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Bistro Lago

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80-100 Napier Taupo Highway, Taupo, New Zealand
073762319
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 36
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  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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The waitresses were attentive without being obtrusive. I had a beautiful snapper cooked perfectly and a deconstructed lemon meringue pie. Décor was casual and had feeling relaxed. A guy came in dressed in short shorts, a singlet and baseball cap... not very Hilton? A great place for a beautiful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
mjm19622019
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New South Wales, Australia
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although the starters were nice enough especially the ceviche, the main courses -belly pork, swordfish and fish and chips- were uninspired and only reasonably well-cooked. Very disappointing especially given the prices which were high.

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Thank Sarah F
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food was out of this world. The service was 2nd to none. It was great to have a fantastic view over lake Taupo while enjoying a loverly meal

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Thank davidhamil2n
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice view from the heritage building. Great tuna tartare and kingfish. The restaurant is a bit out of town, next to debretts hot pool.

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Thank Lusi H
New South Wales, Australia
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43 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The waitresses were attentive without being obtrusive. I had a beautiful snapper cooked perfectly and a deconstructed lemon meringue pie. Décor was casual and had feeling relaxed. A guy came in dressed in short shorts, a singlet and baseball cap... not very Hilton? A great place for a beautiful meal, especially if you don't want to travel, as there is... More 

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Thank mjm19622019
Kingscliffe
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62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A little bit out of town in the Hilton Hotel this excellent bistro has you covered for cocktails as well as a great selection of wines. Being a Hilton Hotel , service is good with a bar area attached to the dining area with outside tables to enjoy in good weather overlooking the lake.Experienced international staff seperate this restaurant from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited bistro lago on a warm summer evening. Beautiful views over the lake through the open doors. Great friendly service without being overly intrusive. Started off the evening with a tuna tartare and kingfish ceviche. Both were amazing dishes, well thought out and perfectly light for summer. Our mains of lamb rump and pork belly were both beautifully cooked.... More 

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Thank patrickmK2771HK
Belper, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here for dinner as we were staying at the DeBretts Spa resort adjacent to it and were apprehensive it would be too expensive and stuffy for us as it belongs to the Hilton hotel but we were very pleasantly surprised. We only ate in the bar but had a really lovely pizza each and some excellent wine and... More 

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Thank JDHamil
New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you like fine dining then this is your place- don't be in a hurry- enjoy a relaxing drink in the bar - a wonderful atmosphere, excellent selection of drinks- an enjoyable way to start your experience. We were seated by the windows that had a great view of the mountains and lake. Service was top notch- plenty of time... More 

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Thank Felicity9252014
Napier, New Zealand
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150 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

3 years ago on Christmas day we went here for Xmas lunch and it was amazing, this year or Dec 2015 we went for xmas lunch again and we were all very disappointed. Very expensive for what we got and expected ,compared to last time. It was not christmasy at all....No xmas pudding and custard or brandy sauce No pavlova,... More 

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Thank Jodie803
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

This was our second visit, and was as pleasant as the first. Both the tuna starter and the snapper mains were very fresh-tasting. Service was good and friendly. The wine list is longer than the menu! Recommend.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 80-100 Napier Taupo Highway, Taupo, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: 073762319

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 25
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?