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The Bower

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$$ - $$$
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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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just been for brunch at The Bower, talk about unfriendly and negative attitude towards customers. Anyone who didn't appear to be friends with the staff were treated with some negativity. While the food was satisfactory nothing to write home about or a review of, it was extremely over priced for 2 eggs, 3 racers of bacon and 2 slices of... More 

Thank Jem M
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came here on a sunday for breakfast, sat down and ordered straight away, noticed all other customers receiving their coffees whilst we were still waiting which we had been for 20 plus minutes now, asked a waiter about our coffees and said he will check up on them, waited another 10 minutes, for him to just finish his shift and... More 

Thank Belinda W
Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want a decent size coffee maybe try somewhere else i ordered 2 takeaway coffees and was very disappointed with the size and the size of the toast ordered with it which was a bit pathetic, how much extra does it cost to give a decent size really? and people will come back, not rocket science! It is in... More 

Thank Ed W
Pacific Palisades, CA
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For an up close view of crashing waves and a parade of gorgeous Aussie surfers, look no further than The Bower. The best part, however, is the innovative and scrupulously delicious cuisine. Their twist on Lucas salads, bowls, and burgers lean towards the healthy and creative but with a good dose of crunchy chips on the side, their baked goods... More 

Thank robinleev
Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In this cafe you can sit really close to the water which is just a few metres away from the sea wall with a view over the bay. Ocean swimmers, joggers and walkers pass by. You order at the counter and can fetch your own water. There are not many choices of small snacks, just muffins at the counter or... More 

Thank vmlmum
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

* Smallest cups I've yet to drink from * Short Black decaf tasted like battery acid However they had by far the BEST freshly squeezed orange juice I've ever had. Please sort out your coffee.

Thank Sam G
Dovje, Slovenia
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123 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bower is located beside the walkway between Manly and Shelly beach. Great views, a must for people watching. Sitting outside is a must. There was no table service outside, so it took us 10-15 minutes to figure that out (nobody told us that), food and drinks had to be ordered inside. After that, service was friendly and reasonably fast.... More 

Thank matevzh
St Ives, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for lunch, asked a member of staff for a table, seated then told to move, then asked to move again! Waitress stock reply to questions; 'I don't know'. Finally ran out of patience and moved on.

Thank Garry P
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Great coffee but the smallest one I have ever had for $4!!!! Great views but never again for coffee.

1 Thank Valerie S
Manly, Australia
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120 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Mid way on the easy manly to Shelley beach walk, the bower is a great breakfast or lunch venue. Always sunny throughout the year - insist on sitting outside. Inside is poorly ventilated and you miss out on the main reason to go there ... The view and people watching opportunity.

Thank Dominic S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 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
Child-friendly, View
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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