Sydney, New South Wales

2012 Restaurants & Catering - Awards for Excellence - Best Informal Contemporary Australian Restaurant
Situated in a prime position on Woolloomooloo Wharf, Manta boasts beautiful views across the Marina to the Botanic Gardens and the city skyline. Manta Restaurant has long been an iconic seafood dining experience offering patrons a sophisticated ambience and a dose of Sydney Harbour glamour.
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6 Cowper Wharf Road,
Woolloomooloo Wharf
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011





Modern Australian, Seafood, Vegetarian available

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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Perched on the edge of Sydney Harbour, Manta Restaurant and Bar, located on Woolloomooloo Wharf, has firmly cemented itself as one of Sydney's iconic restaurants.

Manta is able to provide guests with a unique dining experience. The incredible view, warm atmosphere, high standard of service and fresh seasonal menu ensures that your experience at Manta is truly memorable.

With a focus on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, Manta offers a plethora of seasonal seafood dishes sourced directly from Australian and New Zealand waters. Our seafood is carefully chosen and reflects seasonal availably and sustainable fishing practices. Manta is also fast becoming known for its incredible cuts of entirely grassfed beef which is sourced from owner, Rob Rubis’ brother’s farm in Queensland.

Manta's just announces new head chef, Steve Hetherington, Born in North Ryde, Steve began cooking for his family at the age of nine. He pursued his passion for formal training through TAFE where he was awarded apprentice of the year and placed 3rd in the Nestle Golden Chefs Hat awards in 2004. Steve continued his learning at various venues, including esteemed Sydney restaurant, Aria.

Steve joined Manta as chef de partie and has worked passionately alongside the executive chef, Daniel Hughes. Steve has always been forward thinking with his menu choices and after Manta’s full refurbishment, his fresh approach to Manta’s menu sees the appointment as Head Chef as a much deserved one.

Manta pride themselves on their commitment to using sustainably caught, local produce, and it’s a testament to the level of freshness the restaurant upholds. “This has influenced my style of cooking as I always aim to treat produce with respect. Letting the fresh produce shine in a dish. Not smothering things in rich sauces. Always looking for balance of textures, acid, protein and fat in a dish,” says Steve.

The harbour side restaurant has always placed primary importance on the quality of their meat & seafood ensuring the source is always traceable. Manta’s beef is farmed from the owner, Rob Rubis’ family property in Texas QLD proving relationships are tight to the source.

With the implementation of a new menu style, unique techniques and flavour combinations are at the forefront of any new dish. “I enjoy using different preparation and cooking techniques to get the most out of the initial ingredient. I love starting with a carrot and doing a puree, a pickle, a roast and raw - really showcasing how much you can get out of such a humble ingredient,” says Steve.

Steve believes the cuisine of Modern Australian is the most interesting. “It’s my favourite cuisine to cook because it allows such diversity in flavours and styles. Multicultural cuisines combined with Australia's amazing produce means flavours are added to form a very interesting menu.”

Specials & Events

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200 pax
The dining room provides an exceptional environment for groups up to 150 guests. Private parties of up to 200 can be accommodated by using the dining room and the alfresco dining area on the boardwalk. Menus can be tailored to meet your requirements whether it is a relaxed family gathering, an exclusive corporate event, social event or harbour wedding reception.


Accessible by water taxi
Award Winning / Hatted
Function for 50-100
Harbourside Dining
Suitable for Corporate functions
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Waterfront Dining
This restaurant does not have any awards.


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Nikky Vincent - 14/02/2016
I cannot recommend this restaurant enough! Was without a doubt the Best dining experience we have had. We impulsively booked a hotel for Valentines & I think I rang around 30 restaurants to get a table at a restaurant that served lobster mornay. Spoke to the lovely Rob he absolutely went above & beyond to cater to our request. When we arrived we were seated immediately, the lovely waiter Alex served us & looked after us all night. Rob even came to meet us & have a nice chat. The atmosphere was very sophisticated, elegant & delightful. Certainly a dining experience we will not forget. Thank you Manta & thank you very much Rob.