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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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    Jolly Good Fellows Restaurant & Bar

    Jolly's is a casual British Pub themed restaurant and bar that has become an icon in dining in Taupō.

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    No 1 China Restaurant

    No 1 China Restaurant serves authentic Chinese cuisine cooked by Chinese chefs in the heart of Taupō.

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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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    Muckys Backyard Bar & Eatery

    Muckys Backyard Bar in Mangakino offers a private function venue and casual bar and dining over summer.

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    Lotus Thai Restaurant

    The Lotus Thai restaurant offers Taupō residents and visitors a true Thai experience.

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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.

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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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    The Bistro

    The Bistro is an award winning Taupō eatery producing simple contemporary New Zealand food with the freshest regional ingredients.

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    Tongariro Lodge Restaurant

    Enjoy a warm and unique fishing lodge and après ski atmosphere, with roaring fires in stone fireplaces, comfortable lounges and friendly staff waiting.

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    RUST

    RUST is a licensed gourmet burger bar in Turangi town centre serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee.

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    Ploughmans Restaurant Taupō

    In the tradition of the English village pub, Ploughmans Lake Taupō serves as a meeting place for friends and neighbours, and is a place where no one remains a stranger for long. The walls and ceilings are filled with collectables carefully selected over several years.

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    Sakura Sushi Bar

    Conveniently located on the main road at Tongariro Street, Sakura Sushi Bar offers a range of sushi and Japanese cuisine for locals and visitors alike.

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    Taupō Cosmopolitan Club

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

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    Master of India

    Master Of India is a family business in Taupo which strives to be the top restaurant for families, groups and couples alike. Come and experience one of a kind service and authentic Indian 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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    Lakeland House Restaurant

    Near Tokaanu, right on the lake’s edge at the southern end, you’ll find excellent food, service and atmosphere at Lakeland House at Braxmere.

  • Cafes

    Piccolo Cafe

    Welcome to Piccolo Licensed Cafe Taupō - 2016 People's Choice Regional Winners, Now also open for Late Dinner (Thus/Fri/Sat).

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    Malabar Beyond India

    Modern Indian fusion cuisine in the heart of Taupō – a taste experience so different and flavourful you will not forget!

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    2 Mile Bay Sailing Centre Cafe and Bar

    This licensed café and bar sits right over the lake; in fact the café sits over the water itself with panoramic views across the lake. It's a nice place to relax with a coffee, wood fired pizza now available or even a drink.

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