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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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    Lotus Thai Restaurant

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

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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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    Dixie Browns

    Located on the shores of Lake Taupō, the largest fresh water lake in the Southern Hemisphere; enjoy views of Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe while dining on Dixie Browns extensive menu.

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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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    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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    Tokaanu Turangi RSA

    Our family restaurant serves delicious affordable meals, and tasty bar snacks. And remember to check out our Specials blackboard.

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    Hydro Eatery

    With a large array of delicious cabinet food and a lunch menu, Hydro is set in the heart of Turangi just off State Highway One.

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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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    Mangakino District Services and Citizens Club

    The "Club" as it is often referred to or the "Old Razza" Started originally as an RSA and with numbers dwindling from 500+ in its heyday to a core group over 100 it was changed to a Charter Club while still retaining RSA memorabilia.

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    Valentino's Ristorante Italiano

    We are the only licensed Italian Restaurant in Turangi and have been in operation since 1990. Ettore the owner/Chef was born in Treviso near Venice, Italy where he learnt his cooking skills in the Veneto region, before coming to Turangi.

  • Takeaways & bakeries

    Tokyo Sushi

    Delicious fresh sushi and hot food served in Taupō.

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    Pub n Grub

    Situated in one of the best spots in Taupō's CBD Pub n Grub offers customers amazing lake and mountain views along with "the best pub food in town". How could you not pop in for a visit?

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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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    Portofino Taupō

    Welcome to Portofino Taupō. Situated in stunning Taupō, warm, stylish interior, crisp service, knowledgeable waiters and authentic Italian cuisine are all served up against the backdrop of the beautiful city centre.

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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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    Indian Delights

    We welcome you all to Indian Delight for a wonderful dine-in experience of Indian Cuisine with a wonderful lakeside view.

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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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    Edgewater Restaurant

    In this elegant Taupō restaurant, the food is as fabulous as the views over the lake. Savour its award-winning local and international cuisine, crafted with the freshest ingredients daily.

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    Mole and Chicken Restaurant & Bar

    Delicious, honest, fresh cuisine at Taupō's Mole & Chicken. Go where the locals go and watch sports on the big screen, enjoy a meal, have a drink and take in the breathtaking views from the deck.

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    Finn MacCuhals Irish Pub

    We are a traditional Irish pub offering fine restaurant food and the best nightlife activity in Taupō, NZ. Sun drenched deck, big screens, gaming room, pool tables, fine cuisine, top NZ bands, live DJ, PLUS an unprecedented selection of beverages to quench even the most dry & thirsty traveller.

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