We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Food took a very long time to come out”
Review of Lakehouse Taupo

Lakehouse Taupo
Ranked #28 of 145 Restaurants in Taupo
Cuisines: New Zealand
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed May 31, 2014

First time here since it's changed to the lakehouse. Two of us had the stone grilled steak which you cook yourself so to speak and the other had a chicken burger I believe was average. What was disappointing, was we weren't told of the huge wait nor the best way to execute our steaks (not had a hot stone meal before) and then we felt rushed having to choose two sides to go with it by the young waitress.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Viv W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (347)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

308 - 312 of 347 reviews

Reviewed May 29, 2014

I eat at this mini gastropub with a group of work colleagues on a Thursday night.

The place is located very well in the heart of the restaurant precinct beside the lake and just off the main road in Taupo. The outside signage is a little understated, which makes it a little hard to find, but once found it is well lit and looks inviting and there is a good deal of parking close by.

The idea of this restaurant is a blend of craft beer pub and themed restaurant. This mix is successful allowing the guest to experience an enjoyable night out.

The food is good, but don't expect gourmet dining. My expectations were fully met, maybe exceeded based on the prices and atmosphere. The hot rocks are a cool way to bring some theatre to the table and allow the guest to control the cooking of their food.

Service was very good from all of the staff encountered and there was cool music played at the perfect volume. The interior is thoughtfully decorated and creates a cosy environment which has the potential to "go off" (in a good way) if there was a good crowd in.

Overall I would certainly come back to the Lake House, especially on a Friday or Saturday night in summer when one could make best use of the outdoor seating area.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank justine555
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

Went into lake house for dinner while on holiday in taupo, we were welcomed by a really friendly waiter and shown to a table and given menus ect. We ordered mussels entrėe which tasted really fresh and the sauce they came in was really tasty. For our mains we got hotstone, was a fun experience cooking the food ourselfs. The resturant had a really good atmosphere even tho it was a quiet monday night.

Thank aimeemegan
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 12, 2014

There were 4 of us went here for a meal on a Saturday night. This restaurant is very tiny and I would say because of the amount of wood in such a small area, it was very noisey. On top of that they turned up the music to be heard above the chatter which made everyone talk louder. I was not that impressed with this. There were 4 of us seated at a small square table and we found we had to put our bottle of water and salt and pepper on the floor to make room on the table for our food. I am a larger person and I found the metal chair very uncomfortable. ON an up the service was great and wait staff very efficient. We had a 3 course meal in 45 minutes. The food was very nice and well presented. The rest rooms are down a corridor well away from the dining area and were clean but a couple things broken and there was only one loo in the ladies. Sorry to say I can not recommend The Lake House to anyone wanting a nice relaxing evening out.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
2  Thank Jenny M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 28, 2014

Annie G.
229/4/2014
We spent four nights in Taupo over this long weekend ( Anzac) We came across this place on our first night & had just drinks, we love good craft beers , this place did not disappoint , great selection on offer, & great craft tap beers too. The staff were really friendly & welcoming, most people were eating but we sat at the bar & were very well looked after (we had already eaten at another place in town but wished we had seen this place earlier as the food looked & smelt great !)
We decided to eat here the following night, the food was fantastic, we all had stone grill steaks plus the option to up fill with a surf serve ( prawns & scallops )the food was so lovely, all the meats & seafood were faultless, the fries were excellent as was the mash but the absolute icing on the cake was the dipping sauce that came with the steaks, it tasted like a rich master stock, & reminded me of a master stock I’d had at Meredith’s (one of Auckland’s finest restaurants) it tasted fantastic & complemented the food beautifully ! The waitress said it takes six days to make ! The food was so good we came back on our last night too & yes it was the same fabulous food , beer & service, we also had the ribs for entree they were sooo good ! Do yourself a favour & try this place, it’s also great value for money ! We can’t wait to come back ! Keep it up guys , we loved it !

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank spangle2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Lakehouse Taupo also viewed

Taupo, Taupo District
 
Taupo, Taupo District
 

Been to Lakehouse Taupo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing