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The Bower

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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7 Marine Pde, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
+61 2 9977 5451
08:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:00
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Pershore, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On a recommendation we stopped at this restaurant, which from the outside does not look fantastic, but the location and the food were great. We had the best beer battered fish and chips I've had in Australia - and coming from a Yorkshireman that is indeed praise!

Thank Peter G
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the misfortune to walk into this restaurant for Sunday lunch. Luckily I located a table at the rear which was unreserved and empty. A waiter approached did not ask for my order but pretended to tidy the table and in doing so slipped a reserved notice onto the table AFTER we were seated. She left. She returned about... More 

Thank Rob S
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Sitting at this cafe could be easily mistaken for a little restaurant in the south of France or Italy. I cant think of a restaurant thats so close to the water that at high tide you get get spayed. Food is good but you really are here for the location which is stunning.

Thank Murray P
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

As a family we went to The Bower many times during our family Xmas gathering for coffee, brekkie and lunch. It was even open on Xmas day. The food was nice and fresh, as was the fantastic coffee. The Asian girl that works there, Ginny, was a delight.......A lot of fun and on the ball. This place is a must... More 

Thank cmc9964
Sydney, Australia
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127 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

This is a little gem located half way on the walk from North Steyne Manly Beach to the Shelly Beach corner. Fish (Flathead) and chips make a perfect lunch

Thank graham_international
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

We had breakfast at The Bower on Christmas Day and it was a fabulous start to the day. We booked about two weeks in advance to make sure that we got a spot at 8am. The place was well run with plenty of staff, everyone was friendly and obliging. We had a breakfast burger and eggs on sourdough, nothing too... More 

Thank GDR2
Lake Jackson, Texas
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184 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

The Bower is a bit of a tradition for us, and we have visited on almost every trip to Sydney. The location and setting facing Cabbage Bay is beautiful, and we enjoyed just having some light food and wine and beer. The food was good. Note that if you haven't been here for a while, it has changed a bit.

Thank Sondra G
Fairlight, Australia
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Took my extended family to The Bower restaurant for a pre Xmas Luncheon. Were three generations of boys and girls. Everyone enjoyed themselves. It is the ideal setting for such a group. The oldies were able to relax and enjoy a fabulous view and the younger ones were able to use the pretty little beach that adjoins the building. The... More 

Thank Warren R
Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

We chose the Bower for our work Xmas lunch (for a group of 6) and had great food in a wonderful location. I like the renovations and the casual atmosphere. When the awning is replaced it will be even better as it is very sunny outside in the mornings

1 Thank JSmithAU
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

This little cafe has been situated in this sublime spot on the walk to Shelley Beach for years. For many of them it was grubby unrenovated poor food and average service the location being the only great thing about it. Well someone's come in with a new broom and renovated to a cool and funky finish unfortunately that doesn't extend... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Marine Pde, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Sydney  >  Manly>  > Manly
  • Neighbourhood: Manly
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9977 5451

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Manly

Neighbourhood Profile
A 40-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay will take you to the famous northern beach of Manly. The beaches here are perfect for learning to surf or spending the day sun-tanning. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a great way to experience Sydney Harbour Bay and the Australian bush land. Along the foreshore, there are plenty of watering holes and wine bars with excellent cuisine. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants as well, especially along the family-oriented areas like Shelly Beach. An excellent way to experience Manly is to rent a bike and explore the dedicated bike paths and off road trails. The North Head National Park is another must-see. Located on the southern tip of Manly, North Head National Park offers great bushwalks and panoramic views of the city.
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