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French, European, Wine Bar, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Bistro Gentil last night and had a wonderful experience. We outside which was nice and cozy with the fires going under the canape. We had the steak tartare and salmon for starters, the duck and lamb for main then the creme brule and...caramel moose for dessert. Could not fault a thing! A taste sensation that I will not forget. Can't recommend this place enough. Will be back running sharpish. AWESOME!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were massively impressed with this beautiful French Bistro! Staff and food were superb! Wish we had one in Sydney Highly recommend

Date of visit: May 2021
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Silly_Saffa, Owner at Bistro Gentil, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the lovely review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bistro Gentil is described in a major tourist brochure for Wanaka as '...our award winning restaurant ' and came up as #1 on Trip Advisor reviews. The online menu looked exciting too, so off we went for dinner. Now I don't like writing negative reviews...but I really was disappointed. Wild venison carpaccio as an entree had about as much venison as a single thin slice of prosciutto. And with more than that in the form of poached pear, cranberry gel and sun dried tomato, I just couldn't taste the venison. It's not that these things don't go with venison, but the dish was so mean on the venison that it just got swamped. It didn't get much better with the fish main. Three tiny pieces of monkfish, while tasting good, just didn't show the character of the fish. The celeriac puree was good, and could have been the main counterpoint of the fish with maybe one other flavour. But add prawns, leek, orange and bok choy to a tiny serve of fish and it just got lost. Somewhere there was apparently black garlic butter too... I've had many entrees that were more generous. On the plus side, the garden salad was good and so were the wines (though a bit on the high price side by the glass). Overall I think Bistro Gentil is trying too hard, maybe to hold or rescue some past glory. But the meanness of the and better balanced than this. A French onion soup was sweet but maybe at the expense of some flavour of the onion. It was saved by a crust of gruyere but we're still trying to work out where the crouton was. Overall the meanness of the feature ingredients in the serves, and the overcomplicated and overcompensated accompaniments, really it down. I'm hoping they were just having a bad night, as their menu should really set you alight.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 26, 2021

It is sometimes said that there is no such thing as Perfection! Well there is and it’s the food at Bistrol Gentil! A fabulous experience! as always!

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 14, 2021

Magnifique - what a delight it was to sit at a table and dine at Bistro Gentil. The food & wine was amazing and enjoyed by all. The service was attentive with good knowledge of each plate offering. Highly recommend Bistro Gentil for your next...dining experience.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed February 24, 2021 via mobile

We went to this place on a friends recommendation and it absolutely blew us away ! The atmosphere is classy but casual and feels really welcoming as you step in the door . The staff were efficient and friendly , and the food - WOW...! French onion soup would be on my last supper list and this one was sublime , melt in your mouth beef was next - cooked to perfection and accompanied by just enough mouth watering accompaniments , my only complaint is that I couldn’t fit dessert in -gutted ! This place is an absolute little diamond .More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed January 11, 2021

The food was good, the service attentive, the tables are well spaced, the restaurant had a nice buzz but not too noisy for conversation. All the makings of a very pleasant evening

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed December 6, 2020 via mobile

3 of us opted for the 3 courses for $69. The beef tartare, asparagus with the goat's cheese etc and the beef belly croquette with the torched goat's cheese all proved to be top quality and very flavoursome. The fish of the day was monkfish...and voted the best of the 3 mains although the beef fillet and lamb backstrap were also praised by all. Everyone was also happy with their dessert. Service was nicely paced and friendly and the ambience was very pleasant. We thought, given the quality of the food that the price was good value. We hope to return on our next trip to Wanaka.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed December 1, 2020 via mobile

Fantastic location. Panoramic views of Lake Wanaka & Southern Alps. Excellent choice of beverages (including local wine) at reasonable prices. Great menu selection. Food and Service were excellent. Highly recommended

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed November 17, 2020

Eye watering prices mediocre food. Not fresh not tasty.Very pretentious.They call it french cuisine but I doubt any frenchman would want to make that comparison.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Silly_Saffa, Owner at Bistro Gentil, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2020

I'm really sorry to hear that you lost your sense of taste before you dined at Bistro Gentil. Everything is made fresh daily and our meals are very well priced. I really do not think that 2 courses for $55 and 3 courses for $65...More

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Hi Their website looks to have an issue currently, but the menu can be seen via this site; w w w . zomato . com › New Zealand › Queenstown › Wanaka › Bistro Gentil
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Bistro Gentil is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5