Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $35
Ranked: #2 of 15 restaurants in Taupo

At Waterside you’ll soon discover their reputation for great casual dining and fantastic meals to meet everybody’s needs.

Take in the stunning views of the lake and mountains while you enjoy being looked after by their friendly staff, why not try one of their creative cocktails or specialty coffees.

Fantastic outdoor dining in summer and a fireplace to keep you warm in the winter.

A Taupo restaurant you will want to visit!

Where great food meets the lake!

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Waterside Restaurant
3-5 Tongariro Street
Taupo 3330

Open Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday from 11a.m til late

Phone: (07) 378 6894
Website: www.waterside.co.nz

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Ranked: #2 of 15 restaurants in Taupo 2
Waterside Restaurant
Location: Taupo
Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Mains: $15 - $35
Accepts:   Waterside Restaurant accepts American Express

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Yvonne Bancroft

Lovely food - we both had the oysters, mine was natural and my friend had the tempured followed by the Eye Steak which melted in your mouth and the pork belly.
Our waiter was Harman who was friendly and helpful.

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Judy Wilson

Had a wonderful dining experience at the Waterside Restaurant . We were greeted warmly on arrival and the staff were friendly and informative. The food was generous and delicious. We started with french onion soup and pork wellington both of which were very tasty. For mains we both had fillet steak which was cooked to perfection. There was no need to order side vegetables as they were included and also cooked to perfection. In all a very positive dining experience and we can thoroughly recommend the Waterside Restaurant as a great place to dine

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We had an amazing dinner at Waterside. The service was great from the moment we arrived. I’m gluten free and the the gf garlic bread was absolutely amazing! We had the lamb and pork belly for mains. Both were delicious, meat cooked beautifully and veges fresh and crunchy. If we were being, the pork belly could have been a bit crispier. When it came to dessert, the waiter took my request to the chef and they adapted a dessert for me. Great atmosphere, food and service. Would definitely recommend Waterside!

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Fabulous food, fabulous service, fabulous restaurant. We were a group of four dining out on a quiet Monday night and honestly, we were not disappointed. The fire was going inside, making the place toasty and warm, and from the moment we walked in the door, we were well looked after. The waiter recommended the jalapeno poppers as a starter and, wow, were they good!! Thanks Waterside, we'll be back

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Each item of food we had was outstanding. Very delicious and generous servings. The entrees were very filling, so I would recommend sharing with others if you plan to have a main and dessert. The holoumi sticks and won tons were amazing, as was the chocolate pate. The location is great and the service was excellent. A popular place, it quickly filled around midday. I would definitely return another time.

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What an awesome restaurant, highly recommend this establishment to all believe me you won't be disappointed with the food

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Carrie Robinson

Incredible view of the lake and the food was fresh and delicious. Loved the starters - best onion rings we have had in Taupo. Friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere. This wasn’t our first visit and it won’t be our last.

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My boyfriend and I dined here and it was wonderful! Even though at times the staff were a little slow to tend to us (because they were trying to train up new staff for the summer season which we totally understood) those who came to tend to us were really lovely with lots of smiles! It also gave us more time to relax in between courses! The food was awesome, we really loved their crispy pork and salmon mains- highly recommend! Their cheesecake special and freakshakes were as we were told quite intense, but we loved them too! Really big portions as well, so recommend sharing entrees or sharing plates (we had the beef balls which was my favourite and the calamari which was hot and crispy) to start unless you have a pretty big appetite! Would definitely recommend dining here, and would definitely definitely come back. It was a really nice place to eat, thanks for the lovely start to our holiday!

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Fantastic food with good size portions for my 4 hungry males! They were extremely impressed with the Freaky choc shakes - Yum yum!!! Our service was great & the atmosphere really relaxed. Even as locals we certainly appreciated the beautiful scenery. We would happily come back here again. Thanks to the staff for a memorable meal.

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Really lovely dinner at Waterside.The staff were friendly, helpful and efficient and the food was delicious! Was totally impressed with the crack of my creme brulee! Would definitely eat here again and recommend to others! Thank you, Waterside for a lovely evening :-)

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Margaret Beck

Four of us ate there. All meals were amazing. Best steak ever. Lamb was tender and perfectly cooked. Fish delicious with tasty sauce. Service so friendly and welcoming. Will definitely recommend to others. Try the rhubarb crumble. Delicious!

