Sydney, New South Wales

Merivale heads over the Harbour Bridge with Papi Chulo. Taking up a prime position on Manly Wharf, the dining room offers uninterrupted views across the harbour. Papi Chulo exudes a Cuban charm that extends from its art deco décor to its old school drinks list. Start with tequila cocktails and carry on with giant burgers, rich, melt-in-the-mouth briskets, falling-off-the-bone ribs, crispy chicken wings and maybe a side of curly fries.
Opening Times

22-23 Manly Wharf
Tel: +61 2 9240 3000
American, Shared Plates, South American, Steakhouse, Tapas
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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One oft-quoted piece of advice from entrepreneurs is that above all else you should focus on one idea and execute it exceptionally. Do not spread yourself too thin; just do one thing and do it well. At Papi Chulo, the first Merivale restaurant to cross the bridge, restaurateur Justin Hemmes does lots of things; and he does them all very, very well. Right on Manly Wharf, Papi Chulo is part steakhouse, part Brazilian cantina and the menu takes inspiration from all over the globe.

It’s packed on weekends, it’s packed at lunchtime, and it’s packed when the ferry comes in from the city, any time after 5.30pm. If it was open for breakfast, it would probably be packed then, too. Why are Sydneysiders going nuts? It’s got to be the food. Start with something fresh like the lime cured yellow fin tuna ceviche with guacamole. Move on to the hot-stuff, such as the split jumbo king prawns, marinated in lemongrass and coconut. Then, tie-on your bib, grab a handful of napkins to wipe your sticky fingers and get stuck into the some smoky suffolk lamb ribs with Papi’s BBQ sauce. Tear the meat off the bone and stuff it into a fresh brioche roll, with a few dill pickles. This is comfort food, at its best. Especially when washed down with a coconut water, vodka, mint and lychee slushie.
Anna Lisle
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Accessible by ferry
Accessible by water taxi
All day dining
Harbourside Dining
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Waterfront Dining
This restaurant does not have any awards.
22-23 Manly Wharf
Manly NSW 2095
Dinner bookings are taken for seating before 6pm. Dinner bookings after 6pm are taken for 8 or more only.
Justin North on 3/11/2014
It's not necessarily a special occasion restaurant as such, but Papi Chulo in Manly is a wonderful place to take a visiting friend to hang out by the beach and Manly harbour. It has great food, service and cocktails, and the journey by ferry to Manly is always a fun adventure.
Susan Thye on 31/08/2014
Papi Chulo, Manly. Every time I eat is an occasion... I would go to Papi Chulo for every meal if I could! The melting tender Smoked Wagyu Brisket is the best in Sydney and the Smoked Hot Wings are ridiculously addictive.
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