Bienvenue au Bistro Gentil


Indulge in a culinary journey curated by our talented chefs. Sit back, relax, and let us surprise you with a thoughtfully crafted 3-course menu highlighting seasonal ingredients and inventive flavours.


  • Chicken liver parfait cigar, quince paste, ash /8
  • Rosemary ciabatta and Bistro’s compound butter/9
  • Manuka smoked olives /8
  • Wild mushroom croquette, aioli /11
  • Taramasalata, smoked fish, radish, citrus salt, house toasted brioche/15



  • French onion soup, gruyere crouton /13/21
  • Soup of the day /11/18



  • Aged beef fillet tartare, radish, egg yolk, soy gel, miso mayo, crispy shallots, croutons /23
  • Salt baked celeriac, vadouvan goat cheese, mushroom pickle, green apple, shallot bahji/23
  • Seared swordfish, smoked buttermilk, kaffir lime oil, orange gel, pickle daikon, squid ink tapioca/25

  • Earth board, selection of 3 cheeses, house chutney, walnut, croutons, ciabatta /35


  • Market fish, calamari, cabbage, crying tiger sauce, cashews/46
  • 200g 55 day aged beef fillet, red onion relish, onion caramel, potato dauphines, café de Paris butter OR blue cheese butter /55
  • Lumina lamb rump, butternut, tamari seeds, sun-dried tomatoes, chorizo /47
  • Cranky goat cheese, roasted yams and purée, cherry relish, spiced grains, pickled beetroot, manuka honey /38
  • Red Tussocks venison, carrots, peach chutney, kale, harissa, garlic oil /47


  • Signature French fries with truffle salt /14
  • Winter vegetable medley, maple glaze /15
  • Fried brussel sprouts, apple dressing, hot sauce mayonnaise, peanuts /14
  • Jerusalem artichokes, goat cheese, sumac, hazelnuts /15


  • Vanilla crème brûlée, peanut crumb, boysenberry sorbet /20
  • Strudel, pear & cranberries, crème anglaise /19
  • Chocolate sacher torte, boysenberry gel, chocolate crumb, caramel sauce, chantilly/19
  • Selection of house made ice cream and sorbets /18
  • Dame blanche, vanilla ice cream, hot chocolate ganache, nuts/18
  • Mini bistro desert /8
  • Affogato, vanilla ice cream, espresso, liqueur of choice /23

Feel like a sweet wine?

  • Pegasus Bay Finale Noble Sauv Blanc /18
  • Campbells Rutherglen Muscat /16
    Bon appétit !

  • star rating  This place is amazing. We sat out on the terrace and the view of the mountains and lake is lovely.
    The food is to die for. We had the... read more

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    November 7, 2021
  • star rating  What a dinner! Drinks, food, service and atmosphere were unbelievable, and very good looking chefs. Excatly what you are looking for on a girls night out.Good size portions; they don't... read more

    avatar thumb pavyy
    June 23, 2020
  • star rating  Oh. Wow. Came here with my parents (75 & 80), and we were simply blown away.
    Incredible view and lovely staff who genuinely seem to enjoy working there. ... read more

    avatar thumb McPegasus74
    December 8, 2022
  • star rating  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

    avatar thumb peter2780
    May 10, 2019
  • star rating  Outside of Wanaka but worth the drive up. Great view across the golf course to the lake and the mountains beyond it. Food was very good but on a busy... read more

    avatar thumb jamesl680
    December 4, 2023
  • star rating  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... read more

    avatar thumb jdwhitemaui
    October 12, 2018
  • star rating  Really great place. We loved the location very much. Friday night and lots of locals there. Very friendly staff. Food tastet exquisit. Wonderful wines. It is a small place so... read more

    avatar thumb Christine8046
    February 20, 2024
  • star rating  My family and I came here for dinner a couple days ago and were amazed by the delicious food, incredibly kind and generous staff, and pleasant atmosphere. We were seated... read more

    avatar thumb nms04
    December 29, 2019
  • star rating  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... read more

    avatar thumb roryk839
    November 18, 2018
  • star rating  Lovely location with great views. Food delicious. Outside eating. Loved the "credit card" and wine dispenser

    avatar thumb christinafreeman
    March 1, 2019