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The Bistro is a small family owned restaurant focused on simple clean flavours and honest tasty food from fresh local produce, all in a relaxed causal setting to provide our guests with moments that last a life time.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
European, Healthy, New Zealand
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a wonderful accident as I thought we were going to a different restaurant. The comfortable room, enhanced by an engaged young waitperson was promising. Delivery followed with dry aged hapuka, Cambridge duck with fennel and pork and a red pickled cabbage mixture. The...balance and modest degree of innovation was seriously impressive. We shared a silky crème brûlée cooked sous vide, a successful first. After a multi day road trip eating every meal out it was a great finale. Not cheap but great value.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant stands head and shoulders above others in the area. A great culture experience awaits from the start, fresh homemade bread with a glass of wine . Our Mains were delicious of fillet beef and side of vegetables. The sweat and cheese and biscuits...also superb.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 15 March 2024

Four different patrons all different meals all raving how good the food was. Service excellent. Everyone in restaurant seemed exceptionally happy. Price reasonable for very good food. 5 stars.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024

In town, we have also eaten at Embra and The Bantry. Those two were better than here, but the food here was very good. Our favorite course (of the Degustation Menu) was the Scotch fillet of beef - gorgeous marbling in the meat, delicious sear,...and the sides complemented it beautifully. It was interesting that they called a serving of sorbet a "course", as well as pairing it with an cinnamon herbal tea. Service was detached, and not overly friendly, at least for our main server. There was quite a lag between courses.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 February 2024

Can’t fault The Bistro. Great service, great food and wine, and just a fantastic comfortable restaurant to enjoy when you’re visiting Taupo. The Chef/Owner is a magician in the kitchen, the food coming out is really really delicious Great wine list, top NZ wines to...try by the glass, and not too expensive Give it a go for sureMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 13 February 2024 via mobile

Ate with friends and enjoyed an excellent meal. The beautifully presented meals and very good wine list was complimented by the extremely friendly and attentive owner and staff.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 11 February 2024 via mobile

We visited for evening drinks and were greeted by the most welcoming family. The owner and his family were not only gracious, but fun and interesting. This is the place we'll definutely recommend to family and friends. We hope to visit this wonderful establishment again!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 15 January 2024

Brilliantly cooked meal, braved the aged raw harpuka, 😬 but was outstanding, and the steak, although cut like large thick chips, was superbly cooked. Would recommend highly if you want a quality meal in a great atmosphere

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 8 January 2024

A wonderful place to eat excellent food and enjoy a glass of wine. We both had the steak and could not think of a time recently when we had had such lovely steak. Cooked to perfection.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 1 January 2024

We visited this little eatery last year driving north and gave it a rave review; trying it again this year was therefore a no-brainer -and we were just as impressed the second time round. A simple, pleasant dining room, interesting menu, sensible wine-list, and professional...staff; so all the key ingredients of a great evening. We loved our wild rabbit and chicken terrine, duck for the main, and superb deconstructed cheesecake. Definitely a sophiticated little menu without being too try-hard. And we particularly liked the fact that this was a family-owned business. Our charming, friendly and professional server was the owner's daugher and her brother was behind the bar. And the owner himself was equally charming and friendly having a night away from the kitchen as front-of house. Must be the best restaurant in Taupo and you'd be missing out if you didn't pay a visit if you're passing by the Great Lake.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 31 December 2023 via mobile

Tasty food in Taupo with an interesting concept. The place clearly stands out from other restaurants. The beef was very good!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 November 2023 via mobile

Fabulous meal in a very personal intimate restaurant. Great service and outstanding food and wine thank you 5 star all round

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 November 2023 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our meals at this restaurant right in the middle of town in Taupo. A few of us had the confit duck which was cooked to perfection. The wine was a little disappointing in that the cheapest choice was the house wine which was...very average and then the prices were ridiculously over the top for anything else. Bit of a shame when the food was so good!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 21 November 2023

Excellent meal & experience! We were 2 adults & 2 kids (8 & 11) and The Bistro provided an excellent meal for all of us. The regular menu is sophisticated and interesting and the kids menu offers real food prepared appropriately for childrens’ taste. Outstanding!...Call outs on the savoy cabbage & pork belly dumpling and the scotch fillet. Absolutely would return each time we are in town. Thanks for an excellent meal.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 November 2023

Fabulous meal always consistently great service was good too Really lovely ambiance at the Bristro As a celiac with a garlic allergy there was no problem & a selection that could be cooked for me I had the beef just a magic meal followed by...cream brûlée wonderful I couldn’t fault it I’m a local & this is my go to place to bring or send visitors as I know they will get a fabulous meal My visitors I bought to dine had the fish meal & raved about it with the parting shot of Well we know where to dine in taupo next tripMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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THE BISTRO, Taupo - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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The Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5