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Jah Bar

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9-15 Central Ave | Shop 7, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
+61 2 9977 4449
17:00 - 00:00
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Warrnambool, Australia
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177 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice, friendly service and the bar has a pleasant vibe, once they turned the music down from disco levels, but the tapas is average. Nothing wrong, just nothing to write home (or post here) about.

Thank PhilipH1
Christchurch, New Zealand
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106 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Jah Bar is a busy place overlooking Dee Why beach so booking is advisable. It is a tapas restaurant and each and every course was both imaginative and delicious. We enjoyed a house bottle of red and had no complaints until the bill arrived. We had originally chosen a set meal for $35 and one for $55 but were told... More 

Thank Ali H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

I last dined here around 18 months ago and loved it. Tonight I left feeling like we had an average meal. The roast beetroot salad I am sure was tinned, sliced beetroot. The chorizo was ordinary as was the sangria. Anyway, I will give the Dee why Jah Bar a visit again but not back to the manly one.

Thank KP R
Sydney, Australia
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131 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

I did think that waiting around 15 mins to order an initial drink was tardy service, but it turns out they were two staff down on the night, so allowances must be made. The food was very good, although the weakest of the lot was the most expensive. The prawns in garlic and chilli were served with toasted bread. Now... More 

Thank fcormack99
Sylvania Waters, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Food was delightful. I think our group ordered about 15 different tapas plates and not one person was disappointed with what they tried. The food can be a bit pricey, but it wasn't too pricey. If you were on a really tight budget I would give this place a miss. The atmosphere was great. On the inside the table and... More 

Thank Validduck
Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

The location, decor and low key menu leaves one thinking this is a typical tapas place. The kind of ones we have seen many times. But thankfully it aint by any means. There is the first rate produce; the innovative flavours; the focus on healthy and soulful food...but none of this does justice to heart and soul and attention that... More 

Thank PapaPop
Bristol, UK
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426 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 315 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Used to be a regular visit when living in Manly so we were delighted to see its just as good as ever on a recent return to the area. Great tapas, friendly staff and good value. Its tucked away, and off the tourist route but well worth finding. One of the best restaurants in Manly.

Thank JUDITHbristol
Colin B, Owner at Jah Bar, responded to this review

Hi Judith, Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know of your great experiences at Jah Bar and for being a loyal and returning customer. Hopefully we will see you in there again soon on your next visit to Manly. Kind regards. Joe More 

Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Jah Bar is slightly off the main Manly run so is often a little quieter than some restaurants. It's well worth a visit. The cocktails are good and they have offers like happy hour cocktails for $12 and free sangria with paella on Thursdays. The wait staff are always delightful and the food is delicious (it does arrive at different... More 

Thank Loaf80
Colin B, Owner at Jah Bar, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your great experience at Jah Bar. We endeavour to cater to all dietary requirements and have a large selection of vegetarian, vegan, gluten and nut free dishes. I will also pass on your praise of our lovely staff. Kind regards. Joe More 

Davidson, Australia
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

This used to be a common date night spot for us over the years. Recently we returned after being 3 years away. The location still has the same inviting, cozy vibe. The service is outstanding. I admit, they've changed a few of my old fave dishes not to my taste. The older version of Patatas Bravas was spicier and crisper... More 

Thank Christy M
Colin B, Owner at Jah Bar, responded to this review

Hi Christy, Thank you for returning to Jah Bar on your visit to Manly and I am so pleased that our staff took the time to attempt your favourite cocktail. We will also relook at the recipe for the patatas bravas as we are always looking at improvements from the feedback of our customers. Kind regards. Joe More 

Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

With our without kids it's an awesome place to eat. Vibe always good, service fantastic and good delicious. Have been going here for years and have never been disappointed.

Thank Julia H
Colin B, Owner at Jah Bar, responded to this review

Hi Julia, Thank you for your lovely praise of Jah Bar. We also have kids so it is good to know our customers also enjoy Jah Bar with their kids as our kids menu is certainly enjoyed by ours. Kind regards. Joe More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$21
Spanish, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9-15 Central Ave | Shop 7, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Sydney  >  Manly>  > Manly
  • Neighbourhood: Manly
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9977 4449

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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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