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Taupo restaurants & bars

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.

Restaurants & bars in Taupo

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    No 1 China Restaurant

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

  • Cafes

    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 1.

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    Lotus Thai Restaurant

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

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    Osteria Taupo

    The Osteria group is a family-run restaurant group, with several locations throughout New Zealand including Matamata, Mount Maunganui, Taupo & Ohakune.

  • Takeaways & bakeries

    Tokyo Sushi

    Delicious fresh sushi and hot food served in Taupo town.

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    Rangitaiki Tavern

    Rangitaiki Tavern offers accommodation cabins, caravan sites, tent sites and camper van sites, toilets, cafe and restaurant & are enrolee to the bus stop.

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    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.

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    SMK Southern Meat Kitchen

    SMK Southern Meat Kitchen on Tuwharetoa street is Taupo’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.

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    The Bistro

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

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    Lone Star

    Located at 24 Roberts Street in a stunning, purpose built building, Lone Star Taupo offers spectacular views over the Great Lake to Mount Ruapehu.

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