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Jester House cafe

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320 Aporo Road | Tasman, Tasman, Mapua 7173, New Zealand
+64 3-526 6742
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were glad this place was recommended and we took the time to stop. Food was amazing, lovely and huge garden which was great for kids to run around in. Our boys were very intrigued with the tamed eels and you could get food from counter to feed them - for free. A nice relaxing time was had by all... More 

Thank JessMoh
Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here for a family lunch on a Sunday. It was very busy but the service was good although a bit slow. However, there was masses to see and do in the garden of this lovely place. They had eels in the stream, and giant chess and noughts and crosses and snakes and ladders to play. The food was... More 

Thank Liz R
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been going to Jesters for 37yrs when we have been staying in Motueka with family every year. We booked 13 for lunch, 9 adults and 4 children. They set us at a table that sat 10 . WE squeezed 13. Staff weren't very helpfully. We all eventually got feed , at different times. Went to feed the eels... More 

Thank Chris R
Nelson, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an iconic cafe lovely setting lovely food A must if in the area Situated off the main road is a real destination to relax and enjoy Take your time

Thank mustangnz
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called here for coffee and like most places in NZ the coffee is very good. Slightly quirky but very pleasant cafe. The citrus tart with vanilla ice cream was delicious. Friendly staff. The eels in the stream below the cafe add an attraction and look very healthy!

Thank Martin H
Manchester, United Kingdom
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353 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only found out about this quirky place by word of mouth. So glad we found it! Lovely gardens to wander around. Great for children. Good cafe and the closest view ever of eels in the stream, which you can feed if you wish. Would definitely return here. Strange Eco toilets!

1 Thank Jancrow4
Hong Kong, China
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did a few stops at Jester House. There was always something new to see. We enjoyed feeding the eels and hanging out with the cafe cat. Got drinks and they were great.

1 Thank KJalltheway
Blenheim, New Zealand
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176 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dropped in for lunch when doing the bike trail. Staff were very professional and efficient. Menu had a great variety of food and prices. The eggplant stack was very tasty. Great area for children. Coffee was good too. Great place if you just want a coffee. Parking for bikes and for cars off the main road. Buy a bag of... More 

1 Thank Angela W
London, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to children! So many things for them to do. We had scones and muffins which were delish! Coffee was average. But would definitely recommend it!

Thank Ashlee C
Scotland, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

3 of us had a great lunch here in midsummer. It was very windy so we moved indoors but with 2 outside doors open it was still quite breezy. However the food was great, my aubergine sandwich was nicely warm & very tasty, the fish & BLAT were reported to be excellent by my companions. We also had desserts, the... More 

Thank Nexus R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$19
Cafe, New Zealand, International, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?