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Jellyfish Cafe and Bar

Certificate of Excellence
Seafood, Contemporary
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Mapua Wharf, Mapua, New Zealand
03 540 2028
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good place, good food, good service!

We loved it to eat at Jelly Fish restaurant! De service was very good. We liked it very much to be served by Carlijn! Her smile and enthousiasme was great! Also nice to talk Dutch for a moment 😊

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Tiny B
Veenendaal, The Netherlands
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  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
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English first
Veenendaal, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We loved it to eat at Jelly Fish restaurant! De service was very good. We liked it very much to be served by Carlijn! Her smile and enthousiasme was great! Also nice to talk Dutch for a moment 😊

Thank Tiny B
Auckland, New Zealand
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77 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the food and the views to die for a great experience good food it was a long lunch and we rolled out the door bit only good value but a great experience to thanks guys loved it

Thank blowit
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service was good and food was as well. Seafood Risotto for one and Fish (Gunard) and chips for me. Well presented and a very big meal even for lunch.

Thank Trev W
Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Superb location, friendly staff and superb food. Can't recommend Jellyfish highly enough. If you're in Nelson it's worth coming over to Ruby Bay just to have lunch here.

Thank Will B
Blenheim, New Zealand
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice views over the sea but the food was a bit disappointing. The antipasto platter was interesting and very fresh but very small- not for 2 people. The "meats and cheeses"on the menu were 1 meat and 1 cheese. The pork salad had little pork but lots of fresh salad ingredients. Pretty poor service- restaurant was quiet and we had... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our lunch here. Friendly staff, good coffee and delicious seafood soup. Wonderful view of the estuary. Will come back soon.

Thank CatharineFranks
Amesbury, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We went here two nights while staying in this area. I had the seafood stew (excellent) and a special fish dish of the day (again excellent). My partner had the special fish dish of the day and pork belly and was very pleased. Great wine and dessert too! It was a little out of the way from where we were... More 

Thank C H
Nelson New Zealand
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Very good coffee here, happy hour 5-7 on Fridays making it a great place to meet up with friends for a few 'tinctures'. A lot of the locals meet here in Fridays, especially in winter. They have the log burner going and it's very cosy. Order a bowl of chips or garlic bread as nibbles with your drinks like we... More 

Thank Jo-O2006
Cairns Central
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Went here for lunch with friends. Beautiful. relaxing setting and easy drive from Nelson/Richmond. My husband ordered the home made chicken pie which was the special for the day and it looks and tasted great. Fish and chips were OK but not the best I've had in New Zealand. Fed the seagulls with our left over chips.

Thank Sybil C
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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189 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Had lunch here with some friends on a Sunday. The location is spectacular being located right on the water's edge. There are inside and outside tables. The service was friendly and efficient. We all had the pork thai salad as it had been recommended and it was excellent!

Thank IainR

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mapua Wharf, Mapua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Mapua
  • Phone Number: 03 540 2028

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Scenic view


Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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