Lake Taupo and surrounding areas have gained international recognition for the areas diverse selection of award winning restaurants, cafes, food markets and unique deli’s.

Along with great food and excellent service, when dining out you will always have a fabulous selection of restaurants and cafes providing flavoursome cuisine and terrific views.

There is a huge range of eateries in the Taupo area offering an extensive range of menus to suit your taste buds and wallet, including Contemporary New Zealand Cuisine, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Korean and Thai food to name just a few. Of course there is always the huge selection of franchise fast foods, including McDonalds, KFC, Subway, Burger Fuel or the famous New Zealand fish ‘n chip shop.

The cafes in Taupo are excellent and highly recommended for breakfast, brunch or lunch dining. With many of the cafes located on the waterfront, during summer you can enjoy alfresco dining with the sun and fresh lake breeze, or enjoy the warmth from the open fire during winter as you sip on your cappuccino while embracing the stunning lake views.

Replete Cafe has a great breakfast and lunch menu, including a kids menu. Along with a big breakfast to get your morning started, enjoy a coffee, herbal tea or delicious smoothie. For a cafe with local produce and friendly service – check out Brew Cafe. Along with awesome coffee they have an impressive selection of loose-leaf teas, fresh juices and fruit smoothies. If you are looking for some visual entertainment to match your food take a trip to L’Arte Cafe & Sculpture Garden. Surrounded by colourful mosaics and art work, enjoy their famous Eggs Benedict with homemade potato cakes. Open for breakfast and lunch.

From vegetarian to meat-lover, a delicious snack or a filling meal, there is a great choice of cafes to choose from, including licensed premises that allow you to have a New Zealand wine with your latte!

Daytime dining can be quick, cheap, 5 course, intimate, expensive, healthy, decadent or unique – you choose, from hearty brunches and strong coffee in one of the many cafes, to deli foods, fast foods such as KFC and McDonalds, to ethnic restaurants, sushi, family dining, pub meals and fine dining… the list is endless.

Evening dining can be as expensive or cheap as desired. Restaurants such as the Waterside Restaurant & Bar where you can indulge in delectable cuisine as you dine ‘Waterside’ next to the largest fresh water lake in Australasia, or for that special dinner or romantic night out Edgewater Restaurant boasts fabulous views over the lake, first class service and award winning local and international cuisine.

For something that little bit different, the Prawn Park Restaurant is New Zealand’s finest prawn restaurant! Combine a stunning location where you can dine alfresco on the banks of the Waikato River, enjoy delicious prawn (and non prawn) dishes with a glass of wine… perfect! Great kids menu also.

For relaxed dining, there are plenty of choices, including Jolly Good Fellows for simple English pub food, GPK at Terraces, Beach Restaurant and more.

Taupo diners have a great choice when it comes to evening meals and whatever your choice, seafood, New Zealand cuisine, Thai, Indian, Italian, wineries, Korean, Chinese, Greek, American style, contemporary, family friendly, bar and grill, vegetarian or special occasion, the list goes on… and you can find it all here in the township of Taupo!