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The Bay Bar & Brasserie

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pizza, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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703 Acacia Bay Road, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Tue - Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We ordered some pizza from here takeaway and found the Italiano extremely salty and very dry. It may have been wood fired pizza but it was not nice tasting at all. The staff were pleasant and the venue looked ok when we picked up the food.

Thank Jami S
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a delicious dinner here,they even went to the trouble of cooking something off menu for me to cope with my food allergies. Would highly recommend. Reservation strongly recommended as we couldn't get in the first night we tried. Very friendly and helpful staff.

Thank Jenny L
Bobcaygeon, Canada
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96 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

These are important prerequisites. We were looking for light fare close by our B&B and happened on The Bay. The staff were very friendly and even though the dining seating was full, they were able to meet our needs. The Thai Chicken salad was very good and ample quantities and their seafood plate was tasty. Certainly worth a stop.

Thank Doug H
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with two young children and four adults. High chair was set up when we came, pencils for the kids too. Food was amazing, very delicious. Even the kids ate almost everything and sat still for most part. Not very expensive either, comparable to other restaurants in Taupo. Can't relate to some other negative reviews here at all, service was... More 

Thank Bolandunited
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely evening at this restaurant. The service was great and the menu looked good. Stuffed baby bird would have been even better with a bit longer cooking. It wasn't quite undercooked. Less topping on the pizza and it would have been perfect. Very friendly, helpful staff.

Thank laksatwist
Napier, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great find The Bay Bar and Brasserie in Acacia Bay was for us! We called in the day before we were hoping to make a booking for, as one of our children has coeliac and we wanted to be sure that there were gluten free menu items that would be suitable for him. The lovely young lady working... More 

Thank Blueskiesandsun
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

It is so good to find a great eatery in Acacia Bay, so you don't have to traipse into town. They were flat out the night we went, fortunately we had booked, and we were happy to have a few quiet drinks while we waited for dinner. The food is excellent - the wine and beer list is adequate, and... More 

Thank Rick M
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

Full of hope with new owners, 4 of us had dinner on Saturday night. Menu change? Not much of a choice for the mains. Bar snack meal of fish with potatoes and salad, expensive and very average, the pork belly was dry also. Asked what the specials were and the waitress points to the board and the only special was... More 

1 Thank T8114VFwendym
Taupo, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

Customer services was pretty poor, got told after ordering food and paying for it that the young boys in the kitchen didn't know how to prepare my meal after they had already served the other three at my table (one of those was sent back also) and that the chef wasn't here yet. Lady serving us was rude once I... More 

1 Thank petewnz
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Average Bar food at a good restaurant price - $28 for small fish and chips and a pre mix salad - I was expecting more from the new management. I have been to this restaurant several times and are usually very satisfied - hopefully the new owners will get onto the winning combination locals have experienced over several years

1 Thank Cheltenham99

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pizza, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 703 Acacia Bay Road, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: 0211144080

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