Cuisine: New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #2 of 14 restaurants in Taupo

Located in the heart of Taupo, Plateau Bar + Eatery offers the best dining experience for lunch, dinner and everything in between. Established in 2004, Plateau has truely stood the test of time and continues to be a locals favourite.

Locally owned and operated, we have a passion for hospitality.

Our food is inspired by fresh, local produce and the changing seasons. We love fresh, innovative food that's delicious with just a little fuss. Our menu is complemented by a great selection of NZ craft beers, boutique wines and professional, friendly service.

Plateau was recently awarded the 2019 Beef and Lamb award for achieving the highest culinary standard for beef and lamb.

We welcome you to have a seat at our table and enjoy some of the best food the region has to offer.

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Plateau Bar + Eatery
64 Tuwharetoa Street
Taupo 3330

Open Hours:
Lunch 11:30am - 3:30pm
Dinner 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Phone: 07 377 2425
Website: plateautaupo.co.nz/

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Ranked: #2 of 14 restaurants in Taupo 2
Plateau Bar + Eatery
Location: Taupo
Cuisine: New Zealand
Mains: $25 - $35+
Plateau Bar + Eatery accepts American Express

Reviews

Rachael Clark

The food was amazing, service was awesome and the restaurant had a great vibe. Highly recommend Plateau, everyone really enjoyed it. We will be back!

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Kylie Laurenson

Amazing food and service as always!! Our favourite Taupō restaurant.

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Shaynah Pihema

The experience was absolutely great! The found was so delicious. Lamb rump was juicy, moist and full of flavour and the seafood platter was to die for!!!! This is the 6th time I have been back and every time has been fantastic. The wait staff are lovely and friendly and always up for a chat between serving customers. I absolutely would recommend this place to everyone!
Thank you to the staff and chef at Plateau. The owners must be proud.

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Perfect date night! Plateau is our favourite place to dine in Taupo, the food is absolutely amazing, the service is always perfect, with friendly staff. Meals are well priced with decent serving sizes. Love the variety of fresh seafood on the sharing platter, plus the delish oysters! Highly recommend

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Amiria Dempsey

We had our staff dinner here last night and everything was amazing. Staff were very pleasant and attentive and the food was absolutely delicious!! We will definitely be back. Great job team!!

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Stunning food and location

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Jenny Paul-McWilliams

Although this was a very early meal time for us we were very happy with our dining experience at Plateau. A warm welcome from the front desk and warm professional service from the waitress. A superb meal ... the best cooked snapper I have,had in a long time. My husband had the filet steak which was perfectly cooked, very tender and tasty. Great table beside window with a view across to the lake. We will definitely dine there again

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We had a fabulous experience, starting from the service and including every course we had, the haloumi and salt and pepper calamari was top notch, but the braised beef short rib was to die for.
Can’t wait to return when next in Taupo.
We are used to having dinner at 5.30 with the children, so dining as first table at 5pm without them was bliss.
Thank you team plateau.

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Thank you so much Plateau for the excellent food and service!! We had the beef eye fillet and lamb rump with roast beetroot and seasonal greens followed by lemon meringue. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and highly recommend this restaurant.

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The seafood platter was amazing. I thought we would have it as an entree, but it was massive so we had it as our main with some sides. Dessert was delightful and the service was top notch. Lovely place. The restaurant has been there for 16yes and thanks to first table got to experience it. Would not have known this treat of a place was there. We had dessert too it was lovely.

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Belinda Meszaros

Visited Plateau for a family dinner with my husband, 6 and 8 year old. The children ordered from the kids menu which they loved and finished, they had crumbed chicken which wasn't the usual schnitzel but light crispy chicken bites. The mains were cooked to perfection and desserts delicious! We'll definitely be back!

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We were warmly greeted upon arrival and given an option of seating - we chose the bar area and had a lovely view of the sun setting over the mountain.

The staff were well dressed, friendly, engaging with both adults and children and suitably attentive throughout our visit.

Our food arrived in a very timely manner, was beautifully presented and delicious. Our daughter chose the kids $15 meal deal. She had beef sliders with curly fries along with a choc sundae which were both quickly and happily devoured. Husband and I shared a delicious crunchy calamari entree which had a very yummy salad and both chose the beef short rib, which was beautiful on the plate, succulent, crunchy, moreish and we both finished every delicious bite!

