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Bistro Gentil

₱₱₱₱French, European,
76 A Golf Course Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 2299
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“duck” (35 reviews)
“steak tartare” (7 reviews)
French, European, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
76 A Golf Course Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing! We loved this place, great food, wines and service. Right from when you pull in the driveway and see the whole place lit up like a Christmas tree you feel welcome. Inside is nicely laid out, the staff are really lovely and helpful (as...More

Thank ChrisD1982
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was spectacular. We both had the duck with the maple syrup yams and it was all exceptional- easily 10/10. It was one of the best mains we have ever had. The creme brûlée was also amazing. Would definitely recommend here for dinner.

Thank bris1234
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Dined here as a husband, wife and fussy teen. This place didn’t disappoint. Staff are excellent. I just kept asking myself why we can’t have more restaurants with great staff like this in Australia. I don’t think the staff realise how good they are. They...More

Thank vm183
Reviewed 27 May 2018

Bistro Gentil is, far and away, the best restaurant in Wanaka. My husband and I have enjoyed a meal here every time we come to Wanaka, but we also had our rehearsal dinner here the night before our wedding and everything about it was wonderful....More

Thank Jackie L
Reviewed 24 May 2018

We came here on the recommendation of our hotel, and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The views were stunning (although we wished we could have sat on the terrace area to fully appreciate the views), and the food was very good. We ordered the tasting...More

Thank RDLO1
Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

The most inventive and delightful meal I've ever had - and I've been coming here once a year, every year, for the last four years. And each year surpasses the last. If you're after exquisitely made food that makes your taste buds melt, then you...More

Thank Maz H
Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

Warm welcome on a cold and rainy night. The food was excellent, the staff friendly and helpful and the wine selection great. Well worth the drive.

Thank Barms1005
Reviewed 15 May 2018

Situated near the Golf Club,a bit out of town,this establishment is a wine tasting room by day & a beaut restaurant by night specialising in local produce...We particularly enjoyed the steak dish,& the venison was really good..The onion soup was a bit sweet...but still very...More

Thank john241Caloundra
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Having been locals for over 5 years now our special treat has always been Bistro. Seasonal, fresh ingredients backed by a creativity that's second to none! They never cease to amaze. It's definitely the best restaurant in Wanaka for its consistently mind blowing inventiveness. I...More

2  Thank Moanin M
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

I'm still digesting the delicious 3 course meal as I write this. The food was next level. If you're wanting the best of what Wanaka has to offer then this is it. I'm a local of 5 years and I've tried every all the restaurants...More

1  Thank BoabGlen
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20 March 2018|
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Response from jmheff | Reviewed this property |
Hi Their website looks to have an issue currently, but the menu can be seen via this site; w w w . zomato . com › New Zealand › Queenstown › Wanaka › Bistro Gentil
19 December 2016|
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Response from BistroGentil | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry. We are closed on the 25th December, but open again on the 27th.
9 December 2016|
Response from BistroGentil | Property representative |
Hi melange321. Currently we are only open for evening dining from 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday. We are looking to open for lunches in the new year.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 76 A Golf Course Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 2299
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Located in a beautiful garden setting infused with artwork from world renowned artists, overlooking the lake and mountains of Wanaka, Bistro Gentil serves wonderful modern French cuisine using only the best seasonal produce from Central Otago and it's kitchen garden. Being the first South Island restaurant to house an Enomatic wine-dispenser system, diners can enjoy a range of fine wines by either the glass, half glass or taster. With indoor and outdoor seating, we are open for à la carte dining Tuesday to Saturday evenings. A seven course degustation menu is also available on Friday and Saturday. You are welcome to try our complimentary samples of olive oils and pure fruit balsamic vinegars. Bistro Gentil was recommended in the 2014 Cuisine Good Food Guide.
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