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The Bay Bar & Brasserie

$$ - $$$
Bar, European, French, Pizza, Pub, New Zealand
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703 Acacia Bay Road, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-378 8886
16:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Thu 16:00 - 23:00
Fri 16:00 - 23:30
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 23:00
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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This has the atmosphere of a local 'pub-like' restaurant and the service is friendly and efficient . The fish and meat courses were excellent with fresh produce , as is very common in New Zealand . It is best to book as it is a very popular place .

Thank Tim0thy57
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this restaurant purely by accident and it was amazing. Their pizzas were unique and delicious. I had their pizza which had rabbit, duck and veal which was a beautiful combination. Would definitely return there when we go back down.

Thank Sarah M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived and were greeted by a very friendly member of staff. Given menus but the order for drinks took a while, my husband had to get their attention. We ordered drinks, starter and main. Everything arrived on time and with space in between to enjoy each course. The food was excellent and would definitely go back. The initial blip... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

On Saturday night the 20th my loving husband took me out to dinner. As we like to try new places we thought we would go out to Acacia Bay to The Bay Bar and Brassiere. Boy did we make the right choice it took us both a good 10 minutes to decide on what to have as everything sounded delicious.... More 

Thank Debbie L
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

The wife and I went to The Bay Bar and Brassiere on Saturday night for tea. I had a Cobb Loaf with garlic butter, a Pork Strips starter and for my main Scotch Steak. The Cobb Loaf was absolutely yummy and as for the Pork Strips starter that was amazing. The Scotch Steak was cooked to perfection. I have to... More 

Thank Gary E
Auckland, New Zealand
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104 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Very busy restaurant, atmosphere seemed great and looked like it has a good vibe, however lack of service and slowness to serve the drinks lets this place down badly.

1 Thank Whereintheworldru
Taupo, New Zealand
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We have recently moved to Acacia Bay and lucky to have this gem here. We attend the Wednesday quiz night and play music on a Sunday by the fire. Great bar and fire. Love the staff and we can't fault the pizza... Probably the best Pizza in NZ. Good work see you soon

Thank jerseyb0b
Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Don't get me wrong, the food when it arrives is fine. Its just the staff are not the most helpful. The man with the huge ear piercings is just downright lazy and seems to avoid any sort of work possible. Pizzas very overpriced too.

1 Thank Trafalgarhills
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We had pre-booked our group at least 5 weeks beforehand, yet as soon as we arrived it became obvious they couldn't cope with such a large number at once. Immediately on arrival we ordered bread for the table, of which only 1/2 arrived in reasonable time. It took at least 3 reminders that we had not received the rest that... More 

Thank penny572
Mbabane, Swaziland
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Decided to try out this restaurant for a family birthday dinner. General greeting was lack lustre verging on rude - probably should have left at this point. Eventually the waitress took our order for 5 which was straight from the menu - no special requests. Drinks came slowly in dribs and drabs with the last of the drinks - a... More 

1 Thank carlandshaz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, European, French, Pizza, Pub, New Zealand
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:30
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 703 Acacia Bay Road, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: +64 7-378 8886

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?