Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from Above $35
Ranked: #3 of 15 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 15 restaurants in Taupo 3
Bistro Lago
Location: Taupo
Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Mains: Above $35

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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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We were offered a table by the windows or by the fireplace and choose the window to take in the great view of the lake and the mountains.
The atmosphere was warm and inviting. The food was excellent with the pork belly being declared best dish of the night. The drinks list had a wide choice from a well stocked bar. We would definitely return on our next trip.

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Cass Adams

Lovely spot, nice food.

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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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Cheryl Turner

Fantastic evening, food was great will definitely be back :-)

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We were welcomed imeadiatly on our arrival had great service and the food selected was cooked perfectly as requested, flavours were also very good.
The drink service was very professional.
We will return in the future.

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vicki singer

Highly recommend lunch or dinner here, lunch cannot be faulted except paying more to use a credit card

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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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Beautiful food and fantastic friendly service. Can not fault anything. The restaurant was full and we heard they were short staffed but you would never know. Love bistro Lago!! Will definitely be back

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Randal Fay

Lovely surroundings lovely food. It was a enjoyable evening will go again when back in town.

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Helen Perring

Fabulous, faultless lunch. We did the 3 course NZ Game Menu. Highly recommend it.

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A lovely meal, as ever. Warm and convivial surroundings and very good service. Highly recommended.

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The food was ok. Not great, just ok. Presentation was really nice but I thought it was overpriced.

Service was exceptional, really really nice friendly staff

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The food was excellent. Very tasty, ample portions and well presented. The team were knowledgeable about the food, friendly and professional. Superb dining experience all round. Highly recommend.

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It is in an amazing position seeing the snow covered mountains from the dining room. The menu is very comprehensive and our choice of steak and lamb were excellent.

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Cant fault anything. Beautiful meal, service and decor. Well done Bistro lago

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We enjoyed a great evening meal with generous portion size. The staff were friendly and attentive.
It was a pleasure to dine there.

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We are locals and have had some mixed reviews up to 2 years ago. However this last visit, as always in the last 2 years, was excellent - food and service. Well be back more often. Peter

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We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Bistro Largo. The food was good and the gentleman looking after us was perfect - very attentive without being over bearing. He suggested wine choices and these were spot on. Thanks so much.

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Excellent experience. Multiple staff served us and all were exceptional. We had 3 courses, all were delicious, and would recommend the apple tart for dessert!

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Annette Charman

Great experience with everything. Beautiful food, friendly service really enjoyed our evening.

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Amazing service from the moment we arrived. Delicious food with so much flavour and awesome presentation!

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Judy Wilson

The food and service was excellent. The view over Taupo was beautiful and restful. We would definitely return

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Kate McAulay

Amazing food... definitely worth every penny! Thanks Bistro Lago and first table!

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Sophia Smeenk-Huisinga

Lovely meal in a classy restaurant. Table by the fire was much appreciated as it was a cold night. Stunning sunset over snowcapped mountain. Waiter knew his stuff, (but was a tad over attentive ).

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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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The staff were friendly helpful and very attentive. The menu had a great selection and the meals were beautifully presented. We were very impressed with the quality of the mains we ordered and the desserts as well.

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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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As this was our first meal dining out using the ‘First Table’ website we thought we might be poked away in a dark corner of the restaurant with no views but it was quite the contrary at Bistro Lago. We received a warm welcome and had a table located near to the fireplace and with great views over the lake and toward the mountains. Shortly after meals were ordered we received a lovely sampling of battered oysters complementary and courtesy of the chef. The restaurant filled up quickly after our arrival and our well presented and delicious meals arrived soon after. It was an enjoyable dining experience for the whole family

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Deb Salama

Service is amazing. Food was great. Thank you so much

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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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