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
  • Soft shell crab tempura, hot sauce mayonnaise /11
  • Lamb croquette, onion caramel, miso mayonnaise /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
  • Roasted leek vinaigrette, goats cheese mousse, parsley sponge, egg mimosa, croutons /22
  • Earth board, selection of 3 cheeses, house chutney, walnut, croutons, sourdough /35


  • Market fish, lemon cream, cabbage savoy, fried sage /42
  • 200g 55 day aged beef fillet, red onion relish, onion caramel, potato dauphines, Café de Paris butter or blue cheese butter /55
  • Royalburn lamb tenderloin, cauliflower, blueberry chutney, broccolini, walnut, prego sauce /46
  • Braised broccoli, tahini, cauliflower, pomegranate dressing, wasabi peas /38
  • 200g Red Tussocks venison, pea purée, mint, sundried tomatoes, chorizo oil, red wine jus /46


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


  • Vanilla crème brûlée, almond crumb, boysenberry sorbet /20
  • Chocolate cremeux, plum meringue, sesame and hazelnut praline, pickled blueberries / 20
  • Poached pear, almond crumb, ginger gel, pear balsamic, popcorn, vanilla ice cream /17
  • Colonel, lime sorbet, vodka Tried & True /17
  • Selection of house made ice cream and sorbets /17
  • Canelé de Bordeaux, French pastry with rum /10
  • 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 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  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

    avatar thumb Mausl2014
    March 20, 2019
  • star rating  Fantastic location. Panoramic views of Lake Wanaka & Southern Alps. Excellent choice of beverages (including local wine) at reasonable prices. Great menu selection. Food and Service were excellent. Highly recommended

    avatar thumb Coralea56
    December 2, 2020
  • star rating  Great food
    Great service
    Michelin star quality
    Innovative chef
    Welcoming waiters
    Great experience
    Good choice for gluten free diet
    Limited amount of tables - get your... read more

    avatar thumb navity
    October 30, 2022
  • star rating  Delicious food, stunning view! Reasonably priced given the quality of food. Would definitely visit again.

    avatar thumb Christine R
    October 4, 2018
  • star rating  We are visiting NZ and I wanted somewhere really good to take my wife for her 60th birthday. This place definitely did the trick! The service was friendly and first... read more

    avatar thumb Geoffrey M
    February 14, 2020
  • star rating  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... read more

    avatar thumb john241Caloundra
    May 15, 2018
  • star rating  Gorgeous cosy space, wine tasting by Maude by Day. Gourmet dinner by night. Special occasion or just treat yourself, this is by far the best restaurant in Wanaka. Staff friendly... read more

    avatar thumb GooseGirl555
    September 18, 2020
  • star rating  Loved the ambiance. We went in winter and the restaurant is cozy and has lovely character. Service cannot be faulted. However, the food was a bit of a let-down on... read more

    avatar thumb H M
    July 16, 2021
  • star rating  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... read more

    avatar thumb LarchFoodie
    January 12, 2019