Top 10 restaurants in Taupo, New Zealand

August 6, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

This adrenaline-pumping city offers an abundance of skydiving, jetboating and bungee jumping. Discover the marvels of Orakei Korako thermal park, featuring caves, hot springs and boiling mud pools. Gaze across Lake Taupo to see the spectacular volcanic mountains of Tongariro National Park, and make sure to visit Huka Falls, one of the great watery wonders of New Zealand.
Things to do in Taupo

1. Lotus Thai Restaurant

137 Tongariro Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +64 7-376 9497
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 327 reviews

Lotus Thai Restaurant

Reviewed By Jefffey L

We have both spent a lot of time throughout Thailand. This dinner was the best food since we visited there.
Prawns wrapped in Noodles
Krob Purses filled with minced shrimp & pork
Scallops skewers
Cold spring roll with sausage and vegetables
Duck with vegetables in brown curry
Pineapple Cashew Raisin Fried Rice(AMAZING)
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

2. Mole & Chicken

40 Taharepa Road, Taupo 3330, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +64 7-378 7843
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 250 reviews

Mole & Chicken

Reviewed By Natural-athlete - Motherwell, United Kingdom

Asked for a pick up to restaurant and they were more than happy to do this. We shared the starter of lamb shawarma. The lamb was beautiful and tender. The dish was delicious. Then we had the famous Guinness pie and the shredded brisket. So so tasty. Be warned though the portions are huge. We sat out the front for a drink before being taken home. The owner and partner were both so friendly and helpful. Fantastic food and lovely ambience. This Scottish couple loved the food and the hospitality. If in Taupo it’s a must.

3. Plateau

64 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$118 - HK$204 +64 7-377 2425
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 560 reviews

Plateau

Located one block from the lake, Plateau Restaurant & Bar in Lake Taupo is an award-winning New Zealand meeting place that serves the finest craft beers and kiwi inspired food. Since 2003, it has been nationally recognized by Hanz for its excellence in lamb and beef and celebrated by locals and tourists alike as showcasing the best of New Zealand wining and dining.

Reviewed By joy532 - Hamilton, New Zealand

excellent service we had the main which was Lamb rack. absolutely devine. atmosphere great. surroundings restful

4. Replete Cafe & Store

45 Heuheu Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$110 +64 7-377 3011
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 479 reviews

Replete Cafe & Store

Reviewed By Stephen J - Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

A fantastic range of options beyond the standard egg and bacon options in this iconic Taupo cafe.
There is a range of muesli variants along with bagels and some other tasty treats.
The decor is based on the work of a famous NZ female photographer of the 60s.
Great coffee, great service, and an associated food and gift store.
An enjoyable breakfast a bit out of the ordinary.

5. The Brantry

45 Rifle Range Road, Taupo 3330, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner HK$86 - HK$337 +64 7-378 0484
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 673 reviews

The Brantry

The Brantry is located in a 1950's town house tastefully renovated to create a special ambience for any dining occasion. The low ceilings, large open fire and timeless decor gives a sense of style that owners Prue and Felicity are proud of. The food is described as contemporary New Zealand cuisine. Proud New Zealander Prue believes there is a wealth of food options here on our doorstep. The menu is updated seasonally to access all the freshest produce. The Brantry is a perfect venue for weddings we can organise everything from name tags to flowers.

Reviewed By joy532 - Hamilton, New Zealand

Excellent staff . Great service.
Entrée and Beef main was exceptional .
The dessert Chocolate soil , Caramel slice with
salted Caramel ice cream was so salty it tasted like a cup of salt had
been added. would not recommend this dish at all.
all 3 were $60 .

