Joust Beach Bar & Restaurant
Rodney 09-426 2411
- Mon – Sun 11am – Late
- Children's Menu
- Scenic View
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
- Seating for: 60 inside, 60 enclosed outside
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Joust Restaurant is an informal yet chic establishment overlooking beautiful Orewa Beach. Our cuisine boasts a NZ influence with clever sauces from an inspired young chef.
We are award winning and won the Lamb & Beef Award for Excellence in 2005 and Best Auckland Regional Restaurant in 2005 from the Monteith food & wine festival.
There is a private covered courtyard at the rear of the restaurant available for functions.
Price ranges from $15.50- $36 lunch and dinner
34 Reviews for Joust Beach Bar & Restaurant
The seafood entrees dishes were nice, in particular the smoked salmon and marinated fish which were both fresh and tasty. The salads looked nice with plenty of variety, however they all pretty much tasted the same which was disappointing. Seems like they only have a recipe for one dressing…
The hot dishes were OK. There were quite a few different options to try but I agree with some of the previous reviews in that some of the dishes looked like they had been sitting around for awhile. There was a massive tray of hot carved ham which had dried out to quite an extent. They had another big tray of cooked steaks which looked the same and needless to say we didn’t even go there. It seems very wasteful to pre cook such a large amount of food. It would be much better if they cooked steaks to order and carved ham as needed.
We were impressed with the desserts. There was a very large selection of different things and all tasted nice. We did note that the bowls are along the back of the wall meaning that you have to stretch over the dishes to get them and there are no covers on one dessert table.
One really obvious negative point is that none of the dishes have name tags on them so you actually have no idea what a lot of the dishes are until you try them. I thought one bowl looked like a rice dish and it turned out to be horseradish! I can’t see how they could over look such aMore simple and basic detail. Diners should not have to ask wait staff to explain what the dishes are, it’s a no brainer to at least name the different dishes.
Overall it was OK but we don’t think we will be returning again.
I used to come to Joust regularly for lunch and dinner and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, nice staff, great food etc, however I went there 2 days ago and the food was horrible it was greasy and cold and god only knows how long it had been sitting there. A few of the items were quite obviously microwaved and very dry and chewy!
On top of all this the staff were rude and seemed to only be concerned with what they were doing and not what customers wanted.
I think I can speak for the rest of my table when I say we would never go there again!
Also just an end note drinks are ridiculously priced for a restaurant with such a cheap feel! Who ever the chef is he/she has really let the food slide in the last week or so!
I came here with some family after the changed ownership to the son and it became a buffet. Drinks are expensive and mostly ice and the food is cold and has layers of skin from being left out to long under the lights.
I always find it quite strange to write a review, this time justified, we as a family have just dined at Joust tonight, and I feel I must add, Fantastic!!!! My husband was unsure as he said someone had posted remarks that in the end made me want to go, …..really….. a restaurant with such a bad review could possibly still trade …. I’m all for drama… expecting a “Hells kitchen in Orewa” experience….., how fantastic. Not the case, it must have been the customers dramaful style to post such a review. In short , am sorry I don’t know names of staff or owners, … should I? Neither would I use them on a web site to give feedback, we had a fantastic meal, got the soup, sat by a fire, and enjoyed a drink,…. best of all I think we had the best fresh, desirable, yummy meal I could imagine. I think we will share our thoughts to others as I believe great food is the making of great people. We will return, I hope the previous customers who gave feedback are allowed too.
So on a cool autumn evening (18th May) along with my husband I stepped foot into a nice warm restaurant.
The food was great, the wine was lovely and the staff were pleasant. It is so nice to have a good local restaurant. It is worth a visit.
We will be back for Lunch and Dinner again soon,
Richard and Skye Wilson
Perhaps their smaller meals are better value for money. A simple fish of the day cooked to perfection. A superb pizza where the quality of the base and the luscious cheese topping is more important than bits and bobs on it. These are the reasons that I keep going back.
we shall never go again
This was just the beginning of our experience…….
We asked how far away our mains were on at least 7 occasions & were told every time the food was 10 minutes away or either on the hot plate. FINALLY when the mains did arrive another hour later, the people who ordered the beef skewers were lucky as it was very tasty, the people who ordered the chicken, received more pepper than chicken, the plates were covered in chilly & pepper with no indication of the hotness of the food on the menu. The people who ordered the fish received UNDERCOOKED fish….. when this was shown to the manager she said they would take it back & cook it longer which to me is very unacceptable.
We didnt stay much longer after receiving the mains as we couldnt finish the food. I pulled the manager aside & explained how unsatisfied our table was with the food, waiting times & attitude we had receMoreived. It was demanded that regardless of our dissatisfaction we would still be required to pay even though some of us who ordered the desert had not received it.
However after a big argument & little concern on their side about the quality of their restaurant we finally came to an agreement to only pay for any meal we thought was satisfactory.
This is a restaurant that will not be seeing me EVER again!!