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Manta at Mauna Kea, Kamuela, HI

Manta at Mauna Kea

4.5
4.5
1026 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


Booked 41 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 1,026 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Ambiance

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Outdoor Dining

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Romantic

  • Hawaii / Big Island

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  1. JM

    JoeM

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance. Truly. Mauna Kea experience!
  2. w

    warrena

    Denver

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice experience. Great experience.
  3. MA

    MARINOTMARIE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food and ambiance and not rushed through your meal.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful! Really friendly and professional staff. Food amazing
  5. d

    deni

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Signed up through open table. Didn’t get seated till 40 minutes later than our reservation time. Got better service after informing hostess that we were staying at hotel.
  6. NS

    NewportSup

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This restaurant is at a destination resort that we love. The service was beyond compare. The downfall was there was a wedding so there was a wedding so we had to wait. However, the restaurant was so organized that those concerns disappeared! We had lobster tempura and the filet. Both excellent. Our server was a pro and very attentive despite having many tables. They brought us an anniversary cake that was comped. All delicious. So amazing. The views were to die for.
  7. KC

    KathyC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had excellent service from Sylvia. She even took pictures. We were able to see the sunset over the ocean. Just gorgeous and the food was fantastic. A little pricey but for this view and service, it was worth it.
  8. SS

    SusanS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We loved everything about the place. steaks were cooked perfect maybe a little to salty. Atmosphere was beautiful. Drinks were fantastic and dessert was amazing.
  9. EH

    EricH

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A fabulous meal in a delightfully unique setting. The complimentary bread serving is of such surprisingly poor quality, especially compared with the remainder of the delicious meal, one wonders why they even bother to serve it as it sets a negative tone the meal does not deserve.
  10. M

    Marilyn

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We were a party of six, having made our reservation a month ahead. When we arrived we were asked to wait while they set up a table for six!! We waited 20 minutes for a reservation they knew was for 6!!! It was not caused by tables not being available—just not set up. Got water immediately but no waiter for 10 minutes and then waited 22 minutes to get our drinks!! It was bad last year and blamed on Covid. Now I think it is bad management. We won’t be back!
  11. JS

    JacqueS

    Phoenix

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our first time dining at Manta was nice but our server had to apologize for the poor service at the end of our meal. We are staying here at Mauna Kea resort and wished for a little better of an experience for our honeymoon dinner. My steak was tough, our cornbread came after dinner was finished and my husbands cocktail was not good unfortunately. We ran out of water many times and went a while without refills. Not sure what was up.. just a bit of a bummer.
  12. LL

    LisaL

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had our 3rd anniversary dinner at Manta. The views were spectacular especially at sunset. After dinner we walked down the path to see the manta rays eating! So awesome!!
  13. GL

    GwenL

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience5
    Great ambiance mediocre food.
  14. RS

    RickyS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and ambiance! Delicious dinner. Would definitely return.
  15. BL

    BilLongua

    Las Vegas

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  16. EB

    EricB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance. The staff were excellent and responsive
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delicious food, lovely views.
  18. b

    britguy

    San Francisco

    104 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience3
    Location is great with wonderful views. Food is lacking especially the starters. Service is friendly and efficient. Salads are really bad- the Caesar salad we had is the worst I have ever had anywhere. Tasteless dressing and sad lettuce.
  19. C

    Carols

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Amazing views. Good service. Food is overcooked, overpriced and far below the quality of the other resorts. Go for a drink but eat elsewhere.
  20. A

    Anne

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had one of the best experiences dining at Manta. Every attention to detail, the service, quality of cuisine, and the view made for a night we’ll never forget!
  21. M

    Marilyn

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    One dish, Fruitta d’Mere, fish was barely warm and pasta was cold. Told waiter, he said he wouldn’t charge for it but did. Water service came quickly but waiter didn’t come for at least 5-10 minutes. Ordered drinks that took another 10 minutes to come. Give people their drinks and slow service thereafter will be tolerated. But slow service of drinks is irritating. Otherwise we were happy with our evening.
  22. M

    Marty

    Portland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ocean view. Great service. Delicious food— especially the lobster tempura. A wonderful evening!
  23. AK

    AnnualKonaVisitor

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary and invited first time Island visitors.
  24. S

    Stacy

    Tahoe

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! Incredible view!
  25. MS

    MenaS

    Hawaii

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Girls trip celebrating us!
  26. CV

    CountVronsky

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wedding anniversary celebration. We received a complimentary dessert with inscribed chocolate message. Attentive service, flexible menu, top- notch view of a tropical beach paradise. Romantic, unique, special. No room for improvement. Why not 5 stars? Because, IMO , four stars are more useful and are read more frequently by serious diners who want to know what’s wrong. So if you are reading this - we highly recommend Manta. Our experience was perfect.
  27. k

    kmks

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    The seafood platter was overpriced and the shrimp and lobster very very dry and overcooked
  28. LG

    LoriG

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went on a recommendation from a friend and we weren't disappointed. We went for a sunset dinner, the weather was perfect, the service was prompt and very friendly and the food was very good. We had the Lobster Bisque to start it was yummy. I had the Macademia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi, it was just the right size with the perfect side and sauce. My husband had the Lamb Chops he said they were great, really tender and flavorful. Our Bombe Alaska dessert was way more than enough for 2 people and really tasty.
  29. GG

    GaryG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting. Cool atmosphere. Amazing Staff. Bernice (our server) was amazing! Food was prepared to perfection. Presentation was amazing. Hat’s off to Chef Shimmeree and the Kitchen Crew. As busy as they were our food came out in a timely manner. Definitely Going back!
  30. F

    Faith808

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our server, she made my birthday a great one! Definitely will be back again.
  31. KC

    KenC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The waiter was prompt. The lamb chops were excellent. The Kona Kampachi had a fishy taste. Salad need a bit more buttermilk dressing. Mushrooms were very good.
  32. JF

    JeffF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was friendly, service was on point and the Mahi Mahi was the best I ever had. Then after a great meal you can walk down and see the Manta Rays feeding, great place and fun night out.
  33. D

    Dave

    Phoenix

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food. Very small portions considering the prices. Beautiful view, but have to get a table on front row.
  34. T

    Tori

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service from Rochelle was amazing! The menu could use a little updating, but there is no better view.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Have the tempura lobster! Such a beautiful view
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and food.
  37. L

    Lissie

    Salt Lake City

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our 40th anniversary and my husbands 69th birthday. i had requested a great table. When we arrived we were early and they made us wait in the lounge..no problem we got a drink but they never called us. When I inquired about our table they had forgotten abut us and we were seated at a less than optimum table. Try as we may we were not moved. Then we got the most awesome server..KneeSee..she turned our dinner around. Great food and service and we got over the table issue.
  38. MC

    MarcoC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Though our server Nick and the busser worked extremely well as a unit to make our night last a lifetime. Cheers to the both of them!
  39. MJ

    MarcJ

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Manta was fantastic! Beautiful scenery, great food and some very attentive staff members made this a very memorable experience!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    On vacation and wanted to try a nicer restaurant for dinner. The location was the only good thing, as we were steps away from the manta rays night swimming in the illuminated water. But that’s about it. They ran out of bread, so we had pita chips. They served minuscule steak to the kids, even though the Kiki menu said 6oz. They ran out of fish. They didn’t even have fresh ground pepper, which is disappointing for a nicer restaurant. They also seemed to not mind one of the patrons vaping at her table. The only thing classy was the price of the food. Definitely not worth the money.

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 1026 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


Booked 41 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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