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Waterside Restaurant & Bar

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European, New Zealand
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3 Tongariro Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed lunch here - especially the oysters!. We ill be back next time we are in Taupo, thanks!

Thank truebluekiwis
London, England
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47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Booked the Waterside believing it would have an awesome view - not really, it's the other side of the street from the Lake. Waitress was pleasant and provided good service. Food was what you would expect from a mid-market restaurant in a tourist town. My expectations were a bit higher having read other TA reviews.

Thank CGALondon_England
Gosford, Australia
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Food we had was venison meatballs, seared scallops and Gluten Free garlic bread and daughter had fish and chips. The food was nice, but not worth what we paid, so glad we ordered garlic bread otherwise we would of definitely walked out hungry. One girl was very rude about a gluten free dish, which really upsets me, as I... More 

Thank catt1970
Hamilton, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Ate at waterside today with my 3 children. There was something for everyone on the menu and the children were as welcome as adults. The food was great and the lovely lady that served us by the name of Manpreet was polite, friendly and professional without being pushy or over bearing as some staff can be. All in all a... More 

Thank mpfaber
Taupo, New Zealand
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pasta and pork mains were great but unfortunately the service let the whole night down. Never asked for a drink refill, table took a long time to be cleared that we gave up waiting to be offered dessert so left with our dinner plates still on the table and went elsewhere for coffee & dessert, even though our table had... More 

Thank Gemma B
Wellington, New Zealand
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111 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Waterside is one of our regulars in Taupo. It delivers consistently good food at a reasonable price, with great service from professional wait staff (Nicole from Argentina was fabulous). There are plenty of tables including some outdoor tables in the sun. It is right in the firing line of the setting sun in summer, so we found our table... More 

Thank Tribe_Mooresy
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4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The location is superb.. We had squid as a starter and also ordered some onion rings.. the onion rings were really tasty.. the squid was ok though not the best we have had.. my partner ordered the duck for her main and it was cooked perfectly.. I ordered the pork dish which had a beautiful cherry sauce but unfortunately the... More 

Thank KrillyNZ
Tauranga, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have had dinner here a few times and really enjoyed my meal each time. Have been with a group to this restaurant and everyone really enjoyed their meals! Also the lady who served us was super friendly and easy to talk to. One of the meals took a little longer than the rest and we received a bowl of chips... More 

Thank queenezera
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I visited the Waterside early Jan. The staff were very friendly and accommodating, managing to get us a table at short notice. We order the calamari to start, then the pork ribeye and chicken breast which overall was lovely, however the crackling was pretty dry. Wait times could have been improved but overall had an excellent evening... More 

Thank 749skyh
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner here - served by Abbey - when asked to clean table she flicked a few crumbs with her hand. The table next to us had fabulous meat meals. We ordered pastas. Sooo disappointed ... pasta not al dente - overcooked - swimming in sauces - but it tasted okay but not for $26. What you expect and what you... More 

Thank Paula P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$21
European, New Zealand
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Romantic, Business meetings, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Tongariro Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: 073786894
Serving, Lunch and Dinner you'll soon discover Waterside's reputation for great casual dining and fantastic meals to meet everybody's needs.Take in the stunning views of the lake and mountains while you enjoy being looked after by our friendly staff, try one of our creative cocktails or speciality coffees. Fantastic outdoor dining in summer, and a fireplace to keep you warm in the winter.Enjoy!!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?