We had a great dinner in a lovely dining room. The service was excellent.
We have been to Manna before, and while we always found it to be overpriced, the experience had still been positive. This time the prices seemed to have gone off the charts, and the place was empty (never a good sign) in the peak of the summer season. It was eerily quiet, the kind of ambience that sucks the energy out of a fun time.
The food quality had greatly diminished. The heirloom tomato + mozzarella salad was clearly pre-made and ice cold from long-term refrigeration. The duck was doused in an icky-sweet sauce. The $52! whole branzino was "butterflied" to remove the bones I guess, but looked suspiciously smaller than the original whole fish.
The restaurant automatically added a 20% tip to the entire bill including the tax and drinks without asking us, even though our party was just our family of 5. There was no notice on the menu of this policy. We won't be back. Though based on what we saw, I can't imagine the restaurant will still be there.
We were shown into a drab dining room with loud music and no people so awful I wanted to leave. The owner came out and convinced us to move to an outside table. They were very accommodating because it was my birthday, free drinks, appetizers and dessert. Still, very expensive for a hearty southern Italian dinner.
We were last reservation for a Thursday night. Chef very graciously agreed to take lobster fra Diablo out of shell for me. Delicious food. Only negative was a very noisy air conditioner in a second floor window across from the restaurant's outdoor seating courtyard operated the entire night with a very loud, very bold sound that truly spoiled an atmosphere the restaurant tried to create. Otherwise the food and service were terrific.
Lovely evening, just expensive. Two adults no alcohol, no dessert , $200 seems steep, but that's just me I guess.
The seafood fra diavolo was absolutely outstanding including a delicious al dente linguine with it. So were the appetizers especially the grilled octopus, grilled calamari. They own the lobster factory at the Shinnecock u Indian reservation I do the seafood couldn't have been fresher. Service also couldn't have been better or more accomodating; excellent yet reasonable selection of wines by the glass. They were so kind as to let me taste it first.nice and quiet for conversing. I know I must sound like I work for them but I don't..paid full price but tipped extra well because of how good they good they were to us.If I must say something at all detracting is that the interior could use a little updating and paint but it is cozy and cute just the same.
A delightful surprise. The food was authentic creative and most importantly perfectly executed. Each dish was bursting with flavor without being overwhelming. The menu was interesting and unique. Nothing was either overlooked undercooked or over-seasoned or under-seasoned. How rare. The kitchen showed real care for each dish.
The room is pleasant and cheery. And the outdoor space is also pleasant.
The service was gracious and friendly
I will return and recommend this place to my friends. A real find.
We've been to this spot a few times. It has a nice local vibe. A lot a of fresh local seafood prepared five star level. The only drawback is the location that is outside of villages. Its a driving destination, but worth it!!
My friends and I had a great meal The servers were amazing and so friendly which added to
a prefect dinner Food was amazing
Menu format is confusing leading to disappointment.
We Specifically requested a round table, called to confirm that this was possible and was told yes, when we arrived they did not have round table. They changed menu from a la carte, which was excellent the many times we ate there before, to family style and choices were limited and made no sense at all. They never alerted us of the change when confirming and it is not a concept that works for everyone. It was expensive, not good choice of dishes and not plentiful. We were 8 guests and none of us felt the new concept worked. We were very disappointed as our previous experiences there were very good. We spoke with chef and staff and they clearly did not care, they said it was the first night they were doing this and it is what it is.
Most bizarre experience of my life. We ordered what I thought was there sharing menu for four people and waited two hours to get a plate of fish and then another half hour to get a plate of meat with no sides or accompaniments. Was shocked when I got the bill and I was charged $20 for a glass of Malbec and $20 for a shot of tequila.
Will never ever ever ever ever ever go back and I hope that anybody who sees this review will never ever ever ever go the first time!!
