Cuisine: Fine Dining
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

True South dining room expresses our pride in the region with a menu of dishes based strongly on local produce from high quality suppliers.

Buying local not only assures freshness and quality, it’s good for our carbon footprint, reducing our food miles at a time when the need for environmentally sustainable practices is growing.

At True South, the menu changes seasonally with seasonal variations to feature foods such as Bluff oysters, Ora king Salmon, Cardrona merino lamb, Havoc free range pork from Havoc Pork, Venison and other game meats from Fare Game.

True South provides a choice of the best wines from the different sub-regions of Central Otago, the best of new Zealand beers and delicious local fruit juices.

We have a professionally managed, private cellar stock of world-renowned chateau wines from Bordeaux.

The True South Dining Room epitomises sophisticated elegant dining.

**First Table discount applies on all food items EXCEPT oysters and wagyu beef options**

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True South Dining Room
377 Frankton Road
Queenstown Lakes 9300

Open Hours:
Everyday from 6pm

Phone: +64 (0)3 450 1100
Website: www.therees.co.nz/en-gb/wine-food/true-south-dining-room

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True South Dining Room
Location: Queenstown
Cuisine: Fine Dining
Mains: $25 - $35+
Accepts:   True South Dining Room accepts American Express

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Roena Bennett

This was an exceptional dining experience -the food was amazing and the service was first class - we cannot compliment the staff highly enough for their amazing service.
Gold star experience all round!
And thank you for the complimentary bubbles when it was discovered one of our party was celebrating a birthday

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Rosie Kinton

Food was delicious, was such a treat! Will definitely be back, left feeling fat and happy

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Outstanding flavours in the three courses we had, with good-sized portions, and generous servings with the sides. Every mouthful was a flavoursome experience, with everything beautifully cooked,from the melt-in-your mouth beef cheeks to the rare and medium-rare venison. The wait staff were a delight. Highly recommended and we will definitely return. Many thanks, True South!

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Kim Black

Best meal I've had in Queenstown, inventive and delicious, we tried all the starts, the scallops were top but the others were also delicious! Venison and Fish were stunning, our waitress Dena was amazing, friendly helpful and knowledgeable. Wish I could eat there every night

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Exceptional atmosphere with a stunning lake and mountains view, open fire and beautiful table setting. Food very inventive, beautifully presented and generous in meal sizes. Most importantly everything was very tasty. The wine list is excellent and prices are reasonable. All in all - a highly recommended experience, we will be back!

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Bronwen Walker

It's always a luxury treat for us to enjoy an evening at True South, it's an exquisite fine dining experience in an intimate cosy restaurant & the views! We loved the attentive friendliness of our waiters Eugene & Roman & the calibre of our food was second to none. Our shared shoulder of lamb was meltingly good. We chose a quinoa, rocket, cranberry & pecan salad to accompany it. Perfection. Dessert for me - Honeyed Creme Brulee & for my husband the Chocolate Mousse which had a mandarin cremeaux he was amazed with the depth of flavour achieved - Chef Ben Batterbury at his best... (We still remember the unbelievably yummy Pine Needle ice cream we tasted here years ago!) Thanks First Table & thanks True South.

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Greeted with a smile. The service is very professional. The food taste is outside the box (tasty and innovative). Very generous with the taster. We will return.

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Yvonne Pearse

Lovey staff - welcoming and professional. Thank you Ralph for being so attentive. Food was delicious: Highly recommend the green lipped mussels in lemongrass broth and the lamb x 2 - melted in the mouth. Wondering Sticky Fig pudding to finish the meal. Thank you! Thank you!

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Always great food and service 5* ;)

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Jessica Smith

Outstanding! The 'Taste of the South' degustation was simply exquisite. Wine pairings were absolutely on point, definitely an option I would recommend to everyone partaking in the degustation experience (you can even upgrade to the premium wine matching). Service was great with clear and concise explanations of the various dishes along with a brief history of each wine as it was presented. Every course was outstanding - fresh bluffies to start, beautiful vegetarian asian style soup, scallops with pork gyoza, venison with artichoke chips + TWO desserts - kiwifruit sorbet with cheesecake + chocolate mousse with delectable homemade icecream. Thoroughly recommend for a fantastic fine dining experience. Great excuse to get dressed up and enjoy the exceptional food True South has to offer. Very impressed to see such young chefs producing food of this calibre.

