Manning's Restaurant

4.7
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$30 and under
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Southern
Manning's Restaurant offers a combination of both modern creative and traditional southern style dishes. Our southern regional themed restaurant portrays our Chef Howard Manning's favorite dishes growing up in the Carolinas with a modern twist. Our Upscale casual dining experience is the perfect place for you to build lasting relationships and memories through exceptional food, drinks, and music.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to Mannings for Girls Night Out. This is clearly a go-to restaurant as it was very busy for a week night. What a great meal though! Three of us had the Filet and it was cooked to perfection. The crab dip was great and our drinks were on point too. The restaurant was a bit noisy but everything else was fabulous. Downtown Clayton is cute as can be.

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Mathergirl10
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pita Chips were AMAZING! Crab cakes, Macaroni & Cheese, Steak were DELISH!! The service was TERRIFIC. I only wish they gave a piece of dessert to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries.

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ALCClayton
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is always delicious when we go to Mannings. The waitress seemed not to be on her game when we went on Sunday night. While it was loud, she missed a side order for one of our friends and when it came time to pay the bill, it took an extra 20 minutes to get a to go lid for some salad dressing. She made a snide comment about hoping that wasn't the reason we were waiting around. Overall, the food is wonderful and Howard (the owner) will go above and beyond to make sure his patrons are enjoying themselves.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service impeccable!

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Kesj
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was great as well...waitress was an older lady with not great customer service skills but she provided good service! She was just direct, “what do you want” rather than have you decided yet!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We made reservations and were seated promptly and cheerfully. The food was delicious and so were our drinks. We both enjoy this place; I wish it had just a little more ambience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great. We brought our 5 month old in a stroller and they accommodated us with no problems! The ribs and crab dip were amazing. Seafood was also good!

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waitress was fantastic and so was the meal. We went in for a date night and it felt like a perfect spot for that. We sat in a smaller room and there were a lot of other couples there as well. We ordered the ribeye steak and it was tender, juicy, and full of flavor. The crab cake appetizer was my meal along with the spinach salad and both were wonderful. Crab cakes were so flavorful and didn’t have filler. Just delicious crab meat. Yummy!

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KrisNW
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Please recognize that when two women ask for one bill honor their request. I was out with my wife and it’s off putting when we are not seen as a couple.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We dined on Super Bowl Sunday early evening, and it was pretty obvious that they wanted to go home and watch the Super Bowl at six! Our server was not great, but this is not typical as the service at Manning’s is usually good. My date had to send his Manhattan back because it was not well-made and tasted terrible; however the second try was very good the food was absolutely delicious! We really do like this place a lot.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always know we will enjoy our time at Manning’s!
We bring the people and they supply the good time! Food never disappoints! We once again went to celebrate a special birthday.

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BettyB
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to celebrate a birthday of a family member who recently moved to Clayton. Food was great. Service was friendly. A good time was had by all.

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MelissaL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Mannings for every occasion and always look forward to our meal! Erin is the best server, always super friendly and attentive and definitely goes above & beyond. Couldnt be more happy with our experience everytime we go. 😊

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lynn
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We were there as a group of 8 for a Sunday birthday lunch. Server was great, attentive and anticipated needs without reminders. One individual's order (sides) was slightly off but we let it go based on our overall satisfaction. Food was very good and everyone at our table enjoyed a variety of entrees...BLT, pasta, soup, salad, ribs, burgers. Parking was not a problem. It was a bit noisy, from the "background" music. Would have been nice for it to have been turned down a notch. Would definitely go again, please with our visit/meal.

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NCgirl83
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. I loved the grits and pork tenderloin. Will definitely be back!

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RobertC
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the staff and the atmosphere is exceptional. It’s now our go to place for business associates, friends and family.

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ToddG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great dinner at Manning's on Friday night. Was in the mood for appetizers, so go the clam cakes, seared scallops and a bowl of gumbo. All very good! Noise level was really high - they need to put some egg crate foam on the ceiling - paint it black and you're golden! Still highly recommend as the best restaurant in Clayton!

