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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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New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Just had a fantastic meal at this cafe and will be going back! The service was the best I have encountered in a long time and the location is outstanding. We sat outside and took in all the activity by the wharf - highly recommended!

Thank OSullygo
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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262 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here while staying at Kimeret Place. Arrived at 6.45 when the place was heaving, with several large parties. Despite that, service was pretty good. We shared a crisp squid starter which hit the spot and the mains, salmon and fillet steak were well-cooked. Good range of fairly-priced wines by the glass

Thank 654GregP654
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well-prepared tempting meals, good choice of wine and beer in a relaxed atmosphere with views onto the estuary. Plenty of parking nearby.

Thank Ross C
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had the best eggs benny yesterday for breakfast at Jellyfish. Such a fabulous spot to enjoy wonderful food and company in the most stunning location. Thanks for such wonderful service to all the staff! I was even offered a blankie when I mentioned that I was a bit cold!

Thank annaandmarco
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank Quentin S
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank Pete B
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183 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Tokalosh
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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..

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

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
L8163DFdebbiel, Owner at Jellyfish Cafe and Bar, responded to this review

hi Kiwirunner2015, thank you very much for your feedback. I am disappointed to hear that the service level wasn't up to our usual standard. I have a addressed this with all of the team as a reminder of my expectations for each customer. I hope you will visit again. kind regards Debbie Lavery More 

Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks 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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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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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