to all visitors, golfers or not, this cafe/bar is awesome for a family outing or meeting up with friends in the area. Take in the surrounds with a glass of Central Otago wine or perfectly chilled beer on the sunny courtyard at The Hole-in-One - it’s a great place to kick back after a day’s sightseeing or golf. Serving delicious muffins, cakes and pastries all freshly baked onsite to complement their great coffee. Linger over a long lunch and locally brewed beverages with an extensive lunch menu.

Children’s menu available. Inside and outside dining options.

Opening hours: Open daily from 8am till late.


 

LA RUMBLA (INTERNATIONAL TAPAZ AND COCKTAILS)

A bit of the big city in our small town! The funkiest wine bar and restaurant ever - always full so reservations are essential! 

La Rumbla offer incredible cocktails and an extensive wine list, but it's the food. Wow - the food! Shared meals to die for with a constantly changing menu and a superb atmosphere. Contemporary and classy! 

No website so call to book and keep up to date on their facebook page.


 

Mantra Restaurant (INDIAN)

Awesome Contemporary Indian food. Never disappoints.

The moment you step inside Mantra Restaurant you will discover a unique Indian hospitality and dining. The fabulous decor is warm and inviting with careful attention to making your visit truly enjoyable and special. The menu has been carefully selected and crafted by your hostess, Shammi.

Mantra is your ideal venue for celebrations, intimate dining, business entertaining, indoor/outdoor catering, special Sunday brunch, wedding functions, group functions, corporate events.

Opening hours: Open for Lunch 11.30am and Dinner from 5pm

Closed Monday’s and Tuesday’s in June


 

OFF-PISTE (pIZZA)

A great little pizza place, good prices, real wood-fired pizzas.

  • Post Office Precinct, Arrowtown
  • tel: 03 0800 OFFPISTE (0800 463 374)
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New boys on the block, these guys make great pizzas, woodfired to perfection. They deliver!!!! great for those winter nights! extensive menu and prices good!

Opening hours: Open everyday except Tuesday till late


 

POSTMASTERS RESTAURANT (INTERNATIONAL + KIWI)

On the corner of Buckinghman Street, next to the post office, Postmasters is a local favourite, child-friendly, all round good meals and a wide menu choice. 

Step back in time and enjoy a slice of Arrowtown’s rich heritage at the picturesque Postmasters Residence. The seasonal menu features fresh flavours, top quality local produce, and Central Otago wines which showcase the best of this famous wine-making region.  Plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options available as well as a dedicated kids’ menu.

Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.


 

Provisions of Arrowtown (INTERNATIONAL)

Fantastic coffee and great buzz in an original miners cottage. Great to sit outside in summer and spring! Famous for their sticky buns!

Provisions of Arrowtown is located just further along the main street in an historic miners cottage with a gorgeous garden setting. Everything is baked on the premises daily including the sourdough, focaccia, bagels, gingerbread, pies and cakes and also the much talked about “obscenely good” sticky buns PLUS great coffee. Opening hours: Open daily from 8.30am until 5pm, the cafe is fully licensed, has a daily menu and also sells their award winning range of Central Otago preserves and baking.


 

Saffron Restaurant (INTERNATIONAL)

Top-end pricing!!

Saffron Restaurant is located in historic Arrowtown’s main street. Contemporary cuisine and attentive service in a relaxing and intimate environment make Saffron one of the most serious fine food places in the area. The constantly changing menu reflects the extraordinary seasonality of Arrowtown whilst the carefully chosen wine list reflects the essence of the region and it’s winemaking philosophies. Booking is essential.


 

TERRA MIA (ITALIAN)

Authentic Italian Dining! 

Recently opened, Terra Mia features authentic Italian dishes prepared with the best local ingredients and created to complement Gibbston Valley's range of premium, award-winning and handcrafted Central Otago wines. The new restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Evening dining will be added in the coming months. 

  • Breakfast (8 a.m. – 11 a.m.): traditional Italian favourites including house-made pastries and biscuits

  • Lunch (11 a.m. – 3 p.m. ): a selection of soups, salads, pasta dishes, antipasto platters and focaccia

  • Afternoon Dining (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.): selection of platters designed for pairing with Gibbston Valley wine

 

 

THE chop shop food merchants (INTERNATIONAL)

Modern, funky and sublime food... Try the Turkish breakfast.

The latest addition to our massive choice of eateries in Arrowtown. It's a fabulous cafe/coffee shop only open during the day (or for private functions at night) and it's making a real name for itself. Their meals are beautifully presented and a taste sensation. They change their menu a lot so it's no use going there for your favourite but dishes that are repeated are the calamari as well as the turkish poached eggs. If you have no idea what a Turkish egg is, then order this dish, you won't be sorry you did. DIVINE! they make a fabulous cup pf coffee too. Oh and try the Japanese summer beer. Yum!


 

The Fork and Tap ALE HOUSE (good quality pub food and pizzas)

A locals favourite. Perfect for families with great meals at good prices. Relaxed vibe, great playground and a wide choice of craft beers.

A charming restaurant and bar located in the heart of Arrowtown. Specialising in NZ craft beers with 13 beers on tap, Local Central Otago wines and delicious fresh flavoursome food. Cosy warm historic interior and large sunny garden bar outside. Family-friendly with a children’s play area featuring a fabulous play hut and 2 sand-pits plus a delicious children’s menu. Live music in the garden bar every Sunday 3 - 6pm over the summer months. A visit to Arrowtown wouldn’t be complete without a lazy afternoon spent at The Fork and Tap.


 

The Millhouse Restaurant @ Millbrook (international)

Top-end prices. Beautiful and stylish presentation. A treat.

The Millhouse offers spectacular fine dining in a superb setting surrounded by mountains. Locally sourced seasonal produce complement wild game and fresh seafood in dishes blending European concepts with the South Pacific. The roaring fire evokes an ambience of romance in the winter, while al fresco dining beside the Mill Pond is an ideal way to spend a summer evening. Delight your senses and experience the best of what Central Otago has to offer.


 

The Stables Restaurant (international)

Under new management. Good all round meals with great service!

Ranging from a-la-carte to cafe style or Pizza to traditional New Zealand dining. The Stables Restaurant offers a memorable dining experience in an historic building with 2 dining areas plus an outdoor courtyard, great for people watching and alfresco dining in summer. Also a convenient playground for kids. Our food philosophy is simple food cooked well.

Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.