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Jackson Cafe & Bistro

306 Jackson Street | Petone, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand
+64 4-589 8585
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good30%
  • Average16%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible10%
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“whitebait” (10 reviews)
“steak” (27 reviews)
“cheesecake” (6 reviews)
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European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
306 Jackson Street | Petone, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

We dined here several times a couple of years ago, and loved it. Going back on a Saturday night, we expected a repeat. Not the case. We ordered the salt and pepper squid to share. It wasn't bad. Unfortunately, this was the highlight of the...More

Thank James E
Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose the Stonegrill menu - the food was very good, wine selection adequate and the service was top notch - very attentive - the background music was good and not too loud (you could still have a conversation)... but ... the place needs some...More

Thank terryc398
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Four of us dined here for an early lunch (11.30am) on a Tuesday. We each chose from the specials menu, $19.00 per head for two courses each. Three of us had burgers (two beef, one chicken). They were served on a board with a helping...More

Thank KiwiLynda15
Reviewed 11 June 2018

Table of 6 for a birthday dinner. 5 mains out of 6 were uneatable! 2 eye fillet steak meals, tiny and well over cooked even though we had requested medium rare. Ribs, stuck to the bone, dry and over cooked. Seafood Chowder, well i think...More

1  Thank Vinnie30
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

The new owners are ruining what once was a reliable choice. We used to go 2-3 times per year and enjoyed good comfort food and sharp service. This Wednesday night the place was nearly empty and it was quickly evident why. The young girl serving...More

Thank triflow
Reviewed 13 May 2018

This was not a very pleasant experience, we arrived at 1 pm on time for our lunch booking of 6 people on Mothers Day. We were escorted to our table except the table was not clean from the previous dinners so we waited yet again...More

Thank MHPG80
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

We had family from out of town and took them here for dinner tonight when our fav restaurant was too busy. We had calamari and prawn cocktail for entree. Both were chewy and unpleasant. The staff noticed we hadn't eaten the entree but didn't ask...More

1  Thank annajlim5
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

A remarkably average breakfast experience. I had the vegetarian breakfast and the avocado was hard and not edible, everything else was just ok - nothing memorable. The service was polite, the surroundings were a bit dated. With so many other great options in Petone, it...More

Thank Lisa A
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We’d been here in 2017 and had a great whitebait omelette so thought we’d do the same again, big mistake. On Easter Monday, and either the chef was away or they’re trying something different. Omelette was topped with curry infused aioli and no seasoning -...More

1  Thank Raymond M
Reviewed 26 March 2018

Visited here a few years ago and the same issues seem to be hanging around.... The food was actually very good - our party of four all had Stone Grill and apart from the orders being stuffed up (wrong sides, wrong meat) it was really...More

Thank Charles B
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5 September 2017|
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Response from Chris D | Reviewed this property |
I'm afraid you have the wrong person happy fish. I was not complaining at all as someone else was paying. My review is honest. I think you are good friends with the owner.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$17 - US$24
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 306 Jackson Street | Petone, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Lower Hutt
  • Phone Number: +64 4-589 8585
This is bistro style cookery with all new Menu - Breakfast, lunch & Brunch, All Day and Dinner - steaks, homestyle soups, Bluff oysters, fish of the day as a fish and chip meal or grilled with salads and vegetables, a range of cold and hot drinks, lovely banana smoothies, and cakes and slices, sticky date pudding with caramel sauce, home made chocolate cheesecake and raspberry icecream - many dishes with a twist by chef. Affordable and cheerful, modern decor and excellent service.
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