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Suji Owen

Beautifully prepared and presented food in a relaxed and well lit dining room with excellent service despite it being full on a Saturday night. The wine recommendation was spot on and really helped make the evening feel like a huge treat. My teenaged daughters have not stopped talking about the lamb and potato amuse bouche. Only sad that none of us could manage dessert after such a fabulous meal.

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Rodger Coleclough

Stunning food in a stunning location. Nice an intimate with Great Lake views and friendly staff. Highly recommend for a special occasion or if you just like the best food.

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This is a restaurant for a special occasion and our special occasion was our 28th wedding anniversary.
We both love the experience here and it was our top choice.
I don't usually photograph food but these plates of food were works of art and I had to snap a pic before tucking in.
Visually 100% and taste sensation 100%
Love it love it love it!!! Foodie heaven

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Jacqui Rose-Anderson

We couldn't fault our dinner at True South. It's a real gem, and a privilege to be able to dine using First Table. Food is out of this world, amazing presentation, and the best wine list in Queenstown. Oh, and the view is pretty good too!

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Kylie Shaw

We sat at a window table in the restaurant enjoying not only the mountain/lake views but the ambiance of this dining room. The touches from the decorative tables with stones, to the wood your bill arrives on, were well thought of. The menu items are sourced locally (information on the back of the menu as to where the food is from). Any wine connoisseur must visit as their cellar offers wines of every vintage from all over the world. The two staff on our evening were friendly, informative and provided great service. Will visit again!

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Wow True South was so delicious! We went for a birthday meal. Amazing food and service with a 5 star view too. If you’re looking for something special this is the place. Thank you True South!

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Spencer Dillon Ruawai

Wow!!

I had heard and read many positive reviews about the True South Dining Room experience and was excited to get the chance to try for myself.

Walking in to the restaurant was an experience alone, warm, inviting and a great ambience. The the view out over Lake Wakatipu is again amazing, especially as the sun set and the colours change.

The food was exceptional!! We were absolutely blown away by the beautiful presentation, we forgot to take pictures!! Next time :-p The Chefs looked so relaxed in the Kitchen, working away on their pieces of edible art.

The pairings of food on some of the dishes sounded unusual and a bit odd to us, but they 100% worked!! It was like a mini journey in every mouth full, as you tried the many different components of each dish. We had 3 courses, plus bread and an amuse bouche, all plates left the table cleared. C.O.D dessert, ++

The service was impeccable, you could not fault a thing. Yana, Maître d, was super! She made us feel so relaxed with her cool, calm and collected nature. She had great knowledge of the local foods that were sourced and extensive knowledge of wine suited for all of the dishes on the menu. Really especially liked the explanation of each component of the dish as it was placed in front of you.

Great dining experience!! Can't wait to go again.

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Roena Bennett

This was an exceptional dining experience -the food was amazing and the service was first class - we cannot compliment the staff highly enough for their amazing service.
Gold star experience all round!
And thank you for the complimentary bubbles when it was discovered one of our party was celebrating a birthday

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Rosie Kinton

Food was delicious, was such a treat! Will definitely be back, left feeling fat and happy

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Outstanding flavours in the three courses we had, with good-sized portions, and generous servings with the sides. Every mouthful was a flavoursome experience, with everything beautifully cooked,from the melt-in-your mouth beef cheeks to the rare and medium-rare venison. The wait staff were a delight. Highly recommended and we will definitely return. Many thanks, True South!

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Siobhán McArthur

Delicious! Great service. Catering for gluten free was no issue. Lovely setting. We had a great evening! Thank you.

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Kim Black

Best meal I've had in Queenstown, inventive and delicious, we tried all the starts, the scallops were top but the others were also delicious! Venison and Fish were stunning, our waitress Dena was amazing, friendly helpful and knowledgeable. Wish I could eat there every night

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Kerie Stewart

Amazing views, and amazing service. Had the 6 course degustation and was very impressed.

