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All 61 Wanaka Restaurants

Bistro Gentil

76 a Golf Course Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 2299
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Ranked #3 of 61 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Wed - Sun 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: European, French, Wine Bar, Tea Room
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: With a terrace overlooking Lake Wanaka, Bistro Gentil serves unpretentious, yet beautifully prepared French cuisine using the best seasonal produce from its kitchen garden and Central Otago. It is the first restaurant in the South Island equipped with Enomatic self dispensing wine machines so you can help yourself to 24 fine wines by the glass, half glass or taster. It features artwork from world renowned artists. Open Wednesday - Sunday for lunch, afternoon tea & cakes, platters and wine, and for dinner. We offer a 'Trust The Chef' three course menu at lunchtime Saturdays and Sundays.Complimentary sampling of olive oils and pure fruit balsamic vinegars. Recommended in the 2014 Cuisine Good Food Guide.
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English first
Queenstown, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We had a special dinner at Bistro Gentil. Everything was fabulous. The staff are super welcoming and very efficient. The food was excellent and presented beautifully. The restaurant itself has a lovely outlook and is decorated beautifully. It really is a special place.

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London
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114 reviews 114 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The view of the lake and surrounding mountains from this restaurant above the town made a wonderful backdrop for our enjoyable evening. The waitress was friendly and helpful and she dealt with problems relating to the wine dispenser very well. However she was the only person waiting at tables and seemed pretty stretched. These things did not detract from our... More

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Julia L, Guest Relations Manager at Bistro Gentil, responded to this review

Dear Ant42, thank you for dining with us and taking the time to give your feedback, which was much appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you again in Wanaka one day. More

Lennox Head, Australia
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The good news is that the food was excellent even though it was over-priced. Chef is keeping the place together with his fine touch. But it stops there. We arrived, were sat down and talked at about the wonders of the automatic wine bar and how it can give you a taste, half or full glass. Not sure how they... More

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Julia L, Guest Relations Manager at Bistro Gentil, responded to this review

Dear flatstanli, thank you for the high praise of our food. We apologize for not addressing concerns in a timely manner on the night. Enomatic machines pour precise industry standard measures. They also keep the organoleptic qualities of wine intact for more than three weeks. Whilst our bottles do not last that long in the machine, we should have fully... More

San Francisco
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Loved the french twist to local cuisine (we loved the lamb) and the wine bar offers a card so you can go up and get charged per sample or glass. Wonderful ambiance!

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Julia L, Guest Relations Manager at Bistro Gentil, responded to this review

Dear BobS, many thanks for your fantastic review. It is much appreciated. More

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

If you want to pay with AMEX - Forget it! A great meal and evening all spoilt because the miserable owners wouldn't accept AMEX. quote- "We have to pay too much commission"! , was the response I got when I went to settle the bill which become a total embarrassment. What a total let down from a Restaurant such as... More

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Coromanel
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91 reviews 91 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Had lunch here today. Loved the setting while close to town you see none of it as you look over a gold course to the lake and the mountains. The service from The Irish waiter was outstanding, what a charming, and attentive person. The food was perfect. It deserves to be so highly rated.

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Julia L, Guest Relations Manager at Bistro Gentil, responded to this review

Dear Corokiwi, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a kind review. We look forward to welcoming you again. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This restaurant combines great ambience, service, & excellent food. A great experience while in Wanaka.

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Julia L, Guest Relations Manager at Bistro Gentil, responded to this review

Dear BRC36, thank you for your high recommendation. It is very much appreciated. Merci! More

Wanaka, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I was with a small group of women friends who went to Bistro Gentil on Friday to catch up over coffee and cake. There were five or six treats in the cabinet to choose from and each looked like a work of art. Oh, if only we weren't trying to watch the calories... Because the restaurant was quiet at the... More

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Julia L, Guest Relations Manager at Bistro Gentil, responded to this review

Dear Chris15-1942, we are delighted that you loved your afternoon with us and got to sample our BG grand cru olive oils. It would be our pleasure to welcome you again soon. Thanks again for writing such a lovely review. More

Kone, Nouvelle-Calédonie
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This diner is everything you would expect from a date. They have an incredible wine list and the food is really good. The service is great and staff is helpful and friendly. I would definitely go back.

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Julia L, Guest Relations Manager at Bistro Gentil, responded to this review

Dear Bellatrix6618, great food and wine is most certainly what BG is about. Thank you for leaving such a great review. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. More

Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
235 reviews 235 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The food was all very good. Well presented, great flavours and good sizes i.e. not too big, not too small but justtt right. Our table had several different dishes and I don't believe any got less than top marks. Venue was pleasant looking out over the lake. The lambswool skins on the seats were a nice kiwi touch and very... More

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Julia L, Guest Relations Manager at Bistro Gentil, responded to this review

Dear Lyn and Mark, thank you for dining with us and appreciating everything we do. It would be a pleasure to welcome you again. More

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Additional Information about Bistro Gentil

Address: 76 a Golf Course Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-443 2299
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: European, French, Wine Bar, Tea Room

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