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.

“Worth stopping for the food and wine”

Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door
Ranked #3 of 34 Restaurants in Cromwell
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$28
Cuisines: New Zealand
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Cross the bridge over the Mighty Kawarau River to join us in our idillic Central Otago setting, surrounded by Wild Thyme and rocky outcrops.
London
Level Contributor
92 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Worth stopping for the food and wine”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Set in the stunning bleak Kawarau Gorge with the river below you and the gold workings all around. The food is eclectic and uses great natural and often wild ingredients cooked usually in a smoker. Sitting outside on a fine day is time well spent.

  • Visited April 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Adventurer62
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
sasinrio, Director of Sales at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Hi Adventurer62,
Thanks for your review. We are really pleased you stopped by and tried our barrel cooked foods. I hope you enjoyed the Wild Foods and were challenged by and enjoyed our food and wine matches. Perhaps next time you are through this way you could stop in again.
Sarah and the Wild Earth Team.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

269 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    174
    69
    15
    7
    4
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Hong Kong
Level Contributor
83 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit. Special location and good food.”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Great alfresco dining experience and well worth a visit. The approach to the restaurant is via a suspension bridge across the Kawarau River. The restaurant offers tasting food platters served on recycled plants of food paired with wines made by the winery. This is truly a unique experience.

I would not say that I was bowed over by the food or the wine but the whole experience exceeds my expectation. You can sense that a lot of thought has gone into the presentation and cooking to make this a unique cellar door dining experience.

Visited April 2014
Helpful?
Thank doobeebaby
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
sasinrio, Director of Sales at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
Hi Doobeebaby,
Thanks for taking the time to review our Restaurant while you were over here on holiday. We have put a lot of time and effort into the cooking (and presentation) - our barrel cookers have been developed over the past 4 years through much trial and testing... We think the food is pretty special and different and I'm very pleased you thought it unique and that it exceeded your expectations.

We would love to have you back again if you're ever down this way again.
Warm regards,
Sarah and the Wild Earth Team.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Stunning location, great ambience & fantastic food”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

My husband and two kids under the age of 6 loved everything about this restaurant. How I wish this or something similar was located near Sydney! The food was wholesome and the smoky wine barrel flavours were great! The service was very good too. My kids were relaxed as they were free to roam the gardens and whilst we ate it peace.

  • Visited April 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Miah_Miah
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
sasinrio, Director of Sales at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Hi Miah_Miah,

Thank you for your lovely review. I'm so pleased you and your family enjoyed yourselves and your wee kids were able to roam around and work off some steam out in the garden. Sydney isn't so far away, so please pop back - we would love to see you and the family again!

Cheers,
Sarah and the Wild Earth Team.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly great”
Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

Located in an unsuspecting location was a particularly enjoyable food and wine establishment. They were clearly passionate about their food and wine particularly the smoked food they prepare. Very well presented and all round great experience.

Helpful?
Thank Funchik
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
sasinrio, Director of Sales at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review, 27 April 2014
Hi Funchik,

Thanks for taking the time to review your experience with us at Wild Earth. We do indeed have an unsuspecting location - many people are surprised to find us in 'the middle of nowhere' when they stop off. We are passionate about our food, wine and our barrel cookers, and I'm very pleased our staff were able to convey that to you. Perhaps when you are over here again, you would like to pop by and we can show you more of what we do.

Warm regards,
Sarah and the Wild Earth team.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Queenstown
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“unique”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

My Girlfriend and I went here for lunch and had a great meal. unique and great food, excellent service and a great setting. one of the best places to dine in the region.

  • Visited March 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank rippledearth
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
sasinrio, Director of Sales at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review, 27 April 2014
Hi Rippledearth,

Thanks for taking the time to stop by with your girlfriend and also review us. We're really pleased you enjoyed the food and service and that you felt it was one of the best places in the region. If you're ever coming through this way again, please stop by, our menu is often evolving with new items cooked in our barrels, so it's well worth a visit.

Hopefully we see you again.

Warm regards
Sarah and the Wild Earth team.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door also viewed

 

Been to Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door? 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