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Dine indoors by a crackling log fire or enjoy a glass of wine alfresco with stunning views across the lake. Taupo 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 Taupo beef and lamb, which has been produced in a way that verifiably preserves the water quality of Lake Taupo.

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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    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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    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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    Taupō Cosmopolitan Club

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

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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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    Knoll Ridge Chalet - Whakapapa

    From New Zealand's highest dining experience, perched 2,020m above sea level on the edge of Mt Ruapehu, the view is nothing short of spectacular. Paddock to plate buffet restaurant, à la carte style cafe and Foodtruck style dining.

    $49 - $89 Book now
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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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    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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    Turangi Bridge Restaurant & Bar

    The Turangi Bridge Bar and Restaurant offers a stylish and welcoming atmosphere for sampling mouth-watering New Zealand cuisine. A Turangi icon since 1931, our restaurant has a genuine history and ambience unlike anywhere else.

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