Cuisine: A La Carte, French
Price Point: Mains from Above $35

Experience the delights of French gastronomy on the beautiful shores of Lake Wanaka…

The stunning dining room is decorated in soothing earthy tones, while the al fresco terrace has shearling rugs to keep you warm on chilly evenings and offers glimpses of the twinkling water of the lake framed by mature trees.

Head Chef Mario Rodrigues revisits typical Gallic flavour combinations using fresh seasonal ingredients from the kitchen garden and the best of the Otago region.

Tuck into the likes of oysters or beef tartare, followed by a small but perfectly formed selection of mouthwatering mains. Think classic dishes such as confit duck leg and lamb rump alongside decadent sides such as fries with truffle salt.

The wine selection is naturally superb. Sample authentic Gallic labels, as well as the restaurant’s Maude wines. They offer sixteen wines by the glass, half glass and tasters through enomatic self-dispensing machines, so you can take yourself on a tasting journey.

If fabulous fine dining in a beautiful setting sounds like your idea of a good time, don’t miss the chance to experience this outstanding bistro.

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Bistro Gentil
76a Golf Course Road
Wanaka

Open Hours:
Monday Closed
Tuesday - Saturday 6pm - 10pm
Sunday Closed

Phone: 03 443 2299
Website: www.bistrogentil.co.nz/

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Bistro Gentil
Location: Wanaka
Cuisine: A La Carte, French
Mains: Above $35

Reviews

Saskia Guy

The place is great. It has that living room touch to it thanks to its size and decor.
Awesome service. Super friendly in a natural way and no lack of humor.
On top of that they serve you firework on a plate.
Thanks for having us.

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Kirsten Roxburgh

Fantastic! Couldn't fault a thing. The food is superb, the staff friendly and helpful and the venue is lovely. Thank you very much.

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Joseph Martin

Great food & service, everything we had was exceptional. Will try to be bak to try everything else. Amazing place too, like a French wine cellar with views! Luved the beams! The Maude was delicious too, will look out for their wines. Thx again 4 g8 nite.

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- dined at Bistro Gentil on

This was the best meal my family have had during the years we’ve lived in Wanaka. All the food was amazing including the delicious sides you can purchase with the mains.
Plus, the ambience in the restaurant is really lovely. The sheepskins on the chairs and the fireplace make the restaurant feel really cosy on a cold winter’s evening.

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Shelly Chou

My partner and I live in Wanaka. We never try Bistro Gentil before. My friends visit us from oversea so we decide to try it. Food and wine were great quality and beautiful. Beef tartare is my favorite. The best is the service! The waiter is super nice and helpful. He makes our night special. Definitely recommend here!

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- dined at Bistro Gentil on

A top class experience from start to finish. Very attentive wait staff & amazing well presented food. Highly recommend. We will definitely be back

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- dined at Bistro Gentil on

Where to start?! The service was impeccable and the atmosphere was fantastic. I had never eaten several of the dishes I tried and was blown away by it all. I highly recommend the Angus tartare, French onion soup, Cardona lamb and the creme brulee. The gorgeous glass of Maude bubbles on the side was the icing on the cake. Thank you to Ian & the team for a totally memorable experience, my toasty warm jacket on my way out was next level! I will absolutely return and urge all other locals to try this gem and be blown away.

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Raewyn Van Den Akker

An absolutely fabulous experience. All of the food was simply divine. My husband said he could have had the steak tartare for entree, main and dessert!! I had the duck main, my husband the lamp rump, both served with wonderful flavours and style. Lovely wines, served by a lovely waiter. The perfect night out. Oh, and the unbaked cheesecake, glorious. Shared that, but I wish we’d had the brûlée as well....lol.

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Melvinne de Guzman

Amazing food and great wine! Service was excellent!

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Saskia Guy

The place is great. It has that living room touch to it thanks to its size and decor.
Awesome service. Super friendly in a natural way and no lack of humor.
On top of that they serve you firework on a plate.
Thanks for having us.

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- dined at Bistro Gentil on

Kirsten Roxburgh

Fantastic! Couldn't fault a thing. The food is superb, the staff friendly and helpful and the venue is lovely. Thank you very much.

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Andy Josephson

Great food, exceptional service, cool location, flowing wine

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Wonderful place to dine for a special occasion- food & service are 2nd to none!

