Bienvenue au Bistro Gentil


  • Chicken liver parfait cigar, quince paste, ash /7
  • Sourdough and Bistro’s compound butter /9
  • Manuka smoked olives /8
  • Rock oyster, shallot mignonette /7
  • Wild mushroom croquette, parsnip puree /11



  • French onion soup, gruyere crouton 13/21



  • Aged beef fillet tartare, radish, egg yolk, soy gel, miso mayo, crispy shallots, croutons /23
  • Burrata, fina seca wagyu, pumpkin seed pesto, edamame, asparagus, viniagrette /25
  • Cranky goat cheese, buckwheat, beetroot, radish, carrot, brown butter vinaigrette /22
  • Earth board, selection of 3 cheeses, house chutney, walnut, croutons, sourdough /35


  • Market Fish, prawns, creamy spinach, harissa, garlic, crispy potatoes /45
  • 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, potato galette, courgettes, aubergine puree, sundried tomatoes /45
  • Roasted leek vinaigrette, honey mustard vinaigrette, goat cheese, brown butter croutons, fried capers /38
  • 200g Red Tussocks venison, truffle parsnip puree, red currant, walnuts, beetroot relish, red wine jus /46


  • Signature French fries with truffle salt /14
  • Carrots and parsnip braised in beef fat, cashew, parsley /14
  • Green garden salad, medlar vinaigrette /12
  • Kumara fries, aioli, chives /14


  • Vanilla crème brûlée, peanut crumb, boysenberry sorbet /20
  • Chocolate cremeux, plum meringue, sesame and hazelnut praline, pickled blueberries /20
  • Bistro pavlova, meringue, cream chantilly, strawberry, peach, apricot, blueberries, mint /17
  • Colonel, lime sorbet, vodka Tried & True /17
  • Selection of house made ice cream and sorbets /17
  • Canelé de Bordeaux, French pastry with rum, salted caramel ice cream, chantilly /17
  • 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 was an awesome dining experience.
    I ate off the menu and wife tried the “Trust the chef” option and was most impressed.

    avatar thumb peterw812
    November 6, 2022
  • star rating  We had this restaurant recommended by one of our hosts on the rail trail plus it starred on Trip Advisor
    Great service great food kiwi/ French and tight but well... read more

    avatar thumb davidgC4241ZK
    April 21, 2022
  • star rating  Lovely location with great views. Food delicious. Outside eating. Loved the "credit card" and wine dispenser

    avatar thumb christinafreeman
    March 1, 2019
  • star rating  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

    avatar thumb 94suey
    August 1, 2019
  • star rating  We had an absolutely lovely dinner at Bistro Gentil. The service was good and the food was fabulous. We had the French onion soup, both croquettes, oyster, green salad, carrots,... read more

    avatar thumb SunValleyTravellers
    February 11, 2024
  • star rating  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

    avatar thumb Lgyajh1987
    April 15, 2019
  • star rating  Saturday night was a wonderful experience, lovely surroundings, greeted with a friendly smile on arrival, seated and offered a drink, completely unhurried to decide what you would like, mouth watering... read more

    avatar thumb Suziqs
    March 17, 2020
  • star rating  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

    avatar thumb Maz H
    May 19, 2018
  • star rating  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

    avatar thumb joyful1LasVegas
    December 31, 2018
  • star rating  We had the pleasure of dining here recently during a weekend in Wanaka. The welcome was warm, food was both visually beautiful and delicious, and all three serving staff were... read more

    avatar thumb cowgirlNZ
    February 19, 2022