Cuisine: Asian, Fusion, Pacific
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #2 of 74 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 74 restaurants in Queenstown 2
Blue Kanu
Location: Queenstown
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion, Pacific
Mains: $25 - $35+

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Peter McKeefry

We had heard about blue Kanu and were so keen to go and we were not disappointed -this lovely restaurant well exceeded our expectations and more - already recommended to some friends - definitely a 10/10

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Brianna Boxall

This was my second trip to Blue Kanu and it didn’t disappoint. Every time we go to Queenstown now we try and make it here. Very special restaurant with amazing food.

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Ashleigh Macdonald

Great food, delicious drinks and loved the atmosphere! Will most certainly be back again soon!

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Amazing food and amazing experience! Our waiter was so attentive and the service was very speedy. We would seriously recommend the shrimp and the korean fried chicken. I would also go as far as saying that the lava flow cocktail was the tastiest cocktail I have ever had. If you are thinking of booking this place on first table then stay up till 12 the week before and book book book! You won't regret it :)

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Stephanie Prendergast

Well, what can I say, there is definitely a reason that this restaurant is number one in Queenstown! Tucked away next to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding snow covered mountains, Blue Kanu was a dining experience, like no other, from start to the finish. The venue itself is wonderfully layed out, with the Tiki theme to suit its menu focusing on Asian and South Pacific cuisine.

The staff were all exceptionally friendly and our waitress was great, she explained how the menu works, due to it's sharing style nature, and also recommended how many dishes we should order for a table of two. We decided on two sharing dishes and two big kahunas. Food service was prompt and staff were sure to check in with us and clear the tables as and when more food arrived.

We had heard excellent things about the Golden Shrimp with sriracha mayo, so this was the first of our sharing dishes, along with the Korean Fried Chicken. Both amazing and great value for money, even without the First Table discounts. For mains we shared the Jungle Style Lamb Curry and Tahitian Style Glazed Pork Belly. Could not fault a thing, everything was wonderfully presented, the colours on the curry were fantastic and we were full but without feeling too gluttonous. We didn't have room for dessert, but will certainly seek to order the pineapple upside down cake during our next visit.

Thank you for an exceptional dining experience team, we will be sure to return in the not so distant future :)

Steph

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Grace Lim

One of the best dining experiences I've had. The customer service, food and atmosphere were fantastic. We had never tried food like what we had at Blue Kanu and my friends and I all agreed that we would 100% order the same dishes again. I would definitely recommend Blue Kanu and will be back if I ever visit Queenstown again.

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This has been recommended to me by my local friends and now I see why! Very friendly service and the food was just absolutely amazing! The girls and I all agree that this was the best food experience we've had in a very long time. We're already planning our next visit!

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The most amazing dining experience! Highly recommend all of the food especially the shrimp, Korean fried chicken, venison, lamb curry and Fijian loaf. The food was delicious and fast, the staff were helpful and knowledgeable and the setting was very funky! Can’t wait to dine again!

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Claire Savage

We loved our experience at Blue Kanu! The food was incredible. We loved all of it but especially loved the dumplings and the duck tacos. The cocktails were delicious and the desserts were perfect as well. The service was outstanding and we will definitely be back next time we are in Queenstown. Worth the midnight booking! So glad we went.

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Ellen Pryor

We had the most incredible dining experience! Food was amazing, service was amazing, cocktails were amazing!
I’d highly reccomend the goat bao, the fried chicken, the jungle curry, the mussels but the duck nachos are A MUST HAVE!

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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 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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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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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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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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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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Seryn Phillips

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

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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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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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Lisa N'llec

That was an amazing experience from the very beginning to the very end ! It was a very good surprise, coming from France we are used to restaurant, but that was a true experience very different from any other restaurant we have been before. First when you arrive, the place is lovely with candles and sofa, beautiful atmosphere, service was very helpful, cocktail was tasting and with the right amount of alcohol and the food my god... we enjoyed every dishes we had (highly recommend the salmon ...) and the deserts were crazy (Chili chocolat and coconut cheesecake). With first table we just payed around $100 for an amazing dinner and we were full and charmed. Just thank you!

