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Bistro Lago

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$$$$
European, New Zealand, Contemporary
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80-100 Napier Road, Taupo 3379, New Zealand
+64 7-376 2319
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a great meal here. There is a great choice and a good kids menu. The service was top notch, attentive without being intrusive and everything arrived promptly. Great desserts and thoroughly enjoyable views of the lake as you have your meal.

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Thank 276michaelr
Auckland, New Zealand
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

At the Hilton Hotel in Taupo is Bistro Lago. We always stay at the Hilton when in Taupo and make sure we have a booking here. The food quality, taste and service are all fantastic. I would recommend anyone visiting Taupo to book dinner or lunch here. You will need a reservation for dinner unless booking well in advance. I... More 

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Thank David-A-Frazer
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68 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here as part of a weekend break. We received a high quality NZ cuisine meal. The desserts in particular were delicious. The prices were expensive so you have an expectation about the quality of food. Our expectations were met although not exceeded. Wait staff very friendly and attentive. Views over the lake were terrific. Located adjacent to the Hilton.

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Thank russelljb
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi russelljb, thank you for finding time to post a review on Tripadvisor following your recent dining experience with us. I am glad to hear you did find our wait staff to be friendly and attentive. I will share your feedback with the team and I am looking forward to welcome you back dining with us soon. Regards Guido More 

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197 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didn't fancy going out to far tonight so came here as it's joined to the Hilton The whole experience has been wonderful Down to the food and the staff it has all been spot on It is certainly a place to come and relax and enjoy the food The pâté was so smooth and my chicken was perfect Had a... More 

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Thank Anita E
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Anita E, thank you for posting such a feedback on Tripadvisor following your recent dining experience with us. I will pass on your review to both front and back of the house team. Again, thank you and hope to see you in Bistro Lago soon. Regards Guido More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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29 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kids ate free before 7pm which was a bonus, food was delicious - we enjoyed everything, breads came with super yum grey stuff... fish and steak both perfect, service was fast and friendly, would definitely eat here again!

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Thank MrsBails83
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi MrsBails83, Thank you for sharing your Christmas Eve dining experience on Tripadvisor. I am glad the team looked after you and you scored us 5 out of 5 I will definitely share you feedback with both front and back of the house team and we are looking forward to welcome you back again, in the no so distant future.... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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111 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staying at the Hilton for one night on the way from Auckland to Wellington. Had drinks and food from the bar menu. Wonderful staff and service, good wine selection and lovely relaxing surroundings. The restaurant proper was busy and had a magnificent view over the lake. Highly recommended.

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Thank Bruce J
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Bruce J, Thank you for taking time to write your recent Bistro Lago experience on Tripadvisor. I have shared your feedback with both bar and kitchen team. Bruce J, thank you again , and I am looking forward to welcome you back when you will travel back to Auckland. Regards Guido More 

Bangkok
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

ON our annual visit to New Zealand Lago Bistro used to be always a highlight on our stopover in Taupo. This time we felt that both quality of food and service had lowered from what it used to be. The main dishes scotch steak and lamb loin - both were not tender and not served hot enough. Overall service friendly... More 

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Thank Gerd F
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Gerd F, Thank you for sharing your review on Tripadvisor during your recent visit in Bistro Lago. I am sorry you felt both service and food have dropped in standards and I have shared your feedback with the team. When sharing your last visit feedback to the team, I was hoping to also be able to show them your... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We checked out all the best places to dine in New Zealand...not that a Hilton would have a bad Restuarant, but I didn't expect that this would be one of the TOP 2 restaurants in all New Zealand--and we were here two weeks. The menu, food quality and service were superb. I am embarrassed to say we went back a... More 

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Thank F4567MMdana
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi F4567MMdana, Thank you so much for sharing your dining experience with other Tripadvisor readers. I am glad to hear that out of your 2 weeks touring NZ you find Bistro Lago to be on the top of your list. I will definitely share your review with both front of house and kitchen team. Again, thank you very much for... More 

Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This has gone down hill since being in new hands , dinner is disorganised and breakfast is meagre and dull , not at all becoming of a Hilton

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Thank Ali-Henrik
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Ali-Henrik, Thank you for sharing your feedback on Tripadvisor, and I am sorry that you felt your last experience of Bistro Lago was only worth 1 out of 5. The restaurant has not changed hands, and I will definitely look into both dinner and breakfast service and offering. Again thank you very much for posting your feedback and I... More 

Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a last minute decision to eat at our hotel and we were pleasantly surprised. Much better than average! Beautiful views, lovely dishes and excellent wine selection. A touch pricey, but worth it for a solid meal.

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Thank schenker_j
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi schenker_j, I am glad that on the last minute you decided to visit us for a meal, and thank you for sharing it online. Yes, we feel very lucky to be working on a place with such a beautiful view. Again, thank you very much and looking forward to see you dining with us again soon. Regards Guido More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$17 - $27
Cuisine
European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
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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