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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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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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 

Wellington, New Zealand
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Have been to Jellyfish a number of times. Fabulous food. Service great. Location stunning. What more could you want.

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Thank 452paw
Jelly_admin, Owner at Jellyfish Cafe and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your feedback and your continued support, we look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Nagold, Germany
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

We have eben travelling on the North Island for the Last three Weeks and were pretty frustrated with the quality of Restaurants and Food. Stepping in this Restaurant, there was immediatly the Hope for something better! No dissapointment. The Service and Food was outstanding and we enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Jellyfish Restaurant. Thank you.

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

WOW - what great praise and thank you for your feedback, we look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Dublin
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147 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Manua Wharf is a wonderful location and Jellyfish is one of the lovely establishments that grace the wharf. Food was enjoyable and service extremely friendly. A great way to conclude a day on the water or on the beach.

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Thank JMBFDublin
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 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Our host at Bronte Country estate had thoughtfully pre booked us a dinner table at Jellyfish. Buzzy restaurant with view over the tidal channel and yacht anchorage. Service was courteous and efficient. I had the clam and mussel pasta which was excellent and my partner had the tomato seafood soup entree with sourdough bread accompaniment which was more than enough... More 

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Thank adiabatic
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. Enjoy the rest of NZ! Debbie More 

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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

I went with my husband and fussy teenage son. We were hungry so we started with the sourdough it was lovely crunchy and the olives that came with it were delicious. My son had the kids carbonate it was delicious and didnt taste like a usual kids meal a bit above average. I had the clam and mussel linguine and... More 

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Motueka, New Zealand
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

I was really looking forward to my anniversary dinner, and when told the fish of the day was Orange Roughy, I was really taken aback. Our waitress was embarrassed about it, as she to knew how endangered this fish is becoming, and should be avoided at all costs. I had the vegetarian cannelloni which was limp and over sauced, my... More 

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

hi Pamela thanks for your feedback. We really appreciate it. I have investigated based on your review that orange roughy was endangered as I agree we should not be supporting nor selling it should it be endangered. We are supplied with fish locally by Guyton, Solander and Talleys. I rang our supplier of the orange roughy and expressed the concerns... 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, Local cuisine, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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?