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Bistro Lago

80-100 Napier Taupo Highway, Taupo, New Zealand
073762319
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Ranked #18 of 109 Restaurants in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $19 - $30
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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  • English first
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English first
Taupo, New Zealand
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

We dined in for the special 5 course meal from grab one which was a disappointment. We were looking forward to trying the 5 course dishes partly created by "Simon Gault". We live close by to Taupo so we thought it would be good to try this restaurant. The meal sizes were VERY SMALL and although you expect a 5... More

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Coromanel
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91 reviews 91 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

So disappointed. Fabulous setting, really nice décor, great views and there the good story ends. Food pretentious & expensive. About one third of our life is eating out due to our business, both here in NZ, Asia, UK and Europe and this is one of our most disappointing experiences. Restaurant noisy, they had to move couples to try to get... More

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Taupo, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Had an amazing night at Bistro Lago earlier this month while celebrating my dear friend's birthday. The food was beautiful (vegetarian risotto was the best!!!), the staff was very attentive and friendly (French waiter Thomas and Indian guy with a very long name...) Thank you Thomas for recommending that lovely vine! :) The atmosphere in the restaurant was relaxing and... More

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Palm Springs, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

While staying at the Hilton, we eat dinner twice at Bistro Lago and found the food and wine list to be very good. Between the two visits we tried the beef filet, the catch of the day (grouper) and the lamb tagine. All were excellent. The sides were decent but not quite as notable. I give this restaurant credit for... More

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Hunterville, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Over 20 of us celebrated a 60th birthday,many different dishes were ordered,all were impressed,everyone was commenting on just how good their meal was,service was excellent,we had some excellent aged wine and three of us were taken down to their underground cellar.We all went away saying fantastic

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

Hi Kevin g, I really appreciate you taking time to post your feedback on Tripadvisor and that you enjoyed your recent dinner experience with us. I am glad to hear that everyone was impressed with both service and meals. Looking forward to welcoming you back in Bistro Lago in your next special occasion. Kind Regards Guido More

Taupo, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

My husband and I went here for lunch and OMG....the food was divine. I had the fish special which was snapper served on prawn risotto and my husband had the eye fillet. The presentation of the food was excellent, portion size was very good for this type of establishment and the food was fresh and the taste was stunning. I... More

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

Hi FussyTraveller009, Thank you very much for your feedback on Tripadvisor and that you enjoyed your recent lunch experience with us. Our chefs put a lot of effort in every dish to ensure it looks great and taste the same way it looks. I have forwarded your feedback to both front of house and kitchen team. Looking forward to welcoming... More

NZ
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Had a very nice lunch today with hubbie n eldest son to celebrate him finishing college. Crayfish was the special - the price indicated size would be on the small size which it was. What it lacked in volume it made up on taste - very nice. Son had the fillet steak which he thoroughly enjoyed. Excellent service, good wine... More

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

Hi DenMarkNz, Thank you for your feedback, I am glad to hear you enjoyed your special lunch with your husband and son. Our crayfish dish is a great entrée dish but very tasty indeed. Looking forward to welcoming you back in Bistro Lago in your next special occasion. Kind Regards Guido More

Napier, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Had dinner here while staying at the Hilton Taupo. Well looked after with awesome food. We even got a free dessert as it was our wedding anniversary!

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

Hi Peter W, Thank you very much for your feedback in regard to your recent visit at Bistro Lago on Tripadvisor. I am thrilled to hear we made your anniversary night, a night that you will remember. I look forward to welcoming you back to Bistro Lago in the near future. Kind Regards Guido More

San Francisco, California, USA
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93 reviews 93 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We were told that Bistro Lago has MasterChef judge Simon Gault behind the menu so our expectations were high. Unfortunately, everything except for dessert, - our starters and mains were edible but pedestrian, we were in toto VERY disappointed w/ our 3-course meal. Let's start w/ dessert. Dessert was a deconstructed raspberry cheesecake -- but it looked and tasted like... More

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

Hi HaljoHal, Thank you for your recent feedback in regard to your visit at Bistro Lago on Tripadvisor. I am sorry to hear you did not enjoy our food, I have passed your feedback to my executive chef as we always want to ensure that all our guests leave Bistro Lago feeling spoiled. When we have issues, we always try... More

Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

We were accommodated after a late arrival. Only two other tables in use. The wait staff must have changed from previous reviews as they went out of their way to do anything for us. The food was a delight, particularly the venison dish. The poached salmon was different. It fell apart to a point it did not have enough substance... More

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

Hi tony r, Thank you for taking time to write your feedback in regard to your recent visit at Bistro Lago on Tripadvisor. I am glad to hear that the wait staff went out of their way to ensure you were looked after and I am sorry to hear you did find our prices OTT I look forward to welcoming... 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 19 - 30
Cuisine: Contemporary

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