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Mole & Chicken

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
New Zealand, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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40 Taharepa Road, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-378 7843
15:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 15:00 - 23:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wonderful food, excellent staff and relaxing location. The venison burgers,are amazing, and yummy chunky chips. Also salmon with linguine delicious. The staff couldn't have been friendlier or more efficient. Definitely coming back when I come to Taupo again!

Thank Carolyn s
Grand Forks, ND
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Service was friendly and efficient on a Thursday evening for dinner. The wine list was extensive and the beers interesting. My husband's steak and Guinness was a delicious work of art - deeply and richly flavored. My chicken soup was thick and tasty, with a light Ciabatta bread on the side. Too bad we're tourists - this would definitely be... More 

Thank blondoverblue63
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4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On numerous occasions have enjoyed drinks in the restaurant bar. Unfortunately tonight we chose to have a meal in the restaurant. Husband ordered Guiness pie which was thick crust of pastry and large pieces of dry chewy Chuck steak - only managed to eat about a third. I ordered a medium rare steak. It came out cold, slightly seared on... More 

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Taupo, New Zealand
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Final night of my friend's visit in NZ before returning to work in Asia. We were offered a children's menu and activity page, a gluten free list of options to accompany the regular menus. The staff was a teacher doing extra holiday work and was really great. Fun, knowledgeable, helpful, great with the child, nothing was too much trouble. We... More 

Thank jaypot2015
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
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150 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Good: The garlic bread was yummy - nice staff and pleasant surrounds - my friend loved his steak. Bad: Garlic bread for $12 was expensive and enough for four people. Better to have smaller portions & cheaper. The restaurant also serves as the local bar and the noise from patrons is quite loud. On the menu the steak is scotch... More 

Thank tanga147
Hamilton, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

While on holiday in Taupo we had dinner at the Mole & Chicken to see if it really is as good as the reviews say it is. We were pleasantly surprised in that the food was like we have never tasted it before! I had the slow cooked lamb and my wife had the chicken. The kids had the prawn... More 

Thank John P
Taupo, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Great service and very nice HB Pilsner and Porter on tap. Best pub meal I've had for a long time. They also do great steaks and are kiddy friendly in the restaurant part.

Thank 124Dave
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This place is hidden from the general tourist but once you've dined here you'll likely come back each time you visit Taupo. We dined early at 5:30pm due to having our 2 yer old in tow but staff mentioned they were fully booked for later on which we took as a good sign. Children are well catered for with a... More 

Thank Nicola M
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Meal for 7 starting early at 6:15pm. In short, food was great all round. But we waited about an hour as there was some sort of disaster in the kitchen involving a water leak. These things happen but despite this the meals were excellent especially the steak and Guinness pie and the Moroccan lamb!

Thank Paul A
Napier, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Best pub meal I've had for a long time. Also, it's the first time that I've ordered for kids and the staff asked if it would be okay if the kids meals came out first! A very good pint of Guinness Iltoo

Thank corrannicholls

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
New Zealand, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Taharepa Road, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: +64 7-378 7843

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