Soup du jour / 15
Rock Oysters, fresh granita / 12
French onion soup, gruyere crouton / 16
55 day aged fillet tartare, radish, free-range egg yolk, miso mayo,
crispy shallots, croutons / 19
Seared tuna, edamame, wasabi mayo, ponzu, fennel,
pickled daikon, lavosh /21
Goats curd, leek, spring onion, puffed buckwheat, parsley, lemon & tarragon dressing / 19
Smoked aubergine, beetroot, pickled pear, apricot balsamic gel, crumb / 18


Market fish, spinach, crayfish bisque, courgettes, hazelnuts, crème fraîche, sherry vinegar gel / 37
Confit of duck leg, miso kumara purée, apricot chutney, orange, pineapple, panisse, sunflower seeds, crispy kale / 37
Wagyu hanger steak, parsnips, confit shallots, pine nuts,
brown butter, rocket /36
200g 55 day aged beef fillet, red onion relish, onion caramel, blue cheese butter, potato dauphines /47
Te Mana lamb backstrap, braised neck, carrot, broadbeans, walnuts, raspberry, jus / 41
Cauliflower, carrots, panisse, peppadews, mango purée, black garlic, labneh, crispy kale / 35


Ask your server about this evening’s menu

2 courses / 55  -or-  3 courses / 65


French fries with truffle salt
Swede & cabbage gratin
Bistro garden salad, apple vinaigerette
Roasted baby carrots, buckwheat, sumac labneh
– please add $8 for sides –


Vanilla creme brulée, almond crumb, chocolate sorbet / 17
Stone fruit, almond sponge cake, homemade mascarpone, sorbet, candied almonds / 17
Banana semifreddo, tiramisu cream, coffee granita, coconut gel, almond crumb, banana ice cream / 17
Moka mousse, meringue, chocolate textures, sorbet / 17
Selection of house made ice cream and sorbets / 15


One 80g portion of French cheese, served with accompaniments / 21


Selection of three 40g portions of French cheeses, served with accompaniments / 32


Vanilla ice cream, espresso coffee, liqueur / 18


When the season allows, we enhance our dishes using fresh produce from the kitchen garden.



with matching wines

Soup of the Day
Maude Methode Traditionelle NV, Wanaka

Goats curd, spring onion, leek, puffed buckwheat, parsley, presserved lemon & tarragon dressing
Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc ‘19, Marlborough

Market fish, spinach, crayfish bisque, courgettes, hazelnuts, crème fraîche, sherry vinegar gel
Dog Point Chardonnay ‘16, Marlborough

Te Mana lamb backstrap, braised neck, minted hollandaise, carrot, broadbeans, walnits, raspberry, jus
Maude Pinot Noir ‘18, Wanaka

Moka mousse, meringue, chocolate textures, sorbet
Millton Clos Samuel Viognier ’15, Gisborne

5 Course menu / 100
Wine matching / 150

  •   Bistro Gentil created the BEST of problems- we wanted to eat more than we knew we could! After some haggling for favorites we had three entrees and two mains with... read more

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      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

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  •   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.

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      Sensational setting and note worthy food. We opted to do the chefs choice 3 course with wine pairings. It was wonderful! The rabbit gnocchi was very flavorful and excellent texture.... read more

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  •   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

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      This restaurant was recommended by our hotel. We sat outside on a covered patio with heaters. Fabulous views overlooking Lake Wanaka. The kitchen is open as you walk in,... read more

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  •   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

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

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  •   The best view anywhere in the world! We soaked up the view and clean air whilst we waited for our table. The food was yummy and presented beautifully. It is... read more

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      Recommended by both the waitress in the pub and our accommodation host!! Stunningly good. Casual atmosphere yet slightly poshy. The food was the winner. Monk fish was sensational and the... read more

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  •   We dined here this week and not only had wonderful food but the service was exceptional as well, in fact the best on Wanaka. We choose the chefs choice menu... read more

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      Delicious modern French cuisine served in a cute restaurant overlooking the hills in Wanaka. Service took a little too long though, but overall was a good experience.

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  •   One of Wanaka's top rated restaurants with fine dining, Bistro Gentil didnt disappoint. Nestled on a road above the town - we walked two miles there - it was packed... read more

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      Delicious food, stunning view! Reasonably priced given the quality of food. Would definitely visit again.

    thumb Christine R
  •   This restaurant has it all. Amazing location with views onto the lake, charming building and interior, a French inspired cuisine to die for and very kind and subtle staff. Just... read more

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      I went here with a group of people for dinner. I had heard great things about the place so was looking forward to trying it for myself. I had the... read more

  •   The most inventive and delightful meal I've ever had - and I've been coming here once a year, every year, for the last four years. And each year surpasses the... read more

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      Visitors to Wanaka, Bistro Gentil had been recommended to us by our AirBnb host as somewhere top rate to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Hands down, one of our best... read more

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  •   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

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      Wow! Top class food that is probably one of the best in NZ, friendly and attentive service and to top it off outstanding views. Can not recommend this any higher!... read more

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  • Bistro Gentil

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

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