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The Bistro

17 Tamamutu Street | Taupo Central, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-377 3111
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pork belly” (108 reviews)
“calamari” (78 reviews)
“terrine” (14 reviews)
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European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
17 Tamamutu Street | Taupo Central, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

First of all Why would you call your bistro “simple but nice”? Had a lovely meal here! Great service and wonderful food.

Thank Leigh V
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Don't let the name fool you this is not your typical bistro! Lovely little upscale restaurant with amazing food! Little bit on the pricey side (as you would expect for the quality your receiving) but 100% worth it! Very friendly and helpful service. I had...More

1  Thank Jackie C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to try the Bistro after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor. I ordered the Pork Belly and my husband had the Scotch Fillet. We were both super impressed with the flavours of our meals and how well cooked they were, the pork was...More

1  Thank Lisa A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’m not sure how Trip Adviser works out the restaurant rankings but ‘The Bistro’ is currently #5 when it should be #1. We had an excellent meal at the #1 restaurant the other night, but ‘The Bistro’ cuisine is on a completely different level. We...More

1  Thank John S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here twice during our stay in Taupo. Their catchphrase 'simple but nice' is a massive understatement. The chef is amazingly skilled. So for example, for one starter I had calamari cooked sous vide with lemon gnocchi and fried capers The calamari was beautifully soft,...More

3  Thank Ken1000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely meal here recently after the movies. Couldn't fault it service was awesome I will be back

1  Thank Tracey M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

‘Simple but nice’ is a bit silly when compared to the beautifully cooked and presented food at The Bistro. Jude Messenger is obviously a highly skilled chef with a great little team. We are owners of a very busy bistro and would give our right...More

2  Thank katie g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food and flavours are superb. Portions are quite small and it can get rather noisy but service and food make up for that. Make sure you book ahead.

1  Thank shilohmilo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed my entire meal! For starters we had the calamari which I thought was superb. For my main dish I had the lamb, the flavors were amazing. The lamb was cooked perfectly, very tender. My husband and father in law had the fish special...More

1  Thank foodiene23
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Attentive staff with outstanding quality food. Amazing combination of flavours. A perfect place to dine for those that appreciate excellence.

1  Thank Gary I
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27 March 2018|
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Response from artbacis | Reviewed this property |
Ask the restaurant. I wasn't there at that time!
20 November 2017|
Response from AusTravel2010 | Reviewed this property |
Should be ... If you are a local I would call lat on a particular Saturday afternoon and try a last minute booking, be sure to speak to the owner not the girl that answers the phone normally. Tell them it’s for a special... More
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, 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
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Tamamutu Street | Taupo Central, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: +64 7-377 3111
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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.
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