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A fabulous view out across to the Remarkables. It wasn't busy the night we had dinner so it felt like our own private dining experience. The food matched up with the menu description and we both enjoyed our choices. Normally I'm not a fan of hotel restaurants, but this exceeded my expectations.

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Ana Letícia Dinegri

The lamb shoulder was superb, the staff was very kind. Desserts were a lit bit disappointing as they're very small portions (which I didn't mind as paying half, but sure would mind if paying the full price). Other than that, everything was great, the views are amazing during the sunset.

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Beatriz Dyosa

The food was great and it was a fast service. Drinks are also made by F&B attendant named Eugene. He met the excellence for his service. We will definitely come back and taste their other menu... Rebecca was also on fire too.

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Gary MARSHALL

Excellent meal

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True South is a culinary gem. Unique dishes with amazing tastes and great service combined with awesome lake views. One of Queenstown’s very best!

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Exceptional atmosphere with a stunning lake and mountains view, open fire and beautiful table setting. Food very inventive, beautifully presented and generous in meal sizes. Most importantly everything was very tasty. The wine list is excellent and prices are reasonable. All in all - a highly recommended experience, we will be back!

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Paula Cortés Carrillo

First time having dinner here and everything was pretty good. The rib eye really tasty, all the drinks incluying cocktails came to the table really fast. Eugene was a genius, a lot of a personality and really attentive.

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Bronwen Walker

It's always a luxury treat for us to enjoy an evening at True South, it's an exquisite fine dining experience in an intimate cosy restaurant & the views! We loved the attentive friendliness of our waiters Eugene & Roman & the calibre of our food was second to none. Our shared shoulder of lamb was meltingly good. We chose a quinoa, rocket, cranberry & pecan salad to accompany it. Perfection. Dessert for me - Honeyed Creme Brulee & for my husband the Chocolate Mousse which had a mandarin cremeaux he was amazed with the depth of flavour achieved - Chef Ben Batterbury at his best... (We still remember the unbelievably yummy Pine Needle ice cream we tasted here years ago!) Thanks First Table & thanks True South.

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Yvonne Pearse

We had a wonderful meal and excellent service from Fernando. Superb!

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Jane Moore

Had a really nice time at true south, the food was good and they sent out complimentary bread and an amuse bouche as well which were delicious

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The waiting staff were great & the waitress helped us a lot on deciding the menu & wine. We chose the tasting menu & all the courses are beautifully presented & absolutely delicious! I loved the king salmon with the edible "compost"!!
The only thought we had about the dinner was that the tasting menu courses were not specifically designed which means actually you can choose from the normal menu & share with each other. It was a 6 course menu & we got 2 proper side desserts so I think it could be better to serve like a local cheese after 1 dessert or 1 more small starter or main. 2 desserts were all delicious but I think it can be too much for some people.
In general, the whole dinning experience was great & I highly recommend it!

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Martin Taplin

Food was excellent and the wait staff were very attentive. It was fairly quiet while we were there but a few more tables had begun to come in as we were leaving. Would definitely recommend a visit and will be coming back again

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Our second time. Food tastes lovely. The waiter from Chile especially is very friendly and professional. Our appointment was not in the list but he did not make a fuss out of it. Thank you!

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The service was very good, the staff were friendly and the food was great. I was quite impressed the options they had on the kids menu, not the standard nuggets and chips but healthier food selection.

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Greeted with a smile. The service is very professional. The food taste is outside the box (tasty and innovative). Very generous with the taster. We will return.

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Hsuanwei Chen

The dining environment is beautiful and the staff is friendly.

Need take some time to find a parking space (hotel parking lot).

It is a pity that "8hr merino lamb shoulder, nevis beans and feta, mint jelly (please allow 45 mins)" takes too long.

We changed other main meals, very delicious, and very recommended.

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Yvonne Pearse

Fabulous food, friendly staff.

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Excellent food, wine and service!

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Food was absolutely amazing! Customer service was excellent! Highly recommend!

