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Dine indoors by a crackling log fire or enjoy a glass of wine alfresco with stunning views across the lake. Taupō boasts an extensive selection of family-friendly restaurants, lakeside bars, award-winning fine dining and vibrant eateries.

The region is at the forefront of dining with innovative menus showcasing fresh local ingredients. Enjoy locally produced Taupō beef and lamb, which has been produced in a way that verifiably preserves the water quality of Lake Taupō.

Sample mouth-watering slow cooked southern US-style meats washed down with a locally brewed craft beer at SMK Southern Meat Kitchen, or share a Mediterranean style platter with a group of friends at Vine Eatery & Bar or one of the other inviting local eateries.

For that special occasion you can't go past The Bistro, recently nominated in the top 100 New Zealand restaurants by Metro magazine, and The Lodge at Kinloch Club where all cuisine is sourced from the private 2000ha owners estate adhering to the 'estate to plate' organic philosophy.

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    Lone Star

    Located at 24 Roberts Street in a stunning, purpose built building, Lone Star Taupō offers spectacular views over the Great Lake to Mount Ruapehu.

  • Takeaways & bakeries

    Best Kebabs

    For great kebabs and other delights, you can't go past Best Kebabs.

  • Cafes

    Tipsy Trout

    Located at Kinloch harbour with sweeping views of the beach, this cafe, bar and restaurant serves delicious food with gluten-free and vegan options.

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    Plateau Bar & Eatery

    Located on the shores of Lake Taupō, Plateau Bar & Eatery is an award-winning New Zealand meeting place that serves the finest craft beers and kiwi inspired cuisine.

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    Oreti Restaurant

    Oreti Restaurant in Pukawa Southern Lake Taupō offers mouth-watering options, cosy atmosphere and cuisine that’s just something a little different.

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    Lakehouse

    Lakehouse Taupo as a table service restaurant we specialise in stone grill meals and gourmet dishes with an extensive range of Wine and Craft beer.

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    The Steak House

    The Steak House Taupō welcomes tourists, families, couples, corporate groups and local residents alike.

  • Cafes

    McDonald's

    I'm Lovin' it Taupō, New Zealand, has the honor of being home to the only McDonald's location that includes a decommissioned DC3 plane as part of the store.

  • Cafes

    Pavilion Restaurant Wairakei Resort Hotel

    With a wood ceiling and an open-plan layout, the Pavilion Restaurant provides a relaxed ambience for a buffet breakfast as well as à la carte evening dining.

  • Restaurants

    SMK Southern Meat Kitchen

    Southern Meat Kitchen on Tuwharetoa street is Taupō’s funkiest BBQ concept restaurant. With a unique wood smoker imported from America they produce mouth watering meals with an emphasis on low ’n’ slow meats.

  • Takeaways & bakeries

    Wabi Sabi

    Wabi Sabi sushi restaurant in Taupō is a delight that can convert even the pickiest eaters into Japanese cuisine lovers.

  • Restaurants

    The Brantry

    The Brantry is constantly at the forefront of Taupō’s dining experience and a recent stylish refurbishment in the original 1950s town house offers a variety of dining experiences.

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    Incredible India

    Incredible India Restaurant started with a determined vision of capturing the flavors, colors, and hospitality of the exquisite tradition and diverse culture that makes India.

  • Wineries

    Crafty TROUT Brewery

    Explore and discover craft beer and cider using Alpine Volcanic water. Tours of the first fully automated brewing system in the world. A perfect indoor activity away from the weather.

    $30
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    Taupō Cosmopolitan Club

    Located near the largest of New Zealands lakes, the Taupō Cosmopolitan Club has over 7700 members.

  • Bars

    The Deck

    The Deck, delivering the best vibes in Taupō! We’re the only bar in town that’ll give you panoramic views of Taupo's lake and mountains. We’ve got the cheapest beer in town starting at a measly $5.00. Plus insta worthy cocktails, fusions, tasty food, sky sports, the best pool tables in town and free board games to play (including Cards Against Humanity).

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    Cobb & Co.

    Welcome back to New Zealand's original Restaurant and Saloon. A friendly environment and warm charm that is uniquely kiwi.

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    Beach 243

    Beach 243 is a casual Taupō dining experience that's right on the lake with alfresco sitting options - perfect for savouring family favourites in the pleasant summer's breeze.

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    Waterside Restaurant & Bar

    Welcome to the Waterside Restaurant & Bar, one of the top Taupō Restaurants. Join us for a wonderful lunch or a fabulous value priced dinner.

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