Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from Above $35
Ranked: #3 of 14 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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Bistro Lago
Location: Taupo
Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Mains: Above $35

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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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Angel Smith

Amazing place to have any and all types of meals

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Staff and food was great! Good for families and they had some healthier options for kids rather than just hot chips.

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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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Excellent service, delicious high quality food. Highly recommend Bistro Lago!

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Lynn Wigram

The atmosphere and service was excellent and the food was sublime. It was a wonderful evening.

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Beautiful food , stunning venue , we will be back.

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Great meal, great service, we will certainly be back for more..

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We had a lovely meal and evening. The staff were welcoming and the food was delicious...especially my vanilla brulee. We will be back, thank you.

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Mikayla Edhouse

Good food and service

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The pork belly was so tender, the sides were generous portions and the staff really nice. Would highly recommend.

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Yee Wen Ong

Isobelle and Carlee had been attentive despite of the busy crowd. Pork belly, cauliflower gratin and dark choc fondant were excellent! Friends were happy with their scotch fillets as well. Miss those tender beef cheeks we had couple months ago. High recommend!

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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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Delicious meal, wonderful service. Thanks for the amazing night out . We’ll definitely be back again.

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We had a great meal..perfect. A desert to die for! The best of service made us feel really welcome ..we will come again.

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I have just had dinner with my partner at the Hilton in Taupo first table it was absolutely amazing highly recommend many thanks

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Pieter Adema

Staff were friendly and the service was great it was lovely that they acknowledge our wedding anniversary with a lovely little dessert plate

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Delicious food, well presented. The dessert was the highlight.

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Absolutely beautiful food! I have multiple food intolerances and am also pregnant, so there are a lot of things I have to avoid, this can make a dining experience painful, however the Bistro Lago wait staff were very friendly, helpful and made sure everything that came out I could eat, or they let me know which things to avoid and leave to the rest of the family. Lamb Rump, Pork Belly and Kids fish and chips were great. Would have been happy paying full price for the meal, so having the First Table Deal was an awesome bonus. We are staying at the Hilton Taupo so plan on going back to Bistro Lago for a couple more meals before we leave.

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Lovely quality food and service. Even though we were only paying half price with our first table booking we still got great service.

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Had great meal..calamari perfect,fish and chips and pork belly delicious
Definitely recommend

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Chris Anderson

Absolutely brilliant. Great ambience, fantastic service, superb food. Highly recommend to everyone.

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Emily Hill

My parents took me out for dinner for my birthday. They had the lamb and the steak which they were both impressed with. They were both cooked perfectly. I thought I would try something different and have the chicken unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the flavours very over powering for me. We ordered a side of cauliflower gratin and fries both were great. Mum and dad enjoyed the creme brûlée for dessert. Our cocktails were fantastic and the service was good

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Amazing! So worth it

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Food and service was great, the scotch fillet was on point-perfection! Excellent staff and even a treat compliments of the chef. Chur!

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Annette Hutt

The first table experience was amazing. Delicious food. That whole stay was fabulous. Thank you.

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.Celebrating our Wedding Anniversary in this pleasing environment, has wet our appetite for more!
The service and the food was excellent .The care and attention we received, was clearly genuine and made our day.
We will be back !!
Jim and Cheryl, Taupo

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As expected not disappointed

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Terry Harrison

Great surroundings , well trained and friendly staff with good knowledge regarding food and drinks. Would definitely come again .Food was perfect.

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ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE WHOLE ATMOSPHERE OF THE BAR AND THE DINING ROOM. crispy calamari entrée and pork belly main with crackling and very tender pork . Baby parsnips went well. ENJOYED THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE. WILL REMEMBER THE TASTES.

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Danielle Rutledge

Awesome

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Hi there. The food was great. But it was cold and brezzy the cold air was coming through the main windows facing the lake.
I had to put my jacket on during dinner.
Thanks

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Wonderful evening celebrating a birthday. The ambiance, food, and service was outstanding

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We had a nice dinner (altho steak was a bit dry...), with great service. We will dine at Bistro Lago again.

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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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Service and food were amazing, highly recommend!!!

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Fab food and fab service!

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Nicole Koumphonphakdy

Love the new menu.

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Delicious food and great service in a nice and relaxing environment

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We had a wonderful evening, the service was impeccable. Thanks

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We had a excellent meal as we were able to watch the sunset over Lake Taupo. We were looked after by very attentive staff and enjoyed our evening immensely. While not the least expensive meal we've had out, the food was well presented and the lamb I had was some of the best I have ever tasted.

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Kristine McCormack

5 star food & 5 star service

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Lyndon Thomson

Yes had a very enjoyable evening thanks.

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Wonderful experience, thank you.

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Good service and the food was delicious.

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Had a very good dining experienced at Bistro Largo. The Menu was concise and varied, the main course was cooked to perfection; I had the lamb and my wife the steak, the presentation and flavours were very good. The Cheesecake dessert was again tremendous great mix of flavours. The staff were pleasant and considerate. well done to all.

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Chris French

A superb restaurant, tasty food, well presented and great wait staff. Always a pleasure to dine here and nice and warm inside on a cold Taupo night.
The steak is to die for!

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Suzy Aislabie

A great experience for all 4 of us. Food beautifully cooked and presented. Very tasty and a lovely environment to be in.

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Tanya Warnock

Great food and service well worth going

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Jenni Davies

Outstanding venue, food and staff

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Excellent

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