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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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European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
17 Tamamutu Street | Taupo Central, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Bistro is a small restaurant , has well trained servers with a sense of humour, it is our go to place Every few weeks .The variety of food would suit all tastes, well seasoned and well presented . Great value for the money ,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank PenelopeJane F
Reviewed 1 week ago

The lamb back strap was cooked to perfection and married with wonderful, imaginitively presented vegetables that produced a wonderful jus. The fish was also excellent and the deserts sublime but the service unprofessional and poor. Why start the evening with the curt observation that you...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank BrettnDenise
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Again visited The Bistro for quality food choices. We both chose haupuka fish mains which were imaginatively presented and of high quality. Our shared desert choice was very tasty and overall our meals delivered an excellent dining experience. Recommended.

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Peter A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took out of town friends here , haven’t been there for years , but knew it was good , The meal was lovely , good size , three had the steak , well cooked . one had the fish , was a bit of...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank swiwi51
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There were 16 of us and unfortunately we were quite rowdy which the restaurant handled very well. Food and service were top notch. The portion sizes were a bit smaller than expected so we ordered starters and/or deserts. The group raves about the duck, the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank scottyAuckland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our local AirBnB hosts highly recommended this restaurant as one of their favorite dinner spots, and we were not disappointed! We had the Hawkes Bay fresh-caught fish and NZ steak- the dishes were perfectly executed and we left feeling very satisfied. Will absolutely be back...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank adeliectravels
Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

Food is delicious, staff are very accomodating and the atmosphere is great. Highly recommend for a special date night or birthday or just dinner in general. Awesome work guys

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Jess5500
Reviewed 9 November 2018

We enjoyed our dinner here albeit service was a little on the slow side. A relatively limited menu for fussy eaters though so be Ware, though chef will amend dishes as required. I had the lamb which was excellent and wide variety of vegetables with...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Prospector1
Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

My wife and I just had dinner there. Many tables were booked in advance but we lucked out: we walked by just as they were opening at 5pm and settled on a reservation for 6pm. It's a casual spot with good hearty food. Service was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 272edwinl
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

We booked and so glad we did! We had a lovely meal and our unanimous verdict was that this was the best food we have had outside Auckland or Wellington.... great food... slightly let down by some of the service staff who were just young...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank Footprints535242
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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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Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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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