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Bistro Lago

Certificate of Excellence
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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80-100 Napier Road, Taupo 3379, New Zealand
+64 7-376 2319
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La Jolla, California
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was decent but a bit overpriced. Chicken dish was quite good but could have benefitted from fewer ingredients. Restaurant is nicely decorated and has a good view out over the lake.

Thank SDiego5
Taupo, New Zealand
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dropped in for celebratory lunch on a Sunday afternoon. Positives - nice setting / a menu that covered most bases. Negatives - restaurant was very noisy due to a group (of about 12) women having a combined baby shower/high tea / the amount of bird poo on the balcony railings / the Ladies restroom had no soap in the dispenser... More 

Thank SRH-and-JMD
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food here was great. The service was not the fastest but the atmosphere meant you didn't mind. We had a fabulous meal and the dessert was gorgeous. They provided plenty if gluten free options no while they don't list them on the menu the waitress who served us was knowledgeable about the gluten free options. The kitchen made me... More 

Thank MissTalita
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our friend booked a table for 6 from England expecting the same high standard as in previous visits. We waited for a while for the wine list and after testing a 1st bottle our friend decided to sample a different wine only to be told that they'd run out of that wine (this was early at 8:00 p.m.). We then... More 

Thank J.Daniel E
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi J. Daniel E, Thank you for your very detailed feedback in regard to your recent dining experience and I am sorry we did not meet you expectation. I am not sure what happened that evening, but we surely dropped the ball, and I do apologize in regard to the poor service standards you have received. I will defiantly share... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had the privilege of dining with at Bistro Lago on the 24 October, we were wined and dined to absolute perfection the food, service and atmosphere was just superb. We often dine out and this is by far one of our favourite experiences together. Huge thank you to the staff for their service.

Thank Sarah B
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Amazing service was received at the beginning of entering the door and throughout the whole night. Juan was amazing! Shout out to this great man! Food was delicous! Definately great quality. Would highly recommend

Thank 938chantelleh
Eugene, Oregon
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169 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

There is a great crew here in the evening. A young man and several young women, including Ms. Enderby, all are professional and attentive. The beer and wine are decent. Appetizers are a bit unusual, difficult to choose something that might suit my tastes. The main chicken was very tender and delicious. The rest of the meal wasn't great. The... More 

Thank RFA2249
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

The hotel is great. The hospitality was left a little wanting. The staff were friendly, polite and efficient. In saying that I expected more. The wine list is very average, craft beers all but none and the cocktail waitress said she "experimented" with our cocktail, ie wrong rum so tasted very average. Wine glasses were tainted with detergent, three glasses... More 

Thank Mike T
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Stayed at the Hilton and had dinner at Bistro Lago. Lovely meal. Started with a complimentary Mulled Wine and that was delicious. Staff were very friendly.

Thank Marina B
Albany, New York
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88 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Tables of fresh fruit, cheeses, delicious eggs, tasty breads, smoothies, and yogurts make this a terrific place to start the day. We looked forward to our breakfast here each day during our visit at the Hilton.

Thank Naturespeak

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$17 - $27
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80-100 Napier Road, Taupo 3379, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: +64 7-376 2319

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