Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from Above $35
Ranked: #3 of 13 restaurants in Taupo

Bistro Lago is Taupo’s everyday bistro, loved by locals for its best in class hospitality and quality local produce.

Located in Hilton Lake Taupo, Bistro Lago has stunning open fires to warm up during winter.

In summer, dine out on the sweeping balconies which make for the best view of the lake.

Nourish Executive Chef Gareth Stewart works closely with the Bistro Lago Chefs to create drool-worthy lunch, dinner and bar snack menus.

Sample the best produce from the region with Taupo beef and lamb making for all-time favourite dishes.

The team are passionate about great produce, taking the time to source sustainable, cage free and free range products from local and regional suppliers.

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Bistro Lago
80-100 Napier Taupo Road
Taupo 3330

Open Hours:
Everyday:
Breakfast 7am-11am
Lunch 12pm-3pm
Dinner 5.30pm-9pm

Phone: 07 376 2319
Website: www.bistrolago.co.nz

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Ranked: #3 of 13 restaurants in Taupo 3
Bistro Lago
Location: Taupo
Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Mains: Above $35

Reviews

Kerrie Heaysman

The staff were pleasant and attentive. The food was delicious. The view is lovely and an extra bonus. My friends and I like dining at Bistro Lago.

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Lynn Wigram

From the moment we arrived to when we left we had friendly and fantastic service from all staff. Our waitress was knowledgeable and professional and the food was outstanding. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and with dessert arrived a beautifully piped birthday plate with a delicious chocolate dessert. All in all it was a special evening. Thanks so much.

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Lorraine Chave

What a fabulous evening! the company we had, the service we had and the meal we 4 ate! Not to mention the wine!
There are 2 , possibly 3, restaurants in Taupo, which 'do it' for us; and trust me Bistro Lago is up there in the first 2....
From the warm welcome on our arrival - followed by a decidedly superb menu presented to us, to our delightful [Portuguese] sommelier...the choices made couldn't have been bettered!
Our visitors raved about the food, wine and service as we returned home last night, and are still talking about it all this morning.....

Bistro Lago...? we WILL be back! :-)
Thank you for a wonderful, laughter filled and thoroughly food 'n' wine time....

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Wonderful dinner out with my mum, great recommendations from the staff on the dessert!!

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Beautiful location to enjoy a superb meal and outstanding staff. If you are looking for a special meal in a wonderful location you can't go past this restaurant

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Nicole Parker

Shaken, not stirred. Things did get a little quaky but if Mother Nature arriving to the table is all I can complain about then clearly it was a wonderful experience. Top notch service, I mean it would be hard to ignore the loud clatter (& all other guests jumping) of a knife on the wooden floor... but it was still impressive how fast the waiter arrived with a fresh one. We started with the cheese and it was delish. Having a strongly accented waitress (points for the experience) contributed to only hearing one of the main specials - it didn’t disappoint tho!

Our only reason for not having dessert was that we were in a rush - but we didn’t feel rushed at all by the staff which was nice.

We expected smaller meals but were pleasantly surprised and even the fries were well above average.

Thanks first table, these two locals had never dined there but can now vouch for the quality

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We had a lovely evening at Bistro Largo. The food was simply sublime and the service was absolutely faultless. We both ordered the ‘ melt in the mouth ‘ scotch fillet, cooked differently but cooked perfectly to what each of us ordered. The atmosphere was sophisticated and buzzy and all in all a very very enjoyable experience which we will definitely revisit and also recommend to others.

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Rebecca Thorley

Awesome lunch. I went with a fried and shared an entree of beautifully flash fried calamari, wakame and kimchi salad. YUM.
We then had another entree with a side each (as a main). We were too full for the amazing desserts but managed a great coffee afterwards. The service was prompt, discreet and professional. Nothing was a problem.Thanks Bistro Lago. We will be back!

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Eliot Turner

Tonight we had a fabulous dinner at Bistro Lago the service was fantastic and the food to die for, we have been here a few times over the past couple of years and it has varied in both food and service, but it was great to see that it has improved immensely and can't wait to come back next time.

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Paulette OBrien

We had 3 courses, every one as delicious as the next. Highly recommend the wild rabbit ravioli entree, the Angus scotch was melt in your mouth and a very generous portion, the vanilla creme brulee silky smooth. In passing I mentioned to one of the amazing staff we were celebrating our anniversary, at dessert course we were surprised with complimentary cheesecake on a cheeseboard decorated with “Happy Anniversary” in white chocolate, flowers and sprinkles, thank you for taking the time to make our evening that little bit special. Bistro Lago staff you really are the cherry on top!!