I went to check out Manna's new tasting menu that my friends told me about because I always enjoyed this style of eating in Europe. It did not disappoint. I ordered the Simplici which was 6 appetizers plus (I think) 3 pasta tastings. You have to try the langustine (sp?) shrimp which is part of the Anti-Pasti tasting menu. What I like about this way of eating is that the food is freshest because the chef can change the menu based on what the farms are sending that day and what the fishermen caught that day - which is big out here. I love the tasting style in the city, so it was refreshing to see it here in the Hamptons. Very beautiful outdoor patio garden which was fun once it got dark and the accent lights came on.
I noticed people complaining about prices of wine or cocktails. The prices are comparable to the restaurants in the Hamptons. If they find these prices expensive ($14/glass+ for fantastic wine) then they need to BYOB. Try the Marco Martini for $12 - it's a great alternative to a cosmo. I will be back soon!
The food and service were exceptional. Thank you for a wonderful anniversary dinner. We are looking forward to coming back for future special occasions.
We have heard a lot about Manna from friends and had high expectations. As gourmands who eat out several times a week in NYC, Chef Marco exceeded our hopes for a fresh new dining experience. We chose the tasting menu with "surprise" small plates all in Sicilian style. Each dish truly seemed better than the next. The servers were polished and professional with wine knowledge, again something we didn't expect in the Hamptons. The dining room is intimate with fantastic local and Italian art. I saw Bettina Warner (Salt Queen) on the wall. All in all fantastic time. We will be back soon!
New to the Hampton's dining scene, this was our second trip to Manna. The first on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend was slow with service since packed with groups of rowdy people no doubt not suited for intimate fine dining place. They disrupted service so much in fact it became comical to other diners. The food was excellent though so we decided to give another try. It was well worth it! Five stars for food and service. We will be back again and again this season.
I had the most fabulous time at Manna in Watermill a few days ago. The food was beautifully presented, the waiter was prompt and knowledgeable and the space was really sweet (perfect for dates). I sat outside on the patio, and although it was a bit nippy outside, they had heaters that kept us toasty. They have a yummy Lemoncello cocktail (called the Marco Martini) that I really loved (my new summer favorite). For dinner, I had the eggplant timbal (very Sicilian), a juicy duck breast (from local North Fork farm according to our lovely waiter) and another Sicilian item for dessert called Cassata. Overall, our table thought the dishes were outstanding and not the usual Hamptons fare.
Small portions. Expensive. Mediocre food. Slow service
Terrible. ppl were walking out complaining 2 hr waits for food. restaurant was not even that crowded. ran out of food. staff had no idea what they were doing. chef was arguing w/staff. expensive. terrible inside decor.
This was one of the most unusual dining experiences I have ever had. We were big fans of the prior restaurant that was in this space and have been hoping that its replacement would be just as good. We have been sorely disappointed. After having to wait about 15 minutes for our table, our order was taken promptly, but everything went downhill from there. The bottle of water and replacement napkin we asked for never came, and we were never checked on again. The table next to us had to go up to the bar themselves to get their drinks. The table behind us complained that they were waiting for their entrees, and the waiter asked them what they had ordered again (he later explained that it was his first night). The entire restaurant seemed to be on the verge of revolt. As for us, after a long delay, our order finally came, and the food was actually very good. At the end, we were asked if we wanted the check before even being shown a dessert menu. After asking for one and ordering, we were informed that what we ordered, as long as 4 of the other 7 items on the dessert menu were out of stock. Finally, when our bill came, it was actually the bill for the table next to us. The waiter laughed when we told him and then said the computer lost our order and asked us what we had. As we were leaving, there was a line of people waiting because the credit card machine wasn't working. To be honest, it was so comical that it was actually one of the more memorable and entertaining dinners we have had in a while; however, we will not be going back.
Horrible experience. Food was worse than mediocre. They actually burnt the food. Too expensive. Service was the worst. Took 1.5 hr for our food to arrive. So not worth it.
The service was terrible. We (two couples)received our appetizers after an hour and a half with our entrees arriving after two and one half hours. The food arrived after we asked multiple times. Three of the entrees did not match the description on the menu. Overall it was an unpleasant experience and we would never go back.
