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“Savory” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Manna

Manna
Ranked #33 of 666 Restaurants in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Savory”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2012

The menu was original, the meals quite pleasing and the service very attentive. The atmosphere on a winter weeknight was quiet and classy. The host knowledgeable and truly interested in providing a great dining experience.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank K84T
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  • English first
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English first
Arlington, Virginia
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162 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Fit for foodies in downtown Wilmington”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2012

Manna is pricier than most restaurants in downtown Wilmington, but really delivers on inventive menus and excellent flavor. The "beet box" (like a lasagna of finely sliced beets layered with goat cheese) was beautiful and delicious. The tomatoes in the "mater" salad were perfectly ripe and spiked with a bacony sauce. Both the steak and the scallop entrees were a little heavy-handed on the salt, but featured intense flavors. The bread and butter plate is well worth paying extra for, especially with the dab of fresh strawberry jam and Myer lemon butter pat we got at our recent meal. The multi-layered chocolate mousse cake was to die for. Only the lavender citrus blossom cocktail disappointed: sounded good in concept, but was not much different than a screw driver in practice. Manna has a smaller menu than Deluxe, but more craft in the choices.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Sudbury9122
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Los Angeles
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“All around awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

The food here is delicious, local, and the menu changes regularly. The drink selection is superb. AND the service is fantastic. Everyone that works there is super nice, helpful, knowledgable, and will go out of their way to help with anything (i'm a vegetarian).

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank ilovejamie
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“You had me at the 2nd Course!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2012

May 27, 2012

I can’t even think of an adjective that does justice to a recent 6 course Moroccan themed dinner I had at Manna’s in Wilmington, NC. Exceptional, Outstanding, Over-the-top delicious, to name a few! My good friends Robert and Siobhan arranged this dinner for our group of 10. They met with the owner William Mellon and Chef Jameson (a genius in the kitchen). After our second course, I told Chef Jameson that I could leave now and be a very contented customer.

Each course was as good if not better than the one before it. The presentation was wonderful in its artistic content right on down to the silverware that we ate with. It’s all in the details. The service was extremely attentive without being intrusive. Water glasses always full and clean silverware with every course.

I’ve listed below the food that we were fortunate enough to dine on. Read it and salivate!

1st Course:
Beets, carrot ginger puree, marinated cucumbers, cinnamon beet jus, parsley oil, fresh cilantro, mint

2nd Course:
Ras al Hanout dusted tuna, tagine of artichoke heart, olive, tomato, fresh radish, herbs, harissa oil, preserved lemon

3rd Course:
Chicken bsteeya, phyllo wrapped saffron braised chicken, eggs, almonds, cinnamon

4th course:
Filet of beef, couscous, fava bean & beef kefta ragout, dry roasted green olives, charmoula

5th course:
Cumin and garlic rubbed leg of lamb, almonds, figs, carrot, chickpeas, orange flower water, preserved lemon, parsley

6th course:
Moroccan bread pudding, apricot, citrus, honey, mint tea

Can't wait to go back!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DebbieThiru
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Wilmington, North Carolina
Level Contributor
26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Manna is from Heaven”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

Creative, delicious, well presented food, excellent wine list and lively bar. Check out the Thursday bar specials.
Very expensive but usually worth it.

Visited May 2012
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