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We shared a lovely meal with Friends who lived locally but who had never been to Bistro Lago (we were visiting).
This hotel restaurant is worth making a reservation for then sit back and enjoy some stunning dishes accompanied with relaxed, professional service.
None of us could fault our dishes and the rabbit and salmon small plates / entrees were a highlight as was the fondant and apple tart dessert options. Would go back in a heartbeat when in Taupo - the best evening dining experience we had in 5 nights.

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Mark N Anna Short

Yum! Excellent service by the perfectly presented, Knowledgeable lady.
Food and drinks were second to none - Outstanding - Beautiful surroundings and atmosphere. 100% Happy with every aspect - See you soon Bistro Lago ☓

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Dilum Puwakdandawa

Amazing dining experience! First class!
We tried Entrees - Buffalo Mozzarella dish and a calamari dish! Cannot fault them
For our mains - we had Duck, steak and the vegetarian gnocchi! They tasted great! Simply amazing! Well balanced flavours and every element on the plate really added to the deliciousness! Apparently the steak dish portrayed perfection! We tried desserts which were good too! Would definitely go back!
They really impressed all 4 of us with their food and service! We had two foreigners with us and they absolutely loved every bit of the experience!

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Jude Sherning

Three excited ladies. Three bubbling glasses. Three helpful staff. Three stunning meals. One gorgeous sunset over Lake Taupo as our backdrop. One perfect venue. Three very very happy ladies.....especially the birthday girl. Thank you Bistro Lago and First Table. We'll be back sooooooon.

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Christine Gordon

Delicious! Had the scotch fillet which was done just how I like it, on a bed of the creamiest potato mash. Sides of broccolini & cauliflower au gratin complemented the meal perfectly. Couldn't resist the Whittakers choc tart, that was so decadent!

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Yee Wen Ong

Excellent service and food! We chose our window seats and was promptly served with menu and wine list. Their beef cheek and the creamy mushroom soup were the highlights one shall not miss when they visit Taupo! They tasted heavenly!

Kudos to Caitlin and Carle for being so sweet and professional throughout our memorable evening.

The view of the bistro overlooking the Tongariro mountain range and lake Taupo was complimented with a stunning sunset! Grateful!

Thanks to the team of Lago and also First Table!

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Sarah Marshall

Wow what an amazing restaurant. We were greeted by a lovely girl and shown to a table by the window. I ordered the beef cheek for entree and was blown away. The meat was sooooo tender and the gnocchi was amazing. I wish this was available in a main size as I would definitely order it. I then ordered the steak. (Double beef meal - I know CRAZY!) the steak was cooked perfectly! It was such a nice experience.

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When I realised Bistro Lago was at The Hilton, I was already expecting a quality dining experience. I had high hopes of delicious food. Our lovely waitress brought our breads and dips: olive oil with balsamic vinegar and a very creamy marscapone and truffle puree. Tasty! The slow cooked beef cheek entree was incredibly tender. So good! The broccolini was slightly firm to the bite, with toasted slivered almonds and garnished with roast garlic. Just right! The fries were perfect, with aioli and ketchup on the side. So crunchy! The potato and gravy were the best we had ever had. So creamy! I enjoyed a large medium rare scotch fillet with perfectly steamed orange flesh kumara and my husband's chicken was melt-in-your-mouth amazing. He shared some with me and it was hands down the best chicken breast I've ever tasted. Unbelievably tender! The creme brulee had a delicious caramelised crust and perfect vanilla custard underneath. Yum! The panna cotta was the only dish we didn't love. There were small whipped peaks of panna cotta dotted around the plate. We didn't think they tasted very much like panna cotta, lacking flavour but the extras on the plate were better (we loved the dried mandarins). We were most impressed with the service. Friendly and extremely attentive wait staff. We had high expectations for our dining experience and we were not disappointed. Highly recommended!

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A friend recommended us to go here when we were visiting Taupo so we had high expectations...and it more than exceeded them! Being an avid food lover I was so impressed - the food was beautiful and the service excellent. We will absolutely dine there again!

