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Waterside Restaurant & Bar

3 Tongariro St, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-378 6894
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Ranked #33 of 108 restaurants in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $30
Cuisines: New Zealand
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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!!
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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!!
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English first
Essex
Top Contributor
201 reviews 201 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This place was recommended by our B & B hosts but the best thing about it was the view of the lake. We waited ages to be served and when I asked for a dish to be served without the sauce the waiter said that he would ask but he was not sure that the kitchen would be able to... More

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WatersideTaupo, Owner at Waterside Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hi Richard, Can you please let me know more about your meal and experience, eg what night you came in and what you had so i can follow up with the staff member involved to ensure we are improving our service, and if you are still in Taupo I would like to have the opportunity to change your impression of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Had an enjoyable meal here on a Friday night after a long drive. The service from both waitresses was fantastic and friendly, our meals came quickly and were absolutely amazing. Starters and main were fantastic. The roasted lamb and mash was perfect! By far the stand out of the evening was the deserts. The lime and ginger creme brule was... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Had a romantic dinner there with my partner and chose the date night special they offered at the time - 2 entrees, mains, deserts and drinks for $100. Experienced very friendly service and the best steak I have ever had. I ordered the rib eye and asked for it to be cooked well done. Usually when I ask for my... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We ate here the 1st night as they were listed in our Entertainment Book. Both the food and the service were so great we went back the 2nd night. Special mention to the pork fillet and the chowder both of which were worth repeating.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Good food. Unfortunately, my steak was over done. But other than that very attentive service and good wine selection. Other half was cooked how he liked it

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We have eaten at this restaurant many times and on the whole have had great and even memorable meals, however recently we popped in mid-week (the restaurant was very quiet) and ordered fish and fries from the specials board. Not a good choice. The fish was obviously frozen (not a problem as the meal was only $25 and included a... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My partner took me to Taupo for a surprise weekend after an awful couple of weeks. We chose this restaurant based on the menu in the Entertainment Book. When we got there, the place had full house lights - it was like walking into a fast food premises at 3am. We couldn't find a single item on the menu that... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

It's got a price of a fine dining restaurant but the food of a dingy corner street cafe. Homemade ravioli was hard & chewy, chef apparently said that's how it's suppose to be. Got a medium well steak instead of medium with a cold leek croquette... Again, surprisingly the chef doesn't know the difference between a medium and medium well... More

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Hampshire, UK
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We stopped here for a great lunch several years ago. It's a great location overlooking the lake and we had a great lunch back in 2010. However when we came back for an evening meal the service was terrible. No one waiter took responsibility for our table and we had to wait an hour for our meal. When it came... More

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Canberra, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

A menu that challanges perceptions. Featuring ideas such as confit pork belly with smoked eel, beetroot jelly, a savoury cheesecake, concepts that are sure to please. This is one of the few times that I have had concept food cooked to perfection. My steak was beautifully rare, the leek croquet was larger than expected, but a delightful meal. The pumpkin... More

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