Manta

4.6
681 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 681 people are saying
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jmgoldilocks
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we are there during MANTA Ray feeding, was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We waited over an hour for our main course. It never came. The order never got turned in or it got lost. So we left

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Willdieforgoodfood
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It can be difficult to get a table at Manta if you're not staying at the Mauna Kea but we were lucky to get in at the last minute on Open Table. Food is consistently good here and the atmosphere at sunset is magical. We like to reward ourselves for special occasions and we weren't disappointed.

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Steven
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was very tasty; the ambiance was stunning; service was immaculate; prices are very steep, but that is to be expected in a hotel like this.
Food presentation on the plates can still be refined

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MargieK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely SPECTACULAR meal. My daughter and I had the macademia nut-encrusted Mahi Mahi, and my husband had the tagatelle with fresh lobster, crab and squid. Both dishes were wonderful! My son (who doesn't like seafood) declared that this was the best burger he's ever had. For dessert, we had the mud pie, passion fruit ice cream, and the vanilla souffle with Grand Marnier en glace. All were delicious! Add to that, 5 star service and a perfect view of the ocean, including being able to watch divers swim with 12' manta rays in the bay just below us. A magical place - we will definitely be back!

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vipJohnG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful experience.

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TroyH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! A must for the dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful overlooking water. Excellent food and service.

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vipJeff
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Manta is a great place for a sunset dinner. Beautiful views and outstanding food. A really incredible experience

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vipSumo
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Manta is a very good dining experience for Hawaii. The frois gras was great and the oysters were very clean and delicious. Its a bit pricey but everything in Hawaii is that way. We ate there twice during our trip. I would recommend the setting is spectacular.

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ShayA
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Very expensive. Food wasn’t great. Service and ambiance was nice. Would’ve enjoyed it much better if the food was good. 6 people and everyone didn’t like their food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Manta for a scenic dinner experience to celebrate our anniversary. This restaurant’s sunset over the bay was absolutely gorgeous and to top it off we had a live band. The staff was very professional and kind. The food was the kind of fine dining you would want to enjoy when you celebrate a special occasion. We ordered the lobster tempura, sea scallops, mahi mahi, and finished with a delicious soufflé. All of the items were perfect! Thank you for the wonderful experience we will come back again! 10/10

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Lynsey
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food was pretty decent but our waitress was terrible! Waited forever and barely talked to us.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal in an exquisite setting. We had dinner after sunset. Dinner was excellent and service outstanding. The lobster tempura, veal chop and lamb chops were perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. They have an excellent selection of wines by the glass.

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MeganW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On the pricier side but the food was so delicious, it was well worth it!

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vipTraciE
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Manta, beautiful view and ambience! The food was exquisite! Sylvia, our server, was simply amazing and knows how to take photos! Many thanks to everyone!

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penelope
Anchorage
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. The setting and ambience are beyond description. Watching the sun drop into the Pacific while the waves are crashing in on the rocks below is a most wonderfully memorable experience.

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vipFmtFreeze
Portland
52 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

So so food at very expensive prices- definitely paying for the awesome view and beautiful restaurant.

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atil
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food. Unique ambiance with mantas

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MarionN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, sunset view, beautiful grounds. Manta ray viewing after dark was astonishing!

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IslandDiner
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Let’s just start with the view. “Worth the price of admission” as they say! The view of the bay, at sunset…priceless. Evelyn was our server and was wonderful. We started with the seafood platter. So fresh and delicious. I had Caesar salad and the Kanpachi with scallops. Also delicious. My husband had a steak and said it was perfectly seasoned. Our guest had the mahi mahi and loved it. We finished with a shared soufflé (be sure to order it early). It is beyond indulgent, but light and airy so the guilt is short lived!
Live jazz music from the Manta Lounge just further enhanced the evening.
Expensive? Yes. But we had a wonderful, memorable dinner and hope to return soon.

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AlohaLani
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool trade winds lightly blow thru your hair on the outside dining option. Recommend making your reservation 30 minutes before sunset for twilight time. The food was farm/ocean to table fresh and pleasing to the eye and the palette.
Bronson our waiter and Arnel, Bus.. were attentive and provided excellent service. Mahalo Chef! Caution, Mauna Kea needs to upgrade the restrooms toilets from the 1960’s to current day height. Other than that- it was fantastic. Until next time.- A hui hou!

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3isthemagicnumber
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunset was AMAZING! The service superb. Overall 10!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has to be the nicest dining experience on the Big Island. Gorgeous view, excellent service and hospitality, delicious meals. 100% can’t go wrong!

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KathyS
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster tail cooked perfectly! Nice sized portions, moist fresh mahi mahi in delicious sauce. Very attentive service! Loved the ocean view and sunset!

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TerrenceC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice view. Best service . Great food and amazing drinks 🍹

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DaranV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best evening ever. Five stars all the way around. We’ll definitely go back. A little concerned first about valet parking, it was our only choice. It too was fast and free with validation. Beautiful Hotel and Great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

I hate to leave bad reviews but at over $150/person I expected at least a decent meal with good service. The oysters were not good. The lobster bisque was good but came out barely warm. We got the veal and the filet and asked for medium rare and both came out dry and well done. It took almost 40min for our entrees to come out. Perhaps they were understaffed because we barely saw our waiter, but it didn’t seem like the restaurant was half full. The view is great from the restaurant but you can get that for free. Sad to say but dinner at Hau Tree had better service and although the menu is more fast food it was at least hot and not overcooked when it came.

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Tara
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best service we’ve ever received. It was a beautiful setting, great waiter, and delicious food.

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vipMarilyn
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hotel resort dining while on vacation

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful location and setting. Mai Tais are the best outside of merrimans. Food is good not great and overpriced but you’re paying for the location. My favorite restaurant for a special occasion on the big island.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation . Nick was top notch as our waiter. Beautiful location. Food great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous experience. View, service, and food were all top notch. We will cherish our beautiful dinner at Manta for many years to come.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

View looking out to bay was great. Food was okay for the price, not spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience. From the moment we came in the hostess greeted us and our table was already prepared. We were sat at a perfect outside location during sunset with no obstruction to our view. Service was great, the food was delicious and presentation was perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views from the restaurant
Staff were very helpful and food was first class

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vipSteve
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good service. Food was ok for the price. Will probably go back.

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vipDave
Phoenix
45 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing location and view. Food was good, not great. You pay for the view and it’s worth it

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vipGeorgia
Hawaii
49 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone very attentive - excellent customer service. My macadamia nut crusted mahi-mahi was amazing. Loved my mai-tai. The setting is truly stunning with ocean view for sunset

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vipMarkG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

They are very understaffed. Our drinks were made promptly but delivered to us melted. Our raw oysters sat so long to be delivered to us they were in a pool of melted ice and had to be sent back as inedible. The main courses were delivered hot and tasted good. They were the only reason the Manta got above one star given the premium price point, even in Hawaii.

FAQs

Manta is rated 4.6 stars by 681 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.