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“Mouth watering!”
Review of Bistro Lago

Bistro Lago
Ranked #25 of 137 Restaurants in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $28
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Papamoa, New Zealand
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169 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Mouth watering!”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Mouth watering..... flavours galore!
We started with the bread and mascarpone butter which we shared- well that was TO DIE FOR.. should have ordered 2! We shared also the scallop entrée which was yum yum yum. Although delicious we did think that for $26 they could have perhaps put at least 5 scallops on the plate. (there were only 3).

The beef main was just melt in your mouth - perfectly cooked and and side salad of pear and gorgonzola was the perfect choice for us. Our plates were empty!

Dessert- pear crumble. Hubby liked it, but didn't love it. I tried it and I didn't like it at all, but hes a dessert person so if he liked it then it must be good.

Would love to go back here! Not cheap but worth the money for such tasty food!

Visited May 2013
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Thank FrancesJH
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Guido P, General Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear FrancesJH

Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review on TripAdvisor

I am glad to hear you enjoyed your dinner experience with us, the Taupo Beef eye fillet is a great main course and to be honest my favorite one of the whole menu.

I have shared your feedback with all the staff
We look forward to welcoming you back at Bistro Lago soon

Kind Regards
Guido Paseri
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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
“The perfect lunch stop off”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Had heard about the Simon Gault connection so decided to check it out whilst staying overnight in Taupo. We were warmly welcomed as soon as we arrived, and although not having made a reservation were offered a drink at the bar, and it wasn't long before we were offered a table with stunning sunset views. The place was really busy, but the way the staff moved around the restaurant seemed efficient and graceful, interacting with other guests and making a really pleasant atmosphere. The food was great, I had the Cervena venison entree and the pork escalope main, served with the most beautiful quince syrup. The wine list is comprehensive, all the usual NZ big hitters, as well as some smaller producers which is great to see. I think the best thing about this place though is the service. It's efficient, genuine and un-pretentious. A big thank you especially to our waiter Westen(?) who was fantastic. I don't know how involved Mr Gault is with this restaurant but there is obviously someone here looking after the day to day operation who really knows what there doing.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Modconart
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Guido P, General Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear Modconart

Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review on TripAdvisor.

I am glad to hear you enjoyed your dinner experience with us, both Cervena and Pork are beautiful dishes.

I have shared your feedback with all the staff
We look forward to welcoming you back at Bistro Lago when you are next in Taupo.

Kind Regards
Guido Paseri
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Great service and wine menu”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Have been to the restaurant before. Very similar menu. Have to pay for all things extra. Wine menu is extensive.

Visited May 2013
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Thank Victoria_Fish
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Guido P, General Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear Victoria_Fish

Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review on TripAdvisor.

I am glad to hear you enjoyed your dinner experience with us.
We look forward to welcoming you back at Bistro Lago when you are next in Taupo.

Kind Regards
Guido Paseri
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Taupo, New Zealand
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Oyster special”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We enjoyed Bluff oysters - a lunch time special - at Bistro Lago on two occasions. We were impressed by the presentation and service both times, and would recommend Bistro Lago as a place to dine either at midday or in the evening. The views from the restaurant are stunning and the sunsets in summer make a wonderful sight.

Visited December 2012
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Thank TaupoRiveGauche
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Guido P, General Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear TaupoRiveGauche

Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review on TripAdvisor.

I am glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us, here at Bistro Lago we all work very hard to ensure that guest leave the restaurant with great memories.

Bluff Oyster lunch promotion was great and yes, oysters were super fresh and tasted great, I can't wait to have some more Bluffs myself.

We look forward to welcoming you back at Bistro Lago

Kind Regards
Guido Paseri
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“perfect drop in..”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

stopping in at Bistro Lago, after a long drive from Wellington was the perfect place to wind down and enjoy the ambiance of this spacious restaurant. The food matched the lovely surroundings and the service was attentive and friendly. We didn't sit at the bar for a drink, though it was tempting to do so. Overall a very enjoyable experience. Well done to staff and management.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Alastair S
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Guido P, General Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Dear Alastair S

Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review on TripAdvisor.

There is nothing like relaxing looking out at lovely snow top mountains sipping a cheeky glass of wine after a long drive from windy Wellington.

I have shared your feedback with all the staff.

I do hope that we will be able to welcome you back sometime in the near future.

Kind Regards
Guido Paseri
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