Hotels >Manka's Inverness Lodge
If you can truly let go - this is a fabulous place to dine as well as stay - even for vegetarians.
My husband and I have lodged at Manka's once and dined 4 times in the past 2 years. The lodge is a fabulous, rustic, yet sophisticated place to stay. As a vegetarian, I was a bit turned off by the deer head mounted on the wall of the cabin, but got past it and was able to enjoy the place. The in-room fireplace is fabulous - even better is that there was not a television or telephone in the room. Truly a place to relax and enjoy a romantic getaway. The cabin was spacious, the bed gloriously comfortable, and the hot tub on the deck the perfect addition to the fog-enshrouded scenery. The staff at Manka's recommended a local masseuse who was able to bring her massage table into the cabin for a truly personalized experience.
As for the dining - the food truly is delicious. If you are a vegetarian, a simple call ahead a few days in advance to give the chef some preparation time is all it takes to be able to enjoy a meal just as fabulous as those created for the omnivores. The five courses are small, but perfectly portioned to allow you to retire for the evening feeling comfortably full rather than stuffed. Created from local seasonal ingredients, prepared simplistically yet with the sophistication of a five-star chef, each course blends together poetically. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about the wine list and very adept at choosing a wine that will pair well with the entire meal or with each course separately. There can at times be a snootiness factor, but overall the staff are very pleasant and accomodating. Our biggest complaint has been the EXTREMELY SLOW service. This is due to the fact that there is only one seating per evening, and each guest is served the same course at the same time. If you can understand that, accept it for what it is, RELAX, and enjoy the ambiance and conversation of your dining partner(s), you will have a fabulous time and leave happily satisfied.
Bad service? What bad service?.
My husband and I recently received a gift certificate for Manka's. While we love good food, we don't like overpriced lodging, so we booked a room at the Golden Hind just down the road. We had read the reviews here, and we were a little worried. If anyone was going to be treated dismissively it was us, two apparent cheapskates with a gift certificate, right?
Wrong, From the moment we walked in the door, the entire staff were lovely. We wanted to sit at a different table -- no problem. We said that we had a gift certificate -- no problem. Everyone was extremely attentive (yet unobtrusive), and there was no b.s.
We never felt patronized or rushed. And the food was superb. I can still taste everything. It was one of the loveliest meals either we have ever had.
One of the bay area's treasures. I recently took my fiancé to Manka's for his birthday and for our last get away before the birth of our first child. We stayed two nights and had three meals and loved all of it! The new general manager, Franze Meise, was wonderful! He and his staff made us feel right at home and very well taken care of. Staff members Bradley, Chris and Tess were simultaneously professional and friendly people. I left wanting to be friends with all of them. The meals were the best that we have had in a LONG time. When I made the reservation I mentioned my dietary restrictions due to pregnancy. My special needs were accommodated graciously. The interiors were wonderfully homey, elegant and quirky. I think we are lucky to have such a special place in the bay area. This is one of our bay areas treasures.
Outstanding Experience. I took my lovely to Manka's for a romantic dinner on May 4th (our anniversary), and I was not disappointed. The food is simply sublime. I had an amazing pengrove duck and the homemade bacon was fantastic. The service was wonderful. Ex.: the general manager was displayed impressive knowledge concerning the S. Thackery wine. It was truly an exceptional experience in all facets.
Fantastic Service and Knowledgable Staff. We just returned from a weekend at Mankas and had an amazing experience. Our waiter, Owen, was gracious and had an extensive knowledgeable of the wine list - both on and off the menu. The management and lodge staff were extremely accomodating, going out of their way to make us feel like we've been coming there for years. Overall a fantastic weekend and well worth the money!
Don't Go !!. Most of the other reviews already tell the story- Manka's dosen't know how to treat patrons. After being screwd over by them on three occassions, (including our wedding dinner ) we have now learned our lesson. Their unique real estate just dosen't make up for how awful, rude, patronzing (I think you get the idea) etc they are at Manka's...Save yourself the guaranteed aggravation- just don't go
Terrific, simply prepared food, HORRIBLE SERVICE!. You really need to understand Manka's before going.... Manka's serves incredible food that is SIMPLY prepared (people that don't expect this find it overpriced and overrated), but it's amazing because it's prepared well, using nothing but the best products, most of which is grown within a couple miles of the restaurant. The food is simple but sublime. The service, on the other hand, is horrible. Nothing but attitude, even from the managers. If you can take the attitude, then go just for the food!
Give me a break....
The other reviewers were absolutely correct! Our room was beautiful for sure, but the high-flying ATTITUDE of the staff is comical! They consider themselves the guests and star performers in their own little show, while you are the audience. The food was SO scarce and overpriced it was hard to believe. One felt like you were paying for the privilege of being looked down on. And pay you do.
300.00 for two, easy, taking it easy on the wine!
You do not go to Mankas, on a budget, which we are not, but leaving with the feeling you have been fleeced and demeaned over shadows any fond memories of the charming room.
Go for the room and ambiance, if you must, but stay away from the dining room or the staff, unless you like the syrupy fake, condescending proud attitude coupled with ultra rich small portions at stratospheric prices.
Absolutely Wonderful. Manka's is expensive but the entire atmosphere is wonderful. I found the staff extremely friendly and very willing to accomodate us. The meals were amazing. The fixed menu allowed me to try things I may otherwise have missed. The chefs's at Manka's are true experts and by putting your trust in their skills you are rewarded with lavish tastes from seemingly simple foods. We stayed the night enjoyed views of Tomales Bay from the Cedar deck. Breakfast was served to us on the same deck. Local artisan cheeses, grilled pears, wood fired bread and a host of wild honeys and jams. For a seemingly simple menu the taste was amazing. I highly recommend.
Bad attitude ruins this place.... It must be hard to have a stunning place like this and have the experience reported on line by guests who have had a terrible time. The negative / fake / and at times condescending attitude can ruin a wonderful room atmosphere. Let me know when new management takes over. I can't recommend it. Overpriced
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