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Manta at Mauna Kea, Kamuela, HI

Manta at Mauna Kea

4.4
4.4
899 Reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine

Chef de Cuisine Ryan Brannigan grew up on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, surrounded by the farms and fields of Honoka’a and Waimea. Chef Ryan and the Manta Culinary team expertly create each dish around the produce, meats, and seafood provided by our farm, ranch, and fishery partnerships, allowing the flavors of the island’s provisions to speak for themselves. We are proud to share this unpretentious, yet complex cuisine that redefines Pacific Regional while honoring the rich tradition of culinary excellence at Mauna Kea.

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Booked 35 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Pacific Rim, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 882-5810

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Brannigan

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us to learn more about our private dining options.

  • Neighborhood

    Kohala Coast

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 899 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Ambiance

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Romantic

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Scenic View

  • Hawaii / Big Island

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food3service2ambience5

    We sat at our table for over 15 minutes and no one came to greet us. There was a server at the table next to us talking this entire time. I asked the hostess if we had a server, and after a few minutes a server came to quickly take our drink order. All the food was extremely average. We were never asked if we wanted another drink. But, again we noticed the same talkative server had been talking the table of guests next to us almost the entire time we had been seated. We never complained about anything, but were not overly gracious when our server asked if we like our meal. After our check arrived the very talkative server (who was actually the manager) came by to ask how everything was. We told him everything was average. He offered free dessert, but we declined. Mind blowing that a manager can be standing next to a table of guests sitting there for over 15 minutes without service and not notice, or even just stop in to ask how everything is going regardless if we seem satisfied or not.

  2. JF

    JackF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent care by our waiter Nick. Above and beyond.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal

  4. s

    sharibaby1

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service5ambience5

    Beautiful atmosphere!! Sylvia was a fantastic server and lovely But the food is mediocre at best. Overpriced and not worth the crazy costs. I’d much rather eat at Browns, canoe house or Merrimens. Such a huge disappointment.

  5. TH

    TheHowards

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic in every way. Beautiful ambiance, stunning views, impeccable service and amazing meal.

  6. s

    swimgalsal

    Hawaii

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was the perfect dining experience. The food was delicious and presented with precision. The waitress was professional and friendly. The setting was very romantic and the view of the ocean was spectacular. The restaurant did a special anniversary surprise and it all ended with a spectacular rainbow over the ocean.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4

    The location is amazing and food is good. Our server was horrible and it ruined the experience. Think twice before spending your money here as there are many better options close by.

  8. MA

    MaryAnneS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary

  9. SC

    ShelliC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Dinner was excellent. We order the mahi mahi and new york steak. Server was very busy so we had to get his attention. Gorgeous view and sunset. Added value with the live music.

  10. AK

    AshleyK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    The food here was excellent. We were a party of 5 celebrating my husband's 50th birthday. My daughter and I decided to share an appetizer, salad and entree (adding the lobster tail). Everyone else ordered their own entrees, etc. My daughter and I's appetizer and salad were served in half portions. When our entrees arrived we assumed they had been split as well. My son had also ordered a filet mignon and scallops. He did not receive his filet mignon. When the waiter came to check on us, he said, "oh sorry they didn't split your entree. One of you has your son's steak. I felt that the restaurant should have cooked our son his own steak rather than expecting us to give him the ones that we had already began eating off of. Our reservation was at 8:30 p.m. After we finished our entrees the waiter complained about how tired he was, how he had a long day, etc. It made us feel like they couldn't wait for us to leave. Again - excellent food - the staff could use some etiquette training. Our meal with tip was over $750.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Checked in at 7:45 for an 8:15 reservation and told staff we would wait in bar area. Very few we in the bar area. Finally checked at 8:30 on table status and were told” we have been looking for you”. Same person who checked us in at 7:45. Server thought it was a birthday celebration (not) so he brought a complimentary desert. Soup a bit cool and steak nothing to write home about. Ambience and view is the reason one should dine here. We dined every morning for breakfast at Manta and the morning staff are excellent.

  12. CP

    CalleyP

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was superb, to include the amazing view overlooking the ocean.

  13. MA

    MaryAnneS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent all the way!

  14. DE

    DarcyE

    Cleveland

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Wonderful live music Beautiful views

  15. RM

    RobertM

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everyone was friendly and efficient.

  16. M

    Michele

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic! The service was great. The food was delicious. The manta rays in the water were AMAZING!

  17. RH

    RobertH

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Excellent dinner, although pricey.. Perhaps could offer a few more non-seafood options, but still excellent. Beautiful place.

  18. AK

    AnnualKonaVisitor

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Birthday dinner. Beautiful location. Pricey but delish!

  19. P

    Puumakani

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    The food was good, but we specifically ordered two dishes of sashimi because we like the sea asparagus. It wasn’t served with the sea asparagus, but we asked the waitress if there was any because that’s what the description said, she brought out a bowl full of it. If you have it in your kitchen, and it’s advertised as having this ingredient, than why wasn’t it in there in the first place? Didn’t make sense. The waitress (won’t mention her name) was nice, but very inattentive and took a while to take our order. The runner was very pleasant, extremely attentive and quite nice. We gave him a separate gratuity.

  20. QZ

    QiweiZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Make reservation 2 weeks ahead and you will get a table facing very beautiful sunset ocean views outside. Service and food were great. Environment was awesome. Will eat there again when I go back to Big Island.

  21. KS

    KimS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the most beautiful places to eat dinner anywhere in the world! Don’t miss the manta rays after dinner.

