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Waterside Restaurant & Bar

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Seafood, New Zealand
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3 Tongariro St, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-378 6894
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Serving, Lunch and Dinner you'll soon discover Waterside's reputation for...
Serving, Lunch and Dinner you'll soon discover Waterside's reputation for great casual dining and fantastic meals to meet everybody's needs.Take in the stunning views of the lake and mountains while you enjoy being looked after by our friendly staff, try one of our creative cocktails or speciality coffees. Fantastic outdoor dining in summer, and a fireplace to keep you warm in the winter.Enjoy!!
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  • 81
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice

Nice meals, slightly above average service, not comfortable seating just plain wooden seats, not nice when trying to enjoy a meal.

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
TonyHeather
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Whitianga, Waikato, New Zealand
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Whitianga, Waikato, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Nice meals, slightly above average service, not comfortable seating just plain wooden seats, not nice when trying to enjoy a meal.

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Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We choose the Waterside due to the view and they had lunchtime specials. The meal was good value for the price. On the Saturday we went back and enjoyed sitting near the heater on a very cold day with a great view of the mountains with snow. My sister-in-law had the Carbonara which was a huge bowl. Dessert was on... More 

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60 reviews 60 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Went here for a coffee. Looked inviting and sat by the fire. Server was friendly. But $9.50 for two very ordinary coffees? Overpriced in a town that has ample competition. Looked at the menu and very ordinary food for the prices being charged. Guess it's reflective of places close to the water -- great view, nothing special. Would not recommend.

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Taupo, New Zealand
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The place we all ways go to was full. So we trying something new, the place was almost empty. The food was not what we expected.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Enjoyed a juicy steak with a NZ Sauvignon beside a cozy fire place inside this character of a fine restaurant.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

Several items on the menu weren't available. Would give the starters a miss. Mains were delicious and nicely done. Service was average, smiling wouldn't go amiss. Toilets are disgusting. However we were accomated on a busy night without a reservation. Wouldn't be in a hurry to return.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I was so disappointed with the food here compared to my last visit a year ago. The pate tasted like soap and my main meal of steak was so rare it was walking off the plate. The mushroom sauce which accompanied the steak was meant to be creamy mushroom but instead it was more like mushrooms in a thick beef... More 

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Hamilton Island, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Their Steak Diane is awesome, excellent food for just $12. The workers are very friendly and attentive, always service with smile. I always have had lunch and dinner at Waterside restaurant when I am in Taupo. Great location and even greater food, highly recommend to all, you will not regret

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I came in with my friend for dinner, they were reasonably busy. She ordered the Pork Duo and I had one of their steak options. Both dishes were ah-may-zing and the staff were really helpful and friendly. We'll be back! :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We stopped in Taupo for Sunday lunch and tried the Waterside Restaurant. My wife has food intolerances and they were very happy to completely change a dish to fit with that. It would have been very difficult to get a decent meal without the help.

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Additional Information about Waterside Restaurant & Bar

Address: 3 Tongariro St, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-378 6894
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 3 - 20
Cuisine: Seafood, New Zealand

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3 Tongariro St, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: +64 7-378 6894

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood, New Zealand

Description

Serving, Lunch and Dinner you'll soon discover Waterside's reputation for great casual dining and fantastic meals to meet everybody's needs.Take in the stunning views of the lake and mountains while you enjoy being looked after by our friendly staff, try one of our creative cocktails or speciality coffees. Fantastic outdoor dining in summer, and a fireplace to keep you warm in the winter.Enjoy!!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?