modern french cuisine Reviewed and Reccommended by Cuisine


Whatever reservations you may have about the French, their cuisine is what makes it all worthwhile. Bistro Gentil brings the delights of French gastronomy to the beautiful shores of Lake Wanaka and of course, some decent Gallic wines too.

Led by award winning chef James Stapley, with Mario Rodrigues as Head Chef, we revisit typical flavour combinations using fresh in-season ingredients from our kitchen garden and the best of our region. Cardrona lamb, Mt Cook salmon, Canter valley duck... 

Our menus combine the best of New Zealand produce cooked French style - à la française, with must-taste imports. Join us to sample Grand Cru olive oils from Provence and wines rarely offered by the glass. In addition to our carefully picked wine list, we offer 24 wines by the glass and tasters through our Enomatic self-dispensing wine machines.

Come for the food, the wine, the art, the view, a game of pétanque… We hope Bistro Gentil becomes a special place for you.

À bientôt!

(fr. See you soon)


Please call 03 443 2299 or email for a reservation