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Jellyfish Cafe and Bar

Mapua Wharf | Mapua, Nelson, New Zealand
03 540 2028
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Ranked #21 of 120 restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Most recent review
- Jul 20, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Awesome fire on a cold evening, atmosphere on a Friday night was great, food though is ok but not upto the environment, we had crispy sliced sourbread and dips to start which had really strange tasting bitter black olives on it and a thai pork starter and cider Mussels, both we're very salty! However we would go back for drinks... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This place does amazing garlic bread! The day we were here they where full and flat out but the staff where nothing but friendly and even though we where told there would be a wait for food with the great atmosphere you don't mind waiting at all.

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nz
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Has a great setting BUT the food is really no more than superior pub grub, which is fine other than the fact they are charging prices which are close to those of Nelson's premier restaurant (which offers considerably better meals). Wine list is not extensive, and mark ups on local wines are on the high side. Service friendly if slow.... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Jellyfish Cafe and Bar was just outstanding. Beautiful setting (right next to the water) and excellent food. In fact, we went back 3 times while on our 1 week stay at Nelson!

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Mapua is a little off the main road but it's quirky little shops,bars and cafés make it worth the visit. Nestled on an estuary the facilities are all built around what looks to be an old fishing wharf and factory.

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Rarotonga
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

the Jellyfish Cafe has the most glorious location and setting - it is tastefully decorated - plenty of outdoor seating and has a very relaxed serene atmosphere. On our visit, we were their first customers of the day and the only thing to mar the outing was slightly surly staff. A smile and a welcome would have done wonders.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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99 reviews 99 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The meals are lovely and there's lots of choice for all tastes. The decor and ambience inside are great but the best thing about it is the view of the water on the deck outside. I really recommend a drink outside as the sun goes down and then moving inside for a lovely meal. The service was a little slow... More

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Auckland, NZ
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Great food, great service and fantastic views, defiantly worth a visit. Great menu and well priced too.

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Super location, delicious food, lovely team - a great combination for a very chilled out time in Mapua.

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South Wales
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169 reviews 169 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

A seafront café and bar with Mediterranean influences, overlooking the Rabbit Island ferry. The chef and joint owner was awarded Head Chef of 2012 & 2013 at the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence. A wide selection of interesting food such as Sicilian seafood soup or open steak sandwiches, and great coffee.

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