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“Compliments to the waiting staff and the chef!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Bistro

The Bistro
17 Tamamutu Street | Taupo Central, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-377 3111
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Ranked #2 of 107 Restaurants in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Bistro is a small family owned restaurant focused on simple clean flavours and honest tasty food from fresh local produce, all in a relaxed causal setting to provide our guests with moments that last a life time.
Taupo, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Compliments to the waiting staff and the chef!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

You get the feel of the place when you walk in! Fantastic, attentive service without being over the top! Recovered well from someone else claiming our booking and we were seated in 10 mins with no big fuss! The food was fantastic - 4 people, not one complaint! Pork belly and duck were amazing and dessert finished it off well. Thank you! We will be back!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We ate at The Bistro over Easter. All restaurants were busy so I'm glad we booked in advance as it seemed fully booked. We shared the entrée calamari which they were kind enough to split over 2 plates. We then had the duck & pork belly, both mains were nice. Would happily eat here again.

Visited April 2014
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Taupo, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“YUM”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Beautiful meal great atmosphere can we just make a few comments constructive criticism ;) the potato gravy was nice but weird to have on menus re like soup My Pork belly was the BEST I HAVE EVER HAD!!!however the presentation was bland it lacked colour the cabbage with it was great without the other stuff would love to see that served on a pumpkin mash or purée Colour on a plate makes all the difference The tempura Veges lacked Tempura but overall a very good dining experience and would certainly go back Let's hope we see a few improvements on our comments

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Brussels, Belgium
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197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
“Excellent and creative food...Perfect service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

A really good choice in Taupo. Center of the town easy to park. The menu is large and the choice is certainly tasty. The chief is ...a star in his country..we were really happy to find this restaurant. The service is perfect

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cambridge, UK
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Best meal we had on nz”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We ate here recently and had the best meal on our nz trip. Not that we had any bad meals but this was definitely the best. My husband had swordfish and I had calamari, both were absolutely delicious with wonderful combinations of flavours (egg plant ravioli and Brussel sprout purée with the swordfish and a delicious velouté and capers with the calamari). The service was good and it's a nice relaxed atmosphere inside, thoroughly recommend people to try as although the previous reviewer seemed to have a not good meal, we on the contrary certainly did have a superb meal.

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