We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Must do if in Queenstown”

Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #43 of 257 Restaurants in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$44
Cuisines: Chinese, European, Asian, New Zealand
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Located high above Queenstown with panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, Skyline Queenstown's restaurant is one of the most popular dining experiences in New Zealand - catering for up to 620 guests each night. Chef and guest interaction is one of the highlights of the Stratosfare redevelopment. Guests are able to watch as Stratosfare's expert chefs prepare dishes using some of New Zealand's finest produce at interactive cooking stations. Further enhancing the overall guest experience is the inclusion of a mussel bar, where New Zealand green-lipped mussels are served hot to diners. A central feature of Stratosfare is a purpose-built rotisserie oven where guests can see locally-sourced chicken, beef and lamb cooked before their eyes. A tempting dessert display featuring a vast array of decadent sweet treats is the perfect end to a dining experience. Lunch open from 12.00Pm until 2.00Pm. Dinner reservations available: Early sitting from 5.45Pm till 6.30Pm (tables must be vacated by 7.45Pm) Late sitting from 8.15Pm to 8.45Pm (no time limit) Contact
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Must do if in Queenstown”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

My partner and I dined here during Jan'14 as part of our road trip through South Island.

The restaurant is a mass buffet dining experience so don't expect intimacy. However, do not let that detract from the reason why most choose to eat here... its the ride to the top and view! It's pretty awesome.

The seating plan is fine wherever you sit. I generally got the feeling the window seats were booked for big groups.

When booking you will allocated a dining slot, so it is very much 'in and out'. Although that doesn't stop you spending a good couple of hours around the top of the skyline viewing platform, luge, and the various shops.

If you are in Queenstown you should defiantly do this, if not for the food but the view back Queenstown and reflect to allow you to reflect on the time spent in Queenstown.

  • Visited January 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank leroy000
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SkylineEnterprises, Manager at Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 15 May 2014
Dear leroy000,
Thank you for visiting our restaurant and for taking the time to write a review about your trip. We are happy to hear that overall you had a pleasant experience up here on Bob’s peak and enjoyed your dinner and the wonderful views. Although our restaurant is one of the biggest dining facility in the area, we strive to offer a unique experience to all our guests and nothing would make us happier than exceeding all our visitors expectations. Our seats are allocated on a first come first served bases and our table arrangement is purely a reflection of the bookings we have on the night and can change on a daily basis. I would like to invite you back as soon a possible and would like to wish you all the best in your travels and many positive reviews in the future
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

1,937 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    972
    603
    236
    74
    52
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Most amazing views ”
Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

You can't beat them amazing views and I enjoyed the food too it was pricey but well worth it. Great finish to a perfect day up the gondola and on the luge.

Helpful?
Thank Ayla R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SkylineEnterprises, Manager at Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 15 May 2014
Dear Ayla R,
Thank you for your visit and generous review. We are delighted to hear that you spent such a good time with us and enjoyed your dinner and the scenery from up here. We would like to welcome you back as soon as possible for more amazing memories and wish you all the best in the future.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Newcastle, Australia
Level Contributor
108 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Stunning”
Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

My wife and I had the pleasure of celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary here, We had searched for somewhere special to celebrate and it certainly was, The views from the restaurant have to be seen to be believed as words could not do them justice, The staff were fantastic, Helpful & Attentive ensuring you want for nothing, Finally the food matched the views the buffet provides a choice for each individuals needs, Certainly a must do for anyone visiting Queenstown.

  • Visited March 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank John M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SkylineEnterprises, Manager at Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 15 May 2014
Dear John M,
Thank you for visiting our restaurant and for your wonderful feedback. We are really happy to hear that you and your wife spent such a special night with us and enjoyed the food and the view from our restaurant. Your feedback regarding the service was passed on to our team members and they were delighted to hear from you. We wish both of you a long and happy marriage and can’t wait to welcome you back for your next anniversary.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“What a view!”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

I would have to say the primary reason for going to this restaurant is the view. We had an early setting for dinner there and that gave us the the chance to eat with the amazing views of Queenstown from daylight to dusk and dark so not only did we see the view by day but also at night with the lights which was nice. The staff are lovely and very helpful and professional. The only fault I would have is that initially we were given conflicting information on whether we could reserve a table and if we could reserve a window table. We were told you could if you arrived there early and put your name down. You can't. You have to go early and get a beeper. Then when the restaurant opens they page you and it is a race to be first there to get the best seat. It is worth getting there early as the views are amazing. The food is your typical buffet and if you are a seafood lover there is a good selection of this. There is however a lack in any child-friendly food as most buffets I have been to tend to have battered fish and maybe fries for the litte ones. Unfortunately it was lacking in this department and as we were travelling with a six year old he was limited to eating a bread roll and dessert. Which makes it a pricey dinner in terms of value if you are taking children. It does have a nice atmosphere and the live music is nice.

  • Visited April 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank KarenDNZ
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SkylineEnterprises, Manager at Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 15 May 2014
Dear Karen,
Thank you for visiting our restaurant and for taking the time to write a review about your experience. I am happy to hear that overall you had a pleasant night with us and enjoyed your trip up to Bob’s Peak.
Your feedback regarding the conflicting information about our booking and seat allocation procedures was taken on board and I am really sorry that this was not clearly mentioned to you at the time of your booking. We take great effort in making sure that our window allocation procedure is as fare as possible and the only way we can do this is by allocating our tables in order of arrival, on a first come first served basis. However this information should have been mentioned to you when you booked your dinner and I would like to apologies for the inconvenience, and assure you that your feedback was not in vane. Regarding our menu, I am happy that you found our food selection good and tasty and I am sorry to hear that our kids menu was not offered to you. We have a selection of kid’s meals that we prepare on request, and I only wish you would have mentioned anything to any of our staff members. Although these meals are available, as a consequence of previous feedbacks from our guests, we do not advertise them in front of the kids as parents sometimes do not want the choice to be available to their young ones.
Dear Karen, I would like again to thank you for your feedback and welcome you back as soon as possible, wishing to you and your family all the best and many happy holidays.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Greece
Level Contributor
3 reviews
“Great experience”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Arriving there and enjoying the view was already worth, but the food did not disappoint! It was Summer, but cold, so meat and "warm food" were the best options. I found Queenstown expensive, but the combo funicular + dinner was reasonable for the whole experience.

Visited February 2014
Helpful?
Thank MimiGreece
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SkylineEnterprises, Manager at Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 15 May 2014
Dear Mimi Greece,

Thank you for visiting us and for writing a review on trip advisor about your trip. We are really happy to read that you had a great experience with us and that we managed to exceed your expectations regarding our food offerings. We would be more than happy to welcome you back as soon as possible and wish you all the best, looking forward to your next visit.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar also viewed

Queenstown, Otago Region
Queenstown, Otago Region
 
Queenstown, Otago Region
Queenstown, Otago Region
 

Been to Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing