The restaurant at Lake Ohau Lodge has a reputation for outstanding food, great service and warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Our cosy restaurant features an open fire, big windows with lake views, a bar and lovely big tables. Guests are often invited to sit together which often is one of the highlights of your time here.


The Team:

The heart of any place is the kitchen and indeed this is the case at Lake Ohau Lodge.  We have the best food backed up by our guests who constantly compliment our kitchen team.  Our Head Chef Tom Dacombe is Louise's nephew and he came to us from having worked at The Modern Pantry which is one of the most popular restaurants in London.  He enjoys the challenge of our set menu and is always conjuring new ideas to be incorporated into this.  Alongside him we are excited to have our new Sous Chef Jamie Nicholson and Patrick who is on holiday in the US is returning late February.

Our fabulous restaurant team is headed by Steph our Maitre d' from Canada and alongside her we have Annie, one of our few Kiwis on the team and Giulia our barista from Italy.  We are about to welcome a couple of new waitresses for the remainder of the summer season.

In the bar, we have Luke from the UK and Remo from The Netherlands, both really capable and lovely young men who enjoy both young and old - an inbetween!

Dinner, bed and breakfast.

Each evening we serve a 3 course set menu, the "chef's special" each night.  This includes a soup with Ohau fresh bread, a choice of two main courses on the same vegetables and a dessert.  We ask that you advise on booking of any dietary requirements so that we can cater individually for that requirement.  i.e. it is no problem to prepare a vegetarian option or bake a gluten free loaf of bread or gluten free dessert but whatever your diet we will try our best to cater for you.

For breakfast there is a buffet where you help yourself to the selection of cereals including our wonderful home made muesli, fruits and thick greek style yoghurt and then once you are seated our waitress will come and ask you if you would like a cooked breakfast.  This includes crispy bacon, free range poached eggs, grilled sausage and tomato.  Toast is served to the table and there is filter coffee and tea that you can help yourself to or we can make an espresso coffee if you prefer for an extra charge.

For families with small children we offer the option of an early dining time, if required.  In the winter season it is not uncommon to have 30 children all dining together at 6pm - that is when the adults retreat to the bar!!

Take advantage of our excellent dinner, bed and breakfast packages to experience the best Lake Ohau Lodge has to offer or ring (03) 4389 885 to enquire for a casual dinner booking.


Sample winter menus 2016 (will be changed soon!)

Menu 1

Kumara & Kaffir Lime soup

Ohau fresh bread


Barley crusted smoked eye fillet


Confit duck leg

Pumpkin, orange & kumara hash


Red cabbage slaw

Celeriac remoulade


Earl Grey panacotta with rum & raisin icecream, pistachio biscotti


Menu 2 

Parsnip & vanilla soup

Ohau fresh bread


Pistachio crusted lamb rump


Local crispy skin Aoraki salmon

Miso kumara fondant


Glazed beets

Smoked potato aioli


Passionfruit parfait with mango coulis and toasted coconut praline



Over summer our awesome chefs offer the most delicious platter comprised of home made lavosh and fresh bread with smoked ham hock, chicken & orange terrine with mango chutney, cold sliced rare roast beef with ploughman's relish, house smoked Aoraki salmon with balsamic pearls, Talbot Forest blue and Ben Ohau Road Aorangi Tangi cheese, iceberg salad, spiced walnuts and seasonal fresh fruit, freshly baked bread and home-made lavosh.  This is definitely our most popular lunch request but we also have on offer a ham, cheese, tomato and red onion toasted sandwich with salad or our soup of the day with fresh bread.  AND of course, there is always something sweet to end it with - just ask the waitresses what's on the menu for the day.

Over winter, as most guests are up the mountain, lunch is a very casual affair.  We offer simply some of our home made soup and bread or toasties and salad and there will always be an espresso coffee and cake to hand!  Best to get up the mountain!!