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Bistro Lago

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$$$$
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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80-100 Napier Road, Taupo 3379, New Zealand
+64 7-376 2319
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Palmerston North Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

Fantastic service, food, drinks & atmosphere! Would highly recommend to everyone and definitely will go back! Awesome range of food & drinks to choose from, even for my fussy partner.

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Thank Maryanne G
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Dear Maryanne G, I really appreciate you taking the time to post your comments on TripAdvisor and it is great to hear that the whole experience was up to your expectations. I will share your feedback with all the Bistro Lago team. Regards Guido More 

Safety Bay, Australia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

On a cold wet night in Lake Taupo we had an amazing dinner at Bistro Lago. Set in the Hilton Hotel the Bistro's décor of polished timber floors, warm open fires, leather furnishings and cosy tables with crisp white linen created a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. We were warmly greeted by the Maître de who was really entertaining and knowledgeable... More 

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Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Dear SteveNTerri, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback on TripAdvisor, it is fantastic to hear that you enjoyed dinner with us, did find the atmosphere to be welcoming and relaxed and the wait staff to be knowledgeable. I have shared your feedback with the whole F&B team. We are looking forward welcoming you back in Bistro... More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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169 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

Spent a few nights at the Hilton and so ate at Bistro Lago several times. We were looking forward to dinner there and were not disappointed. Second night there we just had bar snacks and they were great and plentiful too. Had breakfast there both days - went for the buffet for the fact that the selection was amazing. Ate... More 

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Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Dear ExcitedTraveller1973, Thank you for taking time to share your feedback on TripAdvisor, and I am delighted to see that you enjoyed your recent dining experiences with us, I have shared your feedback with all the F&B team. ExcitedTraveller1973, thank you again for your lovely comments and we look forward to seeing you all again in the very near future.... More 

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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2015 via mobile

Irish coffee not genuine Irish coffee. Warm choc pudding amazing. Bread and butter pudding amazeballs. Panacotta average. Service good and staff attentive and chatty.

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1 Thank Lollypop2015
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Dear Lollypop2015 Thank you for taking time to write a review on Tripadvisor. I have passed your feedback to both kitchen and front of house staff. We look forward to welcome you back in Bistro Lago during your next visit in Taupo Kind Regards Guido More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 31 May 2015 via mobile

My husband and I dined at Bistro Lago while staying overnight at the Hilton Taupo to celebrate his birthday . We had pre booked our dinner reservation which was lucky as we were told the Bistro was fully booked for this night ! After dining here I can totally see why this Restaurant was fully booked ... We were greeted... More 

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Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Dear RaeOB Thank you for your recent feedback. I am glad we could exceed your expectations on your birthday celebration. I have passed you feedback on to Aine who was the little Irish waitress and the chef on duty the night. We look forward to welcoming you back next time you are in Taupo. Kind Regards Guido More 

London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2015

3 of us came for lunch and I was very impressed. The menu had a large variety of things to offer and I had a hard time choosing, 2 of us going for the market fish and the other for for the lamb. The fish was outstanding and I immensely enjoyed it.The sides were nice too- the sumac roasted pumpkin... More 

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Thank Cazza900
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Dear Cazza900, Thank you for your recent post on TripAdvisor and I am glad to hear you enjoyed your recent lunch experience with us. I have shared your feedback with all the front of house and kitchen team. We are looking forward in welcoming you back to try our new menu during your next visit in Taupo. Kind Regards Guido More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2015

We dined last weekend having eaten there several times before & enjoyed it so went back. The food and service we found were both underwhelming but the views still nice The entrees were on the small side and there were little or no veges at all with mains which looked like a slab of fish or meat on its own... More 

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Thank NZLuxury
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

NZLuxury, Thank you for taking the time to post comments about your recent dining experience on TripAdvisor. It is great to hear you dined with us several times and always enjoyed your experience. I am sorry to hear that in this occasion, we did not meet your expectations. Your feedback was very details and I have shared it with the... More 

Waitomo Caves, null, New Zealand
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68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2015

World class food, exceptional in every way. Food, wine and service would highly recommend and will dine again.

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2 Thank Piki K
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Piki K, Thank you for taking time to share your feedback on TripAdvisor, and I am delighted to see that you enjoyed your recent dining experience with us, I have shared your feedback with all the F&B team. Piki K, thank you again for your lovely comments and we look forward to seeing you all again in the very... More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2015

Great food and brilliant service. Bravo to executive chef Simon Gault and his local team .... this is truly world class!

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1 Thank Peter N
Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Hi Peter N, Thank you for posting such wonderful feedback on TripAdvisor, and I am delighted to see that you enjoyed your recent dining experience with us, I have shared your feedback with all the F&B team. Peter N, thank you again for your lovely comments and we look forward to seeing you all again in the very near future.... More 

London
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2015 via mobile

I can't fault the taste of the food but we had a portion of starter that barely passed as a garnish. On querying this with the server we were simply told "sorry about that" but nothing further. This sullied the beginning of our meal and cost the server the tip but everything else was okay afterward. I'd say; decent brasserie... More 

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Guido P, Manager at Bistro Lago, responded to this review

Dear benshockleyuk, I really appreciate you taking the time to post your comments on TripAdvisor and I am sorry to hear you did find our portions too small. I am not sure what happened with the barman as we have a great selection of beers on the menu including pale ales. Thank you again for your comments and looking forward... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$17 - US$27
Cuisine
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80-100 Napier Road, Taupo 3379, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: +64 7-376 2319

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