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SonyaK
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food! No where else on JOCO to get such tasty, elegant meals! This was our 1st visit...we will definitely be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a big fan of Manning’s. I’ve never heard anyone complain from locals to visitors. The recipes are delicious and there’s something for everyone, healthy and for this of us that like a treat day!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating with our daughter. New job

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RobinB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and our server was awesome! We will definitely go back!!!
Thank-you!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for the wife, service was great as well as the food. Definitely will be back. Busy for a Wednesday early evening so having the reservation helped.

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NikkiO
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here, and it did not disappoint. It was our anniversary. We sat on the rooftop, and were the only ones up there most of our dinner. We had the spinach dip -which was wonderful (the pita is fried and comes with parmesan cheese on it-my husband loved it). We both ordered steak (ribeye and the filet) both were cooked perfectly and the sides were good too (even with my special requests). Our waitress was there when we needed something, but let us enjoy our anniversary and some time alone too. Great evening!

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MikeT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very pleased with wait staff and owners attention to our needs. We were moved to a private room at no extra charge to help us conduct a business meeting

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crabcake entree, cajun chicken sandwich, caesar salad, and pumpkin cheesecake(seasonal) were all better than I had even expected. The crab cakes were the best crab cakes I have ever eaten. We sat upstairs, but inside. It was a little louder than I had expected, but not bad. The rooftop patio is very nice, but I wish the top edge of the building was lower so you could see main street while eating. The downstairs was louder, but still manageable and seemed very nice too. The entire restaurant was very clean and well staffed. They were very busy, even on a Thursday at 6pm, so I'm glad I made a reservation. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful. We were checked on multiple times, but not at an uncomfortable rate. Food came out quicker than expected. Entire order was made correct, and was fresh. Flavor of all items were very fulfilling. For what you get, the prices are on point, maybe even a little lower than they should be. My wife and I will be returning without a doubt in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
104 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so grateful that Howard opened Manning’s in Clayton.

Everything about this restaurant is exceptional!

You can save yourself a trip to Raleigh and go to Manning’s and
not be disappointed.

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AliceG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best hamburgers! Had out of town guests I brought and they agreed!

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Leigh
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great service and very good food. Can be a little noisy. Highly recommend for a casual night out with friends or family.

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JohnnyH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast friendly service. Food was awesome as always.

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CraigR
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Overall very pleasant experience.
Would definitely go again.

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AliceG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burgers around!

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SharonP
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and great service! We go just about every week.

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Bbobh
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday with family and chose Manning’s because we’ve always had great food and service here. We tried some of our tried and true menu items like the shrimp and grits which is heavenly and some new items we hadn’t tried before (all delicious) and each one became new favorites.
This is definitely our go to restaurant for special moments.

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CarlF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

I have been to Manning’s twice now. The first time it was slow but food is always good. Took my kids and my gf there on Friday for my birthday. I let opentable know it was my birthday on the reservation. There was no mention of my birthday but no biggie. The problem is that the food took over 45 minutes to arrive. Waitress kept telling us it was because they had big tickets ahead of us that had to be filled. My kids were hungry and miserable and although the food is good, waiting so long while hungry does not allow you to appreciate the food when it finally comes.
IF YOU CANT HANDLE THE TICKETS DONT SEAT US
Waitress was apologetic and knew of the issue. No manager or anyone offered any apology or any recourse.
Manning’s is the nicest restaurant in Clayton but I unfortunately will not be going back

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PamelaT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went for our anniversary. The food was scrumptious and the service was fantastic. We enjoyed our evening very much. We have already told friends of this great restaurant and will continue to do same.

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tony
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were a few minutes late for a business lunch with 8 person. Upon arriving, we were immediately seated and drink orders taken and served. The service was excellent as was the food.

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JordanM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I have been to Manning’s once before, and both times the food was exceptional. If you go during peak times at lunch or dinner, it is best to have a reservation ahead of time. Yesterday, the food was delicious as always, but the service was something to work on. The older lady who was our waitress seemed to be waiting on the entire restaurant and was not very attentive to our table. All in all, everything was good. My advice would be to make sure there are enough servers during peak service time!

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LizB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. So nice to have a good restaurant close to home in Clayton!

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JerryH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food. Great value for the money.
Look forward to going to Manning's again soon.

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BrandonH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a pleasant experience to have a place with good food to order.

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Manning's Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 585-7005.

Manning's Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 282 OpenTable diners.

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