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It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Jester House Cafe will be closed from the 1st of April 2020. After 29 years Steve and I have decided to slow down and will be offering a Friday evening dining experience from the 17th of April. This will be casual drinks from 4.30 till 7.00 and from 7.00 pre-booked, set menu dining only. Thank you for all your patronage over the past years, it has been a pleasure to serve you.
US$9 - US$19
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Cafe, European, Healthy, New Zealand, International
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Playgrounds
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Reviewed 21 May 2021

We used to frequent the Jester House often and enjoyed great hospitality and service. No problem that they only open on a Friday - but that relaxed and friendly welcome has gone completely. The food was good (although the coffee less so), but the slow,...cool, unsmiling service was a big letdown. It is a lovely place and deserves staff who are a bit more enthusiastic and convivial. It would be especially nice to be greeted rather than (it seemed) almost deliberately ignored.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 14 March 2021

We hadn't been to Jesters at night for a while, so took the opportunity to take our foody friends from Hamilton. We knew what to expect, but they were completely gobsmacked! The tapas platter entre was fantastic, as was the fish stew, and then the...dessert....all 5 stars! They are only open now on a Friday, so don't miss your chance to be impressed!More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 8 February 2021 via mobile

Not really sure what the point of this place is? It’s only open on a Friday and then it has nothing on the menu. The place is quite unique and we certainly appreciated the huge bag of plums for $3, but that’s just as well...as there was only 4 tapas plates and tough luck if you have any dietary requirements as you get all 4!More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 16 January 2021 via mobile

We used to love stopping off here, as it's a unique cafe. The last two times we have tried, it has been closed, so we dont chose it as a planned stop anymore. There are plenty of other business's in the area who would welcome...our business, just down the road in Tasman or in Mapua.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 8 November 2020

Jester House Cafe is now only open on Friday with a limited menu, but what they do serve is a wonderful delight for the taste buds. Lovely friendly staff, great service and quirky setting all add to a nice lunch experience.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 20 September 2020

I'm guessing COVID might have played havoc with the cabinet food and when we arrived for late lunch there were only a couple of savoury options left, but gosh, the beef and vegetable soup was sold. It's a quirky, relaxing spot, family friendly and good...value.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 19 September 2020

They are now open on Fridays only and I booked a table for lunch looking forward to a good menu and tasty food as had previously several times. Sadly the choice was limited, food mediocre and at least one item mentioned on blackboard but not...received on plate. Uncooked pastry on base of a quiche these days is unacceptable and I won't be back.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 6 March 2020 via mobile

Loved this cafe, lots of fun sculptures and interesting things to see. The food is delicious and we enjoyed the outdoor tables. Came by bike and there was lots of parking off road. Children would enjoy all the novelties there.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 6 March 2020 via mobile

Amazing place. Wish we had stayed longer. Great for kids and the food looked delicious! There was a sign up saying they would only be open briefly on a Friday I think. They will be missed I’m sure..

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 27 February 2020

For years I have been saying "Lets got there" and we keep driving past.....this holiday we WENT there.....OMGosh....what have I been missing out on all this time.... This is an amazing place to go and eat....both our meals were amazing....Please go there...we will be back

Date of visit: February 2020
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Lauren C
12 December 2017|
Response from jesterhouse | Property representative |
Hi Lauren, Yes we do . Send us an email which you can find on the Jester House website ( sorry I am unable to give it to you directly as trip advisor doesn't allow it) and we can sort it out for you. Thanks Judy
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Jester House Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5