The Joker and Thief Terrigal

4.4
201 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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
What 201 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Glennie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, great location with a menu to suit all. Food was delicious.

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LissaF
Sydney
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall3Food1Service1Ambience3

Food very ordinary, we were sat in a corner with insufficient lighting and expensive for the food we ordered

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Erin
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Delicious yummy cocktails. Food overrated and over priced.
Nice atmosphere and view from the window seat.

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MargheritaP
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really nice spot the only negative was that it is hard to get parking.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great spot, great service, amazing margaritas! Food was delicious!

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Cath
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Staff were great, nice spot overlooking the water, but took a while for food to arrive and was very mediocre.

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Juliet
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Nice atmosphere and menu. The entrance has a lot of stairs which my 80 year old mother struggled up, only to find there was a lift she could have used. Neither staff member at the door, where we checked in, let us know. Anyway, besides that, the evening was great.

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PhilW
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great location with views of the beach and surrounds. Great interior style and colour palette. Moore’s gin well stocked too

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NathanG
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food (gnocchi was outrageous) and view. Great vibe.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience2

Really bad burgers. My sister’s tap cider was flat. Food was cold when it came out.

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KimS
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful food and great staff .. we will be back

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MariaD
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for a delicious meal with views of the beach. Our table was by the window. We had a great breeze blowing in as we enjoyed the food, the view of the beach and watched the people go by. Staff were genuine, friendly and helpful. Food is fresh, beautifully presented and servings were generous. They didn't skimp on the alcohol either in my whiskey sour. It was a good one :-)

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CaitlinH
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location and amazing drinks! Would return again and again

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Very noisy. One of us chose the tuna but was not told it was raw as I had asked about it’s description by the waitress. Had to send it back before eating and choose another dish.

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LeonieJ
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The food was great but the meals are quite small.

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Chef preordered m prepared a meal that met my dietary needs and I was really appreciative.

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AshleeO
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ricotta gnocchi was sensational. And the cocktails delicious.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Some entrees were nice, chicken burger was poor, chips too salty, cocktails nice

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BiancaR
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The most amazing food!! The view was gorgeous as well. You have to try the ricotta pan fried gnocchi!!

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LeaH
Sydney
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic night out , fabulous food and service. The staff are very attentive. Awesome vibe !

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MrBen
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great view over the beach. Would visit again.

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LeanneW
Sydney
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

My daughters 21st

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Oceanviews
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated NYE at Joker and Theif..
From the food to the atmosphere, everything was perfect. The staff were outstanding.. Such a great venue.
Thank you so much!!

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RebeccaB
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great place to dine! Food was delicious! Nice views and beautiful cocktails.

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LeiselW
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service, very friendly staff, really enjoyed the food and drinks

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MaddisonE
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Loved the food and drinks!
The only complaints I have is that we booked for low table as we all just have had babies and bad backs and we were put on a high table.
Also it was pretty loud. Other then that we have the best time and the food was amazing!

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KateC
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

We sat at our table for 25-30 minutes before being served. As we sat down they asked for our drink order which we haven’t even had time to decide then got completely forgotten about. We were considering just leaving and going somewhere else. They might need more staff during the silly season.

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time, the food was amazing! Service was wonderful

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Luigi
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience4

Good fun night, glad we got in before the restrictions came back in

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AnnetteS
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was well presented and delicious. I will definitely go back.

LH
LeaH
Sydney
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as usual. The staff are always very attentive.

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DeearneD
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience4

Although the covid restrictions are reassuringly abided by at Joker, there is in no way enough staff for the table service! It was very difficult to get attention and place orders.
The food and cocktails when we did get them were delicious!

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LeaH
Sydney
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous as usual Great atmosphere. Especially love the live music.

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AmyMariekid
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had such a great time. Good vibes. Food was amazing. Cocktails were perfection!

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OliverJ
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

The area was very loud, chips were so salty you could eat them. Won't be going back. What a mistake going there a waste of money.

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Swed
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Food and cocktails were great, however service was terrible we had staff ignoring us and more interested in talking between themselves than serving. Cocktails took forever to be made and arrive.

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MollyT
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place! Food and cocktails were delicious and the atmosphere was awesome. Loved the QR code menu, so easy to use!

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JessM
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely love joker and the thief! The food, the drinks, the staff, the vibe - it’s our new favourite go to!

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NarelleT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Recommend... nice place to have dinner... good service and food

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Mick
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place for a drink and dinner. Went as part of a couple, and shared starters and cocktails. The staff were absolutely excellent, and the food and drinks were delicious. Best place in Terrigal for a drink.

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The Joker and Thief Terrigal is rated 4.4 stars by 201 OpenTable diners.