Manoli’s Greek is somewhat new to the Liberty Park area of downtown. It is located across the street from the legendary Forage restaurant as well as Pig and Jelly Jar restaurant. Its a beautiful building with open windows and vaulted ceilings and open kitchen on the interior. It looks great from the street at night. It also as it turns out has been a pretty tough place to get into recently. My wife and I decided to make our anniversary dinner there last week.
The menu consists of a page of small plates as well as a few larger plates to go along with some dessert options. We decided to do a few tapas along with a main entree for each of us.
The sheep meatballs had a unique flavor combination with a marina sauce and a cinnamon infusion. They were very tasty.
Our favorite tapas was these peppers and feta cheese with some olive oil and black pepper garnish. Simple and brilliant.
The Chilean Sea Bass was amazing. An open faced and deboned fish with a lemon and pepper flavor to it. I don’t order a ton of seafood, so I don’t have a lot to compare it to, but it was some of the best seafood I’ve had in quite a while.
The steak however was not great in my opinion. We ordered it medium well, and it came out a bit on the tough side. The garnishments that went along with the steak however had some great flavor.
I enjoyed the Manoli’s setting, and the service seemed to really be behind the food. They spent time to talk about the different dishes, and really guided us in making our dinner selection. The tapas were 10-15 dollars each, while the main plates were 20-35 depending on what you order. We also ordered the cheesecake for dessert, but I don’t have it pictured, nor would I recommend ordering it as it was nothing spectacular. The table next to us ordered the Greek donuts and they looked great.