Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from Above $35
Ranked: #3 of 11 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 11 restaurants in Taupo 3
Bistro Lago
Location: Taupo
Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Mains: Above $35

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Beautiful setting with great food and friendly attentive service - wait staff and maître’d couldn’t have been nicer. Looking forward to our next visit

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Awesome food, matched with superb service. Spectacular views of Taupo city.

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Well looked after, beautiful kai.

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With beautiful views to enjoy a cold cocktail and unwind from your day... meals were full of flavor and customer service was fantastic.

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Food was fab and service tops

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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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Ashleigh Crighton

Food was nice. Got to have a refreshing mojito prior to dinner which was nice out on the balcony. Service was good and enjoyed overall

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Ingrid Riddell

Service was excellent however portions were minimal. Beautiful setting & view

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Jolene Rodley

Fancy food at 1/2 the price, what more could you want

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excellent food, excellent service

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Gabrielle Purvis

We love Bistro Lago. My husband and I took my 80 year old mother as a Christmas treat and really appreciated the quality and service. Also the view was fantastic! We will definately be back.

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We had an attentive, helpful and knowledgeable waiter who clarified menu items when asked, made useful suggestions and was able to arrange for a dessert tasting platter which wasn't on the menu but suited our group of 6 really well.
We all had a great time and will dine at Bistro Lago again when next in Taupo

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Philip Greene

We took some overs

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Great food and views let down by slow service.

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Amy Kim

Fantastic place to enjoy nice foods with lovely ones.
Warmly welcomed and foods were very nice.
Atmosphere was also lively and good.

Highly recommend!!

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This was our first time to Bistro Lago for an evening meal. What a fantastic place! Truly great food and the most wonderful attentive, yet discreet, service. Thank you to all the staff for bringing together a really pleasurable meal.

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Natalie Maree

Bistro Lago is beautifully located at the top of a hill overlooking Lake Taupo, with mountain ranges in the distance. It is delightful sitting in the light, airy space looking out at the sunset, while being served a range of delicious dishes.

Our meal was very tasty. We especially enjoyed our entrée (the buffalo mozzarella) and desserts (the Whittakers chocolate tart and the blueberry pavlova) which were all beautifully presented. The kiwi inspired desserts were pleasing while still being novel and unique. Our mains were also very good (pork belly and sirloin steak), although the steak was served a little more rare than requested.

We were very impressed with the Maitre De, as he was polite, friendly and helpful. He helped a family ahead of us to find a booking with another restaurant as Bistro Lago was full, which we thought was really considerate and going above and beyond the call of service. We did find one of the waiters a little amusing, as he questioned my husband's choice of dessert (the blueberry pavlova) and suggested twice that he would prefer the pana cotta! We thought this was possibly due to a misunderstanding and maybe English was his second language, as when the pavlova appeared it was fantastic.

We really enjoyed our meal, the atmosphere and the location of Bistro Lago, and fully intend to return during our next stay in Taupo.

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Great service and food. And the view of the
Lake sets the evening out for a lovely time.

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Loved the food..loved the service...love the venue

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Food play but not to their usual high standard. Had run out of supplies for the first three drinks that I ordered. Lovely location and view. Great staff

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Christine Davies

We booked a first table at Bistro Lago, the experience was delightful and the food was "soul" satisfying! The friendly staff, yummilicious food cooked with love and great ambience overlooking part of the lake, make it all worthwhile to return again and again! We had the handcrafted breads, soup, grilled banana prawns,Taupo lamb rump, salmon, steak and rustic fries. All YUM!! To top it all, we briefly mentioned that we were celebrating our bro in law's birthday, they surprised us at the end of the meal, with slices of cake and a hand written message ...."Happy birthday." We will be back again.

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Amber Clark

We had a lovely wedding anniversary dinner

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Jane McAneney

Great views, great food, great service. Thanks for a pleasant experience.

