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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    Wabi Sabi

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

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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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    @Siam Thai Cafe

    One of Taupō's most popular Thai eateries, Siam Thai Cafe offers authentic Thai street food in a casual atmosphere.

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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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    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

    Sushi Paradise

    Authentic licensed Japanese sushi restaurant. Serving fresh sushi rolls and hot Japanese food!

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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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    Tejano Cantina & Fiesta Bar

    Tejano Cantina serves a mix of Mexican & Texan cuisine in central Taupo. We deliver a small but seasonably fresh menu of both traditional dishes and crowd favourites.

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    Element Bar

    Open 7 days a week for the best atmosphere in Taupō. Once u come party with us you will have an unforgettable night!

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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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    The Steak House

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

  • 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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    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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    Bistro Lago

    Dine in style in the elegant Bistro Lago. Taupo’s premium culinary destination is steered by the expertise of Executive Chef Gareth Stewart to create an unforgettable dining experience.

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    Kissa-Kai Japanese Cafe and Restaurant

    Kissa Kai is a licensed Japanese cafe and restaurant who brings you the delicious authentic Japanese delights.

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    Vine Eatery & Bar

    Mediterranean and New Zealand cuisine, craft beer, fine wine & cocktail lounge in the heart of Taupō.

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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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    Turangi Tavern

    Providing TAB and gaming as well as live sport and music.

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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.