Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 11am until late
- Disabled Access
- Free Wi-Fi
- Alfresco Dining
Fired up and delivering smoky hot flavours, Coalfire is a uniquely Queenstown dining experience which is proving to be an exciting and popular addition to the resort town’s dining scene.
Coalfire, which opened July 2017, has a meat orientated menu using the finest produce off the hills and farms of Otago and Southland, cooked low and slow over hot coals to craft food with a distinctive smoky edge.
Nestled upstairs and downstairs in the historic Eureka House it is hard to imagine a more apt venue that represents Queenstown. The building has been renovated sympathetically to showcase the heritage fabric of this 150-year-old building. With its old fireplaces, schist walls, locally made metal gantries, raw metal balustrades, rough sawn wood panels and exposed brick, the ambience is warm and cosy.
A hand-built smoker and a Spanish style charcoal oven are used to load the dishes with flavour.
Favourites include meaty St Louis cut pork ribs, Brisket smoked over fire for 14 hours, pork belly with maple glaze, tender melt in your mouth Cardrona lamb shoulder, a Classic beef Wellington cooked to perfection and a hefty selection of steaks seared over flame and accompanied by your sauce of choice. Coalfire is all about meat as meat is meant to be but it is not all doom and gloom for seafood and vegetable lovers. Coalfire backs up its meat offerings with a robust selection of seafood and salads including Tempura soft shell crab, a smoky delicious seafood chowder, cold smoked Stewart Island Salmon, South Coast Sole, Yellow fin Tuna, goats cheese and cumin pastry and a full supporting act of hand cut chips, smoked potato mash, winter greens, mac and cheese and more.
As well as offering food that is loaded with flavour and unashamedly good Coalfire also offers a damn fine selection of craft beers and local wines.
Booth seating, bar leaners and a red leather fire-side couch are inviting options in the warm downstairs bar.
absolutely amazing. 3rd time eating here and will br back again with friends visiting from Scotland before the end of the year.
The staff were lovely and really helpful!
Platter was a perfect way to try lots of flavours!
The food is increible , the place and atmosphere so nice and the staff are amazing!!! I'll back for sure! Thanks for the cake for my friend!
Cuuuuute! The furnishings and seating options are adorable and quaint and refined. The food was good, and the service was friendly. Go early, and ask to sit by the windows!
Great atmosphere. Friendly staff. Food delicious. They forgot part of our order but they admitted the error and had it ready quickly and didn’t charge us for it. A must go restaurant in Queenstown.
The food was amazing and the staff very friendly!!!
There were a group of 25 people and the staff were very attentive, good food and it was easy to split the bill at the end.
Cosy setting and delicious cuts of slow cooked meat... a carnivores delight!
Had a wonderful dinner with friends who are visiting from overseas. Service was good and food was delicious
Great food and service, great atmosphere, will definitely be back.
Steak and veggies were fantastic.
We went to Coalfire for lunch and we ordered the Jalapeño Poppers as a starter and then Chicken & Waffles and Ribs for main. The poppers were really good and overall all the main dishes were good as well. The only criticism I'll have to give, is that the coleslaw that comes on the side of the ribs is tasteless, there's no mayonnaise whatsoever on that, it will be just better if they just substitute it for fries. I didn't ask if that can be done, but future customers maybe can try that when they order it.
A delicious dinner - the sole was beautiful and my husband’s steak cooked perfectly. Finished our meal with lovely coconut pannacottas which were light and not rich. Great service and the old building is full of character.
Was some delicious hearty food
We had ribs and fries. The ribs were very tender and meaty, but the sauce was almost overpowering-very hot. The fries were limp, tiny and very, very seasoned. They were not what I'd describe as 'hand-cut'.
We regularly come here for lunch and the service is always fantastic to accompany the great food!
The Best beef Wellington I've ever tried, but sides are just ok. Eventhough highly recommended. Should have more options for dessert.
Food was amazing
Food was great, more than enough options to choose from, inducing deserts! Will definitely be coming back here sometime
So disappointed in Coalfire. You guys say you cook low and slow over coal and wood??? I have eaten low and slow my entire life and this was not low and slow. It tasted like you overcooked it in an oven and maybe even a slow cooker... There was no smoke or smoky edges... The food was so dry, we didn't even finish most of it. The meat was bland and dry. Chips were cold and soggy...Mac and cheese so cold and dried out...So sad... Honestly such a let down. I would not go back and would not recommend this at all. I am long term local here in Queenstown, not a tourist. Come on Coalfire! If you guys just want to rip off tourists thats cool, but locals wont be eating at your place. It was like your cooks couldn't be bothered and just grabbed leftovers from the day before and threw on a plate...
We ordered a sharing platter for three people with different meat, vegetables with different taste. I really liked that the taste was quite different on different course on the platter which was also a very good match to them. Their mulled wine was my favourite one so far compared those I had in different places. Strongly recommended!
We ordered the platter for two and except for the fried chicken, the rest of the meal came out cold. For what we paid this was very disappointing. Even the fries were cold and soggy.
Loved the atmosphere, service was great and the food was delicious. Little bit on the pricey side but when it’s half price you can’t complain!
another fantastic meal here. can't fault it. so much choice, we will be back again