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Waterside Restaurant & Bar

3 Tongariro St, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-378 6894
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Ranked #35 of 111 Restaurants in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $21
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: New Zealand
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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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Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

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
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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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
24 helpful votes 24 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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Cook Islands
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

it is a nice setting along the water front but large menu doesn't actually mean great selection. Nothing wrong with the food or service but isn't more than expected for price so just an average review.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

Our family of 4 had dinner here tonight. It's exactly what you hope to find in this prime lakeside location. Friendly and helpful staff, extensive menu with generous servings expertly prepared and presented. Prices are very reasonable for what is being delivered. Highly recommend .

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Launceston, Australia
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148 reviews 148 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

Evening meal here, ok choice on the menu. Service quick and good. Place can get a bit noisy when full. Grilled fish well cooked and pork belly very nice. Reasonable price for food.

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2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Good atmosphere, AMAZING food! Lake view on the one side with a true artist creating passionate dishes on the other. Service is impeccable. Will surely stop by again.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

My wife and I had an excellent meal from a extensive menu and not to expensive wine list. Great views across Lake Taupo. Staff were very pleasant and helpful.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

The food was very bad and before 3 or 4 month I went with my family the steak was gud and perfectly cook and food was very tasty but now food is disgusting and no taste and steak was under cook no enjoyment . James comin

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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
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 - 21
Cuisine: New Zealand

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