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

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  • 33
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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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We enjoyed every aspect of our meal. Plates were well presented, tasty mains and lovely sides. We wished we hadnt had the bread because we bcouldn't fit in dessert however the surprise petit fours for our anniversary managed to disappear. Very attentive service from Vishal too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Had an outstanding meal last night. Nothing could be faulted from the service and the timings of the meals coming out. There were 4 of us eating and we decided to share 3 entrees between us. The were simply beautiful! And the antipasto platter was easily shared between 2 people. Looking forward to our next visit already!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We enjoyed every aspect of our meal. Plates were well presented, tasty mains and lovely sides. We wished we hadnt had the bread because we bcouldn't fit in dessert however the surprise petit fours for our anniversary managed to disappear. Very attentive service from Vishal too.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had two breakfasts here, as guests of the hotel. Both breakfasts were the worst we ever had at a Hilton. First of all, the buffet was lacking, and was not on a par with buffet breakfasts in other Hiltons. Secondly, the place was filled with flies to an extent it was really uncomfortable to eat, and we kept trying... More 

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Wellington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

As 2 couple we had dinner to celebrate our significant wedding anniversaries & birthdays. What a great choice we made. From moment we arrived until we left we were treated as extra special guests. We all ordered a single main course only and that was excellent x 4. The service was exceptional. Before our main course we were given a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Lovely Taupo bistro This is usually our favorite choice for dining in Taupo, the place is cosy so ring and book to ensure getting a table. Great staff, lots of character, great food in a place run by real Taupo locals....what more could you want.

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hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

While staying the the Hilton we ate here for dinner and breakfast. The staff are friendly and helpful the decor very pleasant and the view great. We had a delicious meal at dinner time combined with some lovely wine recommended by the waiter. All the food was very well presented and I had a steak which was cooked to perfection.... More 

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

Dear HampshireRoadrunner, Thank you for your wonderful Feedback on TripAdvisor. It was fantastic to read that you had enjoyed your dining experience with us. We are very lucky to have such a Beautiful view of the lake and mountain, with good food to match. I have passed your feedback to all of our food & beverage team. We look forward... More 

Croydon, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The scenery doesn't get better than this. It's such a wonderful place to enjoy breakfast. My husband and I had the whole restaurant to our selves . The food is a great display of fresh NZ produce. The service is excellent. Food always tastes better in NZ. I think it is the grass the animals eat and soil the vegetables... More 

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

Dear Meridee K, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor in regard to your breakfast experience. We do have beautiful array of NZ foods and our omelettes are made with free range eggs and locally grown vegetables. Your feed back has been passed on to the kitchen and front of house. We look forward to... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Wonderful cosy restaurant to have pre or post drinks by the fire. Dinner was very nice. Friendly staff.

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

Dear VettySG, Thank you for your recent feedback, I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your evening. Our staff do thrive to make all our customers feel welcome and we are lucky that our bar area has a fantastic fire place where guests can enjoy a pre dinner drink. Looking forward in welcoming you back in Bistro Lago during... More 

Melbourne
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Conveniently located in the Hilton, this is a great 'hotel' restaurant... not a massive menu but a good cross section, and a comprehensive wine list. Service was great as well. Extremely good breakfast restaurant.

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

Dear L170KUjimc, Thank you for your recent post on TripAdvisor and I am glad to hear you enjoyed your recent experience with us. I will pass your feedback to both our front of house and kitchen team. Looking forward in welcoming you back in Bistro Lago during your next visit in Taupo Kind Regards Guido More 

Ohope, New Zealand
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

After a long weekend, on a cool Sunday afternoon in June by an open fire, eating great food and drinking great wine, it doesn't get a lot better. The atmosphere this particular afternoon was exceptional, attentive waiters and bar staff but they left us alone enough to relax by the fire and soak up the atmosphere. I had the beef... More 

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

Hi CreteW2015, Thank you for posting such wonderful feedback on TripAdvisor, and I am delighted to see that your group enjoyed your afternoon with us and you you could not fault our service, food or atmosphere. CreteW2015, thank you again for your lovely comments and we look forward to seeing you all again in the very near future. 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 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

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