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French, European, Wine Bar, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to this place on a friends recommendation and it absolutely blew us away ! The atmosphere is classy but casual and feels really welcoming as you step in the door . The staff were efficient and friendly , and the food - WOW...! French onion soup would be on my last supper list and this one was sublime , melt in your mouth beef was next - cooked to perfection and accompanied by just enough mouth watering accompaniments , my only complaint is that I couldn’t fit dessert in -gutted ! This place is an absolute little diamond .More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 12 January 2021

The food was good, the service attentive, the tables are well spaced, the restaurant had a nice buzz but not too noisy for conversation. All the makings of a very pleasant evening

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 7 December 2020 via mobile

3 of us opted for the 3 courses for $69. The beef tartare, asparagus with the goat's cheese etc and the beef belly croquette with the torched goat's cheese all proved to be top quality and very flavoursome. The fish of the day was monkfish...and voted the best of the 3 mains although the beef fillet and lamb backstrap were also praised by all. Everyone was also happy with their dessert. Service was nicely paced and friendly and the ambience was very pleasant. We thought, given the quality of the food that the price was good value. We hope to return on our next trip to Wanaka.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 2 December 2020 via mobile

Fantastic location. Panoramic views of Lake Wanaka & Southern Alps. Excellent choice of beverages (including local wine) at reasonable prices. Great menu selection. Food and Service were excellent. Highly recommended

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 18 November 2020

Eye watering prices mediocre food. Not fresh not tasty.Very pretentious.They call it french cuisine but I doubt any frenchman would want to make that comparison.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Silly_Saffa, Owner at Bistro Gentil, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2020

I'm really sorry to hear that you lost your sense of taste before you dined at Bistro Gentil. Everything is made fresh daily and our meals are very well priced. I really do not think that 2 courses for $55 and 3 courses for $65...More

Reviewed 30 October 2020 via mobile

10 of us dined for my son's birthday. Absolutely loved the meal I had and everyone else enjoyed theirs as well. Superb food,excellent service. Definitely recommend. We will be back.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 13 October 2020 via mobile

Best steak I’ve had in NZ so far. From the Trust your Chef special - juicy, tender ribeye. cooked to perfection accompanied by foie gras butter, potato croquettes, broccolini. The french onion soup starter and dessert was lovely too. Good pricing for the 3 courses...at $65 - given quality and ambienceMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 11 October 2020

Beautiful food, great service and one of the best views in Wanaka, what more could you want for a casual meal with your partner. It’s great for a special occasion or just a casual date night! A great selection of entrees and starters, the tuna...was amazing and really brought out the wine we had chosen. Menu is well thought out and we really enjoyed the steaks; a great cut of meat and the sides that accompanied are amazing. We had some beautiful amuse-bouche throughout our meal, the savoury profiteroles were different but made you want more. The pastry chef is fantastic, a great range of well put together desserts was a great finish to the meal. 100% would recommend to all visiting or living in Wanaka.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 6 October 2020 via mobile

Lacklustre service but food food If I was the chef here I would be disappointed to see this comment, food was generally pretty good however let down by poor service and non attentive service staff. I was hosting a table of 8 people on a...quiet Tuesday evening, the wait staff were more interested in chatting to themselves than wanting to assure our needs were met. I had to get up and interrupt their conversation to get table service. Not good enough when paying their prices.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 6 October 2020 via mobile

The setting is beautiful with views to the lake and mountains beyond. The food is spectacular, every course was delicious, so fresh and amazing combinations of flavors, was definitely one of the best meals we've ever had and we've eaten all over the world. Merci...for making our 10 year anniversary special. If you don't eat here you're missing out big time.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Response from jmheff | Reviewed this property |
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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