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The Bay Bar & Brasserie

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703 Acacia Bay Road, Taupo 2730, New Zealand
(07) 378 8886
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4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great for couples and families

Great casual dining. Relaxed atmosphere. Bar can get quite busy, but all good, friendly locals. The staff are fantastic. We went twice in 4 days, he second time with our grand-children. Both time were made welcome and enjoyed the food. Good selection of wines by the glass, Good range of beers too... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
NZ_Wine_Traveller
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Great casual dining. Relaxed atmosphere. Bar can get quite busy, but all good, friendly locals. The staff are fantastic. We went twice in 4 days, he second time with our grand-children. Both time were made welcome and enjoyed the food. Good selection of wines by the glass, Good range of beers too. Highly recommended.

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Fraser Island, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Recommended to us. Reserved a table, arrived on time for pre-dinner drink. Bar atmosphere was good , nice open fire warmed the bar area. Staff welcoming , seated promptly. Ordered a main each. After 50mins waitress arrived to apologise for the delay and offered two gasses of wine 'on the house'. Meals arrived after 70mins, we were starving and close... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Friendly, fun staff at quiz night. Very efficient and knowledgeable about food ( we suspect they google their quiz answers when out the back !!!!!!!!! (all good fun).On sight owner makes everyone welcome and values their business.Complimentary items are offered to large groups. It is great having a restaurant /bar just down the road in a small community.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

2nd time we have been to the bay... 1st time was pretty average but decided to try again. Starters were good size portions and very tasty! "very"Gourmet pizza was not so gourmet. We ordered the loaded hog which is meant to come with strips of belly pork, smokey bacon, cream cheese, onions, mushrooms and some apple sauce. The pizza was... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We didn't have a reservation but scored the best seat in the house, thanks to a late cancellation. The service was just right: helpful and prompt, but not over-attentive. We had just a pizza, one of the super gourmet ones, and were not disappointed. Wine by the glass was fairly priced, though the mains did seem rather pricey to us.... More 

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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We were recommend the brasserie by locals, and how right they were, we ate in the restaurant side. The food was of excellent quality, the starters were rather large, and easily could have been shared. We had the venison and the lamb as mains, both were cooked as ordered and to perfection, the walnut, beetroot and potato stack, a real... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Atmosphere is friendly. Service is good, with a smile and attentive with out being intrusive. Value for money with both meals and beverages. Serving some very nice wines and good variety of beer and ciders. Summer has the outdoor indoor flow and winter has the fire to keep warmth in. If in Taupo this place is worth a visit.

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Wales
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217 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Probably our fault as we didn't realise we had to book and in fairness had only arrived that evening. We walked here from our b and b to find it was full and they could not accommodate us. In fairness the server did suggest she would give us a lift back if she had a chance as it was raining.... More 

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Rachael F, Owner at The Bay Bar & Brasserie, responded to this review

I was shocked and disappointed to read your review after we went above and beyond to improve your predicament. The restaurant was fully booked - we realised that you had walked down in the rain and suggested taking away a Gourmet Pizza as we had no tables to accommodate you. The owner of the restaurant even offered to leave her... More 

Spicewood, Texas
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231 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

My wife and traveling companions tried The Bay Bar & Brasserie and found a local hangout. The service is very slow unless you know the waiter and it was hard to get a refill on wine and water. The food servings are generous and tasty but do not have the sizzle to warrant a very good or better rating. If... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Food good we had pizza and tapas to share . But ambiance not good a greasy pub . Staff not helpful .

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 703 Acacia Bay Road, Taupo 2730, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: (07) 378 8886

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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