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From lake, land and ocean, our seasonal New Zealand a la carte lunch and dinner brings the region's best offerings to your plate. Located at the elegant Hilton Lake Taupo, boasting stunning lake views and guided by the expertise of celebrity Chef Gareth Stewart, Bistro Lago is a culinary experience not to be missed.
PRICE RANGE
US$17 - US$27
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
European, New Zealand, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate dinner here on a rainy cold Monday evening. The ambience was great with log fires warming the dining room. Our food was delicious, beautifully presented, especially the side dish of brussel sprouts. We were well looked after by all the staff and ready...to return for another dinner in a couple of days!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Have not been disappointment since we come here every time we are in Taupo (which is at least once a year). Service is good and menu does change periodically. This time though, the desserts had did not look as if a chef platted it -...still tasted excellent though.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Hilton New Zealand, Marketing at Bistro Lago, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Agnes, Thank you for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor following your dining experience at Bistro Lago. We are delighted that you enjoyed your dining experience, the team cared for you at this time, and that we have to opportunity...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

From when we walked in we felt so welcomed. The service was nice from start to finish and the food was great too. Would recommend to anyone wanting a nice meal out, even customised drinks was deliciousMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Hilton New Zealand, Marketing at Bistro Lago, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Anna, Thank you for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor following your dining experience at Bistro Lago. I am delighted that you enjoyed your dining experience and the team cared for you at this time. It was a great pleasure...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we 4 women friends booked for High Tea Sunday 23 May. The food was beautiful (and more than we could eat) , the choice of teas great and the service was excellent. Tatiana and Arun were friendly and professional and helped make our celebration memorable....Thank youMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Hilton New Zealand, Marketing at Bistro Lago, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia Ora Susan, Thank you for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor following your dining experience at Bistro Lago. We are delighted that you enjoyed your High Tea experience and the team cared for you at this time. It was a great...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

High tea on Mother’s Day was a huge disappointment certainly not the quality,presentation or standard we expected from a Restaurant that’s supposed to be of a higher standard to others ( I have been in the Restaurant in the evening for my birthday and they...allowed a man to walk in wearing a singlet shirts & jandles) but you charge top $ other diners we’re also disgusted why bother getting dressed up 🤷‍♀️Manager should have sent them to a burger bar!!! Table hadn’t finished being set, the cups on the table (2 ) had price stickers still on them😳 so hadn’t been washed!!! Food was only ok Cream jars had no spoons The tiny side plates had HUGE knives When reading the reviews from the Auckland Hilton our experience was rated 0 in comparison Auckland Cheaper, mothers received a flower, the food was obviously superior I would like to suggest management take a look at how to present a High Tea correctly Because you got it seriously wrong. Perhaps your staff could go to Zealong in Hamilton for some training We however enjoyed our day but won’t be back for a repeat 👎More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Hilton New Zealand, Marketing at Bistro Lago, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia Ora Igdg123, Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. Please accept my sincere apology for the high tea and dinner service you experienced, I can understand your frustration. We pride ourselves on giving the best possible guest experience, and I’m sorry we...More

Reviewed 10 May 2021 via mobile

The meal was fine, the place was understaffed, our wine order arrived eventually at the same time as the food, and it all was not an an overwhelming experience. There was a bright spot which was that the late drinks were provided free of charge...by the run off his feet waiter.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Hilton New Zealand, Marketing at Bistro Lago, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2021

Kia Ora Dennis, Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. Please accept my sincere apology for your dining experience, I can understand your frustration. We pride ourselves on giving the best possible guest experience, and I’m sorry we fell short in this instance....More

Reviewed 9 May 2021 via mobile

We went here lastnight as a romantic dinner, and the food was all brilliant, all the flavours were on point, good service and food was brought out in a good time frame, lovely atmosphere.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Hilton New Zealand, Marketing at Bistro Lago, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2021

Kia Ora Kelly, Thank you for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor following your dining experience at Bistro Lago. I am delighted that you enjoyed your dining experience and the team cared for you at this time. It was a great pleasure...More

Reviewed 11 April 2021

What a charming restaurant, beautiful de or, views. Service is excellent and the high tea was Devine. More than enough to fill you for a lunch. We went there for my husbands birthday and it was the first high tea experience for him. We even...got an extra platter of sweets for his birthday. Very thoughtful.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Hilton New Zealand, Marketing at Bistro Lago, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2021

Kia Ora Ally, Thank you for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor following your dining experience at Bistro Lago. I am delighted that you enjoyed your dining experience and the team cared for you at this time. It was a great pleasure...More

Reviewed 20 March 2021

I've dined solo in many cities and several countries.But not been treated so off handedly as I was here. Refused any table by a window , whether reserved( which I understand) or not...as other 'booked parties 'might prefer a window'. Needless to say I left...and went to Dixies on the waterfront instead..they were super busy..but as I was on my own, wasted no time finding me some premium seating. Thankyou Dixies!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 19 March 2021

My wife Janice, my best friend and I visited bistro Lago today. We were looked after by lovely lady karishma. We were well looked after and the food was absolutely delicious. Tushar is another person you should look out at. These two work fabulously together...and can definitely entertain you during your evening here. I also met the other male supervisor who was going and helping everyone. Loved the team work going around here. Will definitely come back to be served by them.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Hi St. Augustine, Sorry for the late reply. Legally we cannot have trout on the menu, I am afraid. However if you catch one, we are more than welcome to cook it for you. all we need to see if your current fishing license... More
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Bistro Lago is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5