The Dishery Bistro Restaurant Arrowtown is a place of many dishes - epic food to be enjoyed with loved ones in a vibrant social atmosphere in a stunning natural environment with beautiful wine and cocktails.
Owned & operated by local Arrowtowners, Scott & Emily Stevens, The Dishery is bistro dining at its best. Since November 2020, we have specialised in locally sourced ethical fresh food, cocktails and wine, expertly crafted into delicious creations and enjoyed in a garden setting adjacent to the beautiful natural beauty of the Arrow River Reserve. Our restaurant suppliers are the very best that Central Otago and New Zealand has to offer. Find out more about them HERE.
Since the 1860s, the Dudley’s Cottage Precinct located next to the Historic Chinese Settlement, where The Dishery is situated, has been a hive of social activity. Hungry and thirsty gold miners came down from the Arrow Gorge goldfields to the edge of Arrowtown to trade their gold finds for basic human comforts. Food, drink, shelter, warmth, companionship. Back in those days, the pan you worked the goldfields with was also the dish you ate from. In fact a gold pan was simply called a dish. The most valued of possessions.