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Reviewed 6 January 2024 via mobile

I had the lamb with mushy peas and spicy carrots and it was the best lamb I’ve had for a long time - medium rare, succulent and delicious. My daughter’s steak with duck fat potatoes was also delicious. The tiramisu was good - I prefer...a bit more sponge - the custard and chocolate on the top were great! The staff were also great - helpful with our toddler - and the food came in good time. One teeny gripe - our toddler’s dessert came 5-10 minutes later than the adults’ desserts - she found it hard to wait while we all had a dish of yumminess in front of us! It’s helpful for young kids to get their food quickly si they have a distraction.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 19 November 2023

My daughter and I enjoyed dinner here twice and the food was absolutely delicious. They have inventive options for vegans and vegetarians, as well as amazing dishes for beef and fish lovers. Thank you, chef and to the owner Josh, for your meticulous attention to...detail and the love you put into creating such an incredible dining experience!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 11 November 2023 via mobile

Fantastic food and great friendly staff We ate here two nights in a row and cannot recommend highly enough Staff remembered us and made us feel welcome

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 24 September 2023 via mobile

Just okay. My son ordered small Korean chicken which was good though small. Ordered fries after to augment the meal. I had seafood chowder that was just okay. Wouldn't order it again and probably would not return.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 September 2023

Family visit on their 1st few days of returning to Nz after 24yrs. One member with severe food allergies. We arrived between lunch and dinner menu…Family needed a meal before heading back to Auckland. Owner stepped up…was extremely accommodating and made me proud to be...a Kiwi. He then made the most delicious meals for all. Family absolutely delighted, impressed and appetite satisfied. (This is not the first time this has happened). No allergy problems. Would recommend this perfect dining spot and friendly team to all. We will definitely be back. Thank you so much.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 29 March 2023

Had roast lamb for two. One of the best meals I have experienced anywhere. The Bay is always well run with great food and obliging staff.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 17 March 2023

Again really enjoyable meal and friendly service. Love the new outdoor area - very stylish. The pizzas are well priced and top quality. I’m not a vegetarian but can’t resist their Margarita pizza!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 16 March 2023

Doing a month tour of New Zealand and started in Auckland, had some good food in Auckland and then Maunganui but tonight as we are staying in Acacia Bay, Taupo we had dinner at The Bay Bar Brasserie.......what a lovely meal. The quality of the...food was exceptional, the table and drinks service was spot on. Thursday night and we arrived at around 7.15 and the place was buzzing with diners. Would we recommend a meal here to friends and family back in the UK.....definitely yes.........will we return for another meal here.......yes.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 1 March 2023 via mobile

Tonight (1st March) was our 2nd visit in 5 days to The Bar and Brassiere (solely at the recommendation of Mary & Ian at The Loft - you really should have them on a retainer of some sort, as they 'shepherd' all their guests your...way) and again we were not disappointed. On our first visit, as we were late in, we opted for a Pizza (the Red Setter), with a side of fries and it really was amazing. The combination of the hone made sauce with the chicken, bacon, red onions and brie was divine, and we can definitely recommend that for sure. Having ordered it (the way you do), we began casting our eyes at the delights for other customers as they were being brought out from the kitchen and spied the chicken pesto pasta and decided when we returned to Taupo and The Loft 5 days later, we'd opt for that and so we duly did. There are times when you look at a dish and think 'Wow' that looks good, but when it's served and you start to eat it, you think 'yeah/nah, not that good' Well that's definitely NOT the case with the Chicken pesto pasta. EVERY bite was divine, an explosion of flavours that lingered long(in the nicest of ways) after the last mouthful. Our only regret is we're not staying longer to return for another meal. I should also mention the staff (bar, front of house and kitchen) on both occasions (25th Feb and 1st March), who clearly enjoy working together as they all just 'bounce off one another' and this promotes a great ambience throughout the bar/brassiere. So well done one and all, and REALLY - shout Mary and Ian at the Loft. Had it not been for them, we (and I know countless others) would almost certainly gone down town instead of dining with you.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 9 February 2023 via mobile

We had been recommended by friends to go there and were quite excited. I had to email twice to ensure a reservation. When we got there we were told we had to leave our table in 90 minutes for the next booking. At no time...was I emailed or texted about this policy. Taupo was heaving with people and there was no chance of somewhere else. Food was ok but eaten under pressure. Wouldn't go back sorry.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 25 January 2023 via mobile

If you are visiting Taupo I can highly recommend the Bay Brasserie in Acacia Bay. The restaurant is under what we heard was relatively new management and has been refurbished. The menu Is varied and delicious but it’s the service that makes the Bay (as...it is known to locals) such a winner. The outdoor area has been expanded which is great for summmer dining.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 16 January 2023 via mobile

No reservation on a Saturday but they managed to find a table. Mainly locals eating and drinking. Always a good sign. Excellent service and great food. All at a great price too.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 14 January 2023

I just had the special for brunch and it was the best I have had on a global basis. Excellent flavours and great service. I would highly recommend The Bay to anyone. Well done team.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2022 via mobile

We had a quick dinner in this restaurant with fish and chips and spaghetti with meat balls. The food was simple but relatively good. Service was a bit long but friendly.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 22 November 2022 via mobile

As we were staying in Acacia Bay just a short hop from Taupo centre we thought we’d pop in for a snack and coffee. The menu was great, full of interesting twists on classics. We had prawn tacos each with a bowl of chips. The...food was so tasty. Service was friendly and prompt. The sign says Under New Management. We wish them all the best, and hope the good folks of Acacia Bay and beyond give them all the support they deserve.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Apologies accepted. I was fairly horrified when I read the review as we pride ourselves on our service and food. Next time your in Taupo please come out to The Bay, we are 5ks out from the town centre on the western side... More
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THE BAY BAR & BRASSERIE, Taupo - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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The Bay Bar & Brasserie is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5