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Manly Pavilion
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Manly Pavilion

Manly Pavilion was a popular restaurant and bar which closed in 2009 with debts of $590,000. Its restaurant was liquidated and it is said that both Doltone House and Dockside Group are looking to buy the assets and revive the site of Manly Pavilion with James Kidman rumoured to be the head chef who may revitalise its menu.

During its time operating it won the best restaurant award from The Sydney Morning Herald and a Michelin star. The owners spent $2 million renovating and improving the waterfront restaurant just two short years before its collapse.

  • Established: 23 March 2010
  • Previous Chef: Tony Gibson
  • Old Address: West Esp (Cnr Commonwealth Pde), Manly 2095 NSW
  • Accountant: Angus Gordon of Macquarie Gordon & Co

According to ASIC the company owes over $1 million to creditors with many small food and average businesses owed a few thousand dollars.

About Manly Pavilion Restaurant & Bar

Manly Pavilion was positioned in Manly Cove just minutes walk from the wharf, it was originally built in 1933 by the Port Jackson and Manly Steamship Company as a dressing room for the comfort of bathers. Boasting panoramic harbour views, the stunning heritage listed building is one of Sydney Harbour's truly unique treasures.

A fusion of old world glamour and contemporary architectural design, made with polished concrete, terrazzo, copper and stone mirror which reflect the elegance and grace of the original building. These elements make it a perfect location to host weddings, ceremonies, birthday celebrations, corporate events, or simply drop by to indulge in a long lunch after the Spit to Manly walk.

Manly Pavilion had an impressive creative legacy in ‘hatted’ and Michelin starred dining, Head Chef Tony Gibson created a Modern Australian menu with emphasis on tasting & sharing menu’s, sourced from vibrant & fresh local produce.

Their unique venue used to offer an elegant backdrop for events of all styles, with capacity for up to 170 seated/300 cocktail style. It had an overall capacity of 300 seats and promised to be one of the largest and most stunning spaces in the Northern Beaches area.


  • 2011 SMH Good Food Guide – Best Restaurant
  • 2011 SMH Good Food Guide – One Chefs Hat
  • 2011 Gourmet Traveller Top 100 and 3 Wine Goblets
  • 2012 Gourmet Traveller Top 100 and 3 Wine Goblets
  • 2012 2 Chefs Hats – Australian Good Food and Travel Guide