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“Pick somewhere else”

Waterside Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #15 of 137 Restaurants in Taupo
Price range: US$8 - US$21
Cuisines: Bar, European, New Zealand
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Brunch, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Pick somewhere else”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

My partner took me to Taupo for a surprise weekend after an awful couple of weeks. We chose this restaurant based on the menu in the Entertainment Book. When we got there, the place had full house lights - it was like walking into a fast food premises at 3am.

We couldn't find a single item on the menu that was in the Entertainment Book. We ordered with a different waiter, because the first waitress was "too scared to come and ask for ID" - we're both in our 30's.

The meals were terrible, my lamb was well done, and came in a soup of runny mashed potato, the chorizo and bacon were so sparse (and diced into 1mm x 1mm pieces) that they were invisible to the naked eye. My partner's ravioli was awful, it was chewy and the sauce was burnt. The wine was over priced and terrible.

We were the last ones left, and the kitched cranked up their music as if to imply that it was time to leave. The whole experience almost ruined what was meant to be a really nice night out.

  • Visited May 2014
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Don't recommend coming here”
Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

It's got a price of a fine dining restaurant but the food of a dingy corner street cafe.
Homemade ravioli was hard & chewy, chef apparently said that's how it's suppose to be. Got a medium well steak instead of medium with a cold leek croquette...
Again, surprisingly the chef doesn't know the difference between a medium and medium well steak. He said a medium steak is suppose to be just a little pink in the centre - look what I got...close to well done!

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3 Thank Yenbee
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Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Not as good as it used to be”
Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

We stopped here for a great lunch several years ago. It's a great location overlooking the lake and we had a great lunch back in 2010. However when we came back for an evening meal the service was terrible. No one waiter took responsibility for our table and we had to wait an hour for our meal. When it came my steak was tough and overdone when I ordered rare. Also because of a waitress that didn't speak English well one of our ordered dishes was wrong as we wanted the light meal version. We decided not to stay for deserts as we didn't want to wait an hour for them! We're back in Taupo again and decided not to go back. Shame as it has a lot of potential due to its location.

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1 Thank mrmatthewcampbell
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Brisbane, Australia
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84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Daring food combinations”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

A menu that challanges perceptions. Featuring ideas such as confit pork belly with smoked eel, beetroot jelly, a savoury cheesecake, concepts that are sure to please. This is one of the few times that I have had concept food cooked to perfection. My steak was beautifully rare, the leek croquet was larger than expected, but a delightful meal. The pumpkin and gingernut cheesecake was great, although the gingwenut base was a little soft from the syrup, the accompanying licorice Icecream was a truly remarkable taste sensation maintaining a real licorice flavor.
The waitress was a real gem full of smiles and manners.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Lou B
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Hua Hin, Thailand
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“good taste for fishing trout.”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

My family 'd 2 trout from Taupo lake and then taken to here for cooking. Nice service and good taste.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Pongsak K
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