Flame. A secret South African BBQ recipe wrapped around amazing ribs and steaks. We’re a restaurant of course but we pride ourselves on the welcoming and enthusiastic service we bring to every table. Entertainment from start to finish. The views are stunning, the team are hand-picked for their passion and our warm welcome is just the beginning of what we hope will be a long and happy friendship.

Within walking distance of all major hotels and just metres away from Queenstown bay, you will smell the alluring aroma of Flame food before you even find us. Follow your nose and you will find us tucked away upstairs and embark on an eating adventure you are sure to enjoy

Flame Bar and Grill. Upstairs with the best lake views.

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  • “Juicy”
    The venue is smaller than imagined however the service is excellent and the cuts of beef are superb.

    The atmosphere is dimmly lit and the tables are large.

    We opted for soup of the day for the entree and my partner had the seafood chowder, very generous serving of seafood in the chowder.

    They were very accommodating with the side options, the menu stated chips or baked potatoes, we asked for salad instead and they were very happy to help.

    We would recommend this place if you enjoy meat!

    Geoff P

  • Reviewed by TravelbugsWA
    This fantastic place never fails to please. This is a definite “must do” while in Queenstown. The food is superb! The staff are terrific. They are super attentive but not to the point that they are annoying. They tune in to the needs of their diners. The service is as quick or as laid back as you require. The ribs are their signature dish and are incredible, but so are the Tiger Prawns and the Salmon, and not to mention the cheesy garlic bread. You can take a chance and walk in and the staff will do their best to find you a table but there’s no guarantees. It’s best to book a day ahead, especially on weekends. It’s an amazing place to dine, you will not be disappointed.

  • “Great ribs and fantastic cocktails ”
    Well what a way to begin the warm sunny day… A magical view (located on beach street) overlooking beautiful blue lake wakatipu water edge is lined with weeping yellow willow trees swaying in the gentle breeze and baby ducks wading about on the green grass that’s surrounded by snow capped mountains and beautiful blue skies….what a view soo grateful to be here.

    Well the staff particularly the waiter to quick to serve drinks and take orders. We all shared the tasting platters and Boys ordered the spare ribs and beer.
    Waiter did not have to be reminded who ordered what. Plates removed accordingly.

    Large Artwork in foyer and entry very interesting done by local artist.
    Amenities Located near bar- clean and tidy.
    Table layout is functional and outdoor balcony is nice and cosy.

    Oh our ski instructor recommended this experience and he again it was correct!
    We enjoyed cocktails that the waiter suggested best flame and grill cocktails to try.
    Thank you great food and fun with happy staff.

    Visited July 2016

    Nikki W

  • “Excellent fillet”
    Went to Flame because it seemed to have good reviews. The food did not disappoint. The first visit we both had fillet steak-one rare, one medium well…both perfect….so much so my husband wanted to go back for another the following day. On the second visit I had a seafood selection (not sure exactly what it was called on the menu). Hands down this was the best dinner I had during 3 weeks in New Zealand. Although, the steak from the previous night came a close second!


  • “Great food ”
    Couldn’t be happier with the food here and the service was really good. One waiter in particular Johnny was excellent makes u feel relaxed and great people skills. The food was great so tasty and it was so quick from when we ordered . Overall great place to come and eat.

    Pauline B

  • “Awesome!!!”
    Nick fantastic service. Fagan best cocktails ever! Kat amazing manager for being able to put up with us and the Their team. From Emersons team 🙂


  • “Great steaks!”
    First night in Queenstown and I knew I had to come back to Flame. I had previously loved the steaks here and my return trip with my family did not disappoint. Service was excellent and the steaks – we had rib on the bone, was cooked to perfection. The difference between the mushroom and the peppercorn sauce was questionable but both were excellent additions to the meal. We also got ordered some veges as extras between the two of us which really filled us up. With the steak and veges, we pretty much rolled out of there without even looking at the dessert menu.