There was a great range of beers on offer to whet hubbies whistle and a good range of non alcoholic beverages for young miss and Mum.

The restaurant/bar is well presented, modern and offers a range of seating options from the more formal restaurant seating to bar/table/booth seating. The toilets are nicely finished, very clean and always love material hand towels (flannels) instead of hand dryers/paper towels.

Pricing was reasonable, even without the added bonus of the First Table discount.

Dining out is a rarity for our household, and this was the perfect place for our very special treat. Thanks Plateau, we will be back!

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We had the most amazing night here! The food was absolutely amazing and the service was the best! We started with the seafood platter - and I'll be going back for another! It was fresh and delicious. 3 of us had starters as mains - the pork belly did not disappoint. The other diner had the lamb - cooked perfectly and was melt in the mouth! We had room to have a dessert, and like the rest of the food, this was no different. Presented perfectly and tasted divine (panacotta and lemon meringue). I also highly recommend the rose bud cocktail! We will be going back, and making this restaurant a regular place we go to!

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The meal was exquisite. Started with a seafood platter with coconut mussels etc, lamb beautifully cooked and melted in your mouth. Dessert was a lemon meringue that was the best I’ve ever had. Waitress was lovely and friendly. Thoroughly recommend this restaurant

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Tasha McAdie

Booked in for a quick dinner as we had to be somewhere at 6pm. I had the Snapper and my husband had the Eye Fillet. Both meals were delicious. The fish was perfectly cooked and the steak melt in your mouth. The service was fabulous - our waitress was lovely. Plateau never disappoints.

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miranda reihana

Came here on a very chilly and windy Saturday evening, but it was a lovely cosy atmosphere at Plateau. The bar staff were very friendly, and our waitress was awesome; always smiling and very attentive. My husband really enjoyed his plate of oysters followed by kingfish with roast cauliflower. I had some delicious buttery kumara gnocchi with roast brussel sprouts and pesto, and managed to squeeze in a gorgeous lemon meringue pie afterwards. Would definitely recommend Plateau Bar and Eatery for a romantic meal for two or a couple of cosy drinks by the fire!

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I had the lamb rump and my husband had the eye fillet, Uncompromising quality! The beetroot salad was made up of exceptional ingredients and plated beautifully.

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Awesome experience and a true delight. Shall return here again and recommend it for everyone.

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The seafood platter to share is a must. Steaks cooked to perfection and dessert divine. Excellent service, excellent food, we will definitely be back again. Thank you for another amazing dinner.

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Excellent serving and amazing food - kid friendly as well which did suit us . The fish and steak Mains were spot on cooked beautifully as well as the calamari entree . We would highly recommend plateau Thankyou to the lovely wait staff as well

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Lovely dining experience, will definitely be back

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Leanne Anderson

Beautiful food, love the chicken main and who can resist duck fat potatoes

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Another wonderful dining experience.
The food & service was outstanding, have never been disappointed & will definitely recommend & return.

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Nola-Jean Judkins-Tua

what can i say AMAZING!!! The food was delicious omg the seafood platter is the perfect size for 2 people and our mains were so goood. The service was awesome she so knew how to run her section well done :)
thank you so much from 2 mums who enjoyed our experience with you.

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Absolutely loved this restaurant! The food and service was outstanding. Had the tempura oysters, chicken breast, beef shortrib, beetroot salad. Celebrated my birthday!! Thoroughly recommend this restaurant!! Will definitely be back!!

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Aud Rey

Everything was Amazing!!! Loved the Food the Service was awesome and the atmosphere relaxing (nice music).

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Dave Powell

First time dining at Plateau and what a fantastic experience. The restaurant is modern and exceptionally clean. The food was beautifully presented and the flavours were amazing! Last but not least the staff. I honestly think a restaurants staff play a huge factor in wether you return. Your staff are a huge credit to the business. They were all very friendly, helpful and looked sharp in their uniforms.

