Manta at The Cape a Thompson Hotel

4.6
280 reviews
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By Renowned Mexican Chef, Enrique Olvera, Manta is the culinary centerpiece of The Cape, A Thompson Hotel. With an intriguing double meaning, the manta ray symbolizes the kitchen"s focus on seafood, while manta, the Spanish word for blanket, conveys the chef's emphasis on comfort. Acknowledge by the New York Times for his "way of confirming and subverting expectations of Mexican food at the same time," Olvera has drawn inspiration from the izakaya tradition to introduce a pan-Pacific concept of Mexican cuisine. The intimate, richly textured space features a dramatic exhibition kitchen and a curated beverage menu focused on mezcals, tequilas and sakes.
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Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We wanted to love the restaurant- setting is beautiful. The food was ridiculously overpriced and not tasty. $50 for 2 street style lobster tacos. $50 for 4 paper thin skewers of wagyu that they want guests to grill and then to make into a taco. Bill was $300 and we were so disappointed. Save your money and just get a drink at the rooftop bar.

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MK
Cancun
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael and Manuel were our servers. they were amazing! All their food and cocktail recommendations hit the spot! Crab tacos - off the menu item - were amazing! So were the Suckling pig buns and the tuna sushimi. They gave us a free birthday dessert and provided ponchos when we were cold. Highly recommend to everyone!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and very cool atmosphere

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KP
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting and excellent service. Decent wine list but very small “by the glass” selection and none reasonably priced which put a damper on our overall experience. My soup was truly delicious and fish selection was good but there is only so much one can do with fish. My husband ordered the $90 tasting plate (pick several items, smaller portions). While nice to try various foods, it was definitely over priced. Probably won’t go back unless they change things a bit.

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DA
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lived the 4 course meal... everything was delicious and a great atmosphere

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BW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Mediocre food. Not good value. Outdoor dining area is not attractive

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff. Incredible food.

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JP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manta was magical! Better than 5 stars with each of the categories – Food, Service, Ambience. Wonderful food, excellent service, and a sunset view of El Arco from Monument Beach with surfers below. I expect this to become the most memorable restaurant dining of the past few years and we dine out 50-60 times a year.

My wife hesitated before telling the maître d we would sit outside. Twenty minutes later he let us know we could move inside if we were uncomfortable (we weren’t). Such sincere and considerate service continued throughout our 2 ½ hour stay.

As to Value, we were charged $244, including my $37 glass of wine, the 16% VAT and 15% Service charge, to which we added more tip for friendly informative service from the team of Luis & Francisco. This is maybe double what we average for a couple’s night out, but a bargain for the experience.

We followed Luis & Francisco’s recommendations and the one less-than-knockout was the chicken, unrecommended but chosen by my wife. She had that a la carte along with the watermelon salad, which she enjoyed. I had the $90 5-course tasting, which allowed a wide selection. I opted for sashimi, octopus (tender & best ever), sweet potato w mole, lobster and tres leche. Each was exquisite.

Food preparation and presentation locally in Chicago and throughout the US continues to improve in quality. We had fine memorable (& more expensive) meals at a 2-star Michelin restaurant in Chicago last month, but this evening in Mexico’s Manta stands supreme.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

The service was good, the restaurant decor is beautiful but the food was incredibly overpriced and terrible, fish tacos were really bland, pork buns were dry and had no sauce or anything going for them. Overall very dissatisfied with our meal and paid a ridiculous amount!!!

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San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here every year. Love the food, ambiance and staff. Kudos to Gabriel the Wine Director. One of the best lists in Cabo. Standouts this time. Roasted sweet potato. Gringo lobster taco. Suckling pig. Sashimi. Scallops. NY steak with padrone peppers. Dessert were great too. Fried banana and thres leche cake. A special night dinning as it isn’t cheap😀.

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good but timing was off. Took us 3 plus hours to have dinner.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5/5. Best in cabo

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Portland
36 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manuel and Rodolfo were amazing. Their service contributed to our amazing experience. Their attention to detail, especially with my allergy was greatly appreciated.

This was our second visit to the CAPE and we look forward to going again

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and the views were incredible...The service was amazing!! The food was excellent! Will definitely be going back next visit!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

We were really disappointed with the food. Best course we had was the Cod fish Taco. Overall, not impressed at all and expensive for the quality you get. Service is good, the view on the balcony too.

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V
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicioso, estuvimos en la terraza viendo mar y atardecer. Cada uno tuvimos el menú de 5 tiempos y nos trajeron diferente selección de platillos a cada uno así que probamos más de 8 platillos. Delicioso todo y el servicio buenísimo! Volvería mil veces!

