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Bistro Gentil

₹₹₹₹French, European,
76 A Golf Course Rd, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 2299
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“duck” (34 reviews)
“steak tartare” (7 reviews)
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6:00 PM - 9:30 PMAll hours
French, European, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
76 A Golf Course Rd, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 399 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

We had the degustation here. Most amazing food and very decent sizes. Best thing I've eaten in ages! You must must have dinner here!

Thank Alex H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Phenomenal food, wine and service. Bistro is located out of the hustle and bustle of Wanaka, with excellent views over the golf course and mountains. The ambiance of the restaurant is lovely and the staff are friendly and attentive. Definitely a must for visitors and...More

Thank Erica W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Back on Saturday night, 4 November, my husband and I had dinner at Bistro Gentil. The food exceeded our expectation and it's fair to say it is one of the most memorable meals we have ever had. Mario and his team know how to prepare...More

Thank Kim N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely small restaurant. Excellent service, excellent food and I think very clever the system for serving yourself and paying for wine by the glass. Everything made for a memorable evening.

Thank Rdnkh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was looking for a fine dining spot in Wanaka. This was definitely the right place. Nice view, good food, attentive staff and a good selection of wine by the glass. The duck variation entrée was particularly good.

Thank edivon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We celebrated the first night of our honeymoon at Bistro Gentil, both the food and the service were incredible! The restaurant manager shouted my partner a glass of champagne to start with and made me a delicious mocktail as I’m pregnant. The entrees looked delicious...More

Thank Apollo2416
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We had a beautiful meal at Bistro Gentil last night, the quality of the food was excellent and the quantity was above expectation, in fact we were able to bring some home!

Thank kjbwanaka
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

We dined at Bistro Gentil last night....it was amazing! Food looked fantastic and tasted divine. The atmosphere was warm and relaxed with very attentive staff. We will definitely be back!

Thank Kerry K
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Apparently the premises have been purchased by Maude wines and is used for wine tasting during the day, then operates as a fine dining restaurant in the evenings. The restaurant operation is owned by the chef which will ensure consistency and avoid the problems some...More

Thank SnapperSnatch
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Gentil is a wonderful place for a quiet romantic evening, relaxing in the warmth of the open fire. The service is excellent and the food is wonderful. They have a wine tasting bar where you buy a glass, half a glass or a taste which...More

Thank DRLD1709
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Questions & Answers
19 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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.
12 September 2016|
Response from BistroGentil | Property representative |
Hi Nicquic, Unfortunately we are closed on the 20th of November, if you happen to find yourselves in Wanaka on the 19th we are open with tables available :)
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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
Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
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 Rd, 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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