BISTRO GENTIL A MODERN FRENCH AFFAIR IN BEAUTIFUL WANAKA

Whatever reservations you may have about the French, their cuisine is what makes it all worthwhile. Bistro Gentil brings the delights of French gastronomy to the beautiful shores of Lake Wanaka, and of course some decent Gallic wines too.

Led by Head Chef Mario Rodrigues, we revisit typical flavour combinations using fresh seasonal ingredients from our kitchen garden and the best of our region. Cardrona Merino lamb, Aoraki salmon, Canter Valley duck…

Our menus combine the best of New Zealand produce cooked French style – à la française, with a modern twist. Join us to sample house made spreads and wines rarely offered by the glass. In addition to our carefully selected wine list, we offer sixteen wines by the glass, half glass and tasters through our Enomatic self-dispensing wine machines.

Whether you come for the food, the wine, the art, the view or a game of pétanque… We hope Bistro Gentil becomes a special place for you.

À bientôt!

(fr. See you soon)

More info about us…

BISTRO GENTIL IS OPEN TUESDAY-SATURDAY, 6PM UNTIL LATE

“What people say”

  •   Joined friends for dinner and enjoyed a superb meal with a great selection of local wines.
    One of the best dining experiences we have had in Wanaka. Starting with the... read more

    thumb dajeck
    1/03/2020

      Onion soup was wonderful. My husband had the lamb & I had the duck.. both dishes were done perfectly. Service was excellent

    thumb Wanggal
    7/26/2019
  •   We ate here during our three night stay in Wanaka and it was absolutely delicious. Both dishes were perfectly cooked and delightfully flavoured. Service was relaxed and friendly, a good... read more

    thumb Lgyajh1987
    4/15/2019

      Fabulous meal, thet best we have eaten in a long time. Easily beats the #1 rated place.

    Best on a nice day, to eat outside.

    thumb rbertolott
    1/14/2020
  •   We spontaneously went to the bistro in the evening. Without reservation and got a place outside. It was quite cold, but okay, since we had not reserved a table. We... read more

    thumb 757_Judith
    9/30/2018

      This is a busy casual place for lunch or dinner. In the evening, the bar scene is buzzing with locals, who all know each other and the lively barmaids on... read more

    thumb Ted G
    1/07/2019
  •   My partner and I celebrated a birthday and a wedding anniversary at the Bistro Gentil. The Food was just superb, but it was the attention to service that really made... read more

    thumb Russell W
    9/09/2019

      Like Kika, really really good food. Great atmosphere, great local produce, sophisticated dining and delicious meals. Highly recommend if visiting Wanaka.

    thumb LeeseAnneH
    8/13/2019
  •   This delightful bistro is about a 10 minute drive from the lakefront; and sits up on a hill with gorgeous views of Lake Wanaka. Sit outside on the patio if... read more

    thumb joyful1LasVegas
    12/31/2018

      We had high expectations and it delivered. First off the wine experience is top notch. The ability to taste all types wines before you get a bottle is... read more

    thumb Pete P
    3/24/2019
  •   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.

    thumb Barms1005
    5/17/2018

      One of our best meals during our 3-week holiday in New Zealand! Beautiful setting just outside Wanaka, friendly service, warm casual atmosphere and outstanding food! Creative, very well prepared and... read more

    thumb LarchFoodie
    1/12/2019
  •   Lovely location with great views. Food delicious. Outside eating. Loved the "credit card" and wine dispenser

    thumb christinafreeman
    3/01/2019

      Another great recommendation from our Airbnb Host, thank you!! Bookings essential as it is very popular!
    What a lovely surprise to walk into this restaurant. So warm and cosy on... read more

    thumb sayithowitisnoholds
    12/10/2019
  •   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... read more

    thumb BoabGlen
    5/08/2018

      Fabulous. Great location, friendly service, and delicious food. Te loved everything about the meal. They have a card on each table and you are able to sample... read more

    thumb LarryandTim
    1/21/2019
  •   In a tourist town its not always a good sign when you see a bus at your dining destination. Some things feel best kept off the package-tour radar. ... read more

    thumb Jo R
    5/03/2019

      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... read more

    thumb bris1234
    7/25/2018
  •   A winery for tastings in the future and French bistro by night. The best meal in NZ to date. Confit duck leg with tart plums and sweetcorn puree and the... read more

    thumb Ellen T
    3/06/2019

      TA and our lodge host recommended this restaurant and booked for us. It was full and we can see why. Whilst it is not cheap ($100 a head... read more

    thumb Myclare
    1/31/2019
  • Bistro Gentil

    76a Golf Course Road, Wanaka 9305, Phone 03 443 22 99, Email info@bistrogentil.co.nz

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