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Bistro Lago

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European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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80-100 Napier Road, Taupo 3379, New Zealand
+64 7-376 2319
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We ate here for lunch and the day we checked in and it was fine when you had no other option but the service was slow and the lunch menu was limited. Portions were tiny and there just wasnt much choice. Unnecessarily pretentious if you ask me.

Thank Orla B
Buderim, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

4 of us visited this place for lunch and all of our meals were exquisite. Chicken cooked with the method sous vite was like eating a marshmallow was one comment, steak was perfect another, and my salmon was beautiful. Service was exemplary, congratulations to all. This place is really worth a visit, be warned smokers are allowed on the veranda.

Thank JAD9999
Brisbane, Australia
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Gorgeous location - Lake Taupo - with a beautifully laid out restaurant. Staff were friendly and helpful, Food was spectacular. Sweet corn risotto, green chilli, crab, ginger, spring onion - the flavours worked so well and beautifully together, smooth and gentle. For mains I had Savannah eye fillet with edamame bean, almond milk gratin, feta. Delightful. Meat was cooked as... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Stayed at the Hilton in a very wet and windy weekend so decided to stay in site all day. Husband and I had a few drinks in the bar and an antipasti platter, I think it was very nice and good value at $35, however when it arrived there was no salmon as stated in the menu, when I bought... More 

Thank Jojopopo
Taupo, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined at Bistro Lago for my husband's 80th birthday so it was a special treat. I would have given 5 for the food, it was beautiful. Unfortunately I would have given 3 for everything else so it averaged out at 4. The meal was expensive but beautifully and innovatively prepared, but the drinks were extortionate and served no differently... More 

1 Thank Adrienne N
Christchurch, New Zealand
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dined here while we stayed and couldn't fault the service or food.........excellent variety nd delicious flavours.................very chuffed they produced an affagato when I asked comsidering it wasn't on the menu

Thank honeybee550
Gdansk, Poland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bar in this place is very nice and proffesional, food after trying starters we decided not eat more, quality realy low. Service is very good and grat place for drink

Thank Dominik M
Taupo, New Zealand
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been here several lovely times. Twice for special Christmas dinner or lunch sittings, sometimes just for a delicious cocktail. I liove the views from the deck, the decor is pleasant and there's a nice ambiance. Staff also attentive and efficient without being smothering. Tops.

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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were guests @ the Hilton & were provided comp cocktails as Diamond members as well as the buffet breakfast next morning. Expensive but well prepared dinner & good service. Market fish & duck fat potatoes matched w/Hawks Bay wines excellent. Wonderful dining room views over the lake & mountains. Not worth a special visit, but fine if a Hilton... More 

1 Thank WGC73
Timmins, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were staying at the hotel so we ate here & were very pleased. I had a scotch steak that was to die for. Very tender & tasty steak indeed. Recommended

1 Thank Barry L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 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, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?