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Manuel's Mexican Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
+1 831-688-4848
11:30 - 00:00
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Sun 11:30 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Three of us made the mistake of ordering the Monday special, which was just OK. One of us ordered off the menu and her entree was excellent! The margueritas were great, and the experience pleasant. Would go back.

Thank LoveMyLifeatHD
Sydney, Australia
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142 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first visit to a Mexican restaurant. The staff were very friendly and the place itself atmospheric with candles and it set a nice mood. I played safe and had chicken nachos with a side of guacamole and sour cream. OH had burritos. Absolutely delicious and reasonably priced and the staff very polite and efficient.

Thank welldone99
Santa Clara, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Yes, I love the Mexican chocolate ice cream they serve for dessert. At least when I have room for dessert. The food is amazing, the prices are decent and the mango margaritas pack a punch. My favorite lunch is the crab and shrimp tostada. