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“"Mixologist" is Awesome, Food Limited/Pricey”
Review of Manna

Manna
Ranked #37 of 691 Restaurants in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Wilmington, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“"Mixologist" is Awesome, Food Limited/Pricey”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The bar is the star here. The bartenders are mixologists and really good. The drinks are unusual in the sense that they take a classic drink like a Manhattan and take it to a new level, adding herbs, bitters, etc. Not cheap but the drinks are worth it. Not so with the food available at the bar.The food is too limited and pricey. We ordered a cheese and meat appetizer which cost $30 and while the offerings were unique, it contained a few tiny slices of two meats and four very small bits of four cheeses. Very disappointing. The 4 star rating is of the drinks.
For a 5 star rating at this place they need to have more selection of appetizers and give you something for the prices they charge. We met friends there for drinks and appetizers before the theater at Thalian and I sincerely hope they increase the food selection at the bar and price it accordingly for what you get, as we would love to make this our pre-theater spot!

  • Visited July 2013
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English first
Roanoke, Virgina, USA
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Food, but very noisy”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Great food, enjoyed good service, but was so noisy could not even talk to dinner companions without shouting. To bad, as food was great but would not return. Like to have DINNER with nice conversation, could not do here for sure.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank jimofroanokeva
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Cherokee Village, Arkansas
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Yeah, it's probably high end...”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

for Wilmington...however, unreasonable costs for average service and food are only realistic and bearable for me in places like Washington, Miami, New York, or Paris...don't misunderstand, the drinks ARE incredible...but I would think that there is a greater need for the service to appreciate and pretend they like people being there, show a certain degree of personality in regards to making them to like to give them money, know the food being prepared in the back, know when food is being brought to their table OR if it's being hijacked to another table, and can understand that an hour wait for an appetizer is somewhat unreasonable...perhaps my penchant for average food would have led to a better review if it hadn't been a circle jerk in the first place...nonetheless, it was was highly overpriced and under served..in reflection, is it thought that because anyone lucky enough to be seen there is nourished by that alone?...is it because you can rub elbows with small groups of filmsters conversing like literary expatriates of the Paris 20's where the whisperings about the proclivities of an Allen production over the moral interjections of a Lucas film can be expounded?...perhaps, but these are unimportant factors to lure me back.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank beachatthedoor
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Always Exceptional!”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

My wife and I ate here for the third time and are always pleased with both the service and food quality! We were welcomed by the staff as if we are regulars; the cocktails are amazing; and the food reminds me of the great restaurants of Charleston, SC in both quality and preparation. The atmosphere is very lively, which can be noisy if at a high top in the bar area. However, that was okay for us.

Billy and his team make this the finest dining in Wilmington! See you again soon!

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank TWalto
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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A Great Dining Experience”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

We had heard that Manna was a really fine restaurant but now we know it. Our visit was one of the most pleasant restaurant experiences we have had. The service was tops, the atmosphere was inviting and our meal was a delight. Really, what more can I say. I look forward to returning.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank GeorgeR43
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