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Bistro Gentil

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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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The snow was falling in Wanaka when we visited for dinner and we were so well looked after and fed just delicious food Interesting way of selling wine by the glass via a self serve delivery which worked very well This is a small restaurant...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. My party of 5 had a beautiful table right next to the fire place. The wait staff were amazing and attentive. The young gentleman who had an incredible knowledge of food and wine (and later advised this is due...More

Thank Speziale22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was better than last year. Beautiful food, great service, reasonable prices. Perfect date night restaurant. Return customers expected! Go the matching...

Thank Melb2day
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing evening.. The food was very enjoyable, beautiful little amuse bouche at the beginning and great sorbet palate cleanser before pudding. My husband had the steak which was perfectly cooked and I had the lamb, again perfect. Their interesting version of potato dauphinoise...More

Thank nicolasK2706TP
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in a party of 8 and were most impressed with the range of the menu and especially the house salmon marinated in gin ! . The wine selection was extensive and the wine dispenser a major hit. The service was faultless and all...More

Thank Nigel H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A party of 8 of us dined last night. The service given to us by Jess and Hamish was outstanding and so professional. The decor was lovely, sophisticated but very comfortable. Everything on the menu sounded so delicious it was difficult to choose. I had...More

Thank LDStevens
Reviewed 16 August 2017

2 years ago we had lunch here and then dinner last night of our stay. This time, booked 2 nights Wanaka so we could have dinner here again - and the quality and professionalism is still top notch. Glorious food, wonderful service and a romantic...More

Thank Ranipuss
BistroGentil, Owner at Bistro Gentil, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

It was so nice to hear that you came all the way back to Wanaka just to come have dinner with us again Ranipuss. Hopefully we will see you again in the near future. Thank you! Mario

Reviewed 13 August 2017

We meet one of our customers here for dinner. The food was amazing, the atmosphere is great, the service we superb. The waiters were knowledgeable about the food. They had plenty of options on the menu including some that are dairy free. I mention this...More

Thank Sharon K
BistroGentil, Owner at Bistro Gentil, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thank you for your lovely review Sharon K! Hope to see you at Bistro again at some point. Cheers Mario

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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.
10 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
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Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
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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