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The Winery Restaurant at Mt Difficulty

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European, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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73 Felton Road, Bannockburn, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
+64 3-445 3445
12:01 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 12:01 - 16:00
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Taby, Sweden
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Coming to Bannockburn and Mt Difficulty was a great experience for me, since Central Otago is one one of my favorite wine districts with it´s beautiful Pinot Noirs. Our visit lived up to my high expectations. I spoke to the very nice chef and it turned out he was from Belgium. That may be part och explanation behind the European... More 

Thank Per H
New Zealand
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Totally amazing views, fabulous food, brilliant wine - what more could you want! There is not a huge choice on the menu, but what Mt Difficulty Restaurant offers is really fine dining in a great setting. Highly recommend

Thank dunedintraveller
New York City, New York
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped at Mt Difficulty during our drive from Wanaka to Queenstown after several friends recommended the restaurant here. Sitting up in the mountains, this vineyard/restaurant has beautiful grounds overlooking the vines below. They have a nice tasting room with some outdoor seating to enjoy your vino (tastings are free if you have a reservation in the restaurant, otherwise its $1-2...still... More 

Thank NYweatherman
SF Bay Area
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food and wine tasting with your meal. Conducive environment to a meal with great friends. And then if you want to stay longer patio with lovely views to enjoy more wine. Thank you Mt. Difficulty!

Thank OnTh36o
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Second visit - though the last one was four years ago. Perched high, the restaurant has amazing views across to Mt Difficulty and down the valley. It is 'desert' land in many ways but still striking. The lunch was excellent and fairly priced. I had not booked but they found me a (solo) table and the service was efficient and... More 

Thank Alan W
Christchurch, New Zealand
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123 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a platter for lunch at Mt Difficulty accompanied by good Pinot Gris, being recommended by a friend as an excellent place to stop on the way into Queenstown. Desert well presented too of a coffee panacotta. Purchased a bottle of Mt Difficulty wine upon leaving. Didn't do the wine tasting.

Thank jessiev25
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While travelling from Wanaka to Queenstown with friends we decided to stop at this beautiful winery for lunch. We sat outside high on the hill to take in the scenery while we ate. The waiter (Joel) was very friendly and attentive, helping us to decide what to order off the menu. We decided on the antipasto platter to share for... More 

Thank Geoff-Dale
new zealand
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a Sunday lunch here and we were lucky enough to have a stunningly beautiful day so we could sit outside. We started with the breads, which were tasty, but as with many restaurants the bread to balsamic/dukkah ratio was a little out so we asked for, and got more, of the dips. The mains were good, but writing... More 

Thank kiwitravlers
Warrnambool, Australia
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed a birthday lunch here, fabulous views from a high vantage point, prompt service, divine meals and especially enjoyed the Mount Difficulty Rose.

Thank coogee3
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Low key notable celebrities visited this award wining winery as my guests. After our business meeting and enjoying amazing wine, we were refused a platter in the outdoor lounge area where drinking only applies. Unfortunately there are no signs which express this rule. My guests had already encountered unwanted attention from persons taking their photos from the car park and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
European, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:01 - 16:00
12:01 - 16:00
12:01 - 16:00
12:01 - 16:00
12:01 - 16:00
12:01 - 16:00
12:01 - 16:00
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
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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