My branzino was tasteless and even after the chef "re-did it" it was bland. I appreciated the effort, but the dish didn't merit the description the waiter gave us. The arugala was dry and needed a light dressing. The truffle fries were very tasty, but they should have been longer - too many short pieces of potato. The chef came out and he looked messy - not how I would want a chef to greet his patrons. The room was also lacking ambience. Wouldn't come back again.
The scrumptious food here is to die for! Each course is a special experience. A must go in the Hamptons
Amazing dining experience. confortable dining room. Service was top-notch-welltimed. Local ingredients. Lambchops and steak were incredible. A neighborhood gem.
We've returned to this lovely spot several times now. It is an unusual combination of comfortable surroundings, engaging service, marvelously well prepared food all in an atmosphere that, while you know you are 'out' to dine, you are almost at home in your own dining room.
This one is a bit of a mystery. Friday night, holiday weekend, and the place was almost empty. The food was excellent - fish, duck, seafood, all perfectly prepared, with generous portions - the service was okay though not special, and the dining room is cozy and pleasant, but virtually no one was there. The bar was empty as well. Pricing was typical Hamptons. So we all wondered why, without answer. Not a good sign for long term survival.
Much as I would love to keep Manna as a secret hideaway in the Hamptons, that is no way to keep a restaurant in business year round. But this place is a gem: just a bit out of the way from the maddening crowd and over the top in knowledgeable and friendly service. The food is marvelous as is the selection. I don't know how often they change their menu, but they do offer outstanding specials. I look forward to dining there, outside, as soon as the season permits it.
While I would love to keep this gem of a restaurant a secret, in fairness to the owners and the lovely staff I write to inform all East-enders that Manna is for real. Whatever has been going in the last year or two at this location, ever since our beloved Mirkos departed, is all ancient history. We had a perfectly delicious meal served with grace and good cheer by the staff on a very nasty night in February,which made the wood fire all that more inviting and welcome. I had the scrumptious lobster roll and a tender, sweet and delicious veal chop; my wife and our friend had the Bronzino and salad appetizers (I do not recall which) that well-satisfied them. My advice to all readers of reviews is to ignore the deadly ones of Manna from September and October and have confidence in the ones that followed. That's what we did and we were rewarded with one of the best meals we have ever had in the Hamptons.
we had a nice early dinner at manna. the dining room is cozy, comfortable and minimal. the chef sent out an amuse-bouche of lobster ravioli which was, both, a nice surprise as well as delicious! my crab cake, on zucchini noodles, appetizer was presented very nicely and was extremely flavorful!!! my husband's beet salad was also excellent! we had the potato gnocchi and lobster risotto for our entrees and we were pleased with and enjoyed both. our waitress was attentive and pleasant. my only complaint was that the room was very cold. a good portion of our time there i had to keep my coat wrapped around my shoulders, which doesn't make for a comfortable feel. other than that we enjoyed our meals!!
Spent a quiet New Years Eve at Manna. It was exactly what we were looking for. Low key but elegant. Very good food. Excellent service. Sheila was a doll.
Lobster bisque was the stand out.
We will come back for sure.
Finally made it to Manna and I've been kicking myself for taking so long. Chef Marco prepared a special tasting menu for my husband and me, including an amazing Cioppino, which I've been dreaming about ever since. It's not on the menu, but he makes it occasionally, so be sure to ask about it! Can't wait to go back!!
It was my friend's birthday so we headed to Manna to celebrate. The chef came out to offer us a surprise tasting menu. For us he created a scrumptious parade of delectable courses. The service was outstanding and my friend felt very spoiled and special on her birthday. Very good value for what we had and the quality of food superb.