  22. DF

    DanielF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5

    Manta just really missed the mark on a lot of things—mainly food and drinks. Their Old Fashioned drink was served with the bright red maraschino cherries and with a glass full of ice. You’d think for the price they’d have one large cube and luxardo cherries. My reservation was at 8:00pm and wasn’t seated until 8:20pm. Took 30-40 minutes for the appetizer to come out (seared Foie gras). Foie had stringy bits and wasn’t cleaned properly. Very small portion as well. The real disappointment though was the Frutti do Mare. The pasta itself was extremely salty and the seafood way overcooked and rubbery. The cost of this dish alone ($65) was comical. The dishes were far from being properly executed. And I’ll just add that at most of Mauna Kea’s restaurants for some reason they overcook every piece of fish. I don’t really understand why it’s so difficult for them to make palatable good food. Lastly, the reason for the 2 star review is that the ambience and view is unbeatable.

  23. MK

    MarkK

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, service and views!!

  24. A

    Albert

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter was exceptional : funny and knowledgeable. Excellent food choices and brilliantly prepared and served . I can’t wait to go back !

  25. F

    Fangy

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Great views. Missed seeing manta rays at the lit areas below but loved dining and the views prior to sunset. Food was ok, had special catch of the day and frutti di mare. Fish was very fresh while the pasta was a bit dry, it would make the dish if it were a bit saucier! Kids menu available, chicken nuggets and fried were over salted. Fruit bowl was finished by the kid. Overall food was presented well but could be elevated with a few tweaks. Very beautiful view and service.

  26. MC

    MCSB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    The restaurant is too large to be romantic, we found cieling recessed lights way too bright, strange, as it takes away from the ambiance and makes it feel a bit like a diner. Also too many large tables with poorly mannered children don't help with that. We were hoping for a nice quieter evening. Service was fine but rather with some attitude, not sure why, our waiter was aloof and didn't even come to check if food was ok. Food was good but we found it all rather overpriced. Look at the menu before booking. $50 for a mahi mahi dish? Has to be absolutely amazing, but judge for yourself. It's a upscale hotel restaurant and yes it's better than most but overall was not worth it in our opinion. Nice to watch the mantas from the view wing dock but be warned that to see them it has to be late, like 10:30 pm after boats and beach snorkels are gone.

  27. NE

    NEdiner

    Kansas City

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely dinner at Manta. Beautiful ocean view. Food was delicious. Nick our server was attentive and helpful. Even showed us perfect spot for a photo. Plus dessert was comped with a nice anniversary message on the plates.

  28. LF

    LauraF

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    Service was good except for the lady in the entrance, she seemed annoyed, we got there 15 mins early and when we checked in she ask us to wait to be seated… the place was EMPTY .. we waited 5 mins and ask if we can get seated early since there was no people, she purposely seat us in a table with no view, when we ask if we can move to the ones open in the front, she said “do whatever you want” absolutely disappointed with her… not a good customer service for a 5 start hotel!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best dining experience in the area

  30. HG

    HG1985

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service at Manta. We enjoyed sitting outside and watching the snorkelers look for Manta Rays during dinner. Make sure you call ahead to get an outdoor reservation if you can. If not, the bar is very enjoyable as well.

  31. JC

    JisooC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Wonderful place! Fresh food and good mood. That’s all.

  32. EI

    ElizabethI

    Boise

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a delightful and delicious dinner in an absolutely beautiful;l setting. We ate early (6:15) so there were a number of families dining then. If you have children, that is a good time to go. We will eat later, as we usually do next time.

  33. KH

    KateH

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    Service was slow and the food was very expensive for what it was. The ambience was fantastic though and seeing the manta ray in the water a highlight

  34. PW

    PaulW

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great service. Hot and delicious food. Beautiful view.

  35. O

    Outoftown

    Raleigh

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    It was a great evening. Our server Nick was amazing. Watching the sunset over the ocean was beautiful. The food was great. Overall a really good meal.

  36. AO

    AnnO

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent! Menu is labeled with gluten free options which made ordering easy. We split a garden salad, a kompachi entree, and crab fried rice. Plenty of food. The waiter suggested a delicious red wine for us. Perfect evening.

  37. O

    Outoftown

    Raleigh

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Our server was absolutely great and the view is amazing. The food was very good and we especially liked the chocolate soufflé for desert.

  38. SL

    StaceyL

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5

    We had reservations for 8 o’clock and arrived three minutes before eight. We were not seated until 825. There were tons of open seats and they were not very apologetic for making us wait. No clear answer was given as to why we had to wait given there are so many open seats. That being said the ambience was great. Beautiful setting. So neat to go down to their dock and watch the manta rays. Food was fine. Live music added nicely to the overall experience. Best part about the restaurant was the view, manta rays, and ambience.

  39. OT

    OpenTDiner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfection!

  40. 1

    1313

    Central Coast

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely dinner at manta. We started with a shared Caesar salad which was fresh and delicious. I had the sashimi appetizer which was also fresh and flavorful. My husband enjoyed the perfectly cooked lobster tempura. For our main dishes our server kindly combined my favorite fish(mac crusted mahi-mahi) and the garlic fried rice. Sooo delicious! My husband had the frutti Del Mar. That was a seriously delicious dish! To round our night off we enjoyed the chocolate soufflé with orange creme anglaise, so yummy. Our server was attentive and the view was beautiful and peaceful. I highly recommend manta for a lovely dinner in paradise.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Manta at Mauna Kea is rated 4.4 stars by 899 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 35 times today
Google Map for Manta at Mauna Kea

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive Kamuela, HI 96743

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Kohala Coast

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Pacific Rim, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Brannigan

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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