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Yvonne Pearse

Lovey staff - welcoming and professional. Thank you Ralph for being so attentive. Food was delicious: Highly recommend the green lipped mussels in lemongrass broth and the lamb x 2 - melted in the mouth. Wondering Sticky Fig pudding to finish the meal. Thank you! Thank you!

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Luvi Yadav

True south ! The place was true to its name, great ambiance, great host GEET, she was awesome, great dishes, it’s bummer that we couldn’t have dessert, reason we were full. Will come again.

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Excellent customer services. The food was so delicious. The chef’s specials of the day was so good. I requested something which was not even from the menu and the chef made it for us. Thank you. I will come back again.

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Absolutely beautiful food and the service was excellent, definitely recommended. In summer it would have gorgeous views too.

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Always great food and service 5* ;)

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We tried the Truth South tasting menu with a selection of wines to go with each course. The food was delicious and the service first class

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A very nice meal and service. This is one of the best restaurants in Queenstown.
Highly recommended

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Sophia Vaccarella

Really good meal, very high standard and service was great. Definitely recommend going in the summer as you can’t enjoy the view in winter when it gets dark so early!

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Lisa Anderson

Fabulous food, shame there was nobody else in the restaurant as there wasn't an atmosphere but of course that is not in the restaurants control.
Delicious food and good service. The bar is a little weird - the bar and reception are combined so don't plan on sitting in the bar for long before/after. But a brilliant first table!

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Carla Mitchell

Lovely restaurant. Really enjoyed our night and the service was above and beyond.

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Jessica Smith

Outstanding! The 'Taste of the South' degustation was simply exquisite. Wine pairings were absolutely on point, definitely an option I would recommend to everyone partaking in the degustation experience (you can even upgrade to the premium wine matching). Service was great with clear and concise explanations of the various dishes along with a brief history of each wine as it was presented. Every course was outstanding - fresh bluffies to start, beautiful vegetarian asian style soup, scallops with pork gyoza, venison with artichoke chips + TWO desserts - kiwifruit sorbet with cheesecake + chocolate mousse with delectable homemade icecream. Thoroughly recommend for a fantastic fine dining experience. Great excuse to get dressed up and enjoy the exceptional food True South has to offer. Very impressed to see such young chefs producing food of this calibre.

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Nice view ,quality fresh season food from the local. You have to try fine dining of south one time.

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We had a delicious meal in the restaurant overlooking the lake, which added to the overall experience

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Suji Owen

Beautifully prepared and presented food in a relaxed and well lit dining room with excellent service despite it being full on a Saturday night. The wine recommendation was spot on and really helped make the evening feel like a huge treat. My teenaged daughters have not stopped talking about the lamb and potato amuse bouche. Only sad that none of us could manage dessert after such a fabulous meal.

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Rachael Carty

We loved our experience at True South :) great service, super yummy food and good views. Would definitely go back.

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A great table next to the window looking at the lake and beyond.
Entree of scollops delicious and well presented. the main of fish also beautifully cooked.
Loved the whole experience.

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Laura Mckernan

The food was lovely. We shared a snack dish and a starter and had a main each along with complementary bread and amuse bouche. The restaurant is small and cosy with a great view of the lake and mountains. I wouldnt fault the service both staff were friendly and informative.

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Rodger Coleclough

Stunning food in a stunning location. Nice an intimate with Great Lake views and friendly staff. Highly recommend for a special occasion or if you just like the best food.

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Zou Zoe

Amazing view and creative dishes! Definitely wanna to go back!

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Food was awesome amazing presentation well done true South team
Really enjoyed the dining experience

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Yvonne Pearse

Outstanding food, excellent service.

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Very good.flavors were excellent. One of the best restaurants in town

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Such a stunning view and great food and service to match. To get food of this quality at 50% off is almost too good to be true!

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Food is creative, tasty and full of textures. Services was impeccable!! Highly recommend

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Niki Reid

Beautiful views, excellent service. Food was good, we both enjoyed the steak dish (although the portions are small so sides are definitely needed). The whitebait starter was delicious too!

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