The Bistro:
A delectable culinary experience

Ignite your senses with our local
twist on European cuisine

At the Bistro, enjoy tasteful European cuisine, paired with world-class wines and craft beer. Choose a cosy seat indoors, or a table under the stars – perfect for all seasons, our restaurant creates an atmospheric dining experience for lunch or dinner! 

Setting the scene for our Tauranga restaurant is the historic building we reside in. Located in the heart of the city, the Bistro has a rustic, vibrant ambience.

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“Our experience at Clarence couldn’t have been more fun! Truly excellent food and service – the staff were friendly, attentive, and had a flawless attitude and presentation. The manager even went
the extra mile to get me a coffee before opening time!”   
TripAdvisor, Tom, Taipei

Join us for a candlelit meal or a glass of
wine on the terrace

We’re open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner

The Bistro is open for lunch and dinner. Treat yourself to anything from a full-course meal and drinks, to grazing plates and an exceptional glass (or bottle) of wine. 

Enjoy a serene meal on your own, a flirtatious date, a family celebration or a business dinner – the Bistro has a taste for everyone.

Bistro hours

Tuesday - Sunday
Lunch: 12.00pm – 2.30pm    /    Dinner: 5.30pm – late

Hand-picked and sustainable

As a New Zealand business, we aspire to embody clean, green values. We follow a farm-to-plate process, serving dishes created from fresh, well-sourced produce. 

Uniting us with Clarence Hotel, and connecting us with the European heritage of our unique building, is our logo, the ‘bee’. Our bee symbolises our role as custodians of the environment and value for sustainable practice.

award-winning flavours

A kitchen led by award winning chefs, our lunch and dinner menus celebrate the seasons with local produce, alongside a substantial, international wine list. Our award-winning menu has proudly made us Tauranga's best restaurant! 

With the owner, Noel Cimadom’s Italian origin, the Bistro menu captures the aromas of Europe. We offer a modern taste of famed European cuisine balanced with the local flavours of New Zealand.