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Bistro Lago

80-100 Napier Taupo Highway, Taupo, New Zealand
073762319
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Ranked #19 of 107 Restaurants in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $31
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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Havelock n
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW 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

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Hastings, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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

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Melbourne, Australia
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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.

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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

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Took my wife out to dinner ,we been to most places in taupo but havnt been here .vichelle great service ,meals were great full of flavour.ckn..prawns.salmon .was bit disapointed that they had no scallops. Cb..local

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

Dear xt750 Thank you very much for your feedback on Tripadvisor and that you enjoyed your recent dining experience with us. I will share your review with the team and speak to the Executive Chef in regard to the scallop’s feedback. Again, thank you for the feedback and looking forward in welcoming you back soon Kind Regards Michael More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We have eaten here several times while staying in Taupo but also while passing through. The standard of the food is always high and the menu selection varied. Parking is easy.

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

Dear Scarpia27 Thank you very much for your feedback on Tripadvisor, I am glad to hear you enjoyed your recent experience at Bistro Lago. I will pass your feedback to both front of house and kitchen team Looking forward in welcoming you back soon Kind Regards Michael More

Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

We dined here on Saturday , we had a last minute trip to Taupo and had been told good things about the restaurant , we were not let down, there is a real cosy atmosphere and the staff are very welcoming, I think at some stage we had been attended to by every staff member there! This can be off... More

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

Dear Ange B Thank you very much for your feedback on Tripadvisor and glad to hear you enjoyed celebrating our 125yrs with us. I will share your review with the team and Kyra. Again, thank you for the feedback and looking forward in welcoming you back soon Kind Regards Michael More

Auckland New Zealand
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

A group of 20 of us had the 3 course Simon Gault inspired menu for my birthday celebration and the food was outstanding. Everyone was very happy with their choices and the variety. Delicious.

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

Dear ClareZ24, Thank you very much for your feedback on Tripadvisor and that you enjoyed your recent dinner birthday celebration with us. I will forward your feedback to both, Front of House, kitchen team and Simon himself. Again, thank you for the feedback and looking forward in welcoming you back soon Kind Regards Michael More

Ngaruawahia, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is our third visit to restaurant the first one as a couple and the next 2 as a family gathering of 7 as we meet each year in Taupo and stay at De Bretts, The service this year I would class as very mediocre we were asked once if we wanted drinks and not again. 2 of us ordered... More

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

Dear Mallyjo, Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback regarding your latest experience at Bistro Lago I'm sorry to read that you had service issues and did not enjoy some of the dishes. I will pass your feedback to my front of the house and kitchen team. Please don’t take this experience as your last one as this is... More

Napier, New Zealand
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Make no mistake about it, Bistro Lago is excellent and our experiences here capped off a special weekend for my wife and I. Firstly, the restaurant itself is inviting and has a nice atmosphere for which to enjoy a meal. We dined on Saturday night so there were a few people in enjoying a drink and a meal before the... More

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

Dear tommybanny, Thank you very much for your feedback, I really appreciate the effort our customers make to share their experiences of Bistro Lago on TripAdvisor. It's especially encouraging when so many of the team go the extra mile for our guests. As Simon says, it the "5% Magic!" Looking forward to welcoming you back to Bistro Lago soon. Kind... More

Napier, New Zealand
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My wife booked a surprise trip away for my birthday, booked us in at the Hilton and dinner at bistro lago. From when we arrived we were both Impressed with the service and the restaurant. We were shown to a nice table looking out over the lake. Both of us had drinks and entrees prawns for my wife and pork... More

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

Dear Shaun B, It is great to hear that you enjoyed your surprise birthday dinner with us and thank you for taking the time to comment about it on TripAdvisor. I am delighted that you both impressed with both food and service. I will share your comments with all Font of the house and kitchen team. Looking forward to welcoming... More

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