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Jellyfish Cafe and Bar

Certificate of Excellence
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Bar, Cafe, Seafood, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Mapua Wharf, Mapua, New Zealand
+64 3-540 2028
09:00 - 21:00
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Did not have a reservation and it was busy. We were seated right away by the friendly manager. Fish was good. Service good. Quality food.

Thank Kevin W
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Excellent coffee and food in a lovely location. Under new ownership, but kept the fare the same - tried and tested food and great service. i am trying to become a regular from 12000 miles away

Thank Marcus B
Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family often dines here and have to say the food is consistently good and is also a very lovely spot overlooking the water. Only thing I can fault the place on is the service is not always as good as it should be.

Thank Warickjones
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206 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the platter to share which was generous and reasonably priced. Had a lovely outdoor table of which there were plenty overlooking Rabbit Island. Good, friendly service and food was excellent.

Thank Camda
All Around the World
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate a light lunch here and everything was delicious. I asked for plain pasta for my 4 year old and they obliged willingly which was great and made it extra relaxing for me! Cerviche and the salt and pepper squid were both top notch. The view is lovely and it's a superb place to relax and enjoy life as... More 

Thank BlueMoki8
North Richland Hills, Texas
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489 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 398 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I travel around the world with my work and dine out all the time, in restaurants around the globe. I have never dined at a restaurant where the server was so incredibly rude. I am from the US and had NZ friends with me who live close to this restaurant. A party of 3. Even they said the server's attitude... More 

6 Thank stevewilhite
Brussels, Belgium
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563 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 306 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Maybe a regret...to less fish on the menu for the area. Anyway the food is great and tasty and the location is nice, especially the terrace.Inside is maybe with less charm.Good service.

Thank HDLBruxelles
Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food! great service! Very friendly,lovely setting, good all around ! A very good find, a must.

Thank Csakyart
Nelson, New Zealand
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having been a long term client at Jellyfish Mapua Nelson my last 2 visits have been most disappointing. We decided a second visit was fair before writing a report. Lunch service was extremely slow. The portion sizes were barely acceptable. Food quality was moderate and certainly not memorable. The coffee was warm but the wait for service to have it... More 

2 Thank Whitney23G
Jelly_admin, Manager at Jellyfish Cafe and Bar, responded to this review

Hi Whitney Your feedback on TripAdvisor has come to my attention. It is disappointing to hear, as we continually strive to provide a superior food and service for every guest. Our restaurant has a strong culture of delivering quality food for a reasonable price and excellent service so we appreciate all feedback and comments. I have been managing this restaurant... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must if you are in Mapua. We visited for my husband's birthday and Valentine's Day. Our first visit included a ride from our hotel to the restaurant by the owner. Debbie, the owner, never mentioned she owned the restaurant; we found that out later during our meal. Debbie clearly takes pride in the restaurant and that is demonstrated by... More 

Thank Daca L

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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, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
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?