Open daily from 7am to late
- Disabled Access
- Alfresco Dining
About Bistro Lago
Located at the stunning Hilton Lake Taupo, a memorable experience awaits you at Bistro Lago. Absorb the ambiance created by the restaurant unique décor with welcoming open fires and leather seating or dine outside on the sweeping balconies to enjoy the spectacular views.
Afternoon Tea is served Friday to Sunday 13.00 - 16.00
The most amazing food! We had the yellow fin tuna, pork belly and scallops for entree, John Dory fish of the day for mains. All our dishes were superb! Could not fault. Service was super friendly and fast. Amazing views! Our new favourite in taupo highly recommend! Well worth every cent. Thanks so much
I feel like the service was good but the environment not so much as it was very hot. It was very sunny even during dinner because it's summer, and there were no blinds to block out the sun so the sun was on my back the whole dinner so it was very uncomfortable. The air conditioning did nothing so all I wanted was to quickly finish my food and get out of there because it was so hot.
Being from out of town and looking at the website I got “fine dinning” so shocked see very casual dress code by some diners and slow service. The ambiance also didn’t hit the mark. On a positive the food was top class could fault...... Not sure if I would dine here again Thanks
We booked First Table. How lucky were we? Fantastic food and top class friendly service. Really wonderful evening and experience. Thank you to all staff.
We been there many times, everytime was great. but this time was average experience . Food presentation was great like always, but taste was not good . Chicken was dry for entrees. Service was ok, friendly smile . Anyway, still appreciated for all the service during the busy season .Thank you
All four of us enjoyed our meals at Bistro Lago last Sunday evening. I was impressed with my seafood choices, especially the fish of the day. Everyone loved the look of my main. Would definitely go again.
We have been staying at Hilton Lake Taupo & eating at Bistro Lago for over 10 years now. It never ceases to disappoint! Beautiful restaurant, excellent service. Dinner last night was superb...pork belly to die for...simply a must have...and a steak cooked to perfection! Best restaurant in Taupo! We will be back again! Highly recommended!
Super high tea with plenty of variety and flavour. Great tea too and our waitress Chloe was a delight!😀
Our memorable experience was very disappointing. Family had traveled from Auckland, Tauranga, Palmerston North and Rotorua to celebrate mum and dad's 50th wedding anniversary. The staff were friendly enough, when you could get their attention. They left our empty plates in front of us for over 20 minutes after we'd all eaten. I had to remind them several times to bring the cake. Then I had to go request plates, and then again, to request forks. I had to ask for our waters to be topped up twice, and no one came to ask for a second round of drinks, nor tea and coffee with the cake. It was really hard work for me, and I was a guest trying to enjoy the celebration. I could have cried (I'm their daughter). We will not be back, and to be honest I get the feeling you wouldn't even care. Will be writing a review on social media because I'm pretty sure you won't even read this, and somebody at the Hilton certainly needs to know. Mum and dad made it to 50 years of marriage, all I wanted to do was provide them with a special memory with their loved ones that celebrated that mammoth achievement. We will never get that opportunity again, its gone.
We were looking forward to a weekend away including a great meal at Bistro Lago at Hotel Hilton. We enjoyed the entrees of tuna and pork belly, both were a very generous size. For mains we ordered scotch fillet and lamb. Sadly the scotch fillet was chewy and we received a free dessert to compensate. When the main is $42 a free dessert hardly made up for it. Desserts were very nice. The let down for the evening was the poor condition of the surroundings, not what we expected of a Hilton. There were broken tiles on the entrance pathway, actually dangerous as they move when walking on them. The outdoor area needs maintenance. Next to our table the door seal was peeling away and so the rubber strip was sticking out into the path of guests. The posts looked rotten and the general feel of the place was run-down.
Meal was delicious, service was extremely poor. Waiter was sullen, had to ask fir water & wine, one friendly waitress made an effort to make us feel welcome. If we wanted an express meal we would have chosen one of the many cheap and cheerful restaurants in time. We deliberately chose your restaurant to have a relaxed celebratory dinner, we left after 1 hour and 15 minutes as very disappointed customers. Would not recommend you
Had a very nice meal at Bistro Lago Wonderful atmosphere . Great views . Staff very attentive and helpful . The meals were beautifully presented and well balanced flavours . Had main course and sweet . Good choice of starters mains and sweets . Would go back again .
We dined here twice over the weekend. Should never have returned after the first night.totally pathetic menu. Overpriced meals and drinks. Far superior meals elsewhere and more reasonably priced.. Untrained and unsupervised staff totally unacceptable. Would l recommend or eat there again. Definitely not.
I've been twice for High Tea. The tea, food and service have been excellent. However I'm quite deaf and wear hearing aids so even when the dining room is fairly empty a loud group makes it very difficult to hear my companion. It is simply a harsh room with a lot of hard, reflective surfaces and I find it very tiring over the course of an hour and a half of high tea! It's a shame because the high tea itself is excellent.
Good food, well cooked and served. We loved the extra care that was taken with the amuse bouche and the wine recommendations. Will certainly recommend and visit again
Awesome service, delicious food, waitress was spot on and as gracious and welcoming to our two young children as she was to us. Loved our whole experience
Thankyou for our great meals the 6 of us all loved what we ordered and thankyou for the great service very pleasant and extremely helpful staff have already rebooked!
You need more staff. The staff you have were trying their best but shouldn’t be so understaffed. Looking around the restaurant last night I would imagine 80% of patrons were disappointed with having long wait times for food, being forgotten and generally just a terrible experience for a supposed top restaurant. Don’t charge top prices if you can’t deliver
Meals much nicer with new chef. Staff friendly and maitre'd attentive. Took a while to get our drinks. Meals came within reasonable time. Water not topped up and expected fat chips and got shoestring fries. We ordered 3 irish coffees which were delivered quite a while after others had theirs and served in brandy balloons. Looks nice but doesnt keep the coffee hot.
The High Tea experience was good, a great choice of different tea's to try. The dessert were great as well. A fun way to spend an hour or two on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
We ordered the seafood platter for 2. This was very disappointing. The food was not hot with only a few pieces of seafood and the rice was stodgy like it had been reheated.
Excellent meal and service
I would like to say a very big thank you to Atek. He was amazing! It was my boyfriend's 60th birthday and we wanted a relaxed lunch and he allowed us to relax and really enjoy our birthday celebration and not be rushed. The food was amazing. We also want to say a very big thank you for the birthday treat - beautiful surprise and really appreciated! You went the extra mile and made us feel special. Thank you so much for making Kev's birthday extra special. One day we won't forget. Again thank you :)
Great meal thanks, not only did we do first table for the first time, but my husband received a birthday platter. A lovely thought thank you.
Customer service was wonderful, Courtney was a delight and very helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Food was great, view was lovely. Our waiter was also wonderful. Overall experience was wonderful! Will definitely be back.