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The Bunker

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European, New Zealand, International, Contemporary
As featured in 3 Days in Queenstown and 1 other guide
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14 Cow Lane | Queenstown, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-441 8030
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Top quality restaurant. Characteristic location (i.e. a bunker! therefore some darkness comes with it). Chef cuisine. Definitely recommended.

Thank AdriVitto
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent food with good service. We had the lamb and pork belly and couldn't fault these meals, very good portion sizes - delicious! Highly recommended and will return

Thank Whitecombe
Sydney, Australia
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140 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I would describe this restaurant as 'cosy and unique'. The bunker has a limited seating capacity, being such a small space, and thus relies on 'turnover' to survive. The walls, and part of the ceiling are wood paneling, along with a small bar section. There is a small fire place in the centre of the restaurant, which added to the... More 

Thank Geoff B
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife took me to Queenstown for my 30th birthday in 2006 and we ate at the bunker then. I remember how we stumbled upon this restaurant and had the most romantic and memorable evening of that trip. When my wife told me she was taking me to Queenstown for my 40th birthday in 2016, I immediately thought, we have... More 

Thank Jason S
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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353 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lured by the prospect of the Taste of the South menu we embarked on the initiative test which all guests face: where on earth is the door to Bunker. It's not the old wooden door on Cow Lane, but one just round the corner under stairs to their bar. We passed the test and found ourselves in a small, darkish... More 

Thank 654GregP654
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had an excellent meal at The Bunker, Venision Caparccio, Steak and Pork all cooked perfectly. Service from start to finish was superb. Highly recommend for a special evening.

Thank Darren M
Saint Louis, Missouri
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stopped by the bar upstairs for cocktails. Had the Mayflower which was excellent. For dinner, we had the appetizer sampler which was a very large serving. We had the duck and lamb and both were excellent. It was pricey but so is everything in Queenstown. Would recommend for a special meal.

Thank Purvips
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the best dinner here on Thursday last week, the service was amazing and the food was to die for. The only disappointing part of the evening was a confrontation caused by a couple next to us to which the staff and manager responded with the up most professionalism and courtesy. You don't expect people to behave that way... More 

Thank sarahtwohig85
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are looking for an economy meal then this is not the place for you. The bunker is not cheap, but you do get what you pay for. We had a delicious meal with silver service type service in very nice surroundings with particularly excellent music. Great service. I had duck which was just lovely, my partner had lamb... More 

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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food although whole thing served in a quite unnecessarily pretentious atmosphere (not that good)but watch put for wine list. Ordered a €58 bottle of pinot noir €96 bottle flashed in front of our eyes and then taken away. Pretty fed up. Had to pay up in circumstances but this is not what we expect from New Zealand. This mediocre... More 

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OwnerTheBunker, Owner at The Bunker, responded to this review

Generally we don't respond to reviews as we believe TA users are savvy enough to make their own judgements on whether reviews are genuine, however when stories are fabricated we feel something must be said. At all times we strive to provide quality food and skilled service in a friendly, welcoming environment. Sir, You ordered Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir which... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
European, New Zealand, International, Contemporary
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Cow Lane | Queenstown, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-441 8030
Hidden away down a back alley in the center of Queenstown behind a rustic old wooden door, The Bunker offers discreet and intimate 'rustic' fine dining – specializing in red meats, game and local produce with a distinctly New Zealand flavour complimented by crackling log fires, intimate atmosphere, personal service and an impressive wine list. Our Cocktail Bar upstairs from the restaurant offers hand crafted classic and modern cocktails and an extensive wine and premium spirit list in a cosy lounge atmoshere which welcomes guests right through to the wee small hours. Wowing locals and visitors alike for over a decade with superb cuisine, friendly and knowledgeable service and a unique atmosphere, The Bunker is certainly a Queenstown experience not to be missed. PRIVATE DINING ROOM AVAILABLE FOR LARGE GROUPSDiscover The Bunker – Queenstown's best kept secret since 1997.

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