Rock Oysters, rosehip granita / 12
French onion soup, gruyere crouton / 16
Angus fillet tartare, radish, free-range egg yolk, miso mayo,
crispy shallots, croutons / 18
Smoked King Ora salmon, cucumber, grapefruit, caper raisins, dill sponge, saffron emulsion / 20
Hawea organic beets, hummus, honey, tarragon, pumpkin seeds, lavosh / 17


Market fish, fried cauliflower & purée, spinach, almond, vadouvan oil / 36
Confit of duck leg, brussel sprouts, creamy Dijon sauce, prosciutto, chips / 36
Venison shortloin, kohlrabi remoulade, charred orange, red cabbage, raspberry gel, cherry & veal jus /42
Te Mana lamb backstrap, belly, pistachio, rose hip chutney, carrots, leek, comté, port & beef glaze / 40
– ask your waiter about our daily vegetarian options –


Ask your server about this evening’s menu

2 courses / 50  -or-  3 courses / 60


French fries with truffle salt
Buttered baby peas, kale, bacon, shallots
Roast Pumpkin, red onion, parsnip, cranberries
Fried Jerusalem artichokes, black garlic aioli
– please add $7.50 for sides –


Vanilla creme brulée, almond crumb, chocolate sorbet / 17
White chocolate and maple cake, ganache, compressed mandarin, candied peel, sorbet / 17
Unbaked gingerbread cheesecake, textures of fig, white chocolate crumb,  candied walnuts, fig ice cream / 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

Hawea organic beetroots, hummus, honey, tarragon, pumpkin seeds, lavosh
Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc ‘18, Marlborough

Market fish, cauliflower purée, spinach, almond, vadouvan oil
Dog Point Chardonnay ‘15, Marlborough

Te Mana lamb backstrap, belly, pistachio, rose hip chutney, carrots, leek, comté, port & beef glaze
Maude Pinot Noir ‘18, Wanaka

Unbaked gingerbread cheesecake, textures of fig, white chocolate crumb,  candied walnuts, fig ice cream
Millton Clos Samuel Viognier ’15, Gisborne

5 Course menu / 100
Wine matching / 150

  •   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 got the menu and when we wanted to order, the waiter said we had to...More

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      Every thing is not perfect but AWESOME!!!!! Thanks chefs for delicious meals and quality of products & thanks waitress for the perfect service !
    Keep this way we'll be back soon

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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 presented dishes using the best local ingredients. For six of us, to begin our meal,...More

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      Having been locals for over 5 years now our special treat has always been Bistro. Seasonal, fresh ingredients backed by a creativity that's second to none! They never cease to amaze. It's definitely the best restaurant in Wanaka for its consistently mind blowing inventiveness. I...More

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  •   I live in Wanaka and try and get around the restaurants. Been here before and it never fails. Really good value. Highly skilled chefs knowledgable and charming wait staff. Great wine list what’s not to like. They receive good reviews all the time which is...More

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      This is hands down the best meal i had during my entire 14 days trip in the South Island. Definitely amongst the top 10 meals , I had for past 18 months, which is saying a lot, since i have visited some top tier cities/countries...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 selection of wine on an enomatic machine so you can try a number. Highly recommend...More

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      We had an enjoyable birthday dinner at the cozy and romantic Bistro Gentil. The Chef and his team put much love into their dishes. They are beautifully plated. The menu options cover a good spectrum. The self serve wine wall is a cool option. You...More

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  •   We sat outside in this lovely, relaxed restaurant and had a really delicious meal, taking the “chef’s choice”menu. All 3 courses were delicious - well balanced and a good size. The wine dispenser is great fun too! You can select a full or half glass...More

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      We really enjoyed the food last night which was exceptional. I cannot thank the staff enough for making the night extra special for our engagement and I appreciate the little touches throughout the evening.

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  •   We are Wanaka locals and have dined at BG many times over the past 6-8 years. Some time ago, I found that while the food was amazing, it was often a little too fancy in the fact that the dish comprised of too many flavor's...More

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      Amazing! We loved this place, great food, wines and service. Right from when you pull in the driveway and see the whole place lit up like a Christmas tree you feel welcome. Inside is nicely laid out, the staff are really lovely and helpful (as...More

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  •   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. A large table of casually clad tourists dominated the main dining room but fortunately we were escorted...More

    thumb Jo R

      Situated near the Golf Club,a bit out of town,this establishment is a wine tasting room by day & a beaut restaurant by night specialising in local produce...We particularly enjoyed the steak dish,& the venison was really good..The onion soup was a bit sweet...but still very...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 cheese board outstanding. Great bottle of French Chablis. Well worth the $’s. Attentive service. Would...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 best creme brulee ever. Loved being able to sample various local wines by choice of...More

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  •   This establishment is in itself a reason to visit Wanaka. The food was excellent. I enjoyed the best steak I have eaten in recent memory. My partner commented that she didn’t want to finish the meal because she was enjoying each mouthful. We accompanied our...More

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      I’ve visited this restaurant once before and it was absolutely amazing so I had to return! Although the menu had changed slightly to my first visit, it didn’t let us down. We decided to go with the “Chefs choice” and that did disappoint. The staff...More

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  •   Spent a week in Wanaka early December and had the great pleasure of two delicious dinners at Bistro Gentil. Interesting menu - beautifully prepared.Absolutely wonderful - the best food in South Island.

    thumb Tessa C

      This place was a gem. The food was superb, particularly the tartare and confit. Same room for dessert . The Maude wine selection was good. About 100% markup on their own cellar door which is a bit rich but nice reserve Pinot.

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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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