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Jellyfish Cafe and Bar

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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
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09:00 - 21:00
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Nelson, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

This place is becoming a favourite for me. My partner took me for a meal on valentines night and we were not dissapointed. The new owners were very friendly and welcoming. It was good to see they have kept the waiting staff as they are very polite and friendly. I had the beef which was cooked to perfection for me... More 

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1 Thank Martin H
Motueka, New Zealand
Level Contributor
17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This cafe faces the Mapua wharf so is a very pleasant location to enjoy excellent food and very good service with indoor or outdoor dining options and children are also well cartered for. On a sunny day this makes for a very enjoyable dining experience.

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Thank pearl_don
Berkeley, CA
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We have had three fabulous dinners here, each time sitting outside at a table for 2 and watching the boats in the estuary. Very romantic, and lots to watch! The food is perfectly prepared (we have had beef filet, lamb with watercress, and the third time a lovely white fish - Cardinal). The entrees and salads were unique and so... More 

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Thank sleddogsis09
Jelly_admin, Owner at Jellyfish Cafe and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know your positive feedback. we do hope you can come and visit us in paradise again sometime. Debbie More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Three people at our table had the Sicilian seafood soup, which was divine. The fourth had the fish and chips which were also declared superb. The service was good and the view spectacular. Certainly worth a detour off the main road.

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Thank Kiwi087
Jelly_admin, Owner at Jellyfish Cafe and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know your positive feedback. we do hope you can come and visit us in paradise again sometime. Debbie More 

Austin
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Friendly staff, solid food options, and if you're there a sunset, a spectacular view. The fish options are obviously very fresh.

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Thank Joel R
Jelly_admin, Owner at Jellyfish Cafe and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know your positive feedback. we do hope you can come and visit us in paradise again sometime. Debbie More 

Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

This is a good restaurant with a pleasant outlook and a good menu. The menu was good, with an extensive wine list, and attentive service. The food was good too, although some dishes a little disappointing (the fish of the day was rather dry. The desserts were a bit bland).

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Thank Neil S
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

We ate here after spending time in the area around Mapua while staying in Nelson. Very friendly staff. We all had the John Dory being the fish of the day and it was cooked to perfection and accompanied by salsa and a green salad with new potatoes. The portion of fish was a good size and succulent. Sensible size of... More 

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Thank Martin H
Blenheim, New Zealand
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Went from Blenheim to Nelson on a shopping trip, heard that Mapua wharf area had been updated, Was pleased to see that the Jellyfish Cafe & Bar remained in the same place on the wharf, with good views. we both had the fish (gurnet) which was beautifully cook. Rapid service, by staff, who were all happy and friendly especially Kat... More 

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Thank 399leyla
Jelly_admin, Owner at Jellyfish Cafe and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your feedback, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Its so nice you came to spend time in our little paradise. More 

Manukau, New Zealand
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78 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

This place had good reviews so we decided to try it out. We had an outside table looking at the small wharf and people going by. I had the battered fish (gurnard) and my wife had the seafood soup. The fish was really fresh but a little overcooked (thus the 4 star rating). The chips and salad that asccompanied it... More 

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Thank Grant P
Jelly_admin, Owner at Jellyfish Cafe and Bar, responded to this review

hi Grant - Thanks so much for your feedback, we look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 7 February 2017

We had a window table with a nice view of the harbour but were in a very cramped space even though there were lots of empty tables. As a result the small children of the family on the next table encroached into our space through no fault of their own which was a bit of a distraction for a quiet... More 

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Thank helenmgilbert
Jelly_admin, Owner at Jellyfish Cafe and Bar, responded to this review

thanks Helen for your feedback. Enjoy the rest of your travels in Paradise. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Cafe, Seafood, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 21:00
Monday
09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 21:00
Thursday
09:00 - 21:00
Friday
09:00 - 21:00
Saturday
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?