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Emily Hill

My partner and I took my Dad out for dinner who is Gluten Intolerant and there was a big range for him to choose from throughout the dinner menu. We all enjoyed our Entrees and main meals. All our meals were cooked to perfection, we couldn't fault. The service was great too. Prompt at ordering clearing and frequently checking on our drinks. Open kitchen is also good to see. We will definitely return

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Laurie Newman

Last night was the first time we have used first table. We we're recommended it from a couple of friends. The service was so welcoming, the manager welcomed us on arrival with a smile and friendly conversation. We we're shown to our table ask asked if we would like a drink and given menus. We we're given time to look over the menu. The waitress returned to take our orders and returned approx 6 mins later with our garlic bread. Once finished our mains arrived approx 10 minutes later, which we're devine. We all chose pork with a side salad. The pork was cooked to perfection and absolutely mouth watering with just the right amount of crackling yummm. During the meal our water was topped up and asked how our meal was. Our evening was unhurried and we left with a smile and thankyou to and from the manager. Highly recommend we will definitely return.

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We have been to Plateau a number of times now and have always been impressed. This visit was no exception - the food and service were absolutely top notch and we couldn’t fault them.

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Neville Pettersson

This was a fantastic experience from start to finish. The food was amazing. We dined with our teenage children who loved the burgers and it was no problem for the staff to make alterations to their meals. The pork belly had cracking to die for and I had a perfectly cooked steak. Our waitress was really helpful and always checking on us. The desserts were fantastic- I recommend the panna cotta. Wow! The restaurant was warmed by a cosy fire - and the cocktail list was original. A good selection of non alc options too. I would recommend 100%.

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Rosie Mary

Yum, the Kūmara gnocchi and the chocolate fondant. I'm yet to have eaten anything as decadent in Taupō.

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What a great place to go for dinner!! We shared the Antipasto Platter, followed by the Seafood Platter and were truly satisfied. Thanks to the staff, too! They were always aware of our needs and really pleasant to chat with. Thanks for another great experience.

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Good food and service, highlight was the clam and pancetta chowder - It was delicious! Big ups to first table for the service they provide to make it possible for anybody to enjoy a good meal! Plateau is definitely an exceptional restaurant.

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Service was amazing, very attentive and helpful. Food was absolutely perfect. Delicate tastes and perfectly balanced. We had entrees, mains and desserts and were very impressed. Looking forward to dining there again.

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We were recommended:-
“First Table” ..never heard of it.
“Half price food” .....sounds too good to be true.
“Really good restaurants” .... so what’s the catch?
Well we are waiting to discover it; our first experience of First Table, at Plateau Resrptaurant in Taupo, has simply provided us with the best meal we have had since arriving in New Zealand for the first time a month ago. (And during this time we have eaten well, as our now tighter fitting clothes can attest) The food was simply outstanding, Chowder - yummy, rack of lamb - delicious, fillet of beef - melting. Pavlova - somewhat better than sublime. Any criticism? ..yes! The wine list was too extensive, and therefore made choosing hard; somehow we manage to rise to the challenge, and struck (liquid) gold.
We would like to say we would return, but from the UK it is not exactly a local venue, though we are working on it!
Thank you First Table, Thank you Plateau.

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Molly McLean

My partner and I had a very nice evening at Plateau, the service could not be faulted and the food was excellent.
The ingredients in the meals was very high quality and the flavour combinations were very complimentary.
The desserts were the best I have had in a long time, absolutely delicious. We will definitely return.

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The staff at Plateau were amazing and so friendly. They were very attentive to our needs, and were always checking to make sure we were ok and if we needed anything we were not forgotten. The food was delicious and we loved every plate that we ordered. Plateau not only offers wonderful food but they offer excellent service!

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The oysters on the rock was very good that we placed a second dozen.
There were few restaurants that prepared beef the way we like - pink, juicy and tender - plateau eye fillet medium met all our requirements.

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Plateau 1st Table for 4
The food we did adore
Half price for the kai
So people "Haere mai!"
Service with a smile
They went the xtra mile!
Plateau 1st Table passed the test
Food & service -Plateau's the BEST.

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Chané Raath

I have been quite dissapointed by a few restuarants over the last couple of months but Plateau has definitely been a breath of fresh air. The service was exceptional and the food was truly devine. We had starters, mains and deserts and I truly couldn't find one thing to complain about! Fresh, tasty, beautifully presented and extremely professional service to top it off. It will definitely be my "go to" place whenever I visit Taupo again!

