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“Good but not outstanding”

Ivy & Lola's Kitchen + Bar
Ranked #14 of 257 Restaurants in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, New Zealand, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Kitchen And Bar
Arrowtown, New Zealand
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good but not outstanding”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

Four of us went here and found it reasonable but not outstanding, particularly given the price. The food is average only, not bad, but notihing out of the ordinary. The 3hr steak was quite average and although big was chewy and perhaps not the best cut. The jus with it was excellent but tended to overpower the steak flavour. The fish of the day was also not as good as one would expect.

The service is good, the atmosphere good, and the food is OK to good. However there re so many good places to eat in Queenstown that the quality of the food needs to be better than just good for a place of this quality/price.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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“Yummy Winter Warmth.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

You want a cosy atmosphere and delicious food you must eat here. I have tried a few of there dishes and must say I have enjoyed ever time. The menu is a great mix of what NZ has to offer. The staff are great and very accommodating. The open kitchen is always buzzing, and the big fireplace keeps it very cosy.. It pays to book here as it is a popular restaurant, which it worth a try.

  • Visited July 2014
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Arrowtown, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Rocky start, but a great finish”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

It was a strange start on a cold winters night to arrive at the restaurant where you had made a reservation for 7pm to be told that your table wasn't ready and the bar was too busy for you to wait inside! There was a heater outside, but......

Anyway, once we were seated inside, we had a charming waitress, and the atmosphere was good, nice and cosy.

Between us we chose steak, pork and fish. Everything was presented well and tasted great.

Although some of us were locals, we had never been before and we would return.

  • Visited July 2014
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Perth, Australia
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Very cosy atmosphere, great menu and friendly, knowledgable staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

There are many restaurants of all kinds in Queenstown and we haven't been to all, but this one stood out from from the many I have patronised across the planet. An old radio theme anchors the interior design. Tables not too closely spaced to one another and it's easy to hold a conversation without needing to whisper, r be annoyed by louder conversations at nearby tables. The menu was one of the more interesting and diverse I have seen in some time and the quality of the preparation excellent. Our waiter Ben had answers to all our questions and made recommendations that proved to be on the mark. Outside is a sitting area with tables and market style umbrellas that provides a great view of the grassed open area at the wharf and on towards the Remarkables. Definitely give this restaurant a try when in Queenstown.

Visited July 2014
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Birmingham, Alabama
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“Superb food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

What a great place-food, waiter, atmosphere. Whether you choose outside under the heaters with a blanket or inside by the fire you will enjoy your meal and surroundings.

We ordered goat curry, salmon and market fish of the day. All excellent. Appetizer of prawns, scallops and celeriac soup with croutons. All great flavors build with fresh ingredients. Excellent house salad lightly dressed and rhubarb/apple crumble. Excellent service and wine options. Many restaurants in the area but this one stands out for many reasons. Found it on tripadviser and confirmed my opinion. This is a great little place.

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