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Prime Waterfront Restaurant and Bar

2 Rees Street | Upstairs, above Sunglass Hut, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 5288
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible9%
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Steakhouse, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2 Rees Street | Upstairs, above Sunglass Hut, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ignored our own rule of never going into an empty restaurant. Dirty. Smelled bad. Food was dreadful. Enough said.More

1  Thank karmit68
primeqt, Owner at Prime Waterfront Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your extensive comments. We are never empty, unless you are the first diner at 5pm, even in this, the quietest month of the year, May we are serving over 100 customers per day. The only smell in the restaurant is from our gently...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wandering past looking for somewhere to eat we decided to try the earlybird specials which at less than $20 are good value for dinner in central Queenstown. We were seated inside looking over the lake out the cold by the attentive staff. The rump steak...More

Thank pt63
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We purchased a Grab One deal which we all pleased with. The food was excellent and drinks well priced. Good service and we didn't have to wait long between courses or for our drinks. Our only issue was the table behind us that (we only...More

Thank Emma L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely views of the lake from huge windows. We chose a Filet Mignon medium rare and a Ribeye steak cooked medium. Both were perfectly prepared. The meal came only with a few small potatoes. Would have enjoyed a salad or some form of greens alongside....More

Thank 859garryc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Breathtaking views of the lake. The food was delicious - we had the sirloin steak and venison. The service was helpful and unpretentious. They are in the entertainment book too.

Thank Louise P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was absolutely amazing!! Sadly the staff let it down. Very rude and snobby. I also heard one of the ladies joking with one of her colleagues with these exact words "your reservation has been declined, please go away"- even though this was not directed...More

Thank Juddy_AU
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Great food, great location. Also have Gluten Free and Vegetarian. Lovely staff. Would go back again.

Thank Lynneonekidney
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We dined on a busy night (2 large tour groups arrived just after us) so perhaps that explains our main meal taking close to an hour to arrive and the fact that the 2 steak dishes were warm at best, with one closer to rare...More

Thank Cathy G
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

A lovely restaurant with a great view and lovely staff. Have dined a few times and will go back again. Only downfall was please add more sauce to the mussels! There was nothing to dip my bread into 😀

Thank reneexl
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

We were a party of 8 eating at this restaurant at night so the view was lovely but not as great as in the day time. It is upstairs on the waterfront. It's specialty is meat and I had the venison. It was absolutely delicious,...More

Thank Dianne R
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Rees Street | Upstairs, above Sunglass Hut, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-442 5288
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Prime Waterfront Restaurant and Bar in Queenstown offers lake-side dining with panoramic views of Queenstown’s lake and mountains. Open daily, Prime welcomes guests for lunch from 12.00 and for dinner from 5 pm. On sunny afternoons a lake-side table is the ideal spot from which to watch the activities around Queenstown Bay. We are a high quality restaurant and bar serving New Zealand cuisine specialising in a variety of beef cut steak, lamb, venison, duck, fish and vegetarian dishes.