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“Pleasant enough, but not consistent”
Review of Bistro Lago

Bistro Lago
Ranked #30 of 139 Restaurants in Taupo
Price range: $24 - $38
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, 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 26 January 2024

The hapuka was outstanding, exactly as described, beautifully fresh and cooked perfectly with a beautiful, well balanced sauce. However, the shoestring fries were average to poor..why go to the trouble of preparing them with truffle oil and parmesan, then serve them with tomato sauce!! Service was average our meals arrived before we had finished our cocktail..too quick. Dessert was also fairly average a tart tartin with a nice peach filling, spoiled by a soggy, uncooked pastry. Coffee was average, though espresso martini great. Menu was a bit boring. Music, a couple on acoustic guitar and singing was lovely.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Thank 13dj1955
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Reviewed 21 January 2024

The steak platter at $189.00 for four people was an extreme disappointment. The steak was nothing like in the menu. Shoestring fries were better at burger King and should not be in a restraunt of this quality. The staff were excellent and are to be congratulated.

Date of visit: January 2024
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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
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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
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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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