Manning's Restaurant

4.6
217 reviews
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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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MB
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The deck is great, but the sun in your face is a little hard to take.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Well it was quite disappointing. We went there for our anniversary and specifically requested outdoor seating (which is the rooftop) when we made our reservation through OpenTable. Our reservation was for 8:30 and we arrived on time. The hostess took us to our table in the restaurant and I said our reservation was for the rooftop. She said there was nothing available and asked if I made the reservation through OpenTable and I said yes. She said I should call next time and confirm rooftop seating. So we ate in the restaurant and it was okay, but there won't be a next time.

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AB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manning's is one of my favorite resturants. I planned a mother daughter brunch with my aunts and cousins and it was amazing! All of my relatives enjoyed our brunch and our waitress was absolutely amazing!!

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S
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Manning’s! It’s the perfect place for a great lunch or dinner. The steak is absolutely amazing, try it!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great Mother’s Day lunch!

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PA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was wonderful and our waitress was very attentive. I would definitely recommend the restaurant to friends.

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LO
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Went here for the first time for our 12th anniversary and had Barbara for our waitress. Our first impression was that she was in a bad mood and annoyed with life. Was annoyed that I just walked in the door went to the restroom hadn't even sat down yet and she wanted my drink order. I hadn't look at the menu yet so I asked for water. She seemed put out because she was gimping and didn't want to make two many trips. She told me the fish was fresh (grouper) if was fishy and no flavor along with the mixed veggies no seasoning at all. Hubby's fried chicken livers were tasty but on what appeared to be a very doughy hot dog bun bottom. She only came back once to ck on us and had to flag her down for another beer for hubby. When we went to pay she finally suggested we should of gotten the livers with rice or grits. I told her that would of been a nice thing to know when we first ordered seeing it was our first time and I asked her for suggestions. Thanks for the up sell too late. When I went to pay cash the bill came to about $53 and some change I gave her 60 and was getting the change to add to her tip and she was animate about keeping the change, she asked twice are u sure u want change, I said yes but she insisted on keeping the change hence that was her tip. We didn't add anymore. I do not recommend this place. Hubby says it feels like a place that will be closing soon. The ambiance is a downtown 80's cafe with a waitress that should of retired years ago. She never smiled and gimped around with attitude. I love Opentable and happy they offer reservations to local gems but this place is a bust. Sorry but it is. Sorry for the harsh review but this was suppose to be a special dinner with my hubby but instead i am so bummed and sad. I DO NOT RECOMMEND. This is my first bad review on Opentable, yes it was that bad.

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CR
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my Moms birthday with family and friends. She had a great time. Food was great and service was on point as well. Keep us the good work.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a family dinner celebrating my daughters most successful first year in college. The food & service was incredible. Everyone was so friendly. They handle on-line reservations with great ease. Perfect!! Would recommend to others. Very clean, organized, fast & friendly service. The food was out of this world. I could cut my steak with a fork, it was so tender.

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were surprised by being the only customers upstairs! Our waitress, Katie, was excellent. It was a treat to have the dining area to ourselves, because the lower area was busy and louder. Food was excellent, service outstanding.

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EH
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch on the rooftop was special, crab cakes and scallops are recommended. Service was prompt and attentive. I would go back for dinner, nice atmosphere.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service. Very nice Easter brunch..

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WA
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I visited for our 5yr wedding anniversary. We wanted to do the rooftop so of course it rained! The food was great and actually the prices weren't as bad as I thought they might've been. Our waitress was a little bit slow but she was a little bit older and had multiple tables. Overall, we will definitely go back again. Hopefully the rooftop will be available!

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GA
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The meal was fine. I ordered the cheesecake for dessert. It was frozen when they brought it to the table. I opted to take it home. But even when it thawed, it was awful.
I only had a salad for my meal which was fine.

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AW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great! Will be coming back soon.

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DE
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great atmosphere! A little pricey but overall a good experience! Don

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MH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot say enough good things about our experience!! Food was terrific!! Service was very attentive. Restaurant rating is currently 100%!!!!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of y favorite places to dine in Raleigh/Durham/Triangle area. They never disappoint! I love the Gumbo & the Shrimp with Grits. It would be great to have another location closer to Raleigh.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad meal here. The food is so amazing!!!

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DW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food!! Amazing after dinner mints!
Service was great also.

We always take newcomers to NC to Manning’s!

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ribs and crab cakes were both absolutely delicious! Sides were great too.

