We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 106 Taupo Restaurants

Bistro Lago

80-100 Napier Taupo Highway, Taupo, New Zealand
073762319
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #19 of 106 Restaurants in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $19 - $30
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Write a Review

239 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    145
    52
    20
    10
    12
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

The service was very good, attentive but not intrusive. The seafood entrees were excellent, but the eye fillet and the venison with their complementary sauces were cooked to perfection- beautifully rare. We succumbed and had a velvety crime brûlée and generous cheese platter, which included a delicious relish. The restaurant was also a cosy place to be on a very... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We had dinner last night at Bistro Lago and once again our expectations were surpassed. Thanks for making last night special as we dined with our friends from UK prior to their departure.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Kauripoint, Thank you for you recent review of Bistro Lago. I am so pleased to hear that we were once again able to meet your expectations and that we were able to make your evening special. I have made sure to pass your positive feedback on to the front of house and kitchen staff alike. We look forward to... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Nice spot for a glass of wine after a hot swim, had a glass of wine the place seemed pretty empty and staff on the casual side. would come back and try the food

Was this review helpful? Yes
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Tripadvicenz, Thank you for your recent review of Bistro Lago. I am glad that we were able hit the spot with a glass of wine and would love to be able to welcome you back in the future to try our menu. Michael McCalman More

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Service impeccable, food to match. Both adults had superb meals with excellent wine served with the minimum of fuss and the perfect amount of attention. My eight year old son also dined in style, enjoying it so much he demanded a return visit. Well worth a visit for a special occasion or just a regular lunch or dinner. Would go... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi BillyBirdBT, Thank you for your recent review of Bistro Lago. We are absolutely delighted to read that we were able to provide you with a memorable experience. We hope to see you back in our neck of the woods one day and be able to welcome you with the same experience. Michael McCalman More

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

Huge huge thank you to the lovely bar men at bistro Lago over the last couple of days you looked after my family so well we felt so welcomed both nights we dinned in the bar and had drinks thank you very much for your friendly service and we will be back to nz sometime soon we did ask you... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Aussiefam12 Thank you for your recent review of Bistro Lago.We are very happy to hear that we were able to enhance you New Zealand experience and provide a welcoming environment for you and your family. I have shared your positive feedback with our Bar staff along with all our front of house and kitchen staff. We look forward to... More

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Without a doubt, one of the best views in Taupo. Unfortunately that is where the positives mostly end. Staff were friendly enough but think we were labelled as "difficult customers" as soon as we asked why there were no vintages on the wine list. Was told it cost too much to reprint when the vintages changed. Wow. The staff went... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Julie G I am sorry to hear that we fell short on your expectations and did not provide the level of professionalism that we strive to give to all our customers at Bistro Lago. I would like the opportunity to talk to you further about your experience and share your feedback with our team and work towards creating an... More

Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We had dinner at Bistro Lago last night and it was really great food. The restaurant is attached to the Hilton in Lake Taupo so that in itself sets the expectations. Our waiter Thomas (from France) was very helpful in helping us select a suitable Pinot Noir to go with the Chicken and the Venison. He suggested the Maude from... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi CollinB4951, Thank you for your recent review. I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us at Bistro Lago and that we met your expectations. Thomas has recently joined our team from France, I have passed your positive feedback onto him, our front of house team and the kitchen. I am glad to hear we were... More

Havelock n
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

We regularly stay in Taupo and dine at Bistro Lago with friends and clients. We have had many memorable meals there and never been disappointed until last night. Our party of 8 was celebrating four of our birthdays. One of the party is vegetarian. There were no vegetarian entrees or mains on the menu. He asked them to provide him... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Dear Barbara B I am Really sorry to Read about your resent experience at Bistro Lago. I have talked to the staff about this regarding the vegetarians options available. I would like to talk to you further about this feel free to contact me on Michael.McCalman@Hilton.com I look forward to talking to you soon. Kind regards Michael McCalman More

Hastings, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Our second visit tonight for a last "supper" before our baby arrives and all I can say it was a great choice. Food was fantastic and staff were friendly and helpful. Whitebait fritter: 8.5/10, just awesome. Lamb rump: 7/10, was perfectly cooked lamb with the nicest sauces and a side dish of cous cous. 3 sorbet desert: solid 10/10, my... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Dear Dion B Thank you very much for your feedback on Tripadvisor and that you enjoyed your recent dining experience with us. I have passed your comments to the kitchen and Front of house. Look Forward to welcoming you back to Bistro Lago Kind regards Michael McCalman More

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We enjoyed a dinner for six, on our last night of three in Taupo. Entrees and desert were great, Lamb Tagine was great but friends who had the Akaroa Salmon were disappointed as it was oily. Steaks were enjoyable. Bill came to just under $500 for six people with one bottle of bubbly and three individual glasses.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Dear Thanks_Daniel Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback regarding your latest experience at Bistro Lago I'm sorry to read that you did not enjoy the salmon I will pass your feedback to the kitchen team. Looking forward to welcoming you back to Bistro Lago soon. Kind Regards Michael More

Travelers who viewed Bistro Lago also viewed

Taupo, Waikato Region
Taupo, Waikato Region
 
Taupo, Waikato Region
Taupo, Waikato Region
 

Been to Bistro Lago? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing