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.

“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…”

— Mario Rodrigues, Head Chef

The quaint bistro surrounded by lavender sits just outside of town, offering tranquil lake views and beautiful sunsets. An ideal way to spend your evening.

“Indulge in the classics from our À La Carte menu such as French Onion Soup, Beef Tartare or Crème Brûlée. If you simply can’t choose let our chefs spoil you with our 5 Course Tasting Menu with matching wines or for those feeling adventurous you can Trust the Chef”

Why not spend the day sampling local award-winning wine here at the Maude Tasting Room and stay on for dinner.


Get 3 Courses for $73 – Entrée, Main & Dessert


  • Soup du jour / 15
  • French onion soup, gruyère crouton / 17
  • 55 day aged fillet tartare, radish, free-range egg yolk, smoked miso mayo, crispy shallots, crouton / 19
  • Seared yellowfin tuna, baby onions, pickled daikon, yuzu gel, seaweed & tapioca cracker, avocado mousse / 22
  • Cucumber, soft goats cheese, gazpacho, mint, lavosh, spiced almonds / 19
  • Wild shot venison carpaccio, poached pear, cranberry gel, sundried tomatoes, puffed wild rice / 20
  • Prune & pistachio pork terrine, burnt apple, piccalilli, crouton, mustard mayo / 20


  • Market fish, scallops, cauliflower purée, kale, preserved lemon, tarragon & chilli dressing / 40
  • Royalburn lamb rump, spinach, mint salsa verde, parship & harissa purée, cashews / 44
  • 200g 55 day aged beef fillet, red onion relish, onion caramel, café de paris, potato dauphines / 46
  • 250g Handpicked ribeye, Jerusalem artichokes, pear & date chutney, broccolini, vintage chedder cream, hazelnuts / 44
  • Confit duck leg, sweetcorn, kumara, roast potatoes, apricot, brown butter / 40
  • Parisienne gnocchi, smoked beetroot, walnuts, shallots, stracciatella, chilli oil, baby roquette / 38


  • French fries with truffle salt
  • Braised red cabbage, walnuts
  • Sautéed baby peas, bacon, shallots, butter
  • Stir-fry broccoli, bok choy, almond, sesame dressing

– please add $9 for sides –


  • Vanilla crème brulée, almond crumb, boysenberry ice cream  / 17
  • Choux pastry, hazelnut praline diplomat cream, citrus textures, caramel, lime sorbet / 17
  • Chocolate brownie, miso caramel, pineapple, coconut & brandy chantilly, hazelnuts, dehydrated milk foam, chocolate sorbet / 17
  • Vanilla & elderflower set mousse, poached stone fruits, rooibos & ginger gel, crumbs, ice cream / 17
  • Selection of house made ice cream and sorbets / 15

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

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

Vanilla ice cream, espresso coffee, liqueur / 19


with wine matching

Soup of the Day
Maude Methode Traditionelle Brut NV, Marlborough

Cucumber, soft goats cheese, gazpacho, mint, lavosh, spiced almonds
Jules Taylor Sauv Blanc ’21, Marlborough

Market fish, scallops, cauliflower purée, kale, preserved lemon, tarragon & chilli dressing
Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay ’20, Kumeu

Royalburn lamb rump, spinach, mint salsa verde, parsnip & harissa purée, cashews
Maude Pinot Noir ‘20, Wanaka

Vanilla & elderflower set mousse, poached stone fruits, rooibos & ginger gel, crumbs, ice cream
Framingham Noble Riesling ’19, Marlborough

5 Course menu / 100
Wine matching / 150

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

  • star rating  We happened upon Bistro Gentil by accident. During the day it’s the tasting Room for Maudes Winery. Each night it transforms into a casual but totally decadent restaurant, serving some... read more

    avatar thumb TorontoTraveler_2008
    December 31, 2018
  • star rating  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.

    avatar thumb Barms1005
    May 17, 2018
  • star rating  10 of us dined for my son's birthday. Absolutely loved the meal I had and everyone else enjoyed theirs as well. Superb food,excellent service. Definitely recommend. We will be back.

    avatar thumb RachOhakune
    October 30, 2020
  • star rating  Been traveling throughout New Zealand for about 3 weeks now. Wanaka is a great town to rest on the way to/from the west coast. After reviewing other TripAdvisor restaurant ratings,... read more

    avatar thumb mywaypete
    February 28, 2020
  • star rating  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... read more

    avatar thumb rulittapinpin
    August 1, 2019
  • star rating  We enjoyed a very special meal in a spot with great views. The staff were very friendly & looked after us very well.

    avatar thumb KerryL148
    March 5, 2020
  • star rating  Bistro Gentil is described in a major tourist brochure for Wanaka as '...our award winning restaurant ' and came up as #1 on Trip Advisor reviews. The online menu looked... read more

    avatar thumb Goodandsimple
    May 22, 2021
  • star rating  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... read more

    avatar thumb Chris P
    October 3, 2018
  • star rating  Tasty food, presented well. I felt the sauce on the aged steak masked the flavour of the steak a bit, but apart from that it was good. The proportions of... read more

    avatar thumb 943felixl
    October 25, 2021
  • star rating  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

    avatar thumb Pete P
    March 24, 2019


To make a reservation, simply complete the form below.

For private hire, large groups and special requests email bistrogentilwanaka@gmail.com.

For parties larger than 8 people, we offer a set menu so we can deliver the best service. Please email us for more details.

If you are unable to make a reservation online call us on 03 443 2299 as we may have still availability.

A request from us:

If you are unable to honour your reservation or would like to make any changes, please let us know as soon as possible. It is important that we reallocate seats to our waiting list during busy times.

We are a small restaurant, so the amount of staff on in an evening is based on our bookings. We will love you for it!