Cuisine: Asian, Fusion, Pacific
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #2 of 65 restaurants in Queenstown

A fusion of Pacifica and Asian styles, this unique restaurant offers healthy and fresh foods in an exotic and atmospheric setting. 

Ancient spices are blended with culinary talent to create tapas style dishes with a ‘Polynasia’ difference. Share delicious prawn and ginger dumplings, salmon poke with ssamjang and mouth-watering mushroom and goat’s cheese egg rolls.

Yummy pots and plates include smoked duck breast, tempeh bibimbab and wagyu rump steak with bone marrow mustard. Savour sweets like the banana moon pie or the crispy rice with coconut jam and toasted marshmallow. The menu regularly changes, so ask the friendly staff to guide you through the new and exciting options available this week.

After your meal, take a seat at the colourful hula hut bar and enjoy vibrant and refreshing cocktails Blue Kanu style. Bespoke artwork from local artists and carefully chosen light and texture ensures a vivid atmosphere. This is your destination for a truly unique and exotic dining experience with oceans of aroha.

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Blue Kanu
16 Church Street
Queenstown 9300

Open Hours:
Everyday 4pm - late

Phone: +64 3 442 6060
Website: www.bluekanu.co.nz

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Ranked: #2 of 65 restaurants in Queenstown 2
Blue Kanu
Location: Queenstown
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion, Pacific
Mains: $25 - $35+

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Ashley Matilda

Best feed we had in Queenstown. Highly recommend!

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Mark Smith

We enjoyed a couple of dishes from the sharing is caring menu and then the Duck Kung Pau from the bigger menu. All food was superb as were the cocktails. The service was prompt, friendly and not intrusive. Love this place and will dine here again.

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Zoe Udy

WOW! Everything was amazing! The service was fantastic, the food came out so quick, one waitress had brought over the beer before the waitress at our table had even taken the whole order!! The food was incredible - especially the sticky ribs!

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The whole fish was amazing. Service was great too! Highly recommended!!

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The staff were fantastic and made us feel really welcome. It was a special birthday occasion for an elderly family member and the staff made the birthday girl feel very special. The food was fantastic, the menu is interesting. Everyone was really impressed. We will back without a doubt. Thank you so much B.K for a great experience.

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An interesting and diverse menu - delicious food, great atmosphere.
Pick of the dishes were the fijian cerviche, golden prawns as well as ribs. They do a fabulous blend of flavours and taste. Highly recommend!

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Karen Martin

We had an awesome night out, no one in our group had any complaints as the food and service was amazing.

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Jake Childs

It was unreal! We shared 9 different plates from all 4 sections of the menu between 4 people and every single one had it's own twist that was fantastic. Could not have been happier! Will definitely be coming back.

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Amazing service, amazing food, and a great atmosphere.

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Denize Cristina

Loved, really. I had a awesome time at blue kanu. I'll be back for sure

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Claudia Morrison

Tasty food, great atmosphere

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Suzanne Green

Wow as a local I can’t beleive I’ve not been here before. Such a beautiful restaurant. The pacific style music made me feel like I was on holiday ha ha. Quick and very friendly service with a smile. Portions were big, we ordered a meal each from the big Kahuna section and they were plenty. The pork belly was delicious, apart from the weird egg?!? but that’s just my taste! Highly recommend staying up until midnight to book a first table here and it throughly deserves its no1 rating. Will definitely come again and try the smaller sharing style plates. Nice work Blue Kanu

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Natalie Reilly

Amazing food and service. Thanks :)

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Had such an incredible meal here! We chose Blue Kanu because we'd heard great things about their gluten free picks, and one of us is coeliac. When we asked the waitress to walk us through the GF options, she knew it all off the top of her head and maybe 1/3 of the menu was all good, which is pretty much unheard of! We chose 3 "sharing plates" and 1 main between 2 (the sharing plates were introduced to us as entrees, but we're pretty big eaters and we were stuffed), all GF and some of the best food we'd ever had. Everything we had was absolutely delicious - tender meat, crispy veg, yummy sauces - best restaurant in Queenstown (and I live here!). Usually eating out with a coeliac is stressful but this whole experience was so easy and so delicious - would 100% recommend to anyone, GF or not.
Overall so happy with our meal here - just book it! Thanks for a great evening (:

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Caitlin Anderson

Amazing food, great place to share high quality food around the table.

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Food was really nice apart from the Pork Slider - I had imagined pulled pork. The guy who was serving was excellent, however the taller girl looked like she didn't really want to be there and wasn't that interested in the customers. Apart from that lovely night.

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Jez Whitaker

Blue Kanu continues to be our favourite restaurant in Queenstown and oh my god it just gets better! Some nice new items on the menu since we last dined here. The ribs are great, the oysters are delicious, just order too much food and leave in a happy comma and you'll be all good :-) Oh, and leave enough space for the brownie with ice cream!

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Cameron Steele

Everything about Blue Kanu is amazing. The food is devine, the service is ultra professional & friendly. Four of us tried loads of dishes that the server recommended - standout being the whole snapper (that was presented standing up and had a dozen or so photos taken before we could cut it up!) The wine list was also excellent, and four fine bottles later we left with huge smiles. A really great night out - thank you.

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Lenka Galbova Isaac Harrison

Blue Kanu has become one of our most favorite restaurants in Queenstown. The whole place is so stylish and beautifully decorated that we forgot we were in cold QT and not in a tropical island, food was incredibly delicious and beautifully presented, service was super friendly and helpful and cocktails looked too amazing to resist. It was an absolute blast to spend our evening there. The only not pleasant fact was that because food was too yummy we ordered too much and were absolutely stuffed. :)

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Mark Smith

WOW - really great food and atmosphere. Large servings so we ended up ordering too much food and couldn't eat it all. We ordered two small plates and two mains, next time we will order four small plates. Desserts sounded really good but just couldn't fit one in - next time.

