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Waterside Restaurant & Bar

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Certificate of Excellence2017 Winner

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Serving, Lunch and Dinner you'll soon discover Waterside's reputation for great casual dining and fantastic meals to meet everybody's needs.Take in the stunning views of the lake and mountains while you enjoy being looked after by our friendly staff, try one of our creative cocktails or speciality coffees. Fantastic outdoor dining in summer, and a fireplace to keep you warm in the winter.Enjoy!!
US$8 - US$20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, After-hours
Bar, European, New Zealand
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday

Great location, and service. Tried the lamb rack - and it came with 3 veg! Not very often you get that in a main. Very tasty. Very impressed and a short walk from our hotel.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank BarrieR157
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I had a long lunch by the water for our wedding anniversary. The salmon meal was delicious and well priced, jalapeño poppers were yum and the freak shake of the month was outstanding!! They treated us for our anniversary too which was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Simsy22
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Waterside is in a line of bars and restaurants but it is a grade above most of its neighbours. We were greeted by a friendly girl and offered an inside or outside table. We opted for an inside window table with views over the Lake....More

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

Ordered the seafood platter. Was disappointed as it seemed to have more bread than seafood and what seafood there was, was the bare minimum - two very small oysters hardly worth putting on the plate, 2 small skewers of prawn and scallop, cold mussels and...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Monique8765
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always call in when I am in Taupo.Its not the flashest establishment but I have always had very good meals.And where else in Taupo can you get $6 beers.Great view of the lake and the traffic.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Barry W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had meal at Waterside and came away disappointed.We shared a pate which quite nice .However the mains fish for my wife and chicken for me were bland.Well cooked but lacking flavor.The staff friendly and helpful and the atmosphere excellent.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank petere508
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always visit for the most popular Freak-shakes! it is absolutely a must have when you're visiting Taupo.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank yaso001
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had 6 adults and 2 young children and after all the recent reviews we were afraid we had made a wrong choice for a special birthday. Well we need not worry, the meals were well presented and by the empty plates everyone was satisfied....More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Philandducks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely on the slow side service wise, despite the restaurant not being overly busy or frantic. However.... I would have eaten my meal all over again it was so good (crispy skin salmon). Not a hugely diverse kids menu but it ticked the basics much...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank JayceB11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here before but very unimpressed this time. Slow service and yet there were quite a few staff working and it wasn’t busy. One of our meals was good but the other, which was a gluten free option was terrible. Won’t be going...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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