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“Excellent - but two big BUTS that management need to fix.”

The Bistro at Manly Pavilion
Ranked #27 of 421 Restaurants in Manly
Cuisines: Italian, Australian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Manly
Description: With glistening panoramic harbour views and a stunning white heritage building, Manly Pavilion is one of the best indoor and outdoor restaurants in Sydney. When you choose to eat with us, you'll immerse yourself in contemporary surroundings that are ideal for dinner dates of all kinds. Our function centre in Sydney is also ideal for weddings, birthday parties, and more. When you come to us at Manly Pavilion for your everyday dining or event needs, we'll ensure your experience is magical from start to finish. Our outdoor restaurant in Sydney is a short stroll from Manly Wharf, where you can take in spectacular quayside views. When you come to Manly Pavilion to dine, you'll choose from an Italian-inspired menu that caters to a broad variety of tastes. From our Manly Pavilion antipasto plate to our suckling pig, each dish features the freshest of ingredients.
Reviewed 12 June 2024

We walked around the waterfront. Entry was a bit confusing, but we eventually walked up the stairs. We arrived at about 1150, a bit early for our 1200 meal. So we sat around waiting and waiting. Lots of staff saw us there waiting and did absolutely nothing. At about 1210, we went to a reception desk which was not manned. So hung around a bit more. Since we had never been there before, we didn't know what the drill was. A staff member seemed a bit surprised that we didn't know where the restaurant actually was and ushered us into another reception area.

Not knowing the Manly area very well and having been told us that the public car park had been closed, we rang up the restaurant last night and asked where we could park. "Street parking only," said the woman who answered the phone. When we arrrived, the street parking allowed for only two hours of parking and we did not want to have to interrupt our meal to go and repark the car - of course. What we found out was that the public car park, which is just a five minute walk to the Manly Pavillion, has not been closed and there is plenty of parking there. We paid $15 for 3 hours. Honestly, all staff should be briefed about parking - all of them. It does not make sense to come for a meal and have to leave your car in a 2 hour park. This is fundamental. And provision should be made for people who come from the waterfront entry to be attended to. At least have some signs if you cannot be bothered or are too busy to notice your guests.

The dining experience was excellent, our waiter was excellent. The waterview was excellent. But you need to attend to the small things.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Thank Michele R
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Reviewed 25 May 2024

The Bistro at Manly Pavilion is wonderful. The restaurant is located in a beautiful area by the water. The food is really good. Very fresh and flavorful. The wines are amazing too.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Thank Imrobbiel
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Reviewed 19 May 2024

Jumping over to the northern side of Sydney harbour, the Manly Pavilion is found right on the embankment. We shared a love variety of oysters, prawns, meat and a good selection of NZ wines. Following the lunch, we moved outdoor to enjoy the cocktail menu, and here there is no end to the long list of fascinating choices. Try visit, if you are on this side.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Thank stigmarkerhansen
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Reviewed 28 April 2024

We had lunch in this lovely restaurant. The staff members were very friendly and professional. The food was great. We had a window seat which was lovely looking towards the beach. The whole space has a lovely feel and is quite spacious.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Thank Lynnyjc
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Reviewed 1 April 2024 via mobile

At 8PM on a Sunday evening 4 out of 6 choices on the menu were unavailable. They were also more interested in cleaning up and getting us out than providing a decent dining experience. It's a shame to see such a good place to do badly downhill.

Date of visit: April 2024
Thank Ben D
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