6. Indian Affair

34 Cnr Ruapehu and Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand Private Dining, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, Balti, Pakistani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$141 +64 7-378 2295
Excellent
67%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 478 reviews

Indian Affair

Indian Affair is Taupo’s finest Indian dining experience. They’re easily located on the corner of Ruapehu and Tuwharetoa Street’s right in the heart of Taupo’s bar and restaurant scene. Indian Affair’s menu combines a diverse mix of traditional and modern Indian cuisine combined with personable and efficient service. Indian Affair is not just any restaurant, their minimalist environment coupled with the vibrancy generated from our busy nature makes Indian Affair a great place to visit with friends and enjoy a wine or traditional Indian beer. Indian Affair’s modern, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere will suit anyone's needs.

Reviewed By david p - Portland uk

We visited this Indian restaurant last night and we were delighted with the service, food and prices.
The welcome was first class with a genuine smile.
Service was very good and various courses were staggered with the correct time intervals between dishes.
Food was extremely delicious but the portions were huge.
All in an enjoyable meal with first class service.
We shall be returning patrons when next in Taupo.
Don't forget to Ring the bell on your departure☺☺

7. Master of India Restaurant

47 Ruapehu Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Balti, Nepali, Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$16 - HK$126 +64 7-377 0041
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 933 reviews

Master of India Restaurant

Reviewed By mangofeijoa

Through trip advisor and also recommended by the motel we were staying in we went to Master of India on Saturday Night. Ordered Onion Bhaji, a vegetarian dish, and two lamb dishes, one being a vindaloo. Staff were nice but very busy. Onion Bhaji came out with mains rather than an entree. Vegetarian dish was good Aloo mutter (potatoes and peas in a sauce), however the vindaloo was poor. It was to be kiwi hot but had a bite however nothing to write home about, and the meat was chewy and dry. I did mention this to the waiter which he said he would pass to the chef. My husband had the lamb bhuna which the lamb still felt tough but was more pleasant to eat. Also he ordered a medium but it was the same heat as my kiwi hot (which was not hot). Not the best indian though not the worse. But what was most disappointing was the mango kulfi. It did not look like the promising picture in the website. It was very small and relatively tasty but they had swamped it with canned cream and sprinkles so eating hundreds and thousands was not what I had pictured. However in all a nice enough restaurant and as I said staff are good.

8. Bodyfuel

67 Tongariro Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$55 - HK$110 +64 7-378 9555
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 369 reviews

Bodyfuel

Reviewed By JYao55 - Makati, Philippines

We stopped here for breakfast on our way to Martinborough. The place was open before 8am and we ordered a big breakfast to go with their sandwiches and coffee. The big breakfast was a big serving which we shared amongst ourselves. The weather being cool and nippy, we opted to stay out and eat all fresco. Good decision. Check this place out if you have the chance.

9. Zest Deli Cafe

65 Rifle Range Road, Taupo 3330, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Highchairs Available Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$39 - HK$196 +64 7-378 5397
Excellent
70%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 105 reviews

Zest Deli Cafe

Reviewed By Stefan_972 - Basel, Switzerland

The cafe is Close to several Motels and we had the Impression that mainly locals come here for breakfast or a coffee. We enjoyed the food and have been here every day during our stay in Taupo.

10. Victoria's Cafe Kitchen Bar

127 Tongariro Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand (Formerly Sierra Coffee) Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards Gastropub, Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch HK$55 - HK$110 +64 7-376 7310
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 362 reviews

Victoria's Cafe Kitchen Bar

Victoria's is THE place to eat in Taupo. We refurbished 2014 and our new look is comfortable, warm, modern and classy with a great outside dining area. We are a bustling café serving innovative food in friendly atmosphere. We are the place to meet for both individuals and large groups for delicious speciality coffee and an amazing gastrocafe/pub dining experience. Our fabulous breakfasts and scrumptious lunches are prepared by our passionate in-house chefs and served by our friendly, knowledgeable team. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Reviewed By 123LS - United Kingdom

Quick counter ordering. Ceaser salad on the small side poached egg over cooked and rubbery, chicken extremely small portion. Staff were friendly and efficent. Missed the mark on this occasion.

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