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Rarely restaurants get fusion right, but blue Kanu nailed it. Every dish was a pleasant surprise and absolutely well executed. Granita oysters were fresh and a fun way to have fresh oysters. Be sure to try the lamb curry if you are able to take spicy food. Coconut cheesecake dessert was unique and interesting on the tastebuds. Finished every crumb through we were absolutely stuffed at the end!

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Leisa Nathan

OMG I must say this was the best restaurant we went to during our stay in Queenstown. The presentation was fabulous, the hospitality was amazing and the food was absolutely gorgeous. You must go to this restaurant if you're ever in Queenstown. The fact it serves Polynasian food was certainly a point of difference in comparison to the many restaurants in the area. Thank you for your wonderful service, I will be back!

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Tash Hewitt

The whole experience of dining at this place is amazing. From the moment you are greeted when you arrive to when you leave. This has got to be the best customer service I have ever experienced with bright, friendly waiters. The food was an explosion of amazing flavours! Would eat here again and will be recommending all to try this place.

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Thomas Pamon

This was the best food and dining experience in Queenstown this is a must go to ! I informed them of my but allergy every member of staff was aware and they were fully knowledgeable of their menu. All staff introduced themselves who we had interaction with it truly was an incredible experience. And the decor was awesome

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Casady Gray-Contreras

In one word- Incredible! My partner and I did the ‘Trust the Wok’ and every dish was amazing! One of the best meals we’ve had in awhile! Can’t wait to come back soon! Thanks team!

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Holly Johnson

Was a lovely sunny day to sit outside and enjoy great food and wine with great service! We shared two sharing is caring plates, a larger meal, and dessert with a bottle of wine! All food was so good :)!

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Kim Hudson

Highly recommend here. The food was delicious, the oysters in particular were amazing! Service was great and the atmosphere was lovely. The Lychee cocktail was another must try! Thanks Blue Kanu

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Ivo Caccia Buoso

Place is marvelous, but... for someone who was trying to get this first table after many unsuccessful attempts, we were expecting an unique experience about taste and service, which was nothing more than ordinary, but desert was delicious.

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Peter McKeefry

We had heard about blue Kanu and were so keen to go and we were not disappointed -this lovely restaurant well exceeded our expectations and more - already recommended to some friends - definitely a 10/10

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Excellent food and service. Would definitely do a first table here again!

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Brianna Boxall

This was my second trip to Blue Kanu and it didn’t disappoint. Every time we go to Queenstown now we try and make it here. Very special restaurant with amazing food.

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Chelsea Quider

Amazing food and service! Loved all of it!

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Siobhan Rochford

Best food I’ve had in a long time!! Definitely recommend going here while you are in Queenstown.

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Ashleigh Macdonald

Great food, delicious drinks and loved the atmosphere! Will most certainly be back again soon!

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Amazing food and amazing experience! Our waiter was so attentive and the service was very speedy. We would seriously recommend the shrimp and the korean fried chicken. I would also go as far as saying that the lava flow cocktail was the tastiest cocktail I have ever had. If you are thinking of booking this place on first table then stay up till 12 the week before and book book book! You won't regret it :)

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Tina Pirie

Very cool atmosphere in this place
Great cocktails from the barman with attention to detail and really friendly service from our waitress.

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Liam Hsieh

We come back to here every year when we visit Queenstown.
Excellent service and amazing food.
Highly recommend.

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Stephanie Prendergast

Well, what can I say, there is definitely a reason that this restaurant is number one in Queenstown! Tucked away next to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding snow covered mountains, Blue Kanu was a dining experience, like no other, from start to the finish. The venue itself is wonderfully layed out, with the Tiki theme to suit its menu focusing on Asian and South Pacific cuisine.

