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Manta at Mauna Kea, Kamuela, HI

Manta at Mauna Kea

4.5
4.5
956 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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2 people

7:00 PM


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 956 people are saying

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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Was a nice experience but not outstanding. Reservations at 7:30, checked in 7:25, not sat until shortly after 7:45. Not a huge deal, but when you make reservations 6 weeks in advance, a slightly frustrating start. Clear they are short staffed (which honestly is expected) from the open tables around us once we were sat. Our waiter did an adequate job, but again nothing exceptional. Our meals were good, but the real stunner of the meal was the bombe Alaska dessert, don’t skip it. Great outdoor seating and fun/unique to be able to go see the manta rays after the meal. I would say just don’t have expectations for outstanding/phenomenal meal or service and rather expect a nice/adequate experience (with a large price tag).
  2. A

    Alan

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, excellent service, and stellar view.
  3. D

    Diner

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration 1.2. Very pleasant venue and first rate staff. Food was delicious and well prepared. Definitely recommend the Manta for a nice and intimate setting that delivers service all around.
  4. D

    Dana

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The service is abysmal for a pretentious (and very expensive even by Hawaii resorts standards) restaurant such as Manta. We waited to be seated despite having confirmed reservations. We also waited 20 minutes for a waiter to show up and take our order. No, they were not packed. There are better places in the touristy kohala coast.
  5. G

    Gary

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Very nice place to dine with great service and views. I ordered medium rare on my steak but had medium to medium well. I started on the end which was well done and then cut to the center and it was medium and the steak was very tough. Probablybecause it was iver cooked.. I was too hungry to wait for another steak. We got a free desert.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    We spent $300 for tough steak and tasteless shrimp. We waited about 35 min for the food (which if fine) then waited another 5+ minutes once the food was on the table for a steak knife. Yet we were rushed to finish our dinner. Service from our server was poor food was okay drinks were good. Not a place I would personally recommend if you are wanting a nice vacation dinner.
  7. B

    Bree

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful views! Amazing service and food! A must visit.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    On vacation, dining as a family. Kid-friendly and very attentive staff. Food was quite good!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food , great waiter , beautiful sunset and fireworks all in one place best night ever
  10. JC

    JenniC

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous time at Manta!! The food, service, and the view was absolutely amazing!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Great outdoor seating. Unfortunately the food was not good. I ordered the Frutti DI Mare and the clams, shrimp, and scallops all were severely over cooked. The past was dry and also over cooked. Unfortunately I will not go back
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Had to send
  13. TR

    TRMS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at Manta was a fantastic experience. We had a glitch with our reservation via open table but called the restaurant direct and they worked with us. Lovely place. Jazz duo was terrific and dinner was fantastic. Highly recommend.
  14. GM

    GloriaM

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it! Great food, nice view of the ocean. We will come back!
  15. M

    Magda

    Portland

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Gorgeous view and most of the food was terrific except for the crusted Mahi Mahi. That was dry. The appetizers were exquisite! The deserts were lovely too, especially the "Bomb" was the bomb!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    Food too rich. Smothered in butter and cream. Nothing special. Go for views, not the food.
  17. IM

    IvanM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service, amazing views, good menu. I did find the food wasn’t as fresh as I hoped and a bit too much butter but we enjoyed our experience and overall good value.
  18. R

    Rich

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A spectacular dining experience.
  19. d

    deonb

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food views and service thank you. Will be returning again
  20. M

    Momofthree

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a special meal to commemorate a special vacation for our family. Exceptional food and service alike.
  21. G

    Granny

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great choices Delicious salads Perfect desserts Excellent service Delightfully perfect views
  22. AR

    AaronR

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our better meals on the Big Island vacation. Perfect view. Great service and delicious food. Certainly recommend for family or date out.
  23. GS

    GwenS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Absolutely beautiful view of the bay and sunset - worth it just for that! Just a tip - parking is valet parking - don’t try to find a parking lot! Food was very good, service slow T times, but who wants to rush with a view like that!
  24. DD

    DavidD

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional sashimi, lamb, steak, lobster tails, Mai Tais, and desserts. Wonderful ambiance and service, too. A magical way to end our family vacation.
  25. MC

    MarkC

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Beautiful settings, but the shrimp & lobster were hard and rubbery. My wife side bowl of white rice was served in a manner that our dog would have been shocked. The manager said he was in transition between chefs. Unlucky for us. As a side note, I know how hard it is find good employees these days. Aloha
  26. RR

    RussR

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again … a visual and gastronomical adventure ! Awesome ! We’ll be back for the 8th time Aloha
  27. A

    Anne

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Frutti de Mar! Delicious!most beautiful view ever!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect way to end our Big Island vacation. Nick and James are stellar.
  29. SS

    StephanieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming to manta for a few years and every single time it is the most magical evening!!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my family to Manta to celebrate my youngest daughters 16 birthday. Amazing views, ambiance, service, and the food is always great.
  31. MK

    MichaelK

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was perfection from start to finish!! The food was delicious & melted in your mouth!!
  32. TP

    TonyaP

    New York Area

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites when on the island. Brontë has been our server many times and he is fantastic!!! Appetizers, entree, and deserts delicious. Great wine list. Would love to see them expand the cocktail offerings. Beautiful place for an evening dinner!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal and even better setting. Kampachi was delicious and the produce was so fresh and delicious they nearly stole the show. Great, attentive and friendly service.
  34. LF

    LookingForUnique

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing view, got to see the manta rays at night. Excellent food. Very pricey.
  35. M

    Matt

    St. Louis

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only reason I rated Manta with 5 stars is because there wasn’t an option for 6! If you are in Waikoloa and you want an outstanding dinner at perhaps the most peaceful and iconic hotel on the Big Island, then you must RUN not walk to Manta!
  36. SB

    SBG9

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall the food and service were very good.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Veal and filet were dramatically under seasoned. The sauces were flavorless and the cheesecake was bland
  38. WS

    WiebkeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting. Excellent and attentive service. The food was delicious and plentiful, albeit a bit expensive. But worth it for something special!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing all around! The food was delicious. Great atmosphere for our 18th Wedding Anniversary. Our server Nick, along with his wait staff were the best. Very attentive to our needs without being overbearing and he went above and beyond to take a beautiful photo of us for our special day.
  40. DL

    DanielL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Food and service

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 4.5 stars by 956 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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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