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Jellyfish Cafe and Bar

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Seafood, Contemporary
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Mapua Wharf, Mapua, New Zealand
03 540 2028
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Today
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 82
    Excellent
  • 52
    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
Peaceful Paradise - Excellent Food and Views

On the Mapua Wharf this delightful restaurant has exquisite views and superb food. Options to sit indoors, or in a sheltered spot outdoors with views of the estuary and boats moored in the bay. We'd recommend the Fish of the Day and the Calamari Thai Salad. Scrumptious!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
NannaK53
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Christchurch
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Christchurch
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54 reviews 54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

On the Mapua Wharf this delightful restaurant has exquisite views and superb food. Options to sit indoors, or in a sheltered spot outdoors with views of the estuary and boats moored in the bay. We'd recommend the Fish of the Day and the Calamari Thai Salad. Scrumptious!!

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Nelson, New Zealand
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60 reviews 60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We hadn't booked on a holiday weekend, Good news was no surcharge. With friends we tried the soup of the day - a thai pumpkin soup, thai style sticky pork salad and a chicken and homemade leek pie. The soups were seasoned just right and served with toasted ciabatta bread. The pies and the sticky date salad received good reviews.... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We came here last week for lunch. Great atmosphere, relaxing and with astonishing view. The food is delicious, If there is any suggestion for this place is increase the portion of each meal more generously. We have to order the side dish to compliment our main otherwise it won't be enough.

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Geelong, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Fabulous food, great location and friendly service, Hidden gem! Would have loved to be able to return for dinner if time allowed.

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Sydney, Australia
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178 reviews 178 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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3 restaurant reviews
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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383 reviews 383 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
202 helpful votes 202 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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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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?