The staff were all exceptionally friendly and our waitress was great, she explained how the menu works, due to it's sharing style nature, and also recommended how many dishes we should order for a table of two. We decided on two sharing dishes and two big kahunas. Food service was prompt and staff were sure to check in with us and clear the tables as and when more food arrived.

We had heard excellent things about the Golden Shrimp with sriracha mayo, so this was the first of our sharing dishes, along with the Korean Fried Chicken. Both amazing and great value for money, even without the First Table discounts. For mains we shared the Jungle Style Lamb Curry and Tahitian Style Glazed Pork Belly. Could not fault a thing, everything was wonderfully presented, the colours on the curry were fantastic and we were full but without feeling too gluttonous. We didn't have room for dessert, but will certainly seek to order the pineapple upside down cake during our next visit.

Thank you for an exceptional dining experience team, we will be sure to return in the not so distant future :)

Steph

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Jamie White

Very cool place - would definitely recommend! Squid was amazing, some of the best we’ve ever had. Fried chicken was a bit disappointing as it was meant to be spicy Korean style and just missed the mark, but the rest of the food and cocktails was great. Would very happily go again!

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Grace Lim

One of the best dining experiences I've had. The customer service, food and atmosphere were fantastic. We had never tried food like what we had at Blue Kanu and my friends and I all agreed that we would 100% order the same dishes again. I would definitely recommend Blue Kanu and will be back if I ever visit Queenstown again.

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Dane Whittle

A* as always. Will definitely be going back for more.

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This has been recommended to me by my local friends and now I see why! Very friendly service and the food was just absolutely amazing! The girls and I all agree that this was the best food experience we've had in a very long time. We're already planning our next visit!

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Jasmine

Highly recommended

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Excellent customer service, all the staffs made us feel welcome. Definitely need to try the ramen & steam bun!

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Kana Takahashi

We dined there for my daughter's birthday. the staff were all very friendly and the food was superb! we will go again! Thank you so much for dinner!

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The most amazing dining experience! Highly recommend all of the food especially the shrimp, Korean fried chicken, venison, lamb curry and Fijian loaf. The food was delicious and fast, the staff were helpful and knowledgeable and the setting was very funky! Can’t wait to dine again!

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Lovely food, however they have changed the pork belly dish and we preferred it last time when it had the rice.

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Gene Dower

Great food, drinks and excellent service. Highly recommend Blue Kanu! We tried a few sharing plates and a couple of Big Kahunas between 3 as recommended by the friendly staff. Everything was delicious and we had room for dessert.

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Claire Savage

We loved our experience at Blue Kanu! The food was incredible. We loved all of it but especially loved the dumplings and the duck tacos. The cocktails were delicious and the desserts were perfect as well. The service was outstanding and we will definitely be back next time we are in Queenstown. Worth the midnight booking! So glad we went.

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Lesley Lee

Excellent food and great atmosphere

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Everything are great about this restaurant. Must try when you in Queenstown.

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Sophie Prosser

DELICIOUS! Perfect celebration, service was flawless and food heavenly. Can't wait to go back and worth the midnight booking!

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Ellen Pryor

We had the most incredible dining experience! Food was amazing, service was amazing, cocktails were amazing!
I’d highly reccomend the goat bao, the fried chicken, the jungle curry, the mussels but the duck nachos are A MUST HAVE!

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Awesome food and excellent service. *thumbs up

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Courtney Young

The food here is absolutely amazing, super tasty and full of flavour. The staff are super lovely too. I would highly recommend eating here.

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Stephen Dobinson

Amazing food! No wonder it’s No1!

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The tastiest food I've had in a long time! Service was good and he explained the menu well along with giving good recommendations. Food was good portions and we even had 3 courses as we wanted to try as much as possible. We will definitely be returning!

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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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