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The Joker and Thief Terrigal

4.3
147 reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
90 Terrigal Esplanade is home to The Joker and Thief, a restaurant-bar designed by
Fabric Architecture with interiors and styling by Stewart & Highfield.

While the name is a homage to Bob Dylan, our interior is Mad Men meets INXS – Mid Century Modern with a nod to Art Deco and a luxe Rock n Roll edge. Dusty pink walls with timber panelling contrast deep hues, velvet upholstery, brass details and marble tabletops. The Joker and Thief is pure escapism. Once you reach the top of the staircase, you will enter a world of unpretentious decadence.

Located on a prominent beachside strip, Balmy ocean breezes come through the windows as cocktails flow. Our venue transforms from a bright and airy lunch spot to a moody, plush night-time restaurant bar.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables

Featured special offers

Select a special offer by choosing a date, time and party size

Spring Fling! Melbourne Cup Luncheon

Dine in

A$130.00 per order

Prepaid

Nov 3, 2020 only·Tue 12:00-13:00

Spring Fling!!

Come and enjoy our 3 course Melbourne Cup Luncheon from 12pm. With Live music, Fashion on the Field, Giveaways, Glam station, Photo Booth and Bespoke cocktail on arrival.

This is something you will not want to miss!

Offers

Burger and beer Thursdays

Starting Aug 13, 2020·Thu 17:00-21:30

Love our Burgers????
Buy any Burger and house Beer for $20.

What 147 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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THERESEJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was a lovely night the food was Devine
You gotta try the deserts very very nice

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ZoeE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The gnocchi is the best I’ve ever tasted! Great cocktails and great food. Bit loud in the main area as I brought my dad with hearing aids he had a hard time but the back area was a lot better the next time we went so will ask for that area when I go with him. Otherwise a fantastic restaurant!

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NatalieX
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing... Staff very friendly and great value.
We had a great night

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JosieN
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding, brilliant, sensational. What a way to spend a Wednesday night than to go to joker and the thief and take advantage of their $25 delicious pasta and wine deal whilst looking out at the ocean. Absolutely mint 👌

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ChloeC
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

I called earlier the day of my booking which was at 3:45pm as I was concerned with everything that is going on with COVID we would have a time limit on our table, which would have been fine and understandable but I just wanted to make sure. I ended up calling and explaining my concerns and agreed with the guy on the phone our booking would be extended until at least 6:30pm and we would be fine to stay until then. 5:00pm rolls around when we are ready to order food and we are told they need to table at 5:30pm, I explained what had happened to two different staff members and was made out to feel like I was and idiot and or lying as extended bookings is “impossible”. Very poor communication between staff. The COVID safe practises are extremely poor as well. There are signs everywhere around the restaurant stating everyone needs to stay seated, we had multiple, loud, obnoxious young men standing way to close to our table with multiple staff members just walking around them as they passed. The service is poor everytime I go in and I’ve only been twice. Drinks and food were definitely the stars of the experience but it doesn’t go much further than that. I’m not usually one to write reviews but since you went to the effort of sending me an email I may as well.

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noreenh
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious cocktails, great food & fast friendly service. Can’t wait to go back

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Brooke
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always beautiful, attentive service and delicious cocktails

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ChloeP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dined at joker and the thief for lunch on Sunday and the food and service was impeccable. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere was great. I would highly recommend to anyone wanting a day/night out

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subiefan
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great view, delicious food and good selection of cocktails

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BRIANG
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We moved to Terrigal 2 weeks ago and have been to The Joker 3 times. That tells you what we think of it. It's a great restaurant, the food's good the service is second to none and the atmosphere is perfect for a good night out, not too noisy but loud enough to be alive.
We love it.

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Louise
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Loud, no music. Staff weren't looking to create a good vibe, just sitting us down and pushing to take orders once they finally came round. Probably a different vibe pre-covid though we wouldn't recommend this spot after this experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

Not worth the money. Food didn’t taste that good especially for the price

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BrookeE
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere. Delicious cocktails. Friendly and prompt service

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PamM
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience at the joker and the thief was great staff was friendly and efficient food was fantastic wine was was great good value for money we will book again and I have told My Son about the joker and the thief and he and his friends will visit cheers

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JulieanneK
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious, cocktails were delicious, view across Terrigal Beach was so nice and the staff were so helpful and courteous. Will definitely be coming back.

