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Waterside Restaurant & Bar

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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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Salad and Steak

Ate here with my partner on the 20th or 21st of February. She ordered the cajun salad and i ordered the steak with mushroom sauce. We received prompt service and were seated with water immediately. The staff were friendly although the waitress did forget which sauce we ordered and the chef... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
JayG1989
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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183 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Ate here with my partner on the 20th or 21st of February. She ordered the cajun salad and i ordered the steak with mushroom sauce. We received prompt service and were seated with water immediately. The staff were friendly although the waitress did forget which sauce we ordered and the chef rushed out as he was plating up to ask.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We had dinner here a few nights ago, and it was dreadful - one order for a 120g steak had about 50g of fat on it was almost inedible, the other dishes were greasy and very salty, no salad or greens on any plate! Waitress knew nothing about the dishes but was helpful when we complained about the steak.

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Townsville, Australia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We arrived and were seated and given menus and a winelist. We spent some time discussing amongst ourselves what bottle of wine we would have and what we would order. No waitstaff came near us, no water, no drinks order, nothing. There were at least three waitstaff wandering around, only the girl was clearing tables, but the two boys seemed... More 

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

been here twice in last three month,,, nice food nice environment. taupo is one of the best place of northern island and waterside is one of the best restaurant

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

I ordered the pork duo and it was fabulous! I enjoyed all of the components and everything was cooked just how I like it! thanks to the waterside team

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

resturant was average in interior and food . Our waitress worked in Merill Wisconsin for my husband's relative, what a small world

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Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Our first night in Taupo we stopped here for tea the Location is great with a great view of the lake. we sat outside the staff were friendly and the meal was nice I felt the meals was a little over priced for what we got. I had the steak which came with a potato gratin and 2 onion rings... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. The view and the quality of seating is by far the best on that strip. We were hoping for something from the dinner menu and it was just before dinner began but the chef happily obliged us with a fabulous steak dinner which we shared with a side of veg. We would recommend this... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Nice location, but about all it has going for it. Staff seemed untrained. Ordered smoked salmon salad with no capers. (Came with capers and no capsicum) even tho it said on the menu. When we asked about it they didn't seem to care. Also pretty sure it was tinned salmon but can't prove that. Also ordered the arancini balls which... More 

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

Hello Jack, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I am sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience. As a fully licensed restaurant I can assure you that the lady you spoke with was our duty manager. We would never operate without a duty manager as it is against the law. We do apologise and... More 

Taupo, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The Waterside Restaurant is in a great location right in town with an amazing view of Lake Taupo and the Mountains. Went for dinner on a beautiful summer’s night and enjoyed the view and relaxed dining atmosphere. The menu has plenty to choose from, we had the ciabatta garlic bread and prawn salad followed by the lamb rump and pork... 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
  • Phone Number: +64 7-378 6894

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 22
  • Cuisine: 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?