    Tim B

  • “Excellent romantic dinner”
    -The service is amazing, especially Nick!
    -The restaurant was accommodating even when we hadn’t booked
    -The option of wine matching was great
    -The tasting board for two was an epic way of not missing out on the good stuff

    Tara M

  • “Best restaurant experience in NZ”
    We came here for our last night in NZ after visiting both islands over the last 2+ weeks. What a great finish to a wonderful holiday! Small but lively venue with a good vibe. The food is unbelievable and portions are very generous. The bar and wait staff were all very pleasant and helpful. You can’t go wrong on anything you choose here but they specialize in grilled meats. They have an excellent wine & beer selection in addition to top shelf spirits & cocktails – something we didn’t find in any other south island restaurant we visited. Make sure you save a little room for their specialty dessert drink “Dom Pedro”. Long time chef & general manager Tom oversees his kitchen and the entire restaurant wth great care ensuring high standards in service & consistently wonderful meals. Prices are very reasonable for the quality. Whether you’re in Queenstown for a night or a week, make sure you treat yourself to a meal here.


  • “Great food and great atmosphere”
    We discovered Flame Bar and Grill by accident while walking around Queenstown. The fact that it was upstairs above the street was appealing so we walked in for lunch. The greeting was warm and friendly and the food and drink was very good. In a town where meals can be quite expensive we found Flame to be really good value. We had the Tasting Plate which consisted of sausage, calamari, ribs and chicken wings. Easily enough food for four hungry people and only $45.00 for the lot. We enjoyed the meal so much we returned for a second meal later in our stay, so I would highly recommend this restaurant.

    Ian J

  • “Great food and vibe”
    Here with our family on the first night in Queenstown. We read all the reviews, booked in advance and thoroughly enjoyed it. The ribs were sensational and the service just as good.


  • “We regularly put Flame Bar & Grill into our Clients’ conference or incentive programs as we always get rave reviews. In fact, one of the Australian delegates from our last conference group said that the steak at Flame was the best he’d ever had!”

    Suzanne (Suz) Baker, CEM, EVENTIONZ LTD

    My Partner and I went to dine at this restaurant, great sport in town overlooking the park, great staff, great food – Shared the Mushroom entree dish & He got the full ribs and I got the Sirloin steak! & dessert. How we ate this much baffles me however it was just too good to stop. So we ate and we drank and I will recommend it to anyone going! Jimmy was great. looked after us wonderfully and saw that we were quick eaters and kept the food coming! The one thing is this is a busy restaurant so make sure you book in advance to get the time you want 🙂

    Katie J

  • The best service I’ve had in a long long time. Everyone was super friendly and fun. Food was pretty top notch too, awesome steak and ribs!

    Kristin Hall

  • Was part of that very drunk group of 8 a few nights ago, sensational service, best ribs of my life, great dessert. One of the best feeds of my life.

    Jake Windram-ashby

  • Me and my partner visited Queenstown from Hamilton 15 months ago and selected a few restaurants to visit. When we asked our taxi driver to take us to Flames he replied with “that is my favourite restaurant”. Good start. My partner ordered the Mozambique prawns which after a taste soon became my dish. We absolutely loved that dish so much we visited another
    5 times in our 10 day stay. Often we find ourselves reminiscing over this dish and we get sad. Like this very moment actually. We are coming back to Queenstown mostly for this meal. I herd you were closed for a few weeks and i said “imagine if we went to Queenstown and Flames was closed” His response was “that would be devastating”. Indeed it will be. Anyway we are planning our next trip and we are friken excited. Hands down my favourite
    Restaurant in the world!!!!!!!

    Becca Henare

  • Tender and meaty ribs, generous portion, sweet and just a little tangy sauce, very tasty and thoroughly enjoyed! Arrived on a busy day, lovely staff relocated us soon after arrival to a table with even better lake views when it opened up.

    Naomi Free

  • We have just finished dinner and left your restaurant. I have to say it was absolutely fan friggintastic.. Wow food great, service, what can I say but impeccable, apologies for not remembering our waitress’s name, she was English and really made us feel special. I must not forget our maitre’d , he delivered. They both deserve medals!! Will come back if I get service and food like this.

    Lana Goodwin, LGoodwin@cognition.co.nz

  • “We have used Flame Bar and Grill many times for our conference and incentive groups. The guests always have a fantastic night and rave about the amazing food!”

    Dinamics Destination Management, Queenstown

  • “ I found the restaurant a great location for a medium sized group, with unique, high quality and plentiful food, a terrific atmosphere and a team running it who provided my group with friendly and efficient service. I would highly recommend it”

    Jim Watt


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