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Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where to start! Manta was an incredible experience from start to finish. Booking day-of on Open Table was convenient, and it was a short walk from our condo in Misiones. Their outdoor patio offers stunning views of Cabo San Lucas, the Arch, the sunset and the ocean. Our waiter was incredibly accommodating to my gluten-free needs (Celiac), and when one of the fourteen dishes came out prepared incorrectly they were quick to correct it and genuinely apologetic. The dishes were amazing (must tries include the octopus, scallops, the suckling pig buns/tacos, and the watermelon-based cocktail.) We will definitely be back on our next visit, and this view certainly rivals that of Sunset Mona Lisa without the 30-day advance reservation.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Lionel the waiter gave excellent service and was very pleasant. The restaurant was beautiful but unfortunately the food was terrible. Every dish was a disappointment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicioso y el lugar increible.

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s
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The views were amazing, the service good and the food was innovative and tastes ok. We had 2 adults and 3 kids, we had a great booth but dinner was over $400, much more then we expected.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Very poor food options and quality.

I ordered a steak and they never asked how I wanted it prepared and when it came out I was told that the chef typically prepares it between medium rare and medium. Nice for him but that is a huge difference in how a steak is prepared.

15% “Service Charge” was added to bill but was told it was not a gratuity. I have to pay a service charge to eat at a restaurant now?

Anyway, have eaten here before with excellent results but was extremely disappointed with the quality this time.

I doubt that I will go back or recommend to others.

Chocolate cake was excellent tho.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative food, gorgeous setting on the terrace. Wonderful service

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SR
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding. Hadn’t really given much thought to how a Mexican/Peruvian/Japanese fusion might play out - well, its a great concept and exceptionally well executed. Great Cebiches, Grilled Octopus, mushroom ramen, all fantastic. The view is great. Be sure to come for sunset. Service was outstanding as well.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance! Waves crashing below, which I love. Tuna sashimi was fabulous. Ordered the suckling pig, which is not something I would normally order, but it was great. Our waiter, Luis, was fantastic. Very enjoyable evening!

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SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

There was a problem with the order of the tasting menu - we ordered the three tastes plug the set soup and dessert at the onset. We were served in a haphazard order eg. steak before fish making for a disconnect in our attempt at pairing wine - by the glass - with the meal.
Expectations were higher given our having dined at Olivera’s other establishments is Mexico City and New York - Pujol & Cosme.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great value, well worth the trip. The chef is delivering eight elevated, refinement Mexican cuisine. Favorite dish was the grilled octopus. My beautiful girlfriend also enjoyed the tuna belly sashimi.

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RB
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Having eaten at Pujol, we were expecting dinner at Manta to be the highlight of our trip. We were VERY disappointed. Not a single dish on the tasting menu was memorable, and the final dish of spicy miso soup with shrimp was nearly inedible. More specifically:
- the sashimi with aji amarillo was not flavorful
- we could not taste the sea urchin in the sea urchin and yellowfin tostada
- the miso-marinated fish taco was good but not better than you could get at the best taquerias
- the birria was no better than our local (and inexpensive) restaurants in California
- the spicy miso and shrimp soup had a strange flavor and was nearly inedible.
Finally, we discovered that dessert was not included on the tasting menu. Given a choice between eating at Manta again or, say, Taqueria Guss in Cabo ($600 vs. $16), I'd pick Guss. If you want a great dinner in Cabo, I strongly recommend Toro instead.

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JG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Super fresh. Excellent cocktails as well. Olvera is a pro.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicous, and the presentation was good. Our server, Eric, was very kind and passionate, and he helped us in our dining experience. The only thing that could improve a little was the dessert.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small menu but very exquisite. Very attentive and welcoming personal. Unforgettable views and atmosphere.

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MA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our best meal in Cabo (the desserts are a must). Great service, the nicest view and a great ambience.

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AM
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent SERVICE, amazing food!!

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San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manta was exquisite. Unable to narrow down our menu selection, we opted for the tasting menu - the only option being a 5-course meal. It was excellent but too much food. Three courses were more than enough. Recommend offering less courses as an option. A brilliant wine list and a very attentive staff made for a magnificent evening at The Cape!

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DR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food attentive staff and spectacular views.

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Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 4

16percent vat and 15 percent service. ( svc added never mentioned by wait staff when giving the bill) and all not worth it . Small portions and vegetarian options terrible. Last time for us.

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BL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely ambiance but food was pedestrian, uninspired and very expensive for what it was and the way presented.

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1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Embarrassing for Enrique.

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ED
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manta was absolutely amazing. The food was incredible, the view was outstanding, and the waitstaff went above and beyond to serve us. I would definitely go back.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tuna and view!

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Monterrey
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Too expensive for what it serves.

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