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Great dining experience with friends ,we all enjoyed the food and beautiful presention ,mains and desserts
The lamb rump melted in your mouth
Thanks will repeat dining with you

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Beautiful place with amazing view. Staff so friendly. Food yummy. Will go again. Thanks.

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Nicole Koumphonphakdy

This is one of my favorite restaurants in taupo, the food is very very beautifully presented and tastes amazing. You don't go away feeling as though you could have made it yourself at home. Its delicious! And the service is amazing, they make sure your comfortable and answer all your questions without making you feel like a burdon. Thank you so much we will be back again and again!

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Maree Ginger

lovely dinner with a view, totally recommend

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Great steak !

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We had a great dinner at Bistro Lago. The food was excellent and all the staff were friendly and attentive. We could not fault anything and will definitely be back. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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ChrisJan Hayden

We have enjoyed several First Table meals at Bistro Lago and decided to take our overseas friends to dinner there. Unfortunately, two of the four meals were incorrect and two had to eat theirs while the others waited for their correct meals to be delivered. A free glass of wine was offered in compensation. On two previous occasions we were disappointed by the quality of our steaks. The meal choice is quite narrow and servings are small. All in all, we would not take guests here again.

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Tina Woolcott

Lovely food, great service .. wine & drinks menu ok but perhaps a tad pricey.

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Excellent service and food. Empty plates yummy

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Thanks for the great service will be back

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We were made very welcome by the staff - the meal was great and the service excellent without being "over the top". Even the view was perfect!

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Margaret Beck

Amazing service from start to finish. Staff were friendly and helpful. Asked if the meal was ok and chattered when we asked questions. The food was outstanding. Best lamb rump - tender and perfectly cooked. The chocolate fondant was out of the world. A real dining experience. Will definitely return and recommend to others.

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Had a good meal of beef cheeks and fish and chips. Good friendly service.

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Libbie Faith

Delicious food and excellent service with a great view over the lake. Beef cheek for starter had a yummy sticky sauce and tasty gnocchi, lamb for main was melt in the mouth and the tamarillo brûlée for dessert had so many different elements that all tasted wonderful! Definitely recommend this restaurant and we will be going back!

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Fabulous meal and great price.

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Tiesha Manunui

Had a lovely meal for our anniversaries. The service was great but pity about the cold coffees to finish off with.

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What a night to be out at Bistro Largo with a perfect day setting off the glorious mountain views.Better still the warm welcome, food cooked+presented to perfection made for a great birthday dinner for our more senior family lad.
Thank you staff for a wonderful all round evening at Bistro Largo.

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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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Maria Eves

The food was amazing and the portions were very generous for a fine dining restaurant. The service was good but at times we were left waiting for our empty wine glasses to be topped up.

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Cheryl Turner

Wonderful evening, great food, good service :-)

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This restaurant is in a great spot for fantastic views over Lake Taupo and the mountains. We dine here a lot and are always impressed by the quality of the food.

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Together with friends we enjoyed excellent food and pleasant service at Bistro Lago. Highly recommended. Bruce and co.

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Tristy Vadnjal

Tasty meals, quality service. We had a fantastic experience

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Angel Smith

Amazing service outstanding experience.

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Robert Haworth

Indifferent quality and food presentation somewhat disappointing. Service was fine . Restaurant has wonderful ambience.

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Food was amazing, very tender lamb rump and steak, and salmon was great, sides also very good and altogether very tasty food.
Wine was on the expensive side I thought. Would have been nice to have had a wine cooler with our rose.
We got served an appetizer spoon each that got put on the table by a different waitress without a word so we did not know what it was, we did ask our waitress, she did not know either but was going to find out, we did not hear back, it was nice but would be good to know what we were tasting.
All in all we enjoyed our dinner very much.

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We had the most amazing dining experience at Bistro Lago Taupo.
The food was outstanding and we couldn't fault the service. The staff were a great balance of attentive and leaving us alone to enjoy our meal.We certainly will return again

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