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Manta Restaurant

#453 of 5,443 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
City East
Australian
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6 Cowper Wharf Road | Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
+61 2 9332 3822
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:15 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Perched on the edge of Sydney Harbour, Manta Restaurant and Bar, located...
Perched on the edge of Sydney Harbour, Manta Restaurant and Bar, located on Woolloomooloo Wharf, has firmly cemented itself as one of Sydney's iconic restaurants. Manta is able to provide guests with a unique dining experience. The incredible view, warm atmosphere, high standard of service and fresh seasonal menu ensures that your experience at Manta is truly memorable. Manta offers a plethora of seasonal seafood dishes sourced directly from Australian and New Zealand waters. Manta is also fast becoming known for its incredible cuts of grass or grainfed beef which are sourced from only the best Australian farmers. Our classically trained head chef, Daniel Hughes, moved to Sydney after a meteoric rise to success in Adelaide. With a heart-felt love of food, Daniel's dishes are instantly recognised and loved for their natural simplicity. Full time sommelier, Lyndon Stenning, has a wealth of experience and has worked in some of the world's finest restaurants. Lyndon is an awarded and acclaimed master of food and wine matching. Manta's wine list includes a selection of current and aged wines; from well-known favourites to more obscure boutique choices. Manta Restaurant and Bar aims to reflect its incredible setting: natural, fresh and inspiring. We hope to welcome you soon.
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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 76
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Its ok but expensive

We had dinner here on a Saturday night. The service was very good , but I felt the menu choices were quite limiting and expensive. The wine list again very overpriced. Mains arrived as described - beef was just the beef. A piece of meat on the plate and thats it for around $40. Had to to purchase... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
maryado
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Bulli, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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191 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Bulli, Australia
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We had dinner here on a Saturday night. The service was very good , but I felt the menu choices were quite limiting and expensive. The wine list again very overpriced. Mains arrived as described - beef was just the beef. A piece of meat on the plate and thats it for around $40. Had to to purchase side orders... More 

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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I had dinner here with a friend and found the waitress to be friendly, but not able to understand what we ordered. She was french and seemed to speak English well, but based on some of her questions i'd say she had difficulty understanding us. We asked for a rocket salad and ended up with a ice berg leaf bowel.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I came from Melbourne with my wife for a weekend away and our friends recommended that we go to Manta Restaurant for the beautiful view and good seafood. When we arrived the host took us through to a lovely table at the front of the restaurant. The waiter that looked after us, Shaun, he gave us impeccable service and suggested... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Although the food was good and our server was nice, Laura the hostess was one of the worst we have ever encountered. The concierge from our hotel made a waterfront reservation for us at 7pm on Monday March 2nd. We arrived promptly at 7pm and there was one open table at the waterfront. Laura the hostess then proceeded to escort... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Manta is situated on an old finger peir situated over the water in the Woolomoolo area. The area is vibrant and full of professionals, bohemians, vacationers and such. Most people are nicly dressed and chic. There are many restaurants right next door on either side and all are usually full or nearly full by 7PM. Manta has eating areas outside... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

At the recommendation of a hotel concierge, I decided to give Manta a try for a business lunch. What a great place!! The food is fantastic and the set menu is recommended. Staff are knowledgable and pleasant. Highly recommended

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Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We enjoyed our dinner at Manta. The service was great and the servers friendly and personable. The wine was good and the location very nice. We ate outside overlooking the small harbor. Very pretty. It was also a fun people watching table. Everything from the appetizer to our cappuccino were delicious.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

It was recommended to us at our hotel; the food was amazing, the view and the atmosphere was awesome, it was only a shame that the service was terrible. Our waiter kept running around our table, but never came around. We had to ask for bread, dessert, spoons, we're never asked if we wanted more drinks, or even wine, just... More 

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Canberra, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

My daughter and I had dinner at Manta on Thursday 29 January 2015. It certainly is a lovely spot, right on the wharf. The staff seated us immediately, and allowed us to move to a more shaded spot (it was a very warm day). We were promptly served water and some lovely fresh bread to dip in some olive oil... More 

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Florida, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Had lovely meal. Excellent service. Sebastian was our waiter. Very informative about wine, food, very engaging!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6 Cowper Wharf Road | Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > City East
  • Neighborhood: City East
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9332 3822

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 54
  • Cuisine: Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Perched on the edge of Sydney Harbour, Manta Restaurant and Bar, located on Woolloomooloo Wharf, has firmly cemented itself as one of Sydney's iconic restaurants. Manta is able to provide guests with a unique dining experience. The incredible view, warm atmosphere, high standard of service and fresh seasonal menu ensures that your experience at Manta is truly memorable. Manta offers a plethora of seasonal seafood dishes sourced directly from Australian and New Zealand waters. Manta is also fast becoming known for its incredible cuts of grass or grainfed beef which are sourced from only the best Australian farmers. Our classically trained head chef, Daniel Hughes, moved to Sydney after a meteoric rise to success in Adelaide. With a heart-felt love of food, Daniel's dishes are instantly recognised and loved for their natural simplicity. Full time sommelier, Lyndon Stenning, has a wealth of experience and has worked in some of the world's finest restaurants. Lyndon is an awarded and acclaimed master of food and wine matching. Manta's wine list includes a selection of current and aged wines; from well-known favourites to more obscure boutique choices. Manta Restaurant and Bar aims to reflect its incredible setting: natural, fresh and inspiring. We hope to welcome you soon.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:15 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?