The Bistro

Simple but nice

"2018 Cuisine Good Food Awards"

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Welcome To The Bistro

The Bistro, a Taupo restaurant, was built with a desire to bless the community. We love that we are able to provide Taupo locals and visitors alike with a European style dining experience at a price the average Kiwi can afford.

Chef Jude Messenger, creates the menus at The Bistro out of an appreciation for the ever changing seasons. As new ingredients become available, dishes take new shape and evolve simple clean flavours and honest tasty food from fresh local produce.

We pair our integrity in the kitchen with relaxed, non-pretentious service to provide our guests with moments that last a life time. Next time you are dining out in Taupo or searching for a Taupo restaurant, give us a try, we would love to see you.

" We take pride in satisfying the palate and the appetite of our guests

We Love Food & Wine

The giving of our art to those who choose to enjoy it is what brings us together "


Booking Inquiry

To book a table for 'THIS EVENING' please call us on 07 377 3111.
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Beef & Lamb Excellence

New Zealand beef and lamb award - Gold 2018 - The Bistro
New Zealand beef and lamb award - Gold 2019 - The Bistro

Meet The Boss

Jude and Tiffany are the owners and operators of The Bistro

Jude has spent time in various demanding kitchens both here in New Zealand and abroad, including Taupo’s Huka Lodge, and was Head Chef at the award winning Bach Restaurant. In the USA he was at the Multnomah Athletic Club, an exclusive members only club in Portland Oregon, then on to Peter Gordon’s Sugar Club in London.

It was a cooking scholarship over 11 years ago that was to spring board Jude’s overseas work experience, which took him to the USA where he met Tiffany, then off to the UK. Now living back in New Zealand the couple have six children together.

As well as cooking simple tasty food Jude is very passionate about coaching his son’s rugby teams and playing the drums for his Church band. You will even see him jump up every now and again on a Thursday night to play his hand drum with the live performer. Above all family is what drives Jude and Tiffany and that Is what keeps them grounded.

Jude Messenger, chef at the Bistro, Taupo Restaurant

An Award Winning Restaurant

the bistro, 2018 cuisine good food award winner - one hat


  • 17 Tamamutu St
  • Taupo
  • New Zealand

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