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80-100 Napier Taupo Highway, Taupo, New Zealand
073762319
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Ranked #19 of 111 Restaurants in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $28
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I ordered pork belly as a main meal . And when it was served up to me I said you're joking!! On the plate were two very small pieces of pork belly.. My folk was bigger than one of the pieces for $40.00 I was disgusted

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

Dear Mike193a, Thank you very much for posting your feedback on TripAdvisor and I am sorry to hear about your experience. I will definitely talk to the Executive Chef in regard to the portion size. Should you wish to discuss your experience further, feel free to contact me on my email guido.paseri@hilton.com Again, thank you very much for sharing and... More 

Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We dined here last night with a friend from the USA. I had never been here before and chose it purely from tripadvisor reviews. But the online menu had my appetite working hours before we even arrived. The location is stunning, with spectacular view over the town and Lake Taupo, and as the sun went down, the colours of the... More 

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

Dear southseaislandabroad, Thank you very much for posting such a feedback on TripAdvisor. We all feel very lucky to work in such a beautiful place, the views of the mountains are great, and yes when the sun goes down it is impressive. I have shared your feedback with the rest of the team. Again, thank you very much for posting... More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Our family of 5 showed up looking like we had been on the road all day-and we had. However, we were treated like we were wearing gowns and tuxedos. Dave graciously arranged to help us with breakfast as we had a incredibly early scheduled hike that we were unaware of until we arrived at the hotel. He had muffins, cereal,... More 

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

Hi Deborah F, Wow, thank you very much for sharing such a feedback. I am so glad to hear you were looked after in such a way. I have already spoken to Rebecca, Dave and the rest of the team in regard to your post on TripAdvisor. Again, thank you very much for posting about your experience and hope to... More 

County Cork, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Awesome atmosphere, well mannered and trained staff and to top it off the food was high quality worth the money and well presented....the front of house staff had a good knowledge of food and wine especially the maître d' was on top his game and was a pleasure to talk to he had an exceptional knowledge base when it came... More 

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

Hi AnG_Opinions, Thank you very much for sharing your feedback on TripAdvisor and I am glad to hear you enjoyed your recent experience with us. Our team works very hard to ensure all our guests are look after and leave us feeling spoiled. I will pass your feedback to the Maitre D’ and the rest of the team Looking forward... More 

New Zealand
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242 reviews 242 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We have eaten here a lot but were disappointed this time because of the lack of choice and high prices for what were modest meals - and most required extra's to complete them. The venue and outlook is great - just a pity about the food.

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

Hi Narziss, Thank you very much for sharing your feedback on TripAdvisor. I am sorry to hear you did find our menu and portion sizes too small, I have passed your feedback to the Executive Chef and the rest of the kitchen team. Looking forward welcoming back in Bistro Lago during your next visit in Taupo Kind Regards Guido More 

Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I dined at the Hilton with my family on the 28th of December, there was 6 people at our table. We booked for the first sitting at 6.30pm as opposed to the 8.30pm option we were given. The restaurant actually wasn’t very busy at this time apart from a couple of larger tables but as the night went on it... More 

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

Hi sean b, Thank you very much for your constructive feedback on Tripadvisor and I am sorry to hear we did not live up to your expectations during your recent visit with us. I have shared your feedback in regard to the waits in between courses to the kitchen team. In regard to the service standard I would like to... More 

Taupo, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Had a belated birthday lunch here and we didn't have to book. Restuarant is part owned by Master Chef television personality Simon Gault so had high expectations. Restaurant is very well presented. Had a window seat so had beautiful views of Lake Taupo & Motutaiko Island. Wait staff efficient & helpful. We were advised that the main meal would take... More 

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

Hi hapeta68 Thank you very much for posting your feedback on Tripadvisor. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your birthday lunch with us and enjoyed the views. I have shared your feedback with both front of house and kitchen team. Again, thank you very much for your feedback and looking forward to welcoming you back in Bistro Lago for... More 

london
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196 reviews 196 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We were at Hilton Lake Taupo for a few days over the christmas season so we had a pretty good time to try the food on offer in the surrounding area. The breakfast was good selections - foods are fresh and pretty tasty. One of the three mornings that we were there, the plate after the christmas day was a... More 

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

Hi Elizabeth-Therese Thank you very much for taking time to post your feedback on Tripadvisor. I am glad to hear you enjoyed both your breakfast and lunch experience with us. I have shared your feedback in regard to the superfood salad and the crayfish dish to both front of house and kitchen team. Again, thank you very much for your... More 

Cambridge, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We stayed at the Hilton Taupo for our 25th Wedding Anniversary and part of the treat was dinner at Bistro Largo. We have dined there 3 times previously and found it faultless. However this time was not up to the same standard. The service and setting were excellent apart form a small mix up with aside order. Entrees were very... More 

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

Hi David-Christine, Thank you very much for posting your feedback on Tripadvisor in regard to your recent visit at Bistro Lago. I am glad to hear you enjoyed our service, in regard to our wine list I am not sure why you have advised that we only have current vintages, as we have a wine cellar and a cellar list... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Hotel restaurants can be very ordinary but this one is not. Attention to detail, service and good food make it well worth a visit. The views of the lake add to the ambience as does the fire in the bar on a cooler day.

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

Dear Julles18, I really appreciate your feedback on Tripadvisor and you did find our attention to details and food to be worth a visit. Both beautiful view and a lovely crackling fire make the ambiance at Bistro Lago second to none. Looking forward welcoming you back at Bistro Lago soon. Regards Guido More 

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Additional Information about Bistro Lago

Address: 80-100 Napier Taupo Highway, Taupo, New Zealand
Phone Number: 073762319
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo
Average Prices: USD 18 - 28
Cuisine: Contemporary

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