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Jellyfish Cafe and Bar

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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

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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great restaurant in an old wharf building

Lovely location overlooking the water.The building was used to store and laid apples being sent by barge to Nelson and is quite atmospheric. We had dinner here and loved the bruschetta, and the fish special. Ingredients were very fresh. Good friendly service. Nice selection of wines by the glass.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
Go55
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Sydney, Australia
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169 reviews 169 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Lovely location overlooking the water.The building was used to store and laid apples being sent by barge to Nelson and is quite atmospheric. We had dinner here and loved the bruschetta, and the fish special. Ingredients were very fresh. Good friendly service. Nice selection of wines by the glass.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

No wonder we send our guests here! We have just had a succulent rib eye steak with crumbed mushrooms, potato gratin and a garlic sauce. OK, that sounds like a standard menu item - but the quality was superb. Follow that up with a chocolate mocha pot and sauce. Just the best. We'll be sending more Gates guests here I... More 

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North Island, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Tripadvisor reviews directed us to the Jellyfish cafe for dinner - and I'm pleased to say that they didn't let us down. The place was nicely busy (1/2 to 2/3 full) with a mix of locals and holidayers, but it was easy to get a seat and snappy service. We had the tapas, followed by the squid and Sicilian seafood... More 

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We found the senior waitress was so switched on. Nothing was to much trouble. We seem to see her at the table with a smile every time we needed advice or extra orders. The food was outstanding, and the drinks chilled 10. Out of 10.

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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This would have to be one of my favourite meals in nz... I had pork belly which was so tasty and beautifully cooked it was crispy and melted in your mouth with a lovely sauce... Others had the lamb rack which I tasted which was just as good. Not forgetting 3 starters we shared which were presented well but tasted... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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174 restaurant reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

- The location: perfect with a direct view ( and access) to a small harbour from the terrace - fresh food without pretention but really tasty,menu large enough - good wine per glass or bottle - Really friendly service, efficacity and with a large true smile

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Stamford, UK
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

My partner and I were unanimous in voting this the best restaurant of a 3 week trip around Souh Island and Sydney.

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Poulsbo, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Had one of the best meals of our trip here....the red snapper. Presentation was lovely, food delicious and of course the company was excellent as well. Very nice place in the little town of Maupa.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

A lazy lunch watching the tide turn with a wonderful panorama - idyllic! The salt & pepper squid was light and delicious. My wife's shrimp salad was also excellent. We sat outside under the awning, which protected us from the sun, but with a light breeze. Not sure if we would have had the same viewpoint at night for dinner... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I organised to take 50 people to Jellyfish on a busy Sunday lunchtime. We had a tasty meal all served in 40 minutes. Staff were friendly and help full.

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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: Contemporary
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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