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CK
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manning’s was extremely good. We had the most wonderful time there. The ambiance was just what we liked and the place was very clean. The food was very good, if you go you must try the Crab Cakes-out of this world ! Kudos to Manning’s and the Chef who came out to meet us and thanked us for visiting. We will definitely be regular patrons now.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we've had a meal at Manning's it has been outstanding. We recommend Manning's to everyone and they have the same opinion about it as we do. Thanks!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Manning’s is always a great place to go! The crab cakes with corn salsa was great! I also always enjoy the filet which is always cooked a perfect medium rare.

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m
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I came to celebrate our anniversary. We requested a booth when making our Saturday night reservations and we got one,right next to the kitchen entrance.The noise level was high but we knew that from previous visits.Katelyn our server was great,but would have been better if we could finish our salads before our dinner was put in front of us. We were not in a hurry to eat and leave. Linda loved her steak and I my salmon. My Old-Fashioned from the bar was excellent and I've noticed that the bar is not stingy with the liquor. Linda had two glasses of wine.The only negative was my asparagus which was burned one one end and raw on the other.We actually grew asparagus at home and served it right out of the garden.It's the first " off " food I've experienced at Manning's.The baked potato with scallions was great.We will be back, but there's some room for improvement.People don't make dinner reservations because they're in a rush to eat and get away.

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MM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great southern food..something for everyone. Delicious ribs, salads and always have a soup available if you want something light. Pleasing desserts.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Birthday lunch

The waitress was not very pleasant, go the feeling she doesn’t like her job. Sad, for I really enjoy this restaurant and find myself going back often.
Really need to make sure the staff meets the standards of the restaurant

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Already trying to figure out when we can go again!

We ventured to Manning's for a birthday dinner, knowing it was an unknown for us, but that we had heard good things. To say we were blown away is an understatement. I don't think we can call this a hidden gem, since it's right out on Main Street for all to see, but it's managed to slip by us for years and we wish we'd been sooner!

The atmosphere is excellent. The restaurant was full with a wait, but not crowded or chaotic. Our waitstaff (Erin) was knowledgeable, attentive (without being overwhelming) and well anticipated our needs. The food was out of this world. We took Erin's recommendation on the scallop appetizer and weren't disappointed. Erin also recommended the Crab Cakes entree and that was a huge hit. The Salmon entree was tasty and the Triple Chocolate Cheesecake was a great blend of sweet (but not too sweet!) and creamy.

Overall the food was phenomenal and portions were larger than expected! The flavors on each plate were incredible! Our experience was so wonderful that we returned the next night to pick up a "to go" order of some of the things we wanted on our dine-in trip, but didn't end up ordering. The "to go" order was every bit as amazing as the previous night.

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AH
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and nice atmosphere. The decor was a bit hodgepodge. a mix of antique modern and Italian eatery that didn’t exactly flow and not all of the tables had tablecloths but it definitely won’t stop us from visiting again! The crab cakes were fantastic and the bar was able to make a specialty drink, I requested!

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PM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there many times and always outstanding! Food and service!

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w
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always the best. Love this place!

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KN
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time there and I am happy to say that the food was just as delicious this time. The macaroni and cheese is outstanding, as are the crab cakes and the artichoke dip (the pita toast points with raw garlic, sharp cheese and herbs add a punch of flavor that we love!). We were not knocked over by the steak.
The server was polite and very attentive. Last time the owner popped over and was very friendly. We will certainly be back!

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JL
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love eating here. Great food, atmosphere and music.

We love it!

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CW
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely delicious, I really like the atmosphere, the waiters and waitresse are wonderful and efficient. It’s definitely one of my top 3 restaurant food choices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my wife’s birthday. As always the food was great!!!

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LP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Had to wait 30 minutes despite having reservation.

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great martinis. Spinach dip is spectacular! Cobb salad was delish too!

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P
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We received a gift card to use and were looking forward to our dinner. We were disappointed in our meal. My husband had the ribeye and although it was cooked perfectly, the steak was very grisly and tough. Not worth the $30 for the steak. I had the angel hair pasta with chicken and shrimp. It was okay. Lacked seasoning and got much better as it sat and the sauce thickened. Best part of the meal...the house salad and homemade dressing. Really good. We were very disappointed in the quality of the entrees for the price charged. Won't be going back.

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NS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in town and well worth the drive and money.

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D
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bri our server was the best! We love the rooftop atmosphere and the food is always good!

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