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Natalie Maree

We had a wonderful time at Bistro Lago. The food was absolutely scrumptious, with each dish we tried having generous portion sizes and multiple complementary flavours.
The setting is lovely, looking over the lake at sunset, in a beautiful light wooden restaurant with high ceilings and stylish modern furniture.
We particularly enjoyed the sharing plate for dessert. Our waiter described it beautifully, and we were very happy to have taken his suggestion. Each morsel was light yet tasty, and we finished our meal feeling relaxed, content and spoiled.
We ate very much looking forward to returning next time we are in Taupo. Highly recommended.

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We recently went to Bistro Lago for our Wedding Anniversary, where the food and the staff were absolutely outstanding.

As soon as we walked through the door, we instantly felt at ease and were given a beautiful table with a view.

The staff are very attentive and make sure that you have everything you need throughout your dining experience.

The food was absolutely divine. Perfectly cooked and incredibly tasty! We had entree's, mains and dessert and all three were perfect.

I just wish that we had a Bistro Lago closer to home as I'd be there all the time.

Thank you!

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Nadine Fletcher

Great service and food. The steak was superb. The dessert platter for two is a great option if you have trouble deciding. Only wish that we had ordered starters as well, as those ordered by other diners looked amazing.

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All the staff were super attentive & friendly. Service was quick and meals were delicious. We enjoyed cocktails and different three courses each and everything was excellent.

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Marc Costa

The team at the Bistro Lago was always one step beyond my expectations. The food was the best I had in a very long time and the service was excellent. I would recommend the experience to anyone!

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Helen Leheron

Had a wonderful time. Entree and Dessert were both absolutely spectacular. The amazing view complimented the food and ambience.

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What a wonderful way to celebrate our 47th Wedding Anniversary. Great food and service and a special dish to honour us. Thank you.

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Nice place. Beautiful building.
Very friendly people doing the service.
Highly Recommended

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Ingrid Riddell

Fantastic family dining. Extra special service helping out a young mum with a walk around the restaurant with an active 14 month old so his mum could actually eat and enjoy her delicious meal. Chef catered very well to a trilogy of food intolerances. Highly recommended!

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ChrisJan Hayden

A superb, sunny day looking out to the mountains and the food and friendly, unhurried service matched the setting perfectly - with great food (albeit a thin menu). We loved the fresh fish dish and the desserts were divine. A very special experience for us and our guests from Auckland. Thank you, Bistro Lago!

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Cheryl Turner

Great food, good service and always a great place to catch up :-)

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Enjoyed a great evening the waitress was very informative and helpful we also had a delicious tasting platter for dessert plus a special Anniversary Platter which was complimentary !! Well done to the staff and chefs

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Karen Hall

Very lovely!! Food was very delicious! Great service..

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Rachael Errington

Magnificent service and delicious food, made more special with a surprise anniversary dessert. Thank you Bistro Lago.

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Suzan Wendy Ooi

Nice and tasty food, friendly service.

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Lindsay James

I had the chicken with mushrooms in a sauce which was yummy. My husband had the steak which was cooked to perfection, dressed so no waste and he said it was the tastiest steak he’d had in a very long time. The desserts looked lovely but we refrained due to the food eaten over Christmas/New Year. The maitre d and the waitresses were excellent. Will definitely be going back.

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A fantastic lunch at Bristo Lago love going there for lunch when we are in Taupo will be back again

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Kerrie Heaysman

The staff were pleasant and attentive. The food was delicious. The view is lovely and an extra bonus. My friends and I like dining at Bistro Lago.

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Amazing food and atmosphere

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Mit Bhatt

Everyone should try their Port wines .. this is Amazing!!!

Meals were good, calm environment and super friendly staff to look after our table.

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Lynn Wigram

From the moment we arrived to when we left we had friendly and fantastic service from all staff. Our waitress was knowledgeable and professional and the food was outstanding. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and with dessert arrived a beautifully piped birthday plate with a delicious chocolate dessert. All in all it was a special evening. Thanks so much.

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Johanna Avery

10/10 delicious.

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Great dinner at Bistro Lago. We had breads, entree and main between 4. Particular highlights were the salmon entree, and fish special main.

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Nice food, wonderful staff and fabulous view

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Noeline Colman

Lovely atmosphere, food absolutely wonderful. Staff friendly and helpful

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Lovely night thank you!

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Jasmine-lee Griffin

Food was divine. Service lacked a little. We had to keep getting the waiters attention to order food/drinks. Would have loved a little music or entertainment of some sort.

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Sue Thompson

Was a fantastic evening out great service and beautiful meals.

