Our guide on where to eat in Taupo
A holiday in Taupo means that you will most likely be working up an appetite! From the incredible hikes, ski slopes and adrenaline activities to choose from, you’ll be wanting to squeeze a good feed into your itinerary as well! We’ve put together a list of where to eat in Taupo, with options ranging from budget-friendly to a full degustation set menu. For where to stay in Taupo, take a look here!
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See our top 7 restaurants to visit on your trip to Taupo…
1. Master of India ($)
There are many Indian restaurants to choose from in Taupo, but none quite compare to the Master of India. They serve their meals in huge portions and is an amazing option for any vegetarians or vegans in your group. But what really keeps patrons coming back for more are their light and fluffy cheese and garlic naans. They are simply perfection and the ultimate side choice to any meal you choose there.
Cuisine: Balti, Indian
Opening hours: 11:00AM-10:00PM daily
Address: 47 Ruapehu Street
Phone: 07 377 0041
2. Spoon and Paddle ($$)
ALERT: Spoon and Paddle serve gingerbread French Toast! We repeat! But seriously, this is only a teaser of their incredible brunch menu, which also includes other dishes like polenta rice cakes and espresso coffee. While it doesn’t have a lakefront view, the food more than makes up for that and will keep you coming back for more! It’s no surprise this is one of our favourite Taupo restaurants.
Cuisine: Café, International
Opening hours: 8AM-3PM daily
Address: 101 Heuheu Street
Phone: 07 378 9664
3. The Bistro ($$$)
A wonderful option for a special occasion, The Bistro serves their food and wine with Kiwi flare. Run by a small family, the team here champion clean flavours, an honest taste and fresh produce all served in a relaxed setting. They are experts in both matching food and wine as well as providing excellent customer service. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
Cuisine: Local New Zealand cuisine
Opening hours: 5:30PM-9:30PM daily
Address: 17 Tamamutu Street
Phone: 07 377 3111
4. Edgewater Restaurant ($$$$)
The gorgeous lakefront views at sunset are reason enough to book a table for dinner. A part of the Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo, Edgewater Restaurant serves award-winning cuisines made from the freshest ingredients. They have a large variety of menu items but fan favourites include the lamb and salmon. There is also a beautiful bar located next door as the perfect pre/post-meal drink.
Opening hours: 6PM-10PM daily
Address: 243 Lake Terrace
Contact: 07 378 5110
5. Dixie Brown’s ($$)
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Dixie Brown’s knows how to deliver with every meal of the day. Start your day off right with a beautifully made barista cuppa and scone and end your day with the best ribs you’ll ever have in New Zealand. They’ve also got a fantastic kid’s menu so is a perfect choice for the whole family. Their dessert cabinet is also mouth-watering so we suggest also going in on a Sunday arvo to grab a cuppa and cake.
Cuisine: Café, International
Opening hours: 5AM-10PM daily
Address: 38 Roberts Street
Phone: 07 378 8444
6. The Fish Box ($)
For your fix of classic fish and chips, The Fish Box is your go-to spot. Everything they make is cooked fresh so there is minimal grease and you can expect generous servings. Their customer experience is what really sets them apart, with an online ordering system to set your own pick up time and a policy that they’ll re-cook any meal you’re not satisfied with. We recommend getting a snack box so you can enjoy a picnic at Huka Falls Park.
Cuisine: Seafood, Fastfood
Opening hours: 11AM-8PM
Address: 3 Rainbow Drive
Phone: 07 376 5757
7. Storehouse ($$)
Storehouse has been named by Lonely Planet as the coolest café in Taupo and we’re sure this uniquely styled warehouse loft will please any taste pallet. Coffee drinkers of any sort will be delighted, as they offer espresso, filter and cold brew coffee. Better yet – their pantry is full of fresh baking that could compete with grandma’s.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri-7:00AM-4PM; Sat-8AM-4PM, Sun-8AM-3PM
Address: 14 Runanga StreetPhone: 07 378 8820
With incredible adventure and delicious food, Taupo is destined to impress you and your taste buds on your next holiday. Book one of our participating holiday homes for 3 nights and get a night on us this September through November!