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LouisaS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue, good food, perfect location and delicious cocktails!

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GregB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The service was outstanding, not sure the last time we ate out and such nice service from several of the staff.. this is how dining out either having a burger or a meal should be.. cocktails were divine

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EmmaH
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Everything was fantastic, only that the waiting staff were slow to check on us. We’d have had another round of cocktails or two but simply weren’t asked frequently enough. Meal and drinks were delicious though!

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BrookeC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All the staff were friendly & the drinks were really good!

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BrennanF
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, fantastic food and quality with friendly service
Highly recommended

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LouiseV
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Very loud but amazing service and food and most importantly cocktails thank you!

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We booked at quite short notice and the team were very accommodating. Food was great as was the service

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Jack
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff, great cocktails, great food. Pocket bar should be worried.

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BecM
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Took three younger kids here at their request. Kids meals were reasonably priced and sized. Food was quick and quality was good. I wil definitely return :)

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Huey
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and the service was outstanding, the place was noisy with a large gathering near us. It wasnt a concern just nocitable

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laurenj
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing vibe! Incredible cocktails and food! Will definitely go back. Very impressed.

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Sandy
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

A great view but food is quite pricey for what is served. It was very noisy & we found it somewhat unpleasant trying to chat amongst ourselves as a result.

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Erin
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place ever. Great spot
Lovely service
Food yummy

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SteveM
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Busy night but service was excellent. Particularly keeping the drinks flowing as you have to order via wait service. Nothing worse than hanging out for a drink and having to wait.... and wait... we’ll done

Our party of 4 all enjoyed the food and there was very little room for criticism. Menu was varied enough.

The place had a definite buzz... Terrigal... a great place to be.

We had a small family birthday celebration and both generations totally enjoyed - will definitely be back.

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Mw2233
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service and drinks! Staff were amazing, so helpful and had great suggestions. Couldn’t fault the food or drinks, will definitely be back!

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1111
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service staff, need some stronger people on the bar, especially that Oscar fella he’s looking pretty small

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ClaireC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Really excellent service, the staff were very attentive! The food was lovely and came out quickly (as did the drinks). Only suggestion would be to turn the music down a bit, it was pretty hard to have a conversation. Otherwise a great experience!

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Oceans
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Not for the over 25s - and I’m 25! Was so loud you could barely hear your partner speak. We had a late booking, and drunken partygoers made the atmosphere just awful. Screaming about. But I think it is a party screaming kind of venue. Food was quick but lacked flavour. Would not recommend the gnocchi. Drinks took about 15 mins so order when you get the chance. Decor was nice but the experience was definitely disappointing.

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NathanK
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food friendly service, will be back again most certainly.

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AbbyH
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food and cocktails! My partners eye fillet steak was cooked to absolute perfection. The marinated squid had great flavour and was cooked perfectly. Service was super friendly and quick. Recommend to anyone wanting a nice night out. We will be back for sure!

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Penny
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and very accommodating in these difficult Covid-times. We booked 2 tables since we were over the 10 limit and the staff took care of all of us evenly. Fantastic cocktails, great view and awesome music :)

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LarissaD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great cocktails, food and service. Would definitely recommend.

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Gregan
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing.
(I recommend the arancini balls)
Cocktails were great (I had "sex on the beach" and "espresso martini ") which were both amazing.
The only bad thing was right at the end was the bouncer at the end yelled at me and my partner for sitting to close to each other as we were taking a photo together and then he asked us to leave after spending alot of money.

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chelseak
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great drinks and beautiful food. The atmosphere was great, especially given the restrictions due to covid-19 very responsible with handling procedures to ensure safety of customers. Highly recommended

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Luke
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Cocktails and service were a highlight. Food was okay. Will definitely be back.

FAQs

The Joker and Thief Terrigal is rated 4.3 stars by 147 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.