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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: Breakfast, Dinner, 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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Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Location, Nice Food

Right by the waterside this is a nice looking bistro - it's location being the best aspect. This was the nicest looking place to eat that we came across as we made a short walk around this part of the town. Hence the extra star. The food was good, not great and not awful - we had the cheese... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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English first
Hamilton Island, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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Auckland, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My wife and I dined here earlier in the year and it was simply great. So when in Taupo last weekend it was a natural choice. Oh my what a difference. It was about 1/3rd full. When seated we asked for some water and waited and waited. Other tables got theirs...but still we waited as we tried to catch someones... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Lovely location. Started well with the entrees but went downhill from there. My husband asked for second drink from a passing waiter and it never came. When the main arrived and I questioned it the waiter said it was a computer error. Funny when it was a verbal order. Top it off with my husbands steak not being rare and... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Walked in to a warm environment. .Quiet for the evening as other places around it quite busy. Ordered the lamb rump .. over cooked..sauce far too sweet and beans maybe slightly undercooked..polenta tasteless . I was in a hurry so didn't say anything but felt a bit ripped off at the $32 price tag. Probably won't visit again.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Right by the waterside this is a nice looking bistro - it's location being the best aspect. This was the nicest looking place to eat that we came across as we made a short walk around this part of the town. Hence the extra star. The food was good, not great and not awful - we had the cheese platter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We had a great time here and the staff were more than happy to adjust a few things on the menu so I could enjoy a vegan meal with my husband. Very nice quiet place and we'll priced.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

After eating at the Waterside, my wife and I were surprised it wasn't higher on the Tripadvisor ratings for Taupo, because we thought it was great. The setting couldn't be more scenic; outdoor bistro dining right across the street from Lake Taupo and a sunset view to boot. Food and wine were both great and reasonably priced. They also have... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

My wife and I dinned on a Friday night went in about 18:30 (at the time x 3 other dinners in the restaurant), other x9 came in straight after that. Entree arrived 10minutes after being orderd followed by our mains about 15-20mins later (which I think is more than efficient) meals were cooked perfectly (steaks cooked as we had requested)... More 

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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 - 21
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?