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“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cafe Pinot

Cafe Pinot
Ranked #80 of 135 Restaurants in Taupo
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: New Zealand, European
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Café Pinot is the perfect private function venue available for groups of 20 up to 160 people. Be amazed with our beautiful outlook over the Pinot Noir Vineyard, the historic Fletcher's Church, the Taupo Township and out to Mt Tauhara. Taupo's best kept secret! An established location within the Huka Falls Resort complex, offers unique surrounds making us the most sought after venue for weddings and functions! From 20 to 160 people, Café Pinot has adapted our facility to offer a number of options to you, from the private cellar room (for up to 30 people) to a marquee on the deck (up to 160 people). A truly magical venue for those groups wishing to celebrate a special occasion, an awards evening or get-together - be it a corporate group, a work social club, a birthday party, your amazing wedding day, family reunion or your wedding anniversary celebration! Our onsite Events Team can organise your function from start to finish, including the wine, food, decorations & entertainment! Just sit back and let us take care of everything! YES we do take care of your dietary requirements. Conveniently located at 56 Huka Falls Road - just turn in at the little white church.
Taupo, New Zealand
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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

Café Pinot was suggested for an extended family lunch and we were really glad we tried it. Great location just out of town, very relaxing spot to enjoy lunch. The service was very good and the menu had plenty to choose from…seafood…platers etc, also enjoyed the baked cheesecake.

The day we went the weather was not great so it was nice to be inside with the heat pump on but we can’t wait to go back when its warmer and try something else on the menu and enjoy being outside on the large deck.

  • Visited October 2013
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New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Lovely cafe, great food, friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

Went here for lunch 'catch up' with friends using Taupo as North Island halfway meeting point, found the café whilst googling lunch places in Taupo. Definitely was not disappointed with choosing this café for lunch. Nice to get away from the shops/town etc.
Staff were very friendly, good service, lovely atmosphere. Food was perfect for a lunch! The ciabatta bread was the best ever with oil & dukkah; the garlic cheese ciabatta again one of the best I've ever had! It was great that the chef provided me with the manufacturer's details for the best ever ciabatta bread!!!
Lunch options were good; each diner chose a different dish - no one was disappointed! The beef open sandwich; prawn & salmon salad ; lamb on couscous ; were all delicious! Ended the lunch with a very good coffee in good sized cups!
Pricing was in line with the kind of place Café Pinot is - I thought very well priced!
The front of house lady/waitress was very happy to take photos out on the deck for us too!
All in all a very pleasant and happy experience lunching here! So much so that we have decided that Café Pinot at Huka Falls Resort will be our bi-annual lunch catch-up venue!

  • Visited October 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A Loverly Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

A great lunch was enjoyed by the whole party. Real value for money. Food excellent along with the service. Reasonably priced wine list, with a good range. Can recommend the prawn & scallop salad.

  • Visited October 2013
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Auckland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great location, great menu, average food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

This place has great potential, but I think its trying to be fancyer than it actually is. The prices are what you would expect from a up-market cafe, ($20ish for a main) and the menu sounds amazing, but the food is a bit "meh" and leaves you feeling like you didn't get very good value for money.
Also, this place is FREEZING in the winter. Put the heater on for your paying customers! We all had to sit in our coats!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank SophieandGlenn
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Taupo, New Zealand
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“Superb”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

I was definitely surprised by this great cafe. I have been to many cafes in Taupo and this one was definitely one of the best. Great quiet location. Great service. Excellent food. Will be going back soon. Recommend

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Jonathan L
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