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Manta, Kamuela, HI

Manta

4.5
4.5
846 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 3 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Seafood Bisque$21.00

    Kona Lobster Tail, Kamuela Tomato, Crouton

    • Manta Sashimi$32.00

      Yellow Fin Ahi, Kona Kanpachi, Sea Asparagus, Carrot Miso, Soy Mustard

      • Seafood Platter$150.00

        Kona Lobster, Pacific Oysters, Grilled Kona Shrimp, Ahi & Kanpachi Sashimi, Uni, King Crab

        • Pacific Oysters on the Half Shell$27.00

          Chili Mignonette, Cocktail Sauce

          • Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras$28.00

            Surinami Cherry Jam, Nori, Granola, Brioche, Ola Kino Greens

            • Lobster Tempura$35.00

              Kona Lobster Tail, Porcini Aioli

              • A5 Wagyu Tartare$50.00

                Ribeye Cap, Shallots, Quail Egg, Mustard, Cornichons, Capers, Rye Bread

                • Kona Shrimp Cocktail$26.00

                  Cocktail Sauce, Lemon

                  Salads

                  • Big Island Greens$17.00

                    Cucumber, Baby Carrots, Green Beans, Tomato, Avocado, Buttermilk Dressing

                    • Kekela Farm Baby Romaine Caesar$16.00

                      Hawaii Island Goat Parmesan, Heirloom Tomato, Crouton

                      Entrees

                      • Frutti Di Mare$65.00

                        Kona Lobster, Diver Scallops, Uni, Roasted Tomato Cream, Radicchio, Sichuan Pepper

                        • Veal Chop$60.00

                          HL Farms Broccollini Fingerling Potatoes, Sauce Choron

                          • Mac Nut Encrusted MahiMahi^$50.00

                            Potato Puree, Bok Choy, Baby Tomato, Lemon Butter

                            • Batik Curry$37.00

                              Taro, Kabocha, Bok Choy, Eggplant, Braising Greens, Cauliflower

                              • Kobe Ribeye$75.00

                                Snake River Farms Ribeye Medallion, Beet Fat Root Vegetables, Mushroom, Bearnaise

                                • Kona Kanpachi$47.00

                                  Bok Choy, Baby Carrots, Mushroom, Ginger Soy Vinaigrette, Cilantro

                                  • I'a

                                    Daily Chef Inspiration

                                    • Grilled Australlian Lamb Rack

                                      Ulu Panisse, Radicchio, Pistachio, Asparagus, Strawberry Port Jam, Midnight Blanc

                                      • 2 bone$42.00
                                      • 4 bone$55.00
                                    • New York Strip$60.00

                                      Horseradish Potato, Kamuela Greens, Green Peppercorn Sauce

                                      • Local Chicken$46.00

                                        Tatsoi, Baby Tomato, Kabocha, Taro, Lemon Caper Vinaigrette

                                        Sides

                                        • Cornbread, Mauna Kea Honey Jalapeno Butter$12.00

                                          • Roasted Garlic Crab Fried Rice, Scallion, Garlic Oil$15.00

                                            • Roasted Local Mushroom, Garlic Herb Butter$15.00

                                              • Grilled Asparagus, Hawaiian Chili Romesco$12.00

                                                Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                What 846 people are saying

                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                NoiseModerate

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                                                1. CE

                                                  CharlesE

                                                  Las Vegas

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined 1 day ago

                                                  overall3food3service3ambience5

                                                  Food was not as good as we had hoped for, my wife had the mahi mahi which was mediocre at best. I had a new york strip that was OK, but not great. Service, especially seating was poor.

                                                2. AC

                                                  AmandaC

                                                  1 review

                                                  2.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                  overall2food1service1ambience4

                                                  Very Limited food options.Server was very pushy about ordering appetizers and sides as if she was worried about her tip.She was verging on rude.They have no clue how to cook a steak.

                                                3. PO

                                                  PaulO

                                                  Hawaii

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                  overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                  As usual, the service, atmosphere and staff did not disappoint. When we're with friends, we usually share dishes. The server quickly adjusted service for us, making sure plates were placed for service. Food was presented beautifully and was, as usual, delicious!

                                                4. CM

                                                  CathyM

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  24 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  24 reviews

                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Anniversary and birthdays

                                                5. SH

                                                  SherryH

                                                  Hawaii

                                                  30 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  30 reviews

                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                  I had mac crusted mahimahi with a potato puree a piece of bok choy and 3 grape tomatoes for $50.00. Really pricey but paying for the view which was spectacular. Service is fantastic. They also had live music while you eat.

                                                6. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Tampa

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Wonderful dinner at Manta. Great setting at the Muana Kea Resort. Food was fabulous. Excellent service. Live light jazz in the background. We started with Ceasar salad and lobster bisque, followed by Mahi and Baby Lamb Chops. For dessert, Creme Brulet. Pricey, but worth the whole experience.

                                                7. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  1 review

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  This restaurant is a must go to! The food was delicious and the service here was absolutely amazing. Our waitress Sylvia was so kind and attentive which made the meal that much more enjoyable.

                                                8. LA

                                                  LALA2

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Love dining on the patio at Manta’s. Gorgeous views and excellent service

                                                9. S

                                                  Snorks

                                                  Washington DC

                                                  60 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  60 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                  overall3food3service4ambience5

                                                  Lovely seating overlooking small inlet. Sound of water gently coming to shore bright stars over head…then you focus on the menu. Nothing original or exciting. George ordered fruit de mar for $65. It was a frozen prepared meal that was heat and serve. Did not have a fresh taste. I fared better with the chicken but the vegetables were watery with chunks of back skinned stuff(taro?). The farm green salad had a dressing that can only be described as curdled milk. The sashimi was not executed properly with chunks that were 4x2 inches big. Overall not a memorable dining event

                                                10. MG

                                                  MiaG

                                                  Baltimore

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                  Beautiful location. Food was good with the exception that we had to send my husband’s sea bass entree back as it was not completely cooked! Otherwise the food was excellent—especially the chocolate soufflé

                                                11. A

                                                  Andi

                                                  San Diego

                                                  12 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  12 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                  Was pleasantly surprised with the food, was better than I was expecting after reading some negative reviews. Seafood Bisque was however very watery. The baked alaska dessert they made for my friends birthday was delicious and the best dessert I had on trip. Service started out really good but towards end (later at night/end of shift) it was lagging and really ready to get going. Not cheap and maybe not the top quality you'd expect for price but wasn't as bad as some have said.

                                                12. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Los Angeles

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  2.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                  overall2food2service1ambience4

                                                  Terrible service. Server only came and took our order but never checked on us. The bus boy was much more attentive.

                                                13. KL

                                                  KarenL

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                  Unbeatable for view, comfort and ambience. Live music was great. Dessert was one of the best. Dinner was forgettable (fruitte de mare). Everyone else enjoyed their meals immensely.

                                                14. d

                                                  danurp

                                                  New York Area

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Food was out of this world

                                                15. PM

                                                  PollyM

                                                  Hawaii

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Ambiance is beautiful. Restaurant was quiet, not noisy. Service was impeccable. My husband had the steak and he said it was tender and cooked perfectly. I had the encrusted Mahi-mahi and it also was a dish I highly recommend. A beautiful place to have dinner. Oh, we have had mai tais everywhere on this island and on Maui. We have to say the Mai Tais at Manta are the best we have had!

                                                16. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  San Diego

                                                  1 review

                                                  vip
                                                  1.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                  overall1food1service2ambience1

                                                  Food came out cold and their were a bunch of cockaroaches outside. Never experienced such a terrible environment and cats. This should be called bug sanctuary as no mantas were visible.

                                                17. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Las Vegas

                                                  1 review

                                                  vip
                                                  1.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                  overall1food1service5ambience1

                                                  We came here for dinner based off of the good reviews and gorgeous views from the dining room. Our waitress Crystal was very kind and attentive. Unfortunately, the food fell short. The lobster bisque was cold and under seasoned. The crab fried rice was greasy and felt as if it was warmed in a microwave. For our main course we ordered the macadamia nut crusted mahi-mahi. My wife took her first bite and the fish was completely raw inside it was still cold. We notified Crystal and she was beyond apologetic and offered to remake the dish. We declined and decided to end dinner and go back to our hotel and opted for room service. I would suggest drinks during sunset at this restaurant and dinner elsewhere.

                                                18. CS

                                                  CourtS

                                                  Las Vegas

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  We go to the Big Island twice a year and it’s become tradition to eat at Manta on our last night and say goodbye to the island. It’s wonderful and the view is spectacular!

                                                19. s

                                                  sunkitten60

                                                  Boise

                                                  40 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  40 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Delicious dinner, awesome views, and wonderful live jazz music! Couldn't have picked a better restaurant to celebrate with friends! Very attentive service. Fresh ahi special was outstanding! Local chicken was moist and delicious! Mahi-mahi was perfect! We will be back!!!

                                                20. JL

                                                  JulieL

                                                  Los Angeles

                                                  31 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  31 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Was my husbands birthday and we had a spectacular time. Beautiful and the food was lovely. Service was spectacular.

                                                21. PH

                                                  PamH

                                                  Seattle

                                                  21 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  21 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Our meal was delicious. We had macnut Mahi with a side of sautéed mushrooms. The bread at Manta is also really good, especially the lavash. Our server, Rochelle, was excellent. We will be back soon! Beautiful setting!

                                                22. EM

                                                  ElizabethM

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  1 review

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                  overall4food3service3ambience5

                                                  Delicious mai tai, beautiful setting and view but poor service, and entrees were not that good.

                                                23. C

                                                  Chuck

                                                  Washington DC

                                                  85 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  85 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Everything was “spot on” perfect. Our server Richelle turned a great meal into a great experience. My husband had the sashimi followed by the filet with lobster tail . I had the bisque and the Fruitti de Mare. Every bite was delicious. It is definitely a special occasion place, due to the prices, but the view and service were indeed as outstanding as the food.

                                                24. MB

                                                  MarcB

                                                  Orlando

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                  Food wasn’t exceptional but beautiful location and excellent service. Very expensive and small portions.

                                                25. GB

                                                  GlenB

                                                  Los Angeles

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Had late reservations, got to resort early so went and asked if we could get a table, no issues. Our servers were excellent. Attentive but not over the top. Food was excellent and walking down the path to the Manta viewing area after a wonderful chocolate soufflé topped off the night.

                                                26. s

                                                  spud

                                                  Denver

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Excellent food & service in a great setting. We will return!

                                                27. JL

                                                  JonL

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  Spectacular setting with exceptional service. Great for a special event.

                                                28. Y

                                                  jyotiY

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                  overall3food3service1ambience3

                                                  Overrated and overpriced. Rude and condescending wait staff. We were not super hungry and wanted to share a few entrees and got dirty looks from the waiter who kept asking if we wanted more starters. Asked for a steak medium and it was almost well done. The food was just ok for the price and the hype. Would not go back here again

                                                29. M

                                                  Mr917k

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  Beautiful surroundings…excellent and attentive service…food was very good…not astonishing but I wasn’t excepting that…fast water, bread and butter…fresh oysters, Lobster bisque was a bit bland and not hot…salad was fair…lamb was perfect…and drinks just right…it’s very expensive and I knew that…the Hotel rooms are now at $1400 per night and the meals are expensive as well…we had a very enjoyable experience…for a special occasion…thanks staff!…

                                                30. T

                                                  Toms

                                                  Las Vegas

                                                  12 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  12 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Excellent meal with the family on vacation. Pricy but worth it for a splurge.

                                                31. FH

                                                  FuninHawaii

                                                  Denver

                                                  15 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  15 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Overall Very nice meal for our last night on the island. Fresh catch was a sea bass with a shrimp and a scallop. Chocolate soufflé was very good though it was laughable (in a sad way) that the Kona ice cream that came with it was literally a spoonful amount of ice cream. The ambience was great with live musicians and seating close to the ocean.

                                                32. ML

                                                  MaeL

                                                  Los Angeles

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Food was very good. Some thought the portions were small for the price but I feel like that’s expected for a resort restaurant. We had a late night reservation so it was already dark but the view of the bay would have been spectacular during the daylight. Service was slow because they were understaffed but everyone was very polite and apologetic about the wait. Valet was free even though we weren’t staying at the resort.

                                                33. D

                                                  Dude

                                                  Dallas

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service1ambience5

                                                  We shared the wine we brought with Fred the sommelier and we were still charged a corkage fee☹️ Food is great but over priced for the level of service

                                                34. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Portland

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 4, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Fantastic experience! Delicious wine! I had the fish special which was super delicious with pickled beets and a pumpkin purée. My Husband had the Filet mignon and he said it was the best he’d ever had. My kid also said that his mac and cheese was the best ever!

                                                35. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Minneapolis

                                                  15 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  15 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Do not miss this dining experience! The food, drinks, service music and beautiful setting are unbelievable. A must while visiting!

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                                                  ReneeT

                                                  Phoenix

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great Food, Fantastic Views, Wonderful Service! Loved It!

                                                37. B

                                                  Berta

                                                  Chicago

                                                  17 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  17 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  While the views are incredible, the food and service is as well. We had the shrimp and scallop de mare ; pasta was light as well as sauce. Kona kanpachi is delicious too! We enjoy having entrees as appetizers and then sharing an entree , server asked if we would like our meal split for us. All wonderful!

                                                38. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Calgary

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 22, 2022

                                                  overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                  Very good meal but very expensive. Service was great.

                                                39. AH

                                                  AndrewH

                                                  New York Area

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  2.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 22, 2022

                                                  overall2food1service3ambience5

                                                  The location is fabulous, the view from the terrace outstanding, service was fine, but the food was pedestrian.

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                                                  Elizabeth

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 22, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Family visiting

                                                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

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                                                Booked 3 times today
                                                Google Map for Manta

                                                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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