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The Bistro

17 Tamamutu Street | Taupo Central, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-377 3111
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pork belly” (113 reviews)
“calamari” (90 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 via mobile

We arrived in Taupo and my search for a good meal began. Lately I try to follow my instinct by looking at the pictures and the menu and read some reviews... The Bistro looked really good so we headed there and it was simply delicious....More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank CRbyNataly
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Bistro is often regarded as top of the line in Taupo- I wouldn’t rank it there now. Food used to be great, but recently 3 steaks all ordered to be served rare came almost well done- a dry piece of meat for a $35...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank fredanderson33
Reviewed 5 days ago

Bistro is just lovely, we received a warm welcome from staff who did not know we were locals. The food was delicious, with great flavours. The waitressing staff attentive and knowledgeable . We will promote this place and certainly be back.

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Kiwisaupo
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Bistro is well named since it offers a perfect bistro style experience with a casual ambiance, good wine and fresh well-prepared food. The chef is brilliant with vegetables and though we're not vegetarians, a vegetarian could get a terrific meal here. I started with...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank BAM1113
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had looked at the reviews previously and had seen it was rated well. Took a chance and went in without a booking. The lovely waitress squeezed us in. There was lots of seafood/fish type dishes and a couple of other dishes if you don’t eat...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank vickyl151
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited for dinner and were lucky to get the table on the night. The service was exceptional. The entrees were absolutely fabulous. The mains were good. We didn't get deserts. The main area was nicely decorated but quite dark and we found out...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank monikat941
Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice feel of Kiwiana staff and owners here and they provide a lovely dining experience with great food and atmosphere.

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Kathleen M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good food and I mean very good food, I sound like I am a foodie, I’m not but I had two dishes, the Calamari for entree and the duck for main and I think they were two of the best dishes I’ve had anywhere...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Dazzshes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our meal very much and especially that the staff were super flexible for our friend who has a very long list of allergies. Thank you

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank JacobisNZ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner at The Bistro last night, it was a very enjoyable experience. The staff were friendly and attentive, the ambiance is cosy . The stand out dish for us both was the Calamari..best we have ever had. We would recommend this Restaurant.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Philip S
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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
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Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
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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