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Bench Cafe

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Rialto Square - Shop 3A | 11-27 Wentworth Street, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
+61 2 9976 5733
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7:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch love

Bypass the overpriced waterfront restaurants and make your way to Bench Cafe if you want a light lunch in the sun! The cauliflower salad was delicious and the perfect spot for a lazy Sunday snack. The menu boasts a great selection of tasty baguettes, salads and brekkie options and is a healthy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
Ashley C
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Sydney, Australia
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Manly, Australia
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Lots of places for coffee and lunch in Manly, but the best is definitely Bench. It is where the locals go, for great coffee, generous tasty breakfasts and friendly service. Mexican nights on the weekend are good food and a relaxed, fun vibe.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Just a stones throw away from Manly beach, relaxed and local, Bench is one of Manlys best cafes. Interesting and vibrant breakfast, brunch or lunch menu keeps the locals coming back. Owner and long term manly local Dave is involved with this cafe and surrounding fashion shops which makes him the major influence in the success of Rialto square. Very... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Bypass the overpriced waterfront restaurants and make your way to Bench Cafe if you want a light lunch in the sun! The cauliflower salad was delicious and the perfect spot for a lazy Sunday snack. The menu boasts a great selection of tasty baguettes, salads and brekkie options and is a healthy foodies dream. Well worth a visit!

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sydney Australia
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

thought i would give Bench a second chance, after my last awful visit, but, was dismally disappointed. Yet again, service was appalling. The waitresses were more interested in the hot barista than serving the customers. Had to go to counter to order, took at least 10 minutes. After a good 15 minute wait, my measly salad came out. IT stated... More 

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Sydney
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We love this place, consistently get what you hope for in a brunch...good coffee, lovely options to eat, their wellbeing breakfast is perfect & the papers. Always end up chatting to fellow diners sharing your bench :-)

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This place does really good coffee. The atmosphere is great. Good place for lazy Sunday breakfast - bircher museli is good, scrambled eggs were a little under-cooked. Service was quick - could have done with some water on the tables.

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Sydney, Australia
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Bench has a small well rounded menu that satisfies on many fronts, including portions, taste, spices, presentation and pleasing to the eye. How refreshing, not having to ask for extra guac or cheese or salsa for your delicious fajitas, rather than constantly badger the wait staff, which happens at too many restaurants. If you are after spicy, tasty Mexican influenced... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Normally love Bench, however today the coffee was terrible, and the staffs attitude when asked about it was even worse. Sorry guys, too many other good places around.

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Manly, Australia
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

If you're heading over to Manly beach and you're with the girls, make sure to head over to Bench for a frozen cocktail to start the night. Great atmosphere outdoors, especially sitting out on the patio on a nice day. Definitely worth a stop on the pub crawl.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Fast, cheap, healthy and substantial. Went there for lunch, what an amazing experience, the waiters were quick and friendly and we're always ready to help. Too bad the person who took my order was in another world!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rialto Square - Shop 3A | 11-27 Wentworth Street, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Sydney  >  Manly
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9976 5733

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Australian
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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