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Bistro Lago

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European, New Zealand, Contemporary
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80-100 Napier Taupo Highway, Taupo, New Zealand
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We returned to this restaurant after enjoying great meals a while ago but standards have dropped. The service was slow & the restaurant appeared under staffed. The meals were OK, some better than others & a number lacking variety as it is expected sides will be ordered. The restaurant is in a lovely spot & the views are amazing during... More 

Thank MissTripAbout
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was 5 star. Have been many times but keep getting let down with service. Very slow and drinks served after we have had been served coarse. 3 hours 2 courses and restaurant not even 1/4 full. Think this is the last chance for us.

Thank MerlotM
Napier, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You would expect much better from this outfit.Chicken liver parfait with toasted sourdough arrived un-toasted and was sent back yet still came back not toasted properly.The beef cheek Bourguignon was not trimmed nicely and the mash side dish was cold.it appears the meat was a product of a sous vide machine and the finishing and plating lacked finesse for a... More 

Thank Uba2016
Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My partner and I went there for a dinner. Even though we arrived 30 minutes late, the staff was fast to find us a table. We had carpaccio as starter and the steak and chicken breast as mains. All the dishes were AMAZING! I highly recommend the restaurant for a special occasion!

Thank Clara C
Sydney, Australia
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1,109 reviews
405 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,583 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Bistro Lago is located in the Hilton Hotel. It has a lovely warm ambience with open fire places , leather couches , timber tables & floors. We were staying in the hotel & opted to dine in house due to us wanting to enjoy a few drinks by the fire. We found the food to be pretty average however... More 

1 Thank Ellemay
Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived on a cold winters night to a wonderful welcome and a table by the fire. Fantastic service, nothing was a problem, goods kids menu (good portion size for 11yr old). Wine selection excellent, fast service, desserts beautifully presented.

Thank Nwal032
Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was devine, service was superior. The only down side was that they ran out of whiskey and apple sour after the first drink of each. Must try the beef cheeks, they're to die for!!

1 Thank amber769
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dined at Bistro Lago for the first time - nice setting, cosy fire with big leather lounge suites in front of it in the bar area; and another fire in the dining area. Had a delicious cocktail - top marks! The wine & rum we had were very good also. Entree's - Mussel, Cauliflower & Curry Soup with Sourdough was... More 

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Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had booked the 5.30pm early bird dinner as we were dining with a child and thought we would take advantage of the free kids dinner of out by 7pm. Despite being there at 5.25pm having entree, main and dessert (and we are not slow eaters) we didn't finish until 7.10pm (and that was leaving as soon as the dessert... More 

Thank readz
Brisbane, Australia
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150 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

The four of went here for a special dinner and left somewhat disappointed, we asked for entrees to share and receive one small piece of Bruschetta and one small Pate', Lemon Lime and Bitters drinks for the ladies were delivered with no bitters, the service was quite slow, and when the mains came the fish and chips were very ordinary... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$17 - $27
European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80-100 Napier Taupo Highway, Taupo, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: 073762319

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