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Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. Our waitress was fantastic!! The food was amazing, we had breads and dip to share as well as the chicken wings (which were out of this world), and then for mains I had the Pork Ribeye and that was to die for, my partner ordered the Steak Eye Fillet and he really enjoyed that as well, the steak was cooked a little over but it was still delicious!! We would definitely come back here again, and First table was such a great idea!!

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Ashleigh Crighton

LOVE - 3 of us girls had a feast!
The entrees/starters were so appealing we had to order 5 between us! and enjoyed every moment of it, the prawns were delicious and the sauce for each item was a perfect match. The drunken chicken with blue cheese sauce was our favourite. When mains came we were already so full but managed to finish! i had the steak which was cooked perfect and the dish had the ideal accompaniments.
Will 100% return with the friendly service and the beautiful view.

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Fun evening for special birthday

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Yvonne Bancroft

Lovely food - we both had the oysters, mine was natural and my friend had the tempured followed by the Eye Steak which melted in your mouth and the pork belly.
Our waiter was Harman who was friendly and helpful.

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Very efficient, food was yummy & the waiter was very polite!

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Leola Sharp

Great service, great atmosphere and a lovely meal. My salmon was cooked to perfection.

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Becca Robinson

Amazing food...the 2 female waitresses were awesome, but the male waiter was rude and arrogant, and wouldnt go back because of his attitude

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Food was lovely and service was spot on.thanks

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Merveen Kara

Excellent service, excellent food. Excellent atmosphere....
Happy to dine here again

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Cozy restaurant
Food well presented & tasty
Good service
Price with first table is amazing

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Cecily Leaf

A delightful hostess, lovely ambience and delicious shared platter make for a perfect lunch. Thanks Waterside Restaurant, we'll definitely be back.

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Meal was delicious, Harman’s service was top class. We will certainly be dining there again. Highly recommended.

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We were greeted by a friendly server into a warm, pleasant atmosphere on a chilly night. The service was fast and friendly, always checking to see how the food was, and he cleared the plates soon after we both had finished. (Ten out of ten!) The food was excellent and the dessert (chocolate pate) divine! All in all, not perfect, but close!! Thank you!

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The food was great, the kids also enjoyed their meal. Except for the service had to stand for a while before I can be acknowledged upon our arrival , they ignored us and kept busy setting tables as if we weren't there. Poor customer service.

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Louise Cuttance

Nice food, nice company

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Joy Lincoln

We had a great experience at the Waterside Restaurant. The food was beautiful , we were really looked after by the staff and made to feel welcome. Look forward to returning.

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Fabulous service and friendly staff. Excellent food. Highly recommended dining experience.

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Dave Powell

Fantastic experience dining at Waterside for lunch. The waitress who served us was very friendly and attentive. The food was great and the freak shakes were amazing!

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Naomi Wilson

Lovely evening with friends. Cosy and warm on a very cold night. Everyone enjoyed their meals - all compliments to the chef! Great customer service.

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Husband and I loved the food plus service tops
Would recommend for lunch dates

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Judy Wilson

Had a wonderful dining experience at the Waterside Restaurant . We were greeted warmly on arrival and the staff were friendly and informative. The food was generous and delicious. We started with french onion soup and pork wellington both of which were very tasty. For mains we both had fillet steak which was cooked to perfection. There was no need to order side vegetables as they were included and also cooked to perfection. In all a very positive dining experience and we can thoroughly recommend the Waterside Restaurant as a great place to dine

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Dave Powell

Fantastic service, lovely environment and great food, the chocolate pate is a must for any chocolate lover!

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Elle Hill

Food was amazing as always. Can’t ever fault it

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We went here on a Monday night, was nice and quiet so our little 1 1/2yr old could run around after she was sick of sitting. Our waiter was attentive to our needs and food was very quick at coming out. We had breads and dip as a starter and it was a nice sized serving. Mains were lamb rack and eye fillet, both were beautifully cooked with vegetables also cooked well as the sides.
For desert the wife had a chocolate freak shake (huge!) and I had raspberry cheesecake (also a big serving). Yum!
Had to walk it off round the block!
Highly recommended Restaurant to all.

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We had excellent service,staff were very accommodating and helpful restaurant lovely and warm on a cold winters night. Food wonderful and highly recommend Waterside and will definitely return. Thanks for a great evening.
Lois and Roly

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Great food & service

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Shelley Simpson

Wow what an experience!! A wonderful place to eat - great food - make sure you try a shared platter - they are something else and don't miss out on a freakshake (between 2) for desert. Beautiful location too. - If you are heading through Taupo or happen to live there, make the time to book. You won't be disappointed.

