The Best Restaurants In Manly

Eat, Food Guide, Guide, Restaurants, Sydney / 19 March 2022

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 is one of our favourite weekend destinations boasting 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!


Banco Manly

Nestled down an unassuming back alleyway, this 32 seater restaurant is giving popular city wine bars a run for their money! The venue boasts booth and bar seating, brass lighting, white mosaic tiles and neutral tones throughout. Executive Chef Dan Webb is at the helm of the kitchen bringing modern British cuisine to the table. Find out more here.


Bar Tropic

Wharf Bar has been given new life after a major renovation, menu revamp and the addition of a new Mediterranean restaurant, Bar Tropic. The new venue pays homage to its sister venue on the Gold Coast, Burleigh Pavilion. Executive Chef Francois Poulard is at the helm of the kitchen bringing his experience from Wollahra’s Chiswick. Expect a Mediterranean-inspired menu boasting incredible Australian seafood. Find out more here.


Wine Room

Chef James Evangelinos and the team from Manly Greenhouse have transformed the middle floor of this multi-level venue into a Basque-inspired tapas lounge called the “Wine Room”. The shelves are stacked high with 400+ bottles of international wines and Evangelinos has curated a menu that melds French and Spanish influences. Harnessing the power of fire and flame, wood smoke and searing heat, you can expect tapas dishes packed full of flavour, fresh off the charcoal plancha. Find out more here.

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The Boathouse, Shelly Beach

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 off 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.

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Busta

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.

Best Restaurants Manly
Chica Bonita

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.

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Daniel San

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.

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The Herring Room

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 produce from nearby fisheries and farms. Find out more here.

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Pocket Pizza

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.

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Queen Chow Manly Wharf

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.

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Sake Restaurant and Bar Manly

For contemporary Japanese eats at their best, don’t miss Sake Restaurant and Bar Manly. Whether you take a seat at 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.

 Best Restaurants Manly
Sunset Sabi

For a playful spin on izakaya-style dining, head to Sunset Sabi. This local favourite (run by the team from Chica Bonita) adds 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.

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