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  While on holiday in NZ we visited Wanaka and celebrated my wife's birthday in this restaurant. Excellent food, good service and a nice and special way to choose your wines... read more

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    March 23, 2019
  • star rating  Bistro Gentil is, far and away, the best restaurant in Wanaka. My husband and I have enjoyed a meal here every time we come to Wanaka, but we also had... read more

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    May 27, 2018
  • star rating  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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    March 20, 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

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    March 17, 2020
  • star rating  My husband (woo!) and I recently wed in an intimate ceremony in Wanaka, New Zealand, and we chose Bistro Gentil for our celebration dinner with our family that evening. Sinead... read more

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    October 10, 2019
  • star rating  Joined friends for dinner and enjoyed a superb meal with a great selection of local wines.
    One of the best dining experiences we have had in Wanaka. Starting with the... read more

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    January 3, 2020
  • star rating  We visited Bistro Gentil last night and had a wonderful experience. We outside which was nice and cozy with the fires going under the canape. We had the steak tartare... read more

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    May 28, 2021
  • star rating  Both indoor and covered patio areas offer casual elegance in atmosphere. Go around sunset and you will hopefully get beautiful glowing skies from the patio. The food is superb. And... read more

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    March 17, 2020
  • star rating  3 of us opted for the 3 courses for $69. The beef tartare, asparagus with the goat's cheese etc and the beef belly croquette with the torched goat's cheese all... read more

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    December 7, 2020
  • star rating  We had excellent food our entire wonderful Backroads trip but Bistro Gentil was my favorite.
    Beautiful setting, comfortable seating, elegant casual decor. Servers were excellent, even serving our group of... read more

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    March 24, 2020