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“Good food, great atmosphere and friendly service, what more can you ask”
Review of Bistro 1284 - CLOSED

Bistro 1284
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Seafood, Steakhouse, New Zealand
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Hamilton, New Zealand
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101 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Good food, great atmosphere and friendly service, what more can you ask”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

My wife and I went here last night and had a very enjoyable evening. Very comfortable surroundings with interesting art work, not pretentious. Good selection of dishes with some interesting combinations eg Venison and chocolate eclair (worth a try but not sure it was my favorite). My wife had the pate for entree and lamb rack for main. The pate was superb, the lamb, surprisingly was a little tough but appeared to have been cooked well. I had Duck for main and was very impressed by both the tenderness and quantity of duck provided. One of the best duck meals I have had. Their wine selection is limited but adequate. We had an excellent Shiraz from Rockbair in the Barossa. Service was always attentive and appropriate. Would go back.

  • Visited August 2013
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Do not miss this place”
Reviewed 17 August 2013

...either.....Rotorua appears to have some great restaurants..but this place is really special. There is no real reason to believe me..but I thought I would take a chance on the Venison Chocolate Eclair for Entree...it was so tasty I am coming back for more. I had Duck for main course which was perfect, my wife had the chicken...the meal was superb, the service was excellent and the wine selection was interesting. I loved this place.

Visited August 2013
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Melbourne
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fine dining at its best”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Loved the meal, this place is more for the types that enjoy fine dining and don't mind spending a bit. The waitress advised us to choose a different table when we arrived, as there was a large group arriving in a section of the restaurant, and later on, we definitely appreciated the advice! For our meal, we had the pate and chocolate venison eclair, which were fantastic. Beef fillet and duck for main, both cooked perfectly. All in all, a great restaurant with friendly staff, and a nice way to spend our last night in Rotorua.

  • Visited July 2013
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Classic”
Reviewed 13 July 2013 via mobile

Small serves of very nicely repaired food good wine selection as well . A bit pricey but what would you expect it's a small town and small customer base must make it hard to keep standards up

  • Visited June 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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282 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
“A lot to like, especially the meat but expensive”
Reviewed 11 July 2013

Short, well thought out menu with interesting dishes such as a chocolate venison eclair (it worked quite well but may not be to everyone's taste). The beef main was the best dish.

Service was lovely. A good place for our celebration.

  • Visited July 2013
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