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The Bay Bar & Brasserie

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703 Acacia Bay Road, Taupo 2730, New Zealand
(07) 378 8886
Today
4:00 pm - 11:30 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

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Visitor rating
  • 20
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 6
    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
Most recent review
Local Hangout

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Spicewood, Texas
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34 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Wales
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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Connecticut
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Delicious food in an informal setting. All the dishes we had were great, and the desserts yummy. Definitely would go back if we didn't live 10,000 miles away!

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Napier, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Arrived without booking, lucky to get table rest were booked.excellent service. Meals were excellent. Nice touch with the free chocolates as we left

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PERTH WA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Driving passed this bar and brasserie we decided to call in for a drink. Spotted the interesting pizza menus, but decided to go with an assortment of entrees from their main ensue. We chose three for the two of us to share, the chicken pate, the garlic prawns and finally the squid. Each dish arrived beautifully presented with an interesting/refreshing... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This was near our Bookabach house & so good on first visit that we had go return for seconds another night. Pizza menu is divine, other mains were delicious!

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Georgetown, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This restaurant was a short walk from our B&B in Acacia Bay, so we probably wouldn't have found it had we stayed in Taupo. We ordered three tapas boards for the two of us and had way more than enough food--and it was delicious. The service was just okay; it was rather crowded that night.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We called in on the Fri night for drinks and for a look at their menu, looked perfect, so booked it for sat night for 10 of us. Lovely having a little place like this just down the road from where we were staying in Acacia Bay. The food was wonderful, I think we all went up to the chef... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

The WRC (buffalo wings, ribs & deep fried Camembert) was larger than expected, with a salad included. A very good start. The Running Wild pizza was superb. The service was a little cool to start but warmed up as the evening progressed, they were quite busy. Nice and warm inside on a cold, wet night. A good choice when staying... More 

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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
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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