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If I had to choose my final meal on Death Row I would pick something from Blue Kanu ... best food i've ever eaten :)
Particular highlights being the duck & goats cheese nachos & espresso martini.
Great service, can't wait to go again.

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Prisca Drysdale

fantastic food and service. We had the sticky ribs, golden prawns, duck tacos and poke. They were all excellent but our fav was the golden prawns. The hint of chilli was just right in the mayo. For main we had the Hulu chicken with great balance of sweet and a touch of sour. Will visit again and again

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Chippin'Ollie Curtis

Great food. The staff were all really friendly as well.

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Staff were amazing, food was delicious and cocktails made it even better!

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Suze Higgins

Stunning food. Especially the seafood. Yumbo!! Service was really good considering it was their first night, which shows that this restaurant knows how to train their staff well. Thanks for a great night!

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Amazing food and staff - highly recommend!

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Tom Bryant

Really nice food and great service! To be fair I thought it was going to cost a couple of squid

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Lecyl Wong

Great atmosphere. Very creative and impressive fusion of pacific and Asian food.

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Camila Gomez Martinez

We had a lovely evening. We were not sure about what to expect but everything was delicious. We had the whole market fish as a main and it was a surprise. Enjoyed every bit of it. Same with our starters, some poke salmon and shitake mushroom eggroll. Everything was really tasty and seasoned to perfection. I also recommend the Ginger Colada cocktail, refreshing and spicy. The atmosphere is really nice, great decoration and they even let us play the bongos! 100% recommended!

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Seryn Phillips

Amazing ! Food was incredible and service was brilliant. The golden shrimp is the best !

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Great dining experience! The pork ribs was very impressive. Awesome atmosphere, felt so relaxed.

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Pauline Carter

I love Blue Kanu. Staff are fantastic and food amazing. One of my favourite restaurants in QT.

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Food wood sublime. Service was impeccable. The staff went out of there way to make us feel welcome. The Fijian Kokoda ceviche tuna was to die for, 11/10.

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Have been before and will go again. Exceptional.

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Maddie Oosterbroek

Blue Kanu was so cool!

The aesthetic was different to any other restaurant I'd ever been to and I loved it. Our waiter was also great, his service was awesome and he was really nice to chat too - ran us through how the menu worked and checked on each course to make sure we were enjoying everything.

The food and drinks were both amazing! We had the BBQ pork ribs as one of our share plates and it definitely won first place for both of us. And the cocktails were presented so well and tasted great!

Only have good things to say about this place! :)

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This is an unique place in Queenstown offering tasty and well designed Pacific food in a relax and friendly environment. Claire our waitress was kind and professional. We had a great time and we will be back next time.

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Stephen Bosworth

Awesome evening, as it always is here, great staff, service was on point and the food was as good as it always is.....incredible!! Shout out to Larry the legendary bartender too, what a legend!! Thanks everyone for another brilliant experience!! X

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Stephanie Keates

Where do I start!? This restaurant has serious WOW factor! It is by far the most amazing looking place I've ever been to. Whoever decorated it deserves a medal because from the moment I walked in, I was on a beautiful tropical island next to the most inviting looking Tiki Bar! The waiter was super helpful (while also being easy on the eye). The menu has a huge variety of dishes. We dined as a group of three and we shared 3 entree's, 3 mains plus dessert. EVERYTHING was out of this world! Favourites included the Salmon Poke, Fijian Kokoka & BBQ Canter Valley Duck. The Beef Cheek Dumplings in the Beef Bone Boil Up were a stand-out also! We really didn't have the room to eat the Banana Bread Pudding but it was far too good not to stuff in! I only wish I lived in Queenstown so I could visit here weekly. Blue Kanu, you rock!

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América Bartilotti

The BEST experience in town! Unique atmosphere, delicious food, wonderful drinks! It’s definitely a must-do in Queenstown!

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Fu-Min Hsu

We ordered one drink, four dishes of appetizer, two meals and two happy endings, I am impressived by all of appetizers and desserts we got, I would say Blue Kanu offers very tasty, interesting and creative food in Queenstown.

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Ben Rex-Byrd

Great food, great environment and great friendly service. Would definitely recommend

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Blue Kanu is a really good restaurant, the duck is just amazing and the staff is very nice and helpful. I strongly recommend it

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Siqi Chen

Nice and friendly staff with good and fast service.

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Heaven-Leigh Oughton

Cannot get enough of Blue Kanu. Staff are amazing and the food is absolutely incredible. Risk the midnight rush for the first table on this one.

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It was our first time to Blue Kanu and we had such a fun, yummy and great time. The cocktails were beautiful, and the food was Devine. We recommend the Fijian Kokoda and the duck. The staff were so attentive and happy with waitresses in their floral dresses we thought we were on an island in Polynesia. The only downside was the amount of dumplings you get on the sharing menu. As a dumpling lover I was disappointed to see you get only 4 dumplings, but they were still delicious!

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Excellent food and service!!! Highly recommended. We’ll come back again. Thanks to First table too.

Caroline
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Katie Goodall

We had such a great night at Blue Kanu, the food was outstanding as was the service. Even being a first table and the restaurant being busy we were never rushed and were encouraged to enjoy our time and experience. 5 stars from us

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Phenomenal! Excellent service, incredible food! A warm welcome and a great atmosphere throughout, no wonder they are the number 1 restaurant in QT

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