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Jellyfish Cafe and Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Cafe, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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Mapua Wharf, Mapua, New Zealand
+64 3-540 2028
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I biked from Nelson to Mapua and stopped off for lunch at the recommended Jellyfish cafe, Mapua. Great food, great service. Lovely atmosphere and setting. Staff were great. Food was yummy, especially the chips that were so freshly cooked and not soggy. Mapua is a beautiful hidden treasure and the wharf is great what they have done... More 

1 Thank guyanddebra
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was so impressed at the service from our waiter. He was attentive and had a passion for the food they produced. He really seemed to take pride in making our lunch dining experience as enjoyable as possible for my mother, my 2.5 year old daughter, NB and myself. Two of us ordered the thai beef salad which was absolutely... More 

1 Thank Fiona M
Queenstown, New Zealand
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always a pleasure to eat and hang out, looking over the Mapua wharf and inlet. Good food and staff too.

Thank mabel132
Alexandra, Otago, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place for a family wedding. Top food, great atmosphere, varied backdrops for great photos.There's space for formal tables, displays of family memorabilia and a dance area. The staff are really knowledgable about the top local wines they serve e.g. the Aronui Chardonnay & the Montepulciano pinot.

Thank LesleyCowie
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best squid we've had for ages. Tender with light batter and delicious salad. Friendly staff & great view.

Thank HeatherAbbie
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had breakfast and a dinner here on different days. Although they had a large crowd in for dinner the staff rushed our order through before the large party. So considerate. Pork belly was excellent. Staff and Michelle are very friendly. Highly recommend this place.

Thank dejacks
Wellington, New Zealand
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

After reading the reviews I expected something slightly more from this restaurant. While the meals were beautifully presented, everything seemed slightly under seasoned and lacking flavor and my pumpkin and spinach lasagna was served lukewarm.Unfortunately it was a dreadful night weather wise which was not the restaurant's fault but it would be a good idea to shut off the side... More 

Thank Gizmo776
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

After being made to feel unwelcome as a solo diner earlier in the week at another restaurant in Takaka, Jellyfish on Mapua wharf more than made up for it, restoring my faith in the laid back friendliness of kiwis. I was given a lovely table with views of the water (no making the solo diner sit in the worst table)... More 

1 Thank Sandra G
Ashburton, New Zealand
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260 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We popped in to Jellyfish for something light to eat and a drink. From the moment we walked in the service was great and the view very restful. The menu has a great range of tasty food.

Thank Marg22
Christchurch, New Zealand
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74 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

A friend brought us here for the amazing view and her seafood fix at her favourite place. She raved as always and so did we! I opted for the open steak burger which was delicious, big and well presented. It was on two pieces of ciabatta with 3 big, tasty onion rings! I pondered over a portion of fries but... More 

Thank Lee_A_B_1976

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Cafe, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mapua Wharf, Mapua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Mapua
  • Phone Number: +64 3-540 2028

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?