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ChrisJan Hayden

What a wonderful way to celebrate my birthday! This restaurant has ambience and taste - all in a superb setting. Our First Table booking was early enough to enjoy the pink and orange sunset and still have the evening ahead when we finished. Plateau served top-quality food. With efficient and friendly service, and a great choice of local wines, this was a very special time for us. We highly recommend First Table and Plateau, Taupo.

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Stephanie Keates

Plateau you did not fail to impress! The presentation of the food here is outstanding. The service was also wonderful! I have to make a special mention of the salt and pepper calamari, braised beef cheek and the pumpkin & ricotta gnocchi! Meat was all cooked to absolute perfection and beautifully seasoned. I'm looking forward to returning to this incredible restaurant for another amazing dining experience soon!

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From the moment we arrived our whole first experience using First Table was far superior to what we had anticipated. We weren't placed at a table nearest the bathroom facilities, we weren't told we couldn't order certain things off the menu, what we did receive however was a superb waiter who was attentive and cheerful without being OTT and meals that looked as good as they tasted. Don't know why we didn't give this a go sooner!

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Janinne Thomas

We had a lovely meal, and because it was miserable weather we were happy to have an early dinner and head home to curl up on the couch. The food was amazing and we will be back when we are next in Taupo. The mulled wine was the best I have had.

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Just perfect - friendly staff, great service and delicious food.
No chicken on menu so I opted for Pork Belly. Partner had 'Market Fish' which was salmon, on Clam Chowder and side of Curly Fries. Instead of desserts, we had the Cheeseboard - 3 beautiful cheeses served with bread, crackers and condiments.
We would happily have paid full price for this perfect meal. FirstTable a real bonus. Compliments to the chef(s)!

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Fantastic introduction to first table table. The food was fabulous, service exceptional and value goes without saying. We have already told heaps of colleagues about first table as well as dining at Plateau. We will be back at this restaurant and will recommend it to other people when they ask "where can we eat in Taupo?"

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Rebecca Evans

10/10
This place is a must if you are in Taupo!
It's not often a meal and service both exceed my expectations...but this place did!
Food was AMAZING and the service was fantastic. Thanks for the fab experience guys:)

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Helen Walker

Plateau did not disappoint! The beef eye fillet and rack of lamb were cooked to perfection. The service was great and the wine selection (predominantly NZ wines as it should be) was excellent. Special mention of the cauliflower salad - really interesting flavour combination which we will attempt to replicate in our kitchen at home. Thank you plateau for a great evening meal.

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MikeMo Harding

It is no wonder The Plateau is rated number 1 on First Table in Taupo. We had a stunning experience, with impeccable service and truly magnificent food. They catered to our young (4 & 1 yrs) children and were flexible in their procedures to meet our requests. Cannot wait to return. Wow!

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Emma Campbell

My partner and I dined at Plateau for the first time and were blown away by both the service and the food. All of the staff were extremely friendly. We had the Smoked Venison for entree which I would highly recommend - probably the best thing I've ever had. And another highlight was the pork belly - the broccoli in the dish was amazing! Would definitely come back here, was great value for money!

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Jenna Sparkes

This place is absolutely amazing, a must do if you have some spare time in Taupo! The food selection had the best on offer for the country and the portion size was good. The sides are huge so I would recommend sharing.

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Beautiful food, people and environment!

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Sammie Lilburn-Taylor

Food was delicious and quick! Service by staff was great definitely recommend this place 100%

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Margaret Gartshore

Our group of four all enjoyed our meal at Plateau. Two of us had the eye fillet & it was cooked to perfection & the other two had entrees with sides then we shared desserts. Everything was delicious & the the portion sides were generous. The cocktails were great as well.

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lynn salt

Amazing food and setting

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Enjoyed this dinning experience. Food was great and service good.

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Carrie Crack

Great experience from personalised booking confirmation to end of evening. Service very attentive and food was the winner. The pork belly was delicious, although a tad small and the steak was the best I have eaten in many years, will return again for that very reason. Many thanks.

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Walnetta McCall

As usual enjoyed our evening at The Plateau. The food was delicious although I missed the oysters as they’re my usual entre. Not to worry I can understand availability can be a challenge sometimes!

