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Jester House cafe

€€ - €€€Cafe, European,
320 Aporo Road | Tasman, Tasman, Mapua 7173, New Zealand
+64 3-526 6742
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sandwich” (8 reviews)
“scones” (7 reviews)
“wedges” (7 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 16:00 Hours
Cafe, European, New Zealand, International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
320 Aporo Road | Tasman, Tasman, Mapua 7173, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

I grew up in Motueka so the Jester House was always our go-to café. As a child I loved the place (the tame eels, giant chess, animals all created a magical atmosphere) and as an adult I still feel exactly the same about it. The...More

Thank Amy H
jesterhouse, Owner at Jester House cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

Hi Amy, You have made my day and bought a tear to my eye. Your review encapsulates exactly our vision and knowing that it is happening to such an extent is fantastic. I love that we have generations of family coming to Jester House and...More

Reviewed 14 April 2018

We were recommended this place for the gardens, which were super impressive (even on a cold, wet day!), but what was even more surprising was the delicious vegan breakfast they had on the menu. (actuallly said vegetarian, but they were more than happy to tweak...More

Thank catstorey
jesterhouse, Manager at Jester House cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018

Hi and thanks for coming and playing in the gardens on a wet and rainy day. Our menu has been well designed and our Chefs work hard at catering for our guests preferences. Delighted we could offer you a great way to enjoy some warm...More

Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Awesome Easter hunt kids loved it had a blast:) food was tasty too. Feeding the eels was fun!! Food was cafe style the surrounds lovely ;)

Thank suzfitch12
Reviewed 31 March 2018

lovely enviroment ,average food .went back again after a year and really was pretty much the same there is a tiredness about this place and it shows in the food down to the waterglasses. probably need a holiday and a relaunch. change menu new plates...More

Thank beingmaggie
Reviewed 23 March 2018

We visited here for lunch. The coffee was lukewarm, served in a very small cup - we weren't given any options about size of cup. The main courses were pretty average, the side salad was tasty, the wedges were soggy and greasy and we did...More

Thank heloise12
jesterhouse, Manager at Jester House cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2018

We're really sorry that your time at Jester House was disappointing. This is not what we want our guests to leave Jester House with and work really hard on ensuring. We have, of course, reviewed the service and systems that failed you and your guests...More

Reviewed 18 March 2018

Friendly staff, were quite busy and the wait was a little long. Time waiting was helped by the interesting views and "people watching". Loved the hats available for those who forget to bring one in. Feeding eels looked like fun. Fun games for the children...More

Thank NZKIWI48
jesterhouse, Manager at Jester House cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Hi and thanks for your review. There is lots to do and it's great that our customers - especially those visiting on our very busy Saturday or Sundays - are able to enjoy the interestingly different surroundings. Regards

Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Great little stop along the Great Taste Bike path - the BLAT sandwich hit the spot and the focaccia bread was delightful. Several items around the ground for the little ones to play on - obviously a popular choice as it was quite busy.

Thank JubilantBeggar
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

We went here for lunch during our bike ride and were positively surprised. The food was amazing and the place was just odd enough to be fun. We had a lovely lunch in the garden which is filled with odd artefacts and fun games. Everything...More

Thank Sabine R
jesterhouse, Manager at Jester House cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2018

Thank you Sabine, we love everything that you've said as we know this is exactly how we want our guests to experience Jester House - Yah for you, and we hope you're able to visit again soon.

Reviewed 16 February 2018

Came across this cafe just by chance. Somewhat eclectic it was a bit of fun that was not expected. Food and service was very good and an enjoyable time was had sitting outside soaking up the atmosphere. Good for littlies and the not so little!

Thank Steve G
Reviewed 7 February 2018

The gardens are great, you can feed the tame eels or walk around the lovely gardens with your wine. The food and service is great and whilst most places don't get it right 100% of the time - Steve and his team have done very...More

Thank Gary W
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Lauren C
11 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$19
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 Aporo Road | Tasman, Tasman, Mapua 7173, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Mapua  >  Tasman
  • Phone Number: +64 3-526 6742
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