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The Winery Restaurant at Mt Difficulty

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££ - £££
Wine Bar, New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, 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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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

Pleasant lunch of delicious platters and complimentary wine tasting ( if you eat at the restaurant). Excellent, attentive service. Need to book! Not open for evening meals.

Thank KPATauranga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

We had 8 for lunch and the food was wonderful, along with the service. You can't beat the views or the wine! We had the Haloumi Salad, swordfish special and seafood pasta, all were great. Wine matches complimented the dishes nicely. Definitely need to book, but well worthwhile.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Torquay, Australia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016

Great view, delicious prawn & clam pasta & wonderful Pinot Gris & Pinot Noir....a very thoughtful & responsible addition were sun hats & sunscreen provided if sitting out on the terrace. Highly recommended as part of a day touring the Central Otago wineries. Make sure you book in the busy times!

Thank MarkMGDesign
Greater Sydney, Australia
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22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016 via mobile

The title says it all. The setting is spectacular, looking up the Upper Clutha Valley. The food is very good. The service is very attentive although possibly not as "polished" as it could be given the location and quality of food and wine. Call me old fashioned but I don't like every course being interrupted with "is everything ok"?

Thank Otakou
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

Our favourite vineyard in Otago. Visited on numerous occasions and member of the wine club. Perfect weather, fabulous location, wonderful food, excelled friendly service and glorious wine. Perfect NY eve late lunch with the family.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

My wife and 8 month old son had lunch here and the day, setting, staff and facilities could not be better. Not only were the staff, service, and food spot on, they've clearly had a good think about how to cater to their clientelle - from the child friendly changing facilities, through to providing hats & sunscreen for the outdoor... More 

Thank Chris R
Cromwell, Otago, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015

Great place to visit for meal, platters and views. Good attentive staff and reasonable prices. Fantastic Mr Diff wine available.

Thank Catherine F
Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015 via mobile

I highly recommend taking time to stop passed for lunch or for a wine tasting. The resturant offers spectacular views and delicious tasting food which you can pair with a beautiful Mt Difficulty wines. Pays to make a booking or phone in advance if eating. I will be coming back.

Thank waldohelen
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015

Set on the Bannockburn Terrace above the vineyard this restaurant offers a panoramic view of the valley and vineyards. The range of Mt Difficulty wines is good, you can buy at the cellar door and have with your meal. The atmosphere is simple, understated and quite elegant, the service is very good and you are made to feel as a... More 

Thank Neville S
Alpharetta, Georgia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

Intimate setting with gorgeous scenery for a spectacular lunch with wonderful wine. Remember to make a booking during the busy season. And make sure to save some room for dessert, it's delish, especially the chocolate brownie with vanilla bean ice cream.

Thank Toastingbubbles

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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$20 - US$25
Wine Bar, New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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