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prime
Function venue in central Queenstown specialising in weddings and conferences
and breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktail functions

Prime Waterfront Restaurant and Bar

Queenstown Function Venue

Prime is an award-winning restaurant in central Queenstown that is popular for intimate dinners, private dining and business meetings.

Prime is also an ideal venue for Queenstown weddings, conferences, and celebrations with seating for 180 and space for 250 standing.

Guests can arrive by boat with Million Dollar Cruise or by road with Queenstown Transport.

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Prime Waterfront Restaurant and Bar, 2 Rees St/Queenstown Lakefront

Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Prime's stylish, modern decor and stunning lake views create a special ambience.

The venue features lighting, sound system and an elevated stage that is ideal for speeches and presentations. There is also an elevator from street level. Prime's lake and mountain views provide a picturesque welcome for out of town guests.

The group may choose to arrive by boat for a dramatic entrance - Queenstown's Main Town Pier is on Prime's front doorstep, where Million Dollar Cruise berths. Otherwise we recommend Queenstown Transport. for groups (large buses are not allowed in central Queenstown).

Prime has recently undergone a major refurbishment and its elegent decor is complemented by modern art. The central open fireplace is a popular feature in winter and the open balcony provides a private smoking area.

There is a stage at one end of the restaurant, suitable for the top table, band or entertainment. Prime is licenced until 1.30 am.

Prime is also ideal for smaller groups with a private area that can be curtained off for groups of up to 40 guests. Advance bookings are essential and a minimum spend may apply.

 

 

 

 

Prime's Capacity
  • 120 classroom style
  • 150 theatre style
  • 180 banquet style
  • 250 cocktail style
  • 40 diners in the private curtained area

Prime features

  • Full service catering
  • Data projector
  • Sound system
  • Sky TV (by arrangement)
  • Lighting bank
  • 3-phase power
  • Blackout curtains
  • Interior sectioning curtains
  • Floor to ceiling windows with stunning lake and mountain views
  • Balcony with town views
  • Fully stocked bar with cash and electronic payment facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • Open gas fire
  • Outdoor smoking area
  • Lift from street level
  • Disabled facilities

 

Images: Prime

Price

 

Rather than charge venue hire fees, we request a commitment to a minimum food and beverage spend for exclusive functions that require the restaurants to close to the public.

These amounts are outlined below and vary according to the time of year. The months of July, August, December, January, February and March are the most in demand and therefore attract a higher minimum spend. The lower figures apply during our off-season.

These include, but are not restricted to, New Year's Eve and the Winter Festival fireworks night. Please enquire if you would like to book an exclusive event on such an evening. A 15% surcharge applies on public holidays.

A set up fee may apply depending on minimum spend, staffing levels and specific layout requirements for the event.

 

Floorplans

Prime Waterfront Restaurant and Bar sample floorplans

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Testimonials

 

Hi Jo

Apologies for not writing this sooner I have been back a couple of days and really wanted to provide some feedback.

Firstly a huge THANKYOU to you and your team at Prime. Both myself and the guests could not fault the food, drink and service.

Everything was perfect and better than I could have imagined. The service from the staff there was impeccable and a big thank you to Charlie who had to put up with us rowdy lot.

I honestly could not fault anything about our night, the venue, food or service it really was perfect and I am quite control freak but I was so incredibly relaxed the entire night.

So please pass on to the whole team that they did the most wonderful job and I had the best 30th I could ever have wished for.

THANKYOU.

Regards,

Kara

Hi Jo

Thanks for the great service last Tuesday night. The food was fantastic and we all had a great night.

Regards Luton Anderson
Concierge
Royal Garden Hotel

Hi Jo,
I just wanted to say a big thank you for everything last night. It was a fantastic night!
Our waitress was just so professional and friendly, nothing was a problem.
Food was divine and thank you for organizing the private dining room.

Ani


Hi Jo,
 
Thanks so much for all the help you and your staff gave during the wedding. It was a fantastic day in the end and everyone commented on the reception venue.
 
Thanks again
 
Rhonda

 

Thank you so much for all your efforts with the CINZ Conference 2012.  The cocktail function at Prime was the perfect start to a great few days in Queenstown.

I was absolutely thrilled with the venue and service and I would like you to pass on my thanks to Mark, Amy and your team for their wonderful support.   The food and beverage were plentiful and I think many people were in great spirit.  Please also pass on my warmest thanks to Caroline for her support and contribution.  It was great to have her join us too, she is gorgeous and I loved meeting and spending time with her.  The Race Day theme was perfect and I hope you were all as thrilled as we were.  

Thanks so much Jo – it was a real pleasure to work with you and I look forward to keeping in touch.