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Casey Brahne

The food is exceptional and great value for money. There is a variety of dishes and we were all really impressed with our meals. We’ve recommended this restaurant to others to enjoy.

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A lovely evening at the Plateau, our waitress Jada was attentive and professional. The food as always beautifully presented and delicious !. Our favourite place to dine.

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Our 2 mains - Lamb and Salmon were fabulous

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Ahenata Rameka

Lovely food, great service

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Tina Collier-Emani

Delicious high quality food, highly recommend anyone wanting to dine here

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Phillippa McNeish

Fantastic food and service, will be back again soon.

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Beautiful food, excellent service by professional staff.

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Absolutely loved the whole experience will definitely be a returning diner

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As my ratings show, fab food, fab plus service, fab night. Highly recommended.

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Rachael Clark

The food was amazing, service was awesome and the restaurant had a great vibe. Highly recommend Plateau, everyone really enjoyed it. We will be back!

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Had a great experience at Plateau, food was delicious and the service was outstanding

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Dine there often as always wonderful service and delicious food

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We had a beautiful meal last night and the service was excellent the wait staff were very attentive. Would recommend and would definitely eat thee again

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Cilla McClay-Talivai

Good food, good service, good atmosphere

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Maree Ginger

Best meal I have had out in a long time! kids loved theirs too...and then there was the mojito!! def o e of Taupo's best

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Pleasant efficient and excellent value

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Zoe Hart

Beautiful food, great atmosphere and exceptional service!

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Great food lovely staff

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The food and service was fabulous. One of the best places to dine and catch up with friends

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Kylie Laurenson

Amazing food and service as always!! Our favourite Taupō restaurant.

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Host friendly, confident, great manners and respectful. Recommended to go to Plateau.
Clean and open restaurant, liked the hand towels in toilet.

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Brendon Glasgow

Don't skip the Beetroot Feta salad ... it's worth the trip alone. The Pork Belly was delicious ... and really enjoyed the truffle fries. Great location for an enjoyable meal.

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Cheryl Turner

Great food and good service, great atmosphere too

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A completely fabulous dining experience. The food was fresh-as, immaculately and imaginatively prepared, and impeccably brought to the table by Silvia, our serving angel

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Shaynah Pihema

The experience was absolutely great! The found was so delicious. Lamb rump was juicy, moist and full of flavour and the seafood platter was to die for!!!! This is the 6th time I have been back and every time has been fantastic. The wait staff are lovely and friendly and always up for a chat between serving customers. I absolutely would recommend this place to everyone!
Thank you to the staff and chef at Plateau. The owners must be proud.

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Lance Alden

Consistantly great food and service, I have no hesitation in recommending Plateau to anyone who appreciates great dining.

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Lorna Wainwright

Fantastic as always.

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Paige Baker

Wonderful food and excellent service. Great first table

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J Stickley

A very welcoming establishment, beautiful food and fantastic service. A little hidden gem, thank you!

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Fantastic food and experience.

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immediate to table, great food, awesome service and a cracker of a food bill at the end. thanks first table is great.

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Nikita Maree

Great service and beautiful food. Portion sizes small but filling. Cooked to perfection.

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Absolutely fantastic. Meal was superb. The side dishes have great flavors. A great night. Big thumbs up from us

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Laurie Newman

Great food, cooked to perfection as always. Service was prompt and friendly. Will be back. favourite place to go.

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Leanne Short

Great

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Best meal we had in a long time, flavours presentation everything, can’t wait to go back

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Great choice of food, cocktails and excellent service!

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Crystal Ling

Great food and service!

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Esme Lindsay

We had a beautiful meal with great service and quiet surroundings...perfect!

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Pros:
1. Nice high quality kitchen. It looks like the place is specialises in seafood which was very fresh and tasty
2. Friendly and helpful personnel

Cons:
It's a bit far for the lake and the place cannot offer the view you may find on some first line places.

Overall, this is a nice restaurant that I would recommend if you are looking for the high quality food on a reasonable price.

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Staff are friendly and helpful.

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Courtney Stanton

The food and service was impeccable - we will definitely be back again. And because we booked on First Table our $200 bill came down to $100! We would highly recommend Plateau to anyone looking for a nice place to dine.

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