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

Reviews

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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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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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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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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Sharon Donnelly

Everything was great. Will be back

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Cathy Perry

I'd been wanting to try Bistro Lago for a long time and my dining experience last night was well worth the wait. Excellent meals!!! I'll definitely dine there again. The only downside was when a waitress dropped cutlery down my back as she was picking up from the table behind me.

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Cathy Perry

I'd been wanting to try Bistro Lago for a long time and my dining experience last night was well worth the wait. Excellent meals!!! I'll definitely dine there again. The only downside was when a waitress dropped cutlery down my back as she was picking up from the table behind me.

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Excellent experience from start to finish. Service and ambience was first class .
Great food and an allround memorable experience..

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Kate McBreen

Great venue and evening. All our meals were divine.

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Had an amazing dining experience at Bistro Lago, the food was delicious and arrived so fast! Customer service was great also

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Superb. Beautiful setting, food and service. Will definitely be back.

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Went for anniversary dinner and was not disappointed. Glad wore stretchy pants are every last bit.

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

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Taylor Barbarich-Downes

Excellent customer service from the Bistro Lago! Drinks were always topped up, food was exceptional, lovely people and great cocktails! This will be my number 1 dinner stop from now on.

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Lyn Hunt

We loved the food, presentation and the beautiful view that complemented it. We didn't have to wait long before our meals were presented by some engaging young wait staff.
I organised the booking and my friends have let me know how much they enjoyed the evening at Bistro Lago.

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Staff were warm and welcoming. Had a lovely table with a gorgeous view.
We enjoyed all the courses and were even tempted to try a dessert platter which was beautifully presented and a lovely variety of desserts. A lovely evening.

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James Zander

Staff were amazing and the food excellent. Was a little anxious about taking children to such a nice place, but needn't have been, but the kids menu went down a treat and the staff were great with the kids. Highly recommend!!!

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Fantastic dining experience! Our meal was absolutely delicious, the Angus Beef was juicy & flavoursome. I've not tasted anything then this in a while. We happened to arrive @ happy hour so scored some cheap but yummy cocktails...5 stars from us!

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Brendon Dockary

Wonderful food and brilliant service. Very warm and welcoming atmosphere. Faultless experience.

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Bridget Floyd

food and service was excellent

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Bistro Largo is always a nice enjoyable friendly experience.

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Thank you, we enjoyed our meals at Bistro Lago

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Superb food. Wonderful ambience, excellent service

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Delicious food, delightful service

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Amazing food & service. Would highly recommend.

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Lovely staff and view over lake - plus delicious food. Thanks.

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A lovely evening. Good service and fabulous food. Very well presented, good portion sizes and best of all delicious.

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friendly staff...awesome food....great ambiance in a nice high location overlooking the lake. Totally recommend.

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Trina Parr

Amazing Pork Belly

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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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David Davies

Fantastic food and service as always

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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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