Manta

4.5
609 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.
*Please note that guests not staying in the hotel will be required to complete a health questionnaire and temperature screening upon arrival. Thank you for your participation.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 609 people are saying
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vipJeanN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Ambiance was nice. Presentation was good. Service was ok. Food was not good. Mahi mahi was overcooked. Corn bread Was undercooked. Ahi was good but other items on the plate were just ok. They put chocolate soufflé on table and just left it. Had to ask for plates and for them to serve it. Not what I expect at those prices and at the Mauna Kea.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food

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vipStemguy
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Unbelievable venue, very tranquility with great views. Outstanding food and service. Excellent wine selection.

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Tripp
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service and quality of the food was great as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress and beautiful views.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful view, impeccable service. The only complaint I had was the feral cats. They were walking around all the tables and even around our feet.

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FernandoAlegre
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service and great food. Recommended

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vipLaurieB
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our best meal on the island ! Great service and food.

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MikeC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

For the price the quality of food does not compare to the canoe house or merrimans

I would not go back except for drinks

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food!

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JillG
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I enjoyed an appetizer seafood platter. For my main course I had a pasta dish with shrimp abd Mudd Pie for dessert.

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AlexH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Beautiful atmosphere! Will be back.

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vipJohnA
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic view.
Casual but upscale.
Great music
Excellent service
Very good selection of dishes
Very good food presentation
And the dinners few very good

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vipMovnshake
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding celebration

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TonyM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love our time at Mauna Kea and dining at Manta.
Can’t wait for the buffet to return!!

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vipRobertZ
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, location = awesome!

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Chelle
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our last night on the island and we couldn't have picked a more beautiful location. The ambiance was amazing. We sat in very front facing the ocean. We ordered the caprese and ceasar salad, Maui and the tempura lobster...both amazing and cooked perfectly. My husband thought they had the best Mai Tai of the entire trip. A little pricey on the drinks but well worth it. We will definitely return. Aloha!

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RONM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful evening, staff and service was spot on which is what you would expect from a top notch restaurant, food presentation and quality was exceptional. go early for the sunset and outdoor seating!

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vipBrutusboy
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Just very average felt like a McDonalds. Not special at all.

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viptravelgirl58
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We wanted something in our hotel for our arrival night. Couldn’t get more convenient. And the ambience overlooking the ocean and Manta Ray spot was beautiful!

Hubby had lamb chops and unfortunately they were about half fat. They were tasty but just not much meat to eat. I had seafood special which was moist and tender. Not a very big piece of fish though especially for the price.

Biggest issue they need to fix is timing of service. We sat for quite a while with only water. We finally ordered a tomato salad and entrees. We got some bread and waited for salad. And waited. They waitress came over 3 times to apologize for how long it was taking. It finally came out and no sooner had we started to eat it when our entrees came out. And those were lukewarm to cold. Timing was way off.

They did bring us a delicious piece of mud pie for our anniversary which was nice. And oh so good. Overall, we weren’t particularly full and felt we overpaid for what we got. A few tweaks and this restaurant could be wonderful.

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vipPamH
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Macnut mahi we’ve had on the island. Nick was a super
server!

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LIsixers
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Go for the great service and view, food underseasoned, just okay. Mantas under the light and view from above them, amazing!!!

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SanFranciscofoodlover
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, wonderful setting, and excellent service all combined to a really special evening dinner experience at the Manta Ray restaurant .

Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants on the island! Everything is perfection! Your staff is wonderful & the food is amazing!
🌺❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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vipSouthcityCA
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with a great view.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic setting, service, and food.

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Alicat
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious lamb chops and the white shrimp as well.
The tomato, balsamic and chèvre salad was scrumptious!
Idyllic setting with a rocking crescent moon and a sky full of stars. Tiki torches lit the terrace beautifully.
It was great fun to go down to the edge of the terrace and look out in the dark ocean and see the lights of snorkelers illuminating the graceful manta rays. Truly magical.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

My food was lukewarm and parts actually cold. My husband’s fish was very overcooked. Very overpriced. Would not recommend.

