Bistro Gentil

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Tuesday6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Wednesday6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Thursday6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Friday6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Saturday6:00 – 9:00 pm.


76A Golf Course Road, Wānaka

03 443 2299

A fine-dining Wānaka restaurant boasting a love affair with French cuisine, Bistro Gentil serves excellent meals in a beautiful, sultry interior. Sample one of the sixteen wines by the glass from the enomatic wine machine, or allow the chefs to take the reins with the five course tasting menu, where for extra you can have the whole meal matched with wines too.

Led by Head Chef Mario Rodrigues, the clever kitchen team puts a spin on typical flavour combinations using fresh seasonal ingredients from the kitchen garden as well as the bountiful region that is Central Otago. The menus combine the best of New Zealand produce cooked French style - à la française, with a modern twist, (think French onion soup, chicken liver parfait or Cardrona merino lamb rump). It would be silly not to indulge in dessert, with crème brulee, quince crumble, and, of course, Fromage, also available.

Set in a beautiful spot just a short jaunt out of town, Bistro Gentil offers a tranquil respite from the busy town centre below, where sitting outside with Lake Wānaka in the distance is often the best seat in the house.

Whether you come for the food, the wine, the art, the view, or simply come for the wine tasting earlier in the day and never left (Bistro Gentil doubles as Maude Tasting Room), the team at this modern-rustic restaurant hopes it will become a special place for all its guests.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs

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76A Golf Course Road, Wānaka

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