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Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels

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Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Degustation Dinner

Once again Steve and Judy delivered a masterclass degustation meal with matching wines. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Neil B
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Nelson, New Zealand
via mobile
Coolest cafe for all

A wonderful place for families, kids and groups, and couples. The outdoor environment is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
LynKiwi
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Motueka, New Zealand
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The Tame eels at Jester House have been an attraction for 20 years. They are naturally occuring stream fauna in many streams in New Zealand but their numbers have deminished due to habitat destruction and over fishing.This is your chance to get...more
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320 Aporo Road, Motueka 7173, New Zealand
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+64 3-526 6742
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Once again Steve and Judy delivered a masterclass degustation meal with matching wines. The creativity in crafting this menu, themed ‘From the wild’, was extraordinary and none of our 30 guests were disappointed. Judy brought her sommelier knowledge of local wines to the fore and...More

Thank Neil B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful place for families, kids and groups, and couples. The outdoor environment is interactive and highly interesting. Kids choose an animal tail to wear and go off and explore . Feeding the eels is cool too. Oh... and of course don’t forget to order...More

Thank LynKiwi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great for families great vibe and super service the food was great and feeding the eels a highlight for the kids great surroundings and play areas really funky alternative atmosphere

Thank Melanie g
jesterhouse, Manager at Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Melanie Thanks for your comments and feedback about the great vibe and super service. We will keep on doing what we do so that you keep coming and enjoying a fab day out for the family.

Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

My friend and I had a great lunch experience today with absolutely delicious food and fabulous friendly service Thank you Jester House Cafe, may you continue to do what you do for another 20 years 😊

Thank elainewalker61
Reviewed May 22, 2018

This is such a special place, full of character and especially lovely on a warm autumn day. The service was excellent and the food good - nutritious and tasty although a little on the small side serving-wise.

Thank SophiaGM23
Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

What a gem. Very unique cafe with interesting outdoor area. Purple haze soup was superb. Requested the recipe which staff were happy to provide. Blankets offered for outdoor seating if required. All other patrons seemed to enjoy the food.More

Thank mcmillanholiday
jesterhouse, Manager at Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2018

Hi and thank you for your great and appreciated feedback. The Purple Haze soup was a popular choice that week, made from a delicious combination of red and purple hued vegetables. We love it when customers ask for recipes and recreate their Jester House food...More

Reviewed May 9, 2018

So much to see and do! Such big portions too! We were very upset not to be able to fit dessert, I'll guess we'll just have to go back ;) Food was amazing, not surprising as I got the Award winning Goat Tangine, the Colour...More

Thank Kaylin C
Reviewed May 5, 2018

More than a little jetlagged from our 12-hour flight from the U.S., the Jester House was our first stop on our two week vacation to New Zealand. When we arrived during Sunday lunch, the place was already packed with families. But the staff handled the...More

Thank truffle731
Reviewed May 2, 2018

but with more than enough land to go round. Outside seating was provided with blankets which were a nice touch. 2 of us had the soup, chicken, leek and chickpea which was tasty and more than satisfying as it came with hearty bread portions and...More

Thank Annfrew
Reviewed April 22, 2018

We came across this place quite by accident but so pleased we did. Very friendly hosts and eels? I didn't feed them personally but watched as others did. Quirky wee place well worth visiting

Thank Pauline Y
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