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French, European, Wine Bar, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had this restaurant recommended by one of our hosts on the rail trail plus it starred on Trip Advisor Great service great food kiwi/ French and tight but well thought out wine list reflecting the restaurant is Maude Wines tasting room during the day...The crème brûlée was the very best I have had in a long time Will be backMore

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 10 April 2022 via mobile

A final night dinner for our first trip down preparing for a big race later this year. The whole experience from arrival to completion was flawless, the atmosphere is very relaxed and the staff do a great job at keeping it that way. Great decor...and layout, the gentleman who advised it’s warm under the heaters outside was spot on. Food was sublime and we enjoyed the 3 course offer plus a few wines. Will definitely return. On a side note I beloved you were understaffed last night but your staff made it seem easy running on the 2 front of house staff. Will return next time for sureMore

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 23 March 2022

Bistro Gentil was absolutely amazing! Price is fantastic, servings are very generous and the staff go far beyond to make your evening so special. I cannot fault one thing about this restaurant. They made our evening perfect, from answering all and any of our questions...about the menu, to generously providing us with a glass of bubbles to celebrate my partners birthday. The food was incredible. With every bite, the texture and taste of these meals was even better than I was expecting. Perfect. Sensational. Incredible. We will be back, time and time againMore

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 19 February 2022

We had the pleasure of dining here recently during a weekend in Wanaka. The welcome was warm, food was both visually beautiful and delicious, and all three serving staff were kind and friendly. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a dinner out as...much. Go team Gentil!More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 14 February 2022

So glad we were able to snag a reservation at this lovely restaurant on our last night. The food was outstanding, the wines delicious, it had a lovely cosy atmosphere and we arrived early enough to watch over the lake as the sun set. Definitely...one to try and fit in whilst ever in Wanaka.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 12 January 2022 via mobile

What a delicious meal. We all had Trust the chef, and we’re not disappointed. Service very friendly and wine was spot on, a good variety to choose from. Will definitely be back!

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 9 January 2022

Highly recommend reservation to avoid disappointment - parking at the rear or on the front or better still get a taxi - this is not really a place for young children/younger teens (no kids menu) it’s more for adults wanting fine dining experience - Bistro...Gentile is in a fabulous location and even better if it’s a nice day/evening and you can reserve a table with lake view - dine in or on the covered outside area - lovely decor inside - can get chilly on the outside covered area but there are heaters overhead or take a shawl if it’s going to be a chilly evening/day - staff are super friendly - GF diners be wowed as nearly everything on the menu can be made GF (it does not say what’s GF or DF etc on the menu which would be nice and makes it more easy but staff are super helpful) the food is amazing cooked to perfection whatever your choice is - the food presentation is fabulous - a lovely selection of wine, cocktails and soft drinks - we were a party of 4 - our choice ratings best: tartare or soft goats cheese or salmon all totally amazing - mains: beef fillet or hanger steak or market fish accompanied with french fries with yummy truffle salt, spring carrots again totally amazing - we couldn’t leave without me having my all time favourite: creme brûlée which was and always is exceptional - if you’ve got time to treat yourself or a special occasion then this is the restaurant to dine at in Wanaka, it’s exceptionally the best. Okay you may pay more but it’s totally worth it. Well done to Bistro Gentile for being such a fabulous restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 7 November 2021 via mobile

This place is amazing. We sat out on the terrace and the view of the mountains and lake is lovely. The food is to die for. We had the Bistro Classic which we loved . French Onion Soup is fantastic, beef cooked to perfection (medium...rare) and creme brulee had a lovely crunch and perfect custard inside Service is attentive without being obtrusive. We highly recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 25 October 2021 via mobile

Tasty food, presented well. I felt the sauce on the aged steak masked the flavour of the steak a bit, but apart from that it was good. The proportions of the salmon in the start was laughably small. I suppose you could argue its fine...dining...but it didn't look like it took a lot of effort to justify the price of the starter compared to other places I've been... Which served better tasting salmon dish. Overall worth the visit, great views, but don't necessarily expect to be blown away by the cuisineMore

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 16 August 2021 via mobile

So nice to have a restaurant that is not so big and noisy. We never got a chance to admire he views due to the bad weather however the food was excellent with great service. One wee complaint the room temperature was a bit too...cold to dine with out a jacket onMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Hi Their website looks to have an issue currently, but the menu can be seen via this site; w w w . zomato . com › New Zealand › Queenstown › Wanaka › Bistro Gentil
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Bistro Gentil is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5