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Great food. Great service.

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Mark N Anna Short

Absolutely Beautiful x The staff are amazing and the food is top notch xx Best view - Thankyou so much x

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Maree Ginger

Lovely night for mother and daughter bday treat :)

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Really really good food, went for our anniversary and hubby and I both enjoyed everything we ordered! Lovely atmosphere and really quick service and food delivery too!

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Georgiana Johnson

The location and view absolutely stunning and even better with a first table discount!

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We have used first table at Bistro Laga 3 times now. The restaurant, food, atmosphere were all superb. That is why we want to return there each time we visit Taupo. First Table is such a brilliant idea and encourages us to dine out more. Thank you!!

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The atmosphere is good ... service is very friendly and excellent .
It is a good place to spend some times in the restaurant .... beautiful view too .

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Went for lunch yesterday. All the food was excellent with generous portions. Very attentive service and excellent ambiance.

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Great dining at Bistro Lago
You should try it
Lovely surroundings with beautiful Lake views
Great service
Steaks were yummy and perfectly tender
Desserts were scrumptious
Especially the Fine Apple Tart with maple walnut ice cream
Four of us went to celebrate
And thoroughly enjoyed the experience
We will return

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Lorraine Chave

What a fabulous evening! the company we had, the service we had and the meal we 4 ate! Not to mention the wine!
There are 2 , possibly 3, restaurants in Taupo, which 'do it' for us; and trust me Bistro Lago is up there in the first 2....
From the warm welcome on our arrival - followed by a decidedly superb menu presented to us, to our delightful [Portuguese] sommelier...the choices made couldn't have been bettered!
Our visitors raved about the food, wine and service as we returned home last night, and are still talking about it all this morning.....

Bistro Lago...? we WILL be back! :-)
Thank you for a wonderful, laughter filled and thoroughly food 'n' wine time....

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Situated in a lovely spot, the whole ambience of the resto is fantastic during our meal. We ordered bread as starter. Though not very fresh, we enjoyed the dips with it. The mains tasted very good. Service is impeccable. We left the place happy.

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Susan Huntley

A fabulous venue with wonderful food and excellent service. A great experience

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Beautiful location & view, totally delicious food & wonderful service.

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Stunning food and location

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We have dined here several times; the food and service is always to a high standard. We arrived a little earlier to enjoy sitting on a comfortable couch looking across the lake toward the mountains. A perfect night out. Many thanks.

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Karen Turuwhenua

A wonderful evening out at a great restaurant

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Lovely position looking out at Lake Taupō .
Service was exemplary- all staff professional, knowledgeable re food , efficient & friendly .
Water & drinks arrived promptly along with complimentary amuse bouche .
We shared breads which came with a tapenade & brandy & blue cheese butter .
My Fish was Hapuka ( and I am very fussy about how my fish is cooked ) - this was perfectly cooked - White & flakey . My husband had the Star Anise Pork Belly , the fat was well rendered & the flavour was delicious .
We skipped dessert but we were very tempted .
Excellent value for money with First Table & Bistro Lago .
Will recommend both .

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Par Plus

Great food and excellent service would highly recommend to everyone.

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dan zhu

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Had a wonderful time here dining with friends. Ambience, food and service was lovely. Ginger beer tasted a bit diluted

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Katie Gardner

I live in Taupo, and the food there was really not what I was expecting. The restaurant is in a really good location, but I could definitely get nicer food in town. Glad I was only paying half. Wouldn’t go back.

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Alistair Kirk

lovely place with really good food. Had a table in the window so a beautiful view of Lake Taupo and a great setting for a cocktail to start dinner. Starters were great but the steak was fantastic - really, really good. Highly recommend.

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Christine Gordon

What a delightful dining experience! Bistro Lago has such a wonderful setting & you immediately know when you step in the door you are in for a good time! I had the Clevedon Buffalo mozzarella as a starter & it was so delicious I could have eaten it all again. My Taupo beef Scotch was done to perfection, so juicy & tender. We were interested to hear what the colcannon potato was (creamy mashed potato with cabbage) which went really with the steak & other accompaniments. The sharing plate for two for dessert was definitely the right choice, brilliant for those who just cannot make up their mind! Staff were friendly & attentive & knowledgeable regarding our choice of wine. We had such a lovely evening & will certainly be back for more!

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Ann Sutherland

What a great experience,great food , great atmosphere, great location, great staff , great chef

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