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“Top Class” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Manta Restaurant

Manta Restaurant
6 Cowper Wharf Road | Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia (City East)
+61 2 9332 3822
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Ranked #442 of 5,424 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $54
Cuisines: Australian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: City East
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.
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“Top Class”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Situated on the Wooloomooloo Wharf Manta is in a very classy area. The rich and Famous love this strip of up market food establishments. We tried both Steak and Fish and both were perfect. The only compliant was the portion size of that nights fish special Flathead was very small. This was a surprise given the
cost $40 Steak $50 + If you are worried about cost then don't go there but if this is no problem then a great spot with tons of atmosphere. Expect to pay $100 per head with wine

Visited May 2013
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great food, great wine list.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

Staff were exceptionally helpful. Especially our Scotish waiter.

Oysters were fresh. A deep wine list and a steak that has to be in my top 5 of all time.

Would go back I a heartbeat.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Manta.....ray of happiness”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Great place, great view, nice wait staff, great food....a little expensive if you have the lobster, but hard to refuse on a lovely sunny lunch overlooking stunning yachts in Woolloomooloo. The soufflé was almost as good as mine, but my friends were disappointed that the restaurant ran out (not good for this kind of establishment and they were not happy!). Good wine list and I particularly recommend the Manta cocktail (lychee flavour).

The place is great for spotting celebs (John Laws looking quite fragile) and the "beautiful people" of Sydney. I live out in the Western suburbs and this place seems like another country...

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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“as good as the last meal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

There is a great choice of restaurants in Woolloomooloo, and this one ticks a few boxes, but not all.
The location in the summer is perfect and the host gave us a good table outside table , which is a must.
The service from that point was average. The food, was good, (squid to start) followed by a catch of the day) but when you add on sides (chips, green beans and a salad, it rakes the bill up) Whilst the food was not bad, it was not memorable either and given the bill was $600 for four people, it flattered to deceive this time.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Seafood Fine Dining Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Great views, excellent ambience, awesome food and wine list. What more can you ask for at Woolloomooloo at Sydney.

Oysters, Lobsters, Fresh Fish, Squids, Steaks are my regular orders at Manta and they have a menu which is short and sweet. Mud Crabs are served fresh from the tank at the Hotel which is awesome.

One of my favorite hangouts

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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