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The Bistro

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17 Tamamutu Street | Taupo Central, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-377 3111
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Alderney, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My daughter has been living in Taupo for the past 6 months and when we came to visit she took us to her favourite restaurant the bistro. It met our expectations, fantastic food in fact probably the best ravioli I have eaten. The service was very friendly and helpful, lovely surroundings I would definitely recommend eating here.

Thank shebakellylucy
Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a special occasion so I selected The Bistro with care (thanks Trip Advisors). The outside of the restaurant is understated but don't let that put you off, it's what is inside that matters. Booking would be essential - we did so about six weeks before and they only had two slots available all evening! For some the cuisine... More 

Thank Prestwood_Paul
Bright, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food here was amazing I and the service was really good nothing you needed to wait for.mbut you must try the desserts afterwards too. OMG amazing.

Thank Joanne H
Toowoomba, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

From the moment we walked in we were made feel uncomfortable. It was our final dinner in New Zealand. We were: - greeted rudely even though we had made a booking - drinks took 40 minutes to get to us. The order was incorrect and took another 30 to get to us. - incorrect bottle of wine bought to us.... More 

Thank simocook
Hastings, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We ordered the calamari which was delicious! My partner ordered a medium rare steak which was cooked to perfection! My ribs were fall off the bone and waiter was very helpful and friendly. We couldn't eat desert as the portions were good sized servings. We were so pleased with our dining experience here that we'll definitely be back when passing... More 

Thank MoonChld
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Hapuka (main) dish was top notch in terms of taste and texture. Chocolate 'mousse' was more a chocolate sauce pudding than a mousse, served hot, but still rich and flavoursome. In light of recent experiences in Queenstown, my high recommendation here comes from the service - staff were very attentive to our needs, and despite the busy-ness on the night,... More 

Thank Nick R
Gold Coast, Australia
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was here two years ago with my mum and tonight I came back with my husband. It is a fantastic restaurant and head chef Jude is serious about the quality and flavours of his creations! If you are into your food and after a great place to have dinner and some great wines, this is the place you need... More 

Thank Yam76
Whakatane, New Zealand
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had the duck and my husband the pork belly. We exchanged bites and then argued whose was better. We were both very happy with our choices. The taster of ceviche was a nice touch (if only she spoke slower...). The baked mousse was a perfect finish. Thank you!

Thank krison2ur
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the back ribs and steak platter...was excellent (my steak was perfectly medium rare) along with a baked potato and a dark beer. It was served with vegetables and was a very large portion of food (and yes, I finished every last bite (but skipped dessert which is rare for me!)). Meal was a bit on the pricey side but... More 

Thank Canadian_travel44
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Husband and I decided to try The Bistro as it ranked #3 on Trip Advisor. Were sorely disappointed and sadly felt we had wasted our $116. There was no atmosphere; the service seemed unprofessional from one staff member & somber from the other & we just didn't feel comfortable or enjoy our time. Was no background music, so could... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Tamamutu Street | Taupo Central, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: +64 7-377 3111
The Bistro is a small family owned restaurant focused on simple clean flavours and honest tasty food from fresh local produce, all in a relaxed causal setting to provide our guests with moments that last a life time.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?