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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
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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, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
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  • 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
Consistently great dinners

Good service, great food, great location. Easy food, nice and fresh and a great spot for kids. We go to Bench regularly and would recommend, especially for early dinners. Only one problem - would like a broader range of white wine options as there is only one white wine available by the glass... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
We_love_holidays_107
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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unless you are Swedish? And your friend is the waitress,,,,, at least she's consistent,,,,,each time she has friends come to dine she makes them feel at home,,,,sits down with them,,,chats away,,,,don't worry about serving the rest of us,,,,,we will ask someone else,,,for a plate,,,,for cutlery,,,,,for the beer we ordered ages ago, for a spoon with the condiments, Just once I'd... More 

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Thank fideleroyale
Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are fairly regular patrons of Bench café. Why - the fajitas are delicious, the prices are good, and the space is great for families (kids can run around in the Rialto Square). Like many such cafes, there are few regular staff; most of the staff appear to be a never-ending cycle of backpackers. As a result, the service can... More 

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Sydney
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65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good service, great food, great location. Easy food, nice and fresh and a great spot for kids. We go to Bench regularly and would recommend, especially for early dinners. Only one problem - would like a broader range of white wine options as there is only one white wine available by the glass and it's not great.

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Thank We_love_holidays_107
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Breakfast came out staggered which meant kids ate at different times from the rest. Food came out cold all round. Then staff desperate to clean away plates of those who had finished before others. Still quite tasty and kids happy. So should i be complaining? At $60 for 3 i think they need to sharpen up.

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Thank Ken R M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Located on a pedestrian precinct Bench does not have views but the breakfast was truly delicious with an interesting set of healthy choices. The staff were friendly and courteous. The complementary fruit infused water tap was inspired.

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Thank Ausi Fox M
Manly, Australia
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

Quick service, family friendly and decent grub for a late breakie. Recommend the Pablo Escobar and vanilla milkshake... brunch sandwich was ok. Will be back.

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Thank Lou_Drew_88
South Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

This tiny street cafe exudes the Manly spirit - beachy, casual and relaxed with a great menu of delicious salads, juices, etc and of course the must-have great coffee. A great place for sitting in the sun, people watching!

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Thank KimMi764
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

You sit outside, under heaters in winter (they close for July) but are open again now. Service is always good, generous servings, fabulous well priced kids meals (not spicy). I would definitely book and go early.

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Thank 501Sandy
Manly, Australia
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

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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Thank Dee-College
Manly, Australia
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84 reviews
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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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?