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The Bistro

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17 Tamamutu Street | Taupo Central, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-377 3111
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pork belly” (108 reviews)
“calamari” (82 reviews)
“terrine” (13 reviews)
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

Fabulous dinner. As a local I would thoroughly recommend The food is amazing and service is great to. Yummy wine

1  Thank Gill E
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our family were quite surprised as the food here is excellent. Even though we read many excellent tripadvisor reviews, sometimes with young kids it can be a bit of a miss. This place however was fantastic, and my wife remarked that it was the best...More

Thank Someonehere1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner on a Monday night and the restaurant was extremely busy. Had the hapuka fish special with mushroom purée, autumn vegetables and bacon foam for mains and a creme brûlée for dessert and both were cooked and presented really well. You can really tell...More

1  Thank Audreen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great dinner with outstanding service. We didn’t have a reservation and they were able to accommodate us at the bar. Had the calamari to start and the hapuka for main. Food was outstanding! Wish we had longer in Taupo to come back.

1  Thank Shane R
Reviewed 1 week ago

How Jen as the one waiting person controlled a full restaurant so efficiently is beyond me! Combine top service with such amazing flavours in each meal = 10/10. Thanks for an enjoyable evening.

1  Thank DebbieL528
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked late and were able to get in during a busy time in town. Both of our dinners were very well prepared. The wait staff was cheeky in a friendly way, as though you were a familiar customer, and the atmosphere was inviting.

1  Thank Carole M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited The Bistro in Taupo last night during a stopover. It was excellent! We booked at late notice and they fitted us in. We observed other people walking in off the street when the place was full and they were really accommodating seating people...More

1  Thank andrewvE2372XD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After our meal last night, I thought about giving this place a 1 just to get more attention, as most people and rightly so, want to find out what was wrong. Well, now I have your attention, there was absolutely nothing wrong! The service, from...More

1  Thank Meandwotsername
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very small but unique bistro The wait staff was exceptionally friendly and accommodating. It was a little slow but food was well worth it.

1  Thank Carol D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were here on easter monday and the restaurant was pretty busy. However, the waitresses and chefs handled the stress so good that you felt treated like you've been the only guest. The food was delicious. I recommend the calamari as a starter, they were...More

1  Thank Peter H
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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
11 January 2016|
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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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, 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
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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