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Jellyfish Cafe and Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Cafe, Seafood, New Zealand, European, Contemporary
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Mapua Wharf, Mapua, New Zealand
+64 3-540 2028
09:00 - 21:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So impressed with Mapua and this was the cherry on the cake. Fantastic Thai salad and the beef fillet was amazing. No complaints.

1 Thank Quentin S
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a really brilliant cafe/restaurant. We dined here twice during our weekend stay on Nelson as the breakfast we had initially was so good. I was a bit disappointed that we arrived a smidge late for a "brunch" & faced the lunch menu instead - well, I needn't have worried. The lunch was every bit as good as breakfast... More 

1 Thank Pete B
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the food so much we ate here 3 times on our recent stay. This place is great for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tasty high quality food and friendly service. Generally food is expensive in New Zealand. We felt we got good value for our money.

1 Thank Tokalosh
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As avid seafood lovers we are very particular, everybody ordered different dishes and they were all excellent. I had the sea food soup best ever ! Highly recommended..

1 Thank Jonathan C
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our dining experience was overall pretty good, but unfortunately we had service from one waitress who was disinterested, not at all warm and definitely not friendly. The other waitress that served us, maybe the owner, was much much better. The food was fine, if a little expensive.

Thank kiwirunner2015
Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing location and have eaten here many times before. But this last time left the family feeling very disappointed for the following reasons: burnt bread, flavourless pasta, kids salad soaked in vinaigrette, we wanted another drink but did not get served, asked for extra sauce and did not get, customer service was stressed,. out of 5 meals only 2 were... More 

Thank AlanaJW
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow..What more could you ask... Great food and more beer than you you could swing at cat at... loads of room and great views .. Well worth a visit at any time of the day.

Thank Paul B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dropped in to the Jellyfish cafe in mapua for lunch, what a great atmosphere, and fantastic setting on the jetty. We found the serving staff friendly and super efficient even though they were flat out busy. The food was amazing, my husband and I were both absolutely satisfied with our meals, we will definitely be back to sample more on... More 

Thank jodzwall
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location and great food! We had the crumbed fish and chips and it was delicious. They were really friendly and the service was good especially cause we kept switching from outside tables to inside tables

Thank Shraddha G
Perth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed a lunch on the deck in the sail shade. Good service and quality from a wide range on the menu.

Thank Tom M

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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, New Zealand, European, Contemporary
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings
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?