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“Wonderful food, innovative wine service”
Review of Bistro Gentil

Bistro Gentil
Ranked #3 of 84 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, French, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Located in a beautiful garden setting infused with artwork from world renowned artists, overlooking the lake and mountains of Wanaka, Bistro Gentil serves wonderful modern French cuisine using only the best seasonal produce from Central Otago and it's kitchen garden. Being the first South Island restaurant to house an Enomatic wine-dispenser system, diners can enjoy a range of fine wines by either the glass, half glass or taster. With indoor and outdoor seating, we are open for à la carte dining Tuesday to Saturday evenings. A seven course degustation menu is also available on Friday and Saturday. You are welcome to try our complimentary samples of olive oils and pure fruit balsamic vinegars. Bistro Gentil was recommended in the 2014 Cuisine Good Food Guide.
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful food, innovative wine service”
Reviewed May 6, 2014

My husband and I had 2 courses each, and all the food was excellent. Service was friendly and prompt. The wine dispenser was a brilliant idea; each table has a card, and this is inserted into the wine cabinet (temperature controlled). You select the wine you want, and the serving size, and the wine is dispensed immediately into your glass. The owner of the restaurant was eating there when we had dinner, which I think has to be a good sign!

Visited April 2014
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auckland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“a top resturant in Wanaka”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

Fabulous meal beautifully cooked and presented, lovely flavours. Great service, comfortable chairs! Love the wine dispenser. Makes sampling new wines very easy.. Lovely outlook.

  • Visited April 2014
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“Great Sunday Spit Roast”
Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

I knew from my emails prior to visiting the restaurant that it would be a memorable occasion and I was not disappointed. The staff are attentive and eager to please, the food is divine. Loved the ability to taste the great wine selection. We will definitely be back.

Visited April 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“What a Find”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

Dined here on saturday night, beautifu! Great staff, awesome food, fantastic wines a real winner in all respects. Congratulations Bistro Gentil, could not fault you in anyway, cannot wait to return, it is a must visit if you are in Wanaka.

  • Visited April 2014
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Lyttelton, New Zealand
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20 reviews
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“We'll be back”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

Oh my goodness what a wonderful meal. We loved the novelty of the 24 bottle wine tasting feature and with some advice from the staff managed to team the perfect wine for our meals. Our only niggle was that the food could have been warmer. But the flavour and presentation of our meals made it easy to forgive this! A perfect place to have chosen for the last meal of our honeymoon.

  • Visited April 2014
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