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Delicious fresh fare, with stunning views. Treat yourself to a sumptuous lunch or dinner at Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar at the top of the Gondola in Queenstown. As you dine, the floor to ceiling windows and panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains will captivate you day and night. Our signature buffet dining experience offers something for everyone; from locally sourced wild meats to seasonal vegetarian dishes and a delectable dessert bar to remember.
PRICE RANGE
C$64 - C$80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
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New Zealand
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Buffet, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Waterfront, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s overpriced and average food. Not a great quality buffet especially after experiencing the Walter peak buffet just days earlier which was fantastic! I would recommend coming here just for the gondola ride, views and the luge. Maybe stay for a drink but not for...the buffet.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Location is absolutely outstanding and this is a must do for that reason alone! We were a bit sceptical about the buffet, but it surpassed our expectations with great seafood, huge meat selection, sushi and desserts. Everything was catered for and all of us were...very pleasantly surprised by how good the buffet was!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The view was as remarkable as always, especially at the sunset. The quality of the food was still up to standard but there were less choices especially for dessert. Still a good choice with gondola and luge as a package. Live music was an add...on.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed March 9, 2024

This is very much a gimmick. The views are stunning however the restaurant itself is average. The booking website is very glitchy and we ended up having to email them to organise a booking for us. You don't need to pay to do the "premium"...seating as no matter where you are, you've got great views. Plenty of food options however definitely buffet style quality. The staff are friendly. There is no way to contact the restaurant directly via phone either, which makes it difficult if you do need to contact them via phone for any reason.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed March 3, 2024

The food and the view was awesome. It has a lot of variety but best of all the high quality service given by the staff especially Maxine from Holland. She made my birthday a memorable one.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 3, 2024 via mobile

Fantastic place & a good start when exploring Queenstown NZ. There draught beer at the bar & a buffet $ 77 (NZ) Friendly Staff & Spectacular Views

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 2, 2024

Amazing staff and great Kai! I had traveled down to Queenstown for a little weekend and I took my family & friend up to Stratosfare Restaurant and wow was it amazing, Gondola ride was awesome. As soon as you walk into the restaurant the hostess...was smiling and very welcoming! Secondly Joshua was a delight when he took us to our lovely table! Our sweet server Pramila was very sweet and attentive when we needed. The Kai was great and to top it off the drinks were outstanding! I will be back!!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 10, 2024 via mobile

Buffet was average for the price paid. Seafood was limited consisting of only prawns and muscles (no oysters and crabs) and didn’t taste fresh. Meat was okay, lamb shoulder was nice. Rest of the food was average given how expensive it was. You are really...paying for the view. I would recommend going on the gondola, luge and viewing deck (to see the view again) then book a nice dinner at a proper restaurant for your money’s worth.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 10, 2024

We had an end of year lunch celebration with our staff. Plenty of variety of food and great service. The staff seemed happy to work and serve there.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed February 9, 2024

This was our fourth trip up here to the buffet and it was probably our least favourite. You would expect NZ lamb to be perfect - it certainly wasn't, it was very fatty and full of gristle. The rest of the buffet was good, but...the lamb really put a damper on the evening. Maybe it has run its course for us and we won't be doing it again - its not cheap either!!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed December 27, 2023

Lovely large restaurant and, with not having been to many, and OK buffet. The food was good, but it was hard to get someone's attention for a drink. All very impersonable for the way that it is advertised, pricing and no information on how to...pay etc when your seated. Recommend doing the cheapest dinner option and no need to sit at a window for the view, you can see it well enough, and after dark the glare from the inside lights ruins the view anyway. Have to say though, best Seafood Chowder we have ever had!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed December 26, 2023 via mobile

The Christmas dinner was all booked out at least 2-3 months before Xmas. So settled with Boxing Day dinner instead, we could not get the window seats since all booked out. They are upgrading the place because it looks the same 17 years ago when...we first visited. The service was friendly, the drinks are not included. The quality of food was average to good compare with other buffets in town, the roasts were good, grilled salmon, pasta were good. The salad was average , the laksa soup tasted a little watered down. No oysters , only boiled prawns and some mussels. Limited choice of sushi. Jelly and icecream and crème brûlée for dessert . There are better buffet choices downtown. The dinner seating was from 5-6:30pm including three luge rides. In peak season I strongly recommend you to get there at least 3pm and do the luge first because of long queues. Leave the shopping and photos after dinner. We missed out 30min of dinner time since the luge took so much time. There are some nice picnic areas near the top. My child’s luge got stuck on the track and if it were not for a friendly lady who pushed her luge back on track she could have been stuck forever.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 6, 2023 via mobile

The views are breathtaking. However, minimal food options but a good value for its price of 77NZD. There was also live music playing in the background so I guess it is good enough.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 1, 2023

Cozy atmosphere with family friendly food. Absolutely FANTASTIC STAFF going above and beyond! Overall a great experience

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 17, 2023 via mobile

Went up the Gondola to get lunch at Stratosfare. They were not busy. Waited at the reception area for several minutes where I know we were seen by both staff behind the bar, one washing dishes and another just wandering around, but there was no...acknowledgement or “be there in a minute” from either of them. View looked good, but service (or lack thereof) was extremely poor. Turned around and walked out just as the girl finally made her way to the counter.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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We decided not to upgrade for this one since we had in Rotorua's restaurant and we were the line of tables just behind closest to the windows and the view was fantastic. If you can request that area then you should be fine... More
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