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David Nematalla

Absolutely sensational dinner in a stunning restaurant. Very friendly staff looked after us and our 2 small kids (4 and 3) terrifically. The food was exceptional. French onion soup, Angus fillet tartare and te mana lamb backstrap were standouts. We will definitely be back !!

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As a first table booking, I had expected to be seated, tucked away in a corner. This was not the case, & we had the most perfect table, allowing views over the lake & mountains. Our delightful waitress explained every course as it was delivered & the food was excellent. What a treat......

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Joseph Martin

Great food & service, everything we had was exceptional. Will try to be bak to try everything else. Amazing place too, like a French wine cellar with views! Luved the beams! The Maude was delicious too, will look out for their wines. Thx again 4 g8 nite.

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- dined at Bistro Gentil on

This was the best meal my family have had during the years we’ve lived in Wanaka. All the food was amazing including the delicious sides you can purchase with the mains.
Plus, the ambience in the restaurant is really lovely. The sheepskins on the chairs and the fireplace make the restaurant feel really cosy on a cold winter’s evening.

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Suzie Thompson

Beautiful meal and perfect service as always! Would do it again for sure.

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Shelly Chou

My partner and I live in Wanaka. We never try Bistro Gentil before. My friends visit us from oversea so we decide to try it. Food and wine were great quality and beautiful. Beef tartare is my favorite. The best is the service! The waiter is super nice and helpful. He makes our night special. Definitely recommend here!

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Natasha Dawes

Great food and service as always

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Adam Berry

Awesome time at Bistro! Will be back in the future for sure.

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A top class experience from start to finish. Very attentive wait staff & amazing well presented food. Highly recommend. We will definitely be back

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Amazing night at bistro

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Kylie Arnesen

So excited to get the opportunity to dine at this impeccable restaurant using first table!!
Food was spectacular and service outstanding. If you ever get the chance, GO! You will not regret it!!

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Bistro gentil is the place to go for a perfect dinner. The place is warm and cozy, the food is fantastic and the staff is very friendly !
We will come back !

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Amanda Murray

Excellent food and service. I have always wanted to eat here and it exceeded my expectations. I will be sure to spread the word about this fantastic experience.

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- dined at Bistro Gentil on

Where to start?! The service was impeccable and the atmosphere was fantastic. I had never eaten several of the dishes I tried and was blown away by it all. I highly recommend the Angus tartare, French onion soup, Cardona lamb and the creme brulee. The gorgeous glass of Maude bubbles on the side was the icing on the cake. Thank you to Ian & the team for a totally memorable experience, my toasty warm jacket on my way out was next level! I will absolutely return and urge all other locals to try this gem and be blown away.

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Anna Kedrinskaia

Very nice food and great service :)))

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Excellent dining experience and good selection of French wines, highly recommended and thanks to the great staff who were spot on with their service

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Holly Stevenson

This had to be the best food that we have ever eaten. So delicious. In our opinion, best restaurant in Wanaka by far!

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Fantastic food, fantastic service! Loved it! Great addition to first table!

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there is no better place to eat in Wanaka the whole meal was superb

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Raewyn Van Den Akker

An absolutely fabulous experience. All of the food was simply divine. My husband said he could have had the steak tartare for entree, main and dessert!! I had the duck main, my husband the lamp rump, both served with wonderful flavours and style. Lovely wines, served by a lovely waiter. The perfect night out. Oh, and the unbaked cheesecake, glorious. Shared that, but I wish we’d had the brûlée as well....lol.

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- dined at Bistro Gentil on

As we were there a few times in the past (of course yesterday the first time with First Table) it was the first time with a very great service - well done.
The food was delicious. Especially the entrees were outstanding in terms of taste, texture and presentation- we had pork belly and carrot,labneh.
The mains were great but unfortunately the fish was slightly overcooked (should actually not happen in this kind of restauarant) and my lamb rump was really tough and very hard to cut even it was properly cooked (what means the quality of the meat didn't match the restaurant requirements and this should be checked by purchasing the meat)
Later the dessert (cheesecake) was devine.
Last but not least all portion sizes were more than enough and therefore we just could share one dessert.
All in all, it was a nice evening and we hope we can catch another first table at Bistro Gentil.

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Victoria Haydon

An absolutely brilliant experience at Bistro. The service was outstanding and the food was mouthwatering! Highly recommend a visit to this gem of a restaurant.

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Elissa Eastwood

I had high expectations, and they were absolutely exceeded, I think we’ll become regulars at this amazing restaurant, thank you for a great evening......

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