From waterfront wine bars to flavourful Mexican cantinas, discover the best restaurants in Manly.
Nestled in the heart of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Manly feels like stepping into a coastal oasis (without leaving Sydney). With plenty of spots to swim, snorkel and lap up the sun, Manly boasts some of the best waterfront dining spots Sydney has to offer. No matter what cuisine you’re craving, discover the best restaurants in Manly below!
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect beachside spot for a leisurely long lunch, you can’t go past The Boathouse at Shelly Beach. Step of the sand and grab a seat in this lofty dining room, serving a simple all-day brunch-style menu (walk-ins always welcome). Find out more here.
Run by the Manly locals responsible for Chica Bonita and Sunset Sabi, Busta is a cosy Italian dining room serving delicious pasta, antipasti and a killer wine list (courtesy of neighbouring natural wine shop Winona Wine’s). Settle in for endless plates of olives, burrata and prosciutto, dig into nourishing bowls of pappardelle and tagliolini and sip your way through delicious organic vino. Find out more here.
A quick stroll down this hidden back alley in Manly and you’ll find the taco-slinging cantina and bar, Chica Bonita. Whether you’re in the mood for lunch or dinner, you’ll always find a flavourful selection of affordable Mexican eats on this menu, ranging from loaded burritos to guac and chips and an epic selection of tacos. Find out more here.
Inspired by the Japanese islands of Okinawa, Daniel San is the bold rock n’ roll-inspired bar and restaurant that celebrates all things adventurous, energetic and a little bit weird. Tucked away under the Novotel Manly Pacific Hotel, Daniel San has been serving up delicious Japanese street-food feasts with an Australian flair since 2014. Find out more here.
Finding its home in a landmark 1920s-inspired space, The Herring Room is a quintessentially Manly restaurant. This family-run spot is located just off Manly Beach, delivering a contemporary Australian menu celebrating the best local, seasonal and sustainably-sourced produced from nearby fisheries and farms. Find out more here.
As far as waterfront restaurants go, this is one of Manly’s best. The Manly Greenhouse is a breath of fresh air for the site on South Steyne, delivering a contemporary, plant-filled pub, restaurant rooftop bar. Expect an approachable menu of crowd-pleasing favourites including wild barramundi, gnocchi and grilled pork cutlet. Find out more here.
Speaking of waterfront venues, a trip to Manly isn’t complete with a dinner and a drink at Manly Wine. This all-day eatery, restaurant and wine bar delivers a relaxed coastal vibe, making it the perfect spot for a leisurely long lunch, post-swim feed or tipple at sunset. Find out more here.
Bringing a slice of New York’s Little Italy to the heart of the Northern Beaches, Pocket Pizza is one of the best spots to score delicious Italo-American Pizza in Manly. Swing by for pizza, antipasto, pasta, cocktails in a can, vino and so much more. Find out more here.
Enjoy the best of Cantonese cuisine at Queen Chow Manly Wharf. Bringing the best of Hong Kong eats to the heart of Manly, this neighbourhood restaurant is relaxed yet refined and the perfect spot to dig into plates of roast duck, Peking beef, Australia’s best seafood and so much more. Find out more here.
For contemporary Japanese eats at their best, don’t miss Sake Restaurant and Bar Manly. Whether you take a seat of Sake’s interactive sushi counter, pull up a chair in the sleek bar or head outdoors to the venue’s alfresco terrace, expect exceptional nigiri, sashimi, sushi rolls and fresh local seafood. Find out more here.
For a playful spin on izakaya-style dining, head to Sunset Sabi. This local favourite (run by the team from Chica Bonita) add a unique touch to modern Japanese eats, with clean, fresh dishes such as salmon sashimi, seared tuna and a reimagined version of the classic karaage staples on this menu. Find out more here.