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viplyndat
Montana
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t go wrong! Everything here is wonderful. The food, views and service💕

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SarahF
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner and excellent service. Our waitress, Richelle, was superb!

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Daisy5
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gorgeous sunset. Can't beat the view. Ask for a table close to the edge of the patio for best view and quiet dinner. Wonderful staff and service. Food was very good but quite pricey for entrees etc. Loved the sashimi appetizer, shrimp tagliatelle dish and mud pie. Pressed coffee was a lovely end to the meal. Thank you to the staff for a celebratory birthday meal!

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vipneuteam
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Amazing location and view! Started with the oysters which my husband enjoyed and the beef carpaccio which was very disappointing. Felt like I was eating roast beef lunch meat with some toppings. We had the special fish dish of the evening which was opakapaka and lobster and incredible and the Kona White Shrimp Tagliatelle was also very good despite the shrimp being a bit over done. We also had the Za'atar Scented Ahi which was just okay. The star of the night for me was the vanilla soufflé with the grand marnier sauce (better than the lilikoi sauce we also tried). Overall the service was just okay and there were glimpses of perfection with the location, the fish special & the soufflé dessert. I would go back on my next trip to the big island.

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vipBradS
London
11 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great location. Great view. Food was below expectations. My wife ordered the catch of the day, Sea bass. I ordered seared ahi tuna. Both were flavorless. Tomato salad was unripe. Lobster salad and dressing were exceptional.

However, the service was excellent and the drinks were delicious. We will definitely return.

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vipSunsetsandybeaches
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Romantic backdrop, phenomenal food and attentive service. A favorite....had forgotten just how special this place was. Will be repeating definitely!

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steveDes
Las Vegas
52 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been a few years since our last visit to Big Island, but we always have Manta on our must-do list, and it was just as we had remembered. We allowed enough time to catch the sunset and go down the short path where the manta rays come in to feed, there were three this evening. Food is small portions but ton of flavor, sashimi app, Caesar salad were great starters, mahi mahi was exceptional. We did vanilla lava cake, I should have gone with chocolate. My only gripe: wine by the glass is crazy price for about 3oz pour, better to just get the bottle. Overall best dinning experience of our trip, just a slight bit ahead of CanoeHouse.

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vipjudim
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We had a beautiful table. We waited a 1/2 hour before we were greeted by server and only after my husband asked. We did get water and bread during that time. Once the server came,service was much better. The food was very good,however I felt there could have been more seafood in the Frutti De Mare @ 65.00 it had only 2 each of shrimp,scallops,small lobster tail. I have had it with much more seafood.

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vipAimee
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at the Manta this weekend was picture perfect. The view is outstanding and the sunset amazing. Where was live music and the music talent top notch! We had the local snapper that was created perfectly. The skin was crisp and the fish absolutely as moist as can be. We loved our waiter Kanoa and hope to see him and all the Manta crew again soon!

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ChasenAloha
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is without a doubt one of the best restaurants on the Big Island. Great food, excellent wine list, great service and stunning views.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manta is excellent, we go here several times per month.

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vippovertybaydiner
Seattle
50 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We have eaten at Manta several times over the years, but due to the pandemic it's been over two years since our last time. The menu has changed, but for the better. We were very happy with all our selections. Service was mostly good, but there were some issues with timing the courses and it felt like we were being rushed a bit. However, we did have 2 kids, and in the end, a brisker pace was fine. Still it was a bit annoying to get dessert served before they had even cleared the dinner plates. But aside from that, the food was top notch. We especially enjoyed the Auntie's Garden specialty cocktail for the night (a tropical sour side car concoction) and the Frutti de Mare was excellent for dinner.

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Manta is rated 4.5 stars by 609 OpenTable diners.

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