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Dominique Robson

Venue was really nice right in front of the water, made for a beautiful evening view. Our server was really nice and efficient.

The steak was amazing but the lamb wasn't very nice and was really tough. My husband had the lamb but ate it all before he told me he didn't like it so past the point of a correction being made. That was his mistake

Overall really nice just wouldn't do the lamb

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Awesome dining experience from the second we walked in the door until we left. The waiter was friendly and accommodating of our requests. The menu had a great selection and the meals we had were fantastic. The decor was pleasant and the restaurant was roomy and had a very calm vibe. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.

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We had an amazing dinner at Waterside. The service was great from the moment we arrived. I’m gluten free and the the gf garlic bread was absolutely amazing! We had the lamb and pork belly for mains. Both were delicious, meat cooked beautifully and veges fresh and crunchy. If we were being, the pork belly could have been a bit crispier. When it came to dessert, the waiter took my request to the chef and they adapted a dessert for me. Great atmosphere, food and service. Would definitely recommend Waterside!

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Great location despite all the work going on out the window.. Fabulous service. Fabulous food overall but wasn't a fan of the cheesecake in the flowerpot. Great idea but the depth made it a bit gluggy.

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Nice lunch with our great grandson we will be back next time in Taupo

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Great experience. Perfect for kids as had great kids menu. service was fast. Thank you first table.

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Great place to go and suitable for a family meal whilst on holiday.

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Paulette OBrien

Staff were amazing, food was lovely and we left feeling satisfied after 3 delicious courses. The lamb was divine, the highlight for me, cooked to perfection and a generous portion. Family friendly dining with a little bit of class, perfect for kids who want a giant freak shake and burger and for the ladies who want to put on a bit of lippy for the occasion.

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Had an awesome experience at Waterside on Saturday. Went for a lunch date with my two girls, both got combos and man was there a lot of food!! The kids lasagne was amazing and so was my steak sandwich. Had friendly wait staff that came and checked on us regularly.

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Nicole Hohaia

The service was fantastic, friendly & attentive. The food was good. Great options on the kids menu, which my toddler loved. The highlight of the night was the chocolate freakshake dessert, very impressive, big oohs & ahhs when it came out! My toddler loved it as much as I did! Great night out and kid friendly. Would definitely recommend a visit!

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Mark N Anna Short

Freak Shakes!!! WOW!!! So good, Service was super friendly and right on. Food and atmosphere perfect

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Great lunch with a great view

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Loved this restaurant!! The food and service was superb!!! Loved the eye fillet with surf add!!! The freak shake was also a winner!!!!

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We enjoyed our dinner at Waterside. It was well presented and tasty. Our only comment would be that we felt a bit rushed by the waiter.

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Excellent food - we requested changes to the menu and they were very accommodating.
We very much appreciated that the background music was pleasant and quiet.
Would definitely return.

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Darrell Hogarth

Just wish the had heater on as it was cold

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Liberty Dally

The restaurant was inviting and the service was exceptional. The food came fast, I had the fish and chips the fish was Devine. Fresh and cooked to perfection. I had a lovely experience and I will definitely go back. 5 stars from me

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Jessie Curran

We had a great time! Ordered a lot of food and walked out super full, first table is great! Especially for young couples who haven’t got a lot of spare money to go out for dinner often!!

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Marguerite Leadley

Prompt friendly service. Tasty, generous servings.

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Anisa Chua

About the food 3/5:

My friend and I had 3-course meal, to start with we had calamari and mushroom the calamari wasn’t that good it was tasteless.

For mains we had fish of the day and salmon is not too bad but nothing special.

Ultimately for the desserts we had chocolate pate and pear crumble, the chocolate was great but the crumble was disappointing they took shortcut in preparing the crumble is just like muesli based.

So overall food experience in this restaurant was average nothing special or wow factor. Won’t dine in here again.

About the service: 5/5
They make up with the service because it was excellent and fast! I can’t complain about it.

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Cheryl Armstrong

Great meal and excellent service ,thank you would go again

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Wonderful dinner at the Waterside.
Delicious garlic bread. Steak and vegetables cooked to perfection.
Staff were friendly and attentive.
Thank you to the team.

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tiffany Cai

Had the greatest platter ever! Food portion was good, service was amazing, definitely would come back!

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Dave Powell

Fantastic service, delicious food, a great dining experience

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