Went to manna restaurant Saturday night November 19 at 10 of my friends the food was absolutely delicious presentation was beautiful atmosphere very romantic calming service couldn't be better chef Marco personally greeted everyone as well as his gracious wife Sheila such a charm portions of food was perfect just what we needed a fun relaxing charming evening we all be going back soon could not have been better thank you so much chef Marco you're the best
Enticing menu, expert preparation, friendly service, great room, fireplace, delicious. We def will be coming back.!!!
This was our fifth time to Manna and first time to review. We couldn't wait for another visit to share our love for this restaurant. Each time we expect that the experience cannot possibly be as good as the last one, but chef owner Barrila continues to raise the bar. The menu is impressive and the nightly specials are above and beyond. The location is private with an European feel. Service to match. **side note that some weekenders should learn how to behave and appreciate nice restaurants. This is not a racy place.
A very seductive spot with European feel. The 3 dimensional art is fantastic! The Italian music delightful. We enjoyed the Sicilian side of the menu. The lobster fra diavolo with black squid linguine, clams, mussels and shrimp was undoubtedly best dish I have ever had! The service is professional and not rushed like most restaurants. The prices are typical of nice restaurants in the Hamptons. Three of us for $250 with starters, entrees, dessert and bottle of Nero Davolo. This is truly the place to enjoy a five star meal.
Our vote for Best new restaurant this year! Off the beaten path, my wife and friends found this hidden gem to be an Incredible addition to the East End food scene. The modern European menu presented dishes in ways we haven't seen before which is saying a lot for us as fanatical foodies. The evening started with amuse bouche of spinach stuffed shrimp (their version of scampi). Very nice touch! After that came house focaccia with accoutrements of sun dried tomatoe spread, sheeps ricotta, Sicilian olives. An homage to the chef! This was well thought out and nice change from table butter or olive oil. We shared mussels with a cream of saffron and fennel. Spectacular! The Mediterranean swordfish (capers, olives)and local Tile dish with an orange buerre blanc next to seasonal vegetables were perfectly executed and still make my mouth water. The local duck had a nice wine reduction with Asian vegetables and braised fennel that really stood out. Last but it least by buddy had the truffled veal chop that was the best piece of meat and without words. The only thing that trumped this could have been the truffled mashed potatoes. He said "he died and went to Truffle heaven"! The deserts did not disappoint. Too much to write. I would recommend the sicialian trapanese. So five stars for food. If anything, the portions a bit too generous. Service was very good too. Attentive but not invasive. Felt very European with Italian servers. The dining room has a fireplace. This will be our winter go to spot. It is pricy, but don't mind paying for excellent food. When leaving, the Host told us they have off season prix fix so that is our cue to come often! Thanks Manna for giving my wife such a great birthday. You will see us soon!
I was very disappointed in the food for the value. My husband ordered a veal chop for 44$ and it was fatty and grizzly. A friend ordered the papadell with short rib and it was tasteless aside from it being a small portion for the price. My scallops were small and salty. The best dish was the lobster, clam, mussel and shrimp fravdioblo. The service was slow and not very attentive.
Not a good experience.
Weirdly disorganized staff. Our reservation was for 8pm and there were only a few diners there when we were seated.
First, one of us was given the cover of a menu with no menu inside. One of us was given an old menu with incorrect entrees. About 10 minutes after our drinks arrived we were each given a small cold stale roll. No butter or olive oil. About 10 minutes later a waiter put down a plate with 3 items on it, and walked away. We had no idea what it was, and even after tasting each item, only the olives were actually identifiable, We called the waiter over and asked what each of the 2 other foods were. He identified one as ricotta and the other as a tomato condiment. Not good.
I returned a glass of Chianti which was sour. The crab cake appetizers were generous portions, attractively presented and tasty. The cold lobster roll appetizer was ok. The Cornish hen described as "cooked under a brick" looked unappealing and it is being generous to describe the dish as tasteless. The 2 other diners had the salmon which they both liked, looked good and they both enjoyed.
I have no idea what was going on, but clearly the restaurant was NOT having a good night. Unfortunately the check for the 3 of us came to approximately $240. We will not be returning.