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$12 - $30
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Bar, European, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Worst Seafood Chowder we have ever had. Chopped up crab stick & surimi with some veges & 1 mussel to give it some seafood at least. Couldn’t eat it & would never go back to this place.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to dine. Watch the sunset while eating your favorite dish. Mine is the 300g rump special & fries. Freakshake to end, your eyes will pop.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 30 March 2024

It's in a nice location, but that's about all. Lots of people walk along the lakefront restaurant strip in Taupo, and this place draws them in with billboards advertising cheap meals. We weren't very hungry and figured it would do. Before ordering anything, we checked...with the waiter, who seemed to be very new, that the specials were actually available, and she had to check with the manager to confirm they were. I suspect that if we'd committed by ordering drinks, the answer may have been different. The steak and chips were just acceptable, the meat pretty tough. The manage was hovering much of the time, ordering the staff around. Before we'd finished our drinks a more senior waiter came over and started clearing the table, removing the water I was still drinking before asking if we wanted anything else. It seemed likely she had been directed by the vigilant manager to get the table rotated. Not a good message to send to customers, and an unfortunate experience of New Zealand.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 29 March 2024 via mobile

My partner and I ordered a $62 seafood platter and two glasses of rosé. Waterside; definitely needs to up its game on the platter front. The seafood platter consisted of six mussels in creamy sauce, two skewers containing 1x prawn, 1x scallop & a cherry...tomato, two oysters, six strips calamari, Six tiny, deep fried seafood fritters, bread & 3 x dollops of dips. It was mentioned on payment that we considered the portion size needed adjusting, while location was lovely & Service was okay, we will not be back considering the other options locally.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 16 March 2024

Did a walk of Taupo to see what caught our eye best. The freak shakes did well in catching my sisters attentions & the kids too. The combo choice you get with the kids meal top tier ! Forgot all about dessert! I got myself...the mussels & I’m a seafood girl, I asked if they were fresh the waiter said yes so obviously I had to grab some & they definitely didn’t disappoint. The other two woman who helped serve & seat us, amazing & sweet , Super helpful with reminding us the kids have left something behind in seperate places lol . Nothing tops a meal with a few with good hospitality! Will be back again!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 8 March 2024 via mobile

Called in for lunch yesterday. Moved tables as the first table area was surrounded by flies. Flies on the table and the windows - not a good impression. The man who greeted us was quite busy and didn’t really speak - not a good impression....The food was ordinary. With all the many cafes and restaurants in Taupo, we should have chosen somewhere else. We ordered chips, calamari and some drinks. My milkshake was just that - milk and flavouring, no ice cream so it wasn’t super cold. Had whipped cream on top - weird. The upside was a very pleasant waitress - she should be running the cafe. Lovely smile.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 15 February 2024 via mobile

We started with cocktails. I asked for a martini and got an espresso martini. I took it back to the bar and apparently the bartender didn’t know how the make a simple martini (really?). The food was mediocre. My wife ordered the stuffed chicken breast,...which was missing most of the advertised stuffing. I ordered the eye steak, which was tough. On a positive note, the location near the lake is nice.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 9 January 2024

On behalf of the scouts Australian contingent, the food here was awesome, we had a group of six and all the food came out in less than 10 minutes. The fish and chips was delicious the outside was crunchy but soft on the inside the...atmosphere was awesome also In review 10/10 or 5 starsMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 6 January 2024

Excellent service, even though our server had a spider scare, she soildered through it professionally. Food was great. Beautiful view. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 January 2024

We called in for lunch, my granddaughter had butter chicken, fairly average, the steak sandwich evidently was good. My wife and I ordered the $62 seafood platter. No oysters left so compensated by adding an extra scallop. 6 mussels in a creamy sauce, 6 popcorn...things, a few slices of bread. We felt we payed far to much for a very average meal. The choc milkshake had nuts in it.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 17 November 2023 via mobile

Lovely lookout onto the lake. Food is really good at a reasonable price. Topped off by 5star customer service from Maddy who made us feel really welcome.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 9 November 2023 via mobile

The Waterside as it says is right beside the water so it can have a nice view. We were seated quickly and ordered two things. My wife had the seafood salad and I had the fish of the day. Both were okay and actually my...dish was better than her salad. The dressing on the cabbage salad did not appeal to the Mrs. Overall it was okay.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 November 2023

We were tucked around the corner by the bar away from what felt like the main dining area. Took a while before our drink orders were taken. Staff standing around. Ordered butter chicken. 6 small pieces of chicken. Pretty average. Partner order seafood share platter....Had no scollaps. Fish bites were very oily and yuck. Lamington cocktail was lovely. Used bathroom on way out. Absolutely revolting. While waiting for ladies toilet could see into men’s. Pee all down front of toilet. Tiles imbedded with filth. Doors covered in black grossness. Both bathrooms in desperate need of a deep clean. If I went in there first I wouldn’t have eaten there.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023 via mobile

Was ok paying for the view needs a good renovation getting tired inside food was nice but you wouldn't be talking about it to friends next day wait staff very good price acceptable menus bit tatty and special board outside certainly had a hard life...just about falling apartMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 21 October 2023

Horrible . Arrived with a reservation at 620. We were immediately seated . We ordered our meal at 630 and our meal was delivered to our table at 739. I ordered a beer at 630. No one came to the table the entire time to...ask if I needed another drink. In Fact at 730 we had to alert them we’ve been waiting over 1 hour. After food was delivered no one asked if we needed anything else. Conclusion, understaffed, poor management, and inexperienced wait staff. The food was mediocre. 10/21/23More

Date of visit: October 2023
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WATERSIDE RESTAURANT & BAR, Taupo - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Waterside Restaurant & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4