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Bistro 1284

Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
European, New Zealand
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1284 Eruera Street, Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
+64 7-346 1284
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We hadn't been to Bistro for awhile although we usually enjoy the meals here. The wait staff are lovely, efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was tasty, well presented but perhaps on the meagre size. The toilet definitely needs an upgrade. As does the glassware. Both are tired and pass there use by date.

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Thank timandmary2014
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were very disappointed in the quality of food tonight. Top range prices for very average food. Ordered a sauvignon and received a Chardonnay. Replacement sav was less than measure. One beer not available. A couple of dishes were tasty and well presented. Other two dishes lacking in taste and were definitely not up to expectation. Maybe an off night?

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Thank Fiona B
Tauranga
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here last time mid-winter and we were so impressed that tonight we have returned since we are visiting Rotorua for our wedding anniversary. It's tempting to make this the restaurant for every occasion, since the meals are all outstanding. Our entrees were full of flavour yet small enough to tease our taste buds and have us anticipating the... More 

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Thank Lili1212
Auckland, New Zealand
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80 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 516 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just loved the most amazing quality food we have ever experienced. I went to the extent of asking the Chef to come out so i could meet the person putting this fine food together. We met Executive Chef Bruce Tomason and he made excellent wine recommendations too.. eventually joining us for grapes after he finished in the kitchen making... More 

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Thank SmithersinAU
Rotorua
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016 via mobile

Nothing to rave about, it's not very memorable. Nice enough though. Food and service were good. Nice building though and private feeling tables

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1 Thank Cara L
Rotorua
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

A very nice evening, sampling all three courses, which were beautifully cooked and presented. Wait staff were attentive without being over fussy. Everything presented in a timely, but unhurried way. Not many places I'd routinely recommend consistently in Rotorua but based on our experience over the years, this is one we would.

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Thank Astelia
London, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Is it terribly condescending of me to be surprised at finding a restaurant of this quality in Rotorua? Possibly, but it was a very pleasant surprise. For starters we both had soup - me the seafood bisque and my wife the daily special asparagus soup. Both excellent. For main course we had beef and snapper respectively, again both very good.... More 

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1 Thank Giles T
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Celebrated close friend couple's wedding anniversary and 50th . Rotorua was the destination, which is not famous for its good restaurants, to put it mildly. But heck... did this place put that perception to the sword or what!. Bistro 1284 blew us away. The exterior is fair-middling.. the interior is middling to good... the menu is excellent... but the food... More 

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Thank AlainBron
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Was ok. Got a bit fed up with KENNYG music but the ambiance was nice. Friendly attentive waitress. Found the meat just a little on the firm side. Could have done with more veggies.

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Thank K9nick
Taupo, New Zealand
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82 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

We celebrated my birthday at Bistro 1284 and were certainly not disappointed. We cannot manage three courses now so waived the entree and just had mains and dessert. My husband chose the beef which was cooked to perfection and I had the duck - again superb. We had not thought to order extra vegetables but these came anyway. But the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, New Zealand
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1284 Eruera Street, Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-346 1284

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?