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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 32
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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
Delicious lunch, good views

3 of us came for lunch and I was very impressed. The menu had a large variety of things to offer and I had a hard time choosing, 2 of us going for the market fish and the other for for the lamb. The fish was outstanding and I immensely enjoyed it.The sides were nice too- the sumac roasted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Cazza900
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

3 of us came for lunch and I was very impressed. The menu had a large variety of things to offer and I had a hard time choosing, 2 of us going for the market fish and the other for for the lamb. The fish was outstanding and I immensely enjoyed it.The sides were nice too- the sumac roasted pumpkin... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We dined last weekend having eaten there several times before & enjoyed it so went back. The food and service we found were both underwhelming but the views still nice The entrees were on the small side and there were little or no veges at all with mains which looked like a slab of fish or meat on its own... More 

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Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

NZLuxury, Thank you for taking the time to post comments about your recent dining experience on TripAdvisor. It is great to hear you dined with us several times and always enjoyed your experience. I am sorry to hear that in this occasion, we did not meet your expectations. Your feedback was very details and I have shared it with the... More 

Waitomo Caves, null, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

World class food, exceptional in every way. Food, wine and service would highly recommend and will dine again.

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Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Piki K, Thank you for taking time to share your feedback on TripAdvisor, and I am delighted to see that you enjoyed your recent dining experience with us, I have shared your feedback with all the F&B team. Piki K, thank you again for your lovely comments and we look forward to seeing you all again in the very... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Great food and brilliant service. Bravo to executive chef Simon Gault and his local team .... this is truly world class!

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Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Peter N, Thank you for posting such wonderful feedback on TripAdvisor, and I am delighted to see that you enjoyed your recent dining experience with us, I have shared your feedback with all the F&B team. Peter N, thank you again for your lovely comments and we look forward to seeing you all again in the very near future.... More 

London
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I can't fault the taste of the food but we had a portion of starter that barely passed as a garnish. On querying this with the server we were simply told "sorry about that" but nothing further. This sullied the beginning of our meal and cost the server the tip but everything else was okay afterward. I'd say; decent brasserie... More 

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Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Dear benshockleyuk, I really appreciate you taking the time to post your comments on TripAdvisor and I am sorry to hear you did find our portions too small. I am not sure what happened with the barman as we have a great selection of beers on the menu including pale ales. Thank you again for your comments and looking forward... More 

Auckland
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Four of us dined here while staying at the Hilton. Service and food was good however cannot score any higher than average due to the attitude of the chef. My wife ordered the spiced duck as a main. It looked fantastic and was cooked to perfection however it tasted like it had been cooked in a bucket of salt. Now... More 

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Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Dear David Quinn, Thank you for taking the time to post comments about your recent experience on TripAdvisor. It is fantastic to see that you enjoyed our service but I am disappointed to hear what happened with the chef, and yes I think you are right, you did provide us with honest feedback and should have been dealt with differently.... More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Brought friends here to celebrate both our anniversaries, theirs 30 ours 41. We were not disappointed. We had breads and dips to share and then 3 had the pork belly and I had the venison. I always like to ask for help with wine matching. Michael was awesome with his suggestion. Got a bottle for the three having the pork... More 

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Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Dear Karen L, I am delighted to see that you both enjoyed your recent dinner with us and thank you for taking the time to post your wonderful comments on TripAdvisor. It is fantastic to see that both your anniversaries dinners went well. I did share your comments in regard the wine and food match and overall service with Michael... More 

1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I had watched a program on tv recently and decided to treat ourselves to a meal here for my birthday! Bad choice :-( We were advised to book. When we arrived we were given a table for 2 by the window. We didnt feel like drinking so ordered just water we asked for some ice as the water was warm.... More 

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Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Steven G, Thank you for taking the time to post comments about your recent birthday dinner on TripAdvisor. I am sorry to hear that your dinner experience did not meet your expectations. I did share your feedback with the front of house and kitchen team, and personally spoke to Ash, executive chef in regard to the portion sizes and... More 

Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We took our aunt & uncle who were visiting from UK to the Bistro for an amazing experience......and they certainly got one!!!! The restaurant staff and kitchen certainly pulled out all the stops for us and gave us some memories we will not forget. They even laid on the perfect sunset over Lake Taupo. What more could you ask? To... More 

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Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Kauripoint, Thank you for posting such wonderful feedback on TripAdvisor, and I am delighted to see that your group enjoyed your dinner with us and you walked out of the restaurant with memories you will not forget. Kaoripoint, thank you again for your lovely comments and we look forward to seeing you all again in the very near future.... More 

1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Nice place and service was friendly enough but charging $20 a cocktail when the bartender is clearly inexperienced in making them - shuffling through recipe cards makes you feel a bit ripped off. The Old Fashioned I ordered lacked bitters and tasted like watered down house bourbon, topped with a maraschino cherry? (probably to hide the taste). My partners Tom... More 

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Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Scott G, Thank you for taking the time to post comments about your recent bar experience on TripAdvisor. I am sorry to hear the cocktails prepared were not of your liking and I have addressed it with the bar team. Again, thank you for your feedback and looking forward to welcoming back in Bistro Lago soon. Regards Guido More 

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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 18 - 28
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

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