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“Great location and service but expensive ”
Review of Bistro Lago

Bistro Lago
Ranked #30 of 138 Restaurants in Taupo
Price range: $24 - $38
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: From lake, land and ocean, our seasonal New Zealand a la carte lunch and dinner brings the region's best offerings to your plate. Located at the elegant Hilton Lake Taupo, boasting stunning lake views and guided by the expertise of celebrity Chef Gareth Stewart, Bistro Lago is a culinary experience not to be missed.
Reviewed 2 January 2024 via mobile

We visited as a birthday treat for my wife. The restaurant and views are superb as was the service. Our waitress was everything expected of her, served us promptly and was friendly and helpful. Drinks and food were prompt. Food was OK although sides appeared particularly expensive. They did however throw in a lovely additional birthday sweets and bread plates which was really appreciated by us and quite unexpected. Overall this is an expensive place to eat, and would be particularly for families. Later on checking our invoice we discovered our public holiday surcharge ended up at more than the 15% expected. I note there was also a provision for tips but in my view this does not have a place in New Zealand.

Date of visit: January 2024
Thank GrantT372
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Reviewed 7 November 2023 via mobile

The main mess we had we’re definitely exceptional. The dessert was next level superb.
Service was okay.
Would definitely come here again.

Date of visit: November 2023
1  Thank Sally R
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Reviewed 29 September 2023

Bistro Lago had great reviews, and we chose it to celebrate the last night of our family holiday. We knew it was reasonably pricey, but thought it would be worth it for a special occasion.
It's an inviting building; cosy, and attractive decor inside, with stunning views towards Lake Taupō. Our drink orders were taken and delivered promptly, and we ordered our meals. As time ticked by, we told our teenagers that fine dining restaurants sometimes take a little longer, as they're preparing some pretty special dishes. However, after one hour, we were forced to ask where our meals were. They were delivered 5 mins later - they were tasty, but small portions for the price. During the hour long wait, we saw other tables who were seated after us receiving their meals - and during that hour not one staff member stopped by our table to refill water glasses, offer more drinks, or update us on the status of our meal order. We did feel totally forgotten. After our long wait, and the small portions, we were all still hungry but not prepared to risk getting dessert. We left as quickly as we could, and had to buy takeaways in town to fill us up. It was a disappointing experience for us, not a great end to our holiday, and we don't intend to go back to Bistro Lago again.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Thank JuBlue2014
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Reviewed 7 August 2023

Bread before dinner was not available as we were told that there was a party at the function room next to the restaurant which took all the bread.

Entrees and main courses were extremely salty. The farmers soup - seafood laksa soup - was way too salty as if each bowl of soup contained heaps of salt. The main courses - beef scotch, fish of the day, confit duck leg and chicken saltimbocca - were overly seasoned and salty and the gravy were thick and salty. Many of us only ate half of the main course as they were just inedible.

Due to the saltiness of the dishes, we had to drink a lot of water to feel better. However, the restaurant was short of staff, our requests couldn’t be satisfied within reasonable time frame and we needed to make a few requests before the water bottles were refilled.

That said, the mille feuille was nicely done. The flaky pastry was crispy and the custard had a good balance of sweetness. Breakfast served the next morning also met our expectation.

Date of visit: August 2023
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2  Thank Flora M
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Reviewed 1 August 2023

We were a table of four. There was only one other table that had already had their meals. The service was terrible. The food was mostly inedible. The sides came when we had nearly finished our meals. The Brussels sprouts were slimy and virtually raw. None of us could eat this dish. The beetroot side was out of a can with some bitter old lettuce. Inedible. The cauliflower main for $40 was boiled with some grated cheese thrown on the top. Fish was ok. The hash brown was pure grease and overcooked The chicken was greasy and premade. Awful experience. They must have been very short staffed and I would question whether the regular chef was there as the meals were dreadful. Won’t be going back.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Thank Wander17130881585
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