Restaurants & bars

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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  • Restaurants

    Lotus Thai Restaurant

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

  • 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
  • Bars

    Fox & Hound

    Open 7 days this great old English pub setting, using only quality fresh produce to create you a restaurant meal, while feeling the comforts of home.

  • Restaurants

    The Bistro

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

  • Cafes

    Tokaanu Turangi RSA

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

  • Cafes

    Victoria's Café Kitchen Bar

    Great coffee, fresh food made with love, funky eclectic interior & friendly atmosphere…life is good.

  • Restaurants

    Tokyo Sushi

    Delicious fresh sushi and hot food served in Taupō.

  • Restaurants

    Cobb & Co.

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

  • Restaurants

    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.

  • Cafes

    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.

  • Catering

    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.

  • Restaurants

    The Ruapehu Restaurant

    Superior dining and delicious Pacific Rim cuisine await at the Ruapehu Room, Chateau Tongariro’s renowned restaurant.

  • Restaurants

    No 1 China Restaurant

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

  • Restaurants

    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.

  • Restaurants

    Oreti Restaurant

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

  • 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

    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.

  • Restaurants

    Indian Delights

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

  • Ski & snowboard

    Knoll Ridge Chalet

    The Knoll Ridge Chalet on Whakapapa Ski Area is New Zealand’s highest café. If you’re not skiing or boarding, you can access the Knoll Ridge Chalet via a brand new $25 million gondola.

  • Restaurants

    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.