With kind regards,
Jen Stanton, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand

Amanda at HQNZ has given me your contact. I just wanted to thank you for the use of Prime for the Essential Brands Group 10th Birthday Celebration Awards dinner on Saturday 11th February 2012. Everyone had a great night and the view is spectacular from the restaurant. I must commend your staff on the night as this was the best ever drink service we have had on an awards night. Many thanks and all the best to you.  Regards,  
Rachael Greany    ESSENTIAL BRANDS GROUP

Hi Jo, The night went really well so please thank the team. I had no end of people telling me what a wonderful meal it was.
Kind Regards, Jade Bedingfield

Dinamics Destination Management 

Jo, thank you for all your help on the ITNZ Conference Gala Dinner. By all accounts the night was extremely successful. The food was described to me by the client as “spectacular”, the menu and wines worked well together, the ordering and meal drop timings were prefect and the venue suited us down to the ground. It was a pleasure working with you and your team, If I’m back in Queenstown with a group I won’t hesitate to use Prime again.Thanks again Jo.
Kind Regards
Blair Graham, Event Director

Great service, brilliant food and a very smoothly managed event"
- Karen Reeves, Volution Event Management

The services we received from the initial enquiry right through to post event was fantastic. If is such a pleasure to work with a professional team when you are showcasing Queenstown to international conference groups. We only wish that we could have a Jo Weir in all the destinations we work. Iconic Tatler always produces fantastic service. For a Dine-a-round evening, using Prime and Tatler is ideal - one person to work with on the event and with the close proximity of the restaurants it is really just a smooth process.Thanks for making part of my job a lot easier!
- Victoria Wales, House of Travel

"On behalf of the conference delegates and the organising committee I would like to thank you and your staff for an outstanding conference dinner last week. One delegate even thought it was the best conference dinner she had attended! I look forward to using Prime for future conference functions in Queenstown."
- Sally Boult, www.events4you.co.nz

"I would also like to thank both you and your staff for a fantastic job on Saturday. Everyone was really helpful, the service was prompt and the food was great. Every guest I asked was very complimentary about the food as well."
-- Amanda Muir, HQNZ

"I need to thank you and the staff sincerely for all your help with the client dinner, it all went very well."
-- Tanya McMahon, IDTours

Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your staff who were working last Saturday night for our engagement party. The set up was fantastic and everybody had a really good time. We really liked the cards that were on the table, such a nice touch. A lot of our friends had never been to Prime before and totally loved the venue.
-- Shaun and Mel, Queenstown

On behalf of Tish, Sam, Joe and I congratulations to you and your staff at Prime for the success of Friday night, everything was perfect, the venue blew away everyone especially those from out of town, the meal was generous and delicious and Tanya and her team were outstanding, well done.We would be delighted to endorse Prime as a venue to anyone wishing to hold any similar function there. Please convey our thanks to all involved in making the occasion such a memorable one especially Tanya.
- Murray and Tish Acklin

Many thanks for looking after my clients so well. They were thrilled with all the food and the venue. Also thanks so much to Tania and the team who were willing to come into work early and set up morning tea if the weather turned. Great service!. I look forward to working with you again.
- Jude Earles Corporate Venues

Oh my god.......I can't believe it's over!! Thank you so much. Everything ran so much more smoothly than we could imagine! You guys were OUTSTANDING. I have not heard one negative comment at all We have had sooooooooooo much feedback on the meal in fact one person said it was the best wedding food' they had ever eaten! I WANT TO DO IT AGAIN!!!!!
- Anna and Hayden

Hi Jo, Just wanted to let you know that we had the very best day on Saturday.  Please pass on our thanks to all the staff that worked that night, they were great!  Also, thank you to you for all your help.  We had so many comments on how wonderful the food was. Absolutely delicious meals had by all.  Cheers & thanks to you and your team Jo
- Heidi & Simon Holden

Dear Jo, Mike and Mark, Thank you so much for throwing such a great party at the close of TRENZ 2011! We all had a great time and the feedback has been excellent. Thank you for all your work for this event.
- Cheers, Lina and the TIA Events Team

Hi Jo and Shane, Thanks so much for your efforts around the show with Greg Johnson. It was lovely to have such a good night in Queenstown. Having the band based at Tatler worked well and Kendall was a top host there. We got back on Monday from the final leg of the tour and things went nicely across the country. So Greg has headed back to LA a happy man.  Thanks again and all the best for winter.
- Caley Wilson, mynewfavourite.com

Bookings

Because we make a special effort to provide the required food, beverage and staff for functions, we need to recover our costs in the event of a cancellation.

If your event requires attendees to travel from out of town, we strongly recommend you arrange travel insurance to cover you against cancellation fees.

  • A deposit will only be refundable if more than 14 days notice of cancellation is given; a $50 transaction fee will be retained.
  • Cancellations within seven days of the event will not be eligible for a refund of the deposit.
  • Cancellations within three days of the event will require payment for the entire meal, together with other costs we may have incurred in preparation for your event.

The continuation of your booking with us implies your acceptance of our cancellation policy.

Deposit

We undertake to provide the requested menu and beverage list for the specified number of guests, preceded by a detailed estimate of the likely cost for the event.

On acceptance of this estimate, a deposit of 20% of this amount will be charged against the credit card you have provided. If you would prefer not to provide a credit card we require a 100% pre-payment. If you are going to be booking a series of events, you may wish to become an account holder; a credit application will be forwarded to you on request.

Our team will do all we can to ensure the success of your event. Our booking policy follows. Your acceptance of these conditions is confirmed by the continuation of your reservation.

At the time of reservation, please advise our Functions Manager:

  • Event date, time, size of group and name of event
  • Organiser’s name, position, email address, telephone and cellphone numbers
  • Time we can expect guests to arrive
  • Details of any entertainment you have planned, along with a running order so our chefs can plan food service schedule
  • Any set up, layout, decor or  A/V facilities you need us to arrange at the venue
  • A credit card to guarantee the event.

The following information is required 7 days in advance of the event:

  • Final numbers attending (this is the minimum for which you will be charged; if numbers increase we’ll do our best to accommodate extra guests subject to available space and ingredients)
  • Menu selection
  • Beverage selection
  • Details of any special dietary requirements or special menus, eg children, vegetarian, gluten-free.
  • Cellphone number or local contact details of organiser
  • Whether there will be any guests aged under 18 years
  • Your policy on what beverages may go on the function tab, aside from the wines/beers you have ordered.
Time

A finish time in accordance with QLDC licencing regulations may be imposed. A late licence can be applied for with a minimum of 45 days notice and at a cost of $200.

Security

Certain types of functions held at Tatler or Prime will require security. These include events that involve a band or DJ. Birthday parties, particularly 21st parties, require security. Security costs will be passed on to the organiser and a quote will be provided at time of booking.

Exclusive Use

Bookings of more than 50 guests at Prime or 40 guests at Tatler require you to take exclusive use of the venue. This means  you must meet a minimum food and beverage spend, the amount of which will depends on the time of year and day of week. This  amount will be advised to you at time of booking.

View pricing and venue capacities.

If a reduction in numbers means that this minimum cannot be reached, then we may:
a) Cancel the exclusive-use option, allowing other patrons to be present during the event or;
b)  Impose a surcharge to make up the difference between actual and required minimum spend.

Public holidays

A surcharge of 15% applies when functions are held on statutory holidays.

Deposit

We undertake to provide the requested menu and beverage list for the specified number of guests, preceded by a detailed estimate of the likely cost for the event. On acceptance of this estimate, a deposit of 20% of this amount will be charged against the credit card you have provided. If you would prefer not to provide a credit card we require a 100% pre-payment. If you are going to be booking a series of events, you may wish to become an account holder; a credit application will be forwarded to you on request.

Method of Payment

Our preference is for pre-payment of function meals by bank transfer. However, if you prefer to split payment between 20% deposit and 80% final payment, a credit card guarantee will be required.
Note that credit card payments and international wire transfers may incur transaction fees.


Damage

If any guests present at your event cause damage to our furnishings, equipment or venues, you accept that your credit card will be debited for repair/replacement. If you have elected to pre-pay the meal and not provide a credit card guarantee, you accept that you will pay these costs as invoiced. If your event causes activation of our fire alarm, causing a fire department call-out, the cost of this will be passed on to you.

Cancellation

Because we make a special effort to provide the required food, beverage and staff for functions, we need to recover our costs in the event of a cancellation.

If your event requires attendees to travel from out of town, we strongly recommend you arrange travel insurance to cover you against cancellation fees.

  • A deposit will only be refundable if more than 14 days notice of cancellation is given; a $50 transaction fee will be retained.
  • Cancellations within seven days of the event will not be eligible for a refund of the deposit.
  • Cancellations within three days of the event will require payment for the entire meal, together with other costs we may have incurred in preparation for your event.

Additional costs

We are able to cater for a certain number of patrons at any one time; for large events we may need to hire additional equipment and employ additional staff, the cost of which may be passed on to event organisers.

 

 

Location

Prime Waterfront Restaurant and Bar, 2 Rees Street (with lift) next to Sunglass Hut and also stairs from the lakeside walkway next to K Jet.

 

 

 

 


To discuss your event, please contact owner Mark Jessop or Andrew Hudson, Prime's manager:
dine@primerestaurant.co.nz or phone +64 3 442 5288.

Menu prices listed on this site include Goods and Services Tax and are current at time of upload. Food cost rises will be applied where necessary with as much notice given as possible. A 15% surcharge may apply on public holidays.

 

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