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“great buffet eating”
Review of Joust Beach Bar & Restaurant - CLOSED

Joust Beach Bar & Restaurant
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“great buffet eating”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

the food is very well cooked and you get to choose just what you want as well as just how much you want. I loved the berry and cinnamon compote most of all.

Visited May 2013
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1 Thank heather b
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  • English first
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English first
NZ
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81 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Not overly impressed, cockroach on the bench near food.”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Only went to have a hot chocolate with a friend. When ordering drinks a cockroach scuttled in front of us. My friend with me smacked her hand down on the bench (which was in a glove) and killed it. The manager while apologetic did not wipe down the bench afterwards. The hot chocolate was expensive at $5 and quarter was froth, luke warm. Did not complain but made a mental note not to come back in a hurry. Did not order food, so cannot comment.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Andie M
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cockraches on the menu”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Joust seemed nice at first, but the staff were unconcerned about several cockroaches running around the food buffet (not even trying to remove them!). Also none of the foods had labels so you didn't even know what you were eating, pretty terrible for a buffet, especially when so many people have allergies etc. Definitely wouldn't go back, I expect at least cockroach-free food for the price!

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Jaimee748
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Excellent for couples enjoying special evening”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

Wonderful food and a lovely atmosphere for enjoying couple time. They do have some families going in early evenings, but choose mid evening Saturday, Friday and you will have a lovely couple time with no kids in sight!
At the back, they have a lovely spacious area that smokers can go to and it's sheltered from the weather and a great spot to meet new friends!

It's a really good place for adults to meet up or to be as intimate as you would wish for a couple evening.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank WendyGAuckland
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“not terrible but certainly not good!”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

We attended as a group of 10 for a birthday celebration. I'd read some dreadful reviews but it actually wasn't that bad.
We booked a table for 5.30 so most of the food was quite fresh. Some of it was very cold though and the roast pork looked greasy and like it had been hanging around for a while.
Service was good and our waitress was attentive. The staff were quick to check the temperatures of the food after we let them know it was cold.
The variety was ok and the desserts were nice.
I liken the food and experience to the all inclusive buffet at a 3 star hotel - not bad, not good. There is certainly much room for improvement.
$30 pp is expensive considering the quality of the food - be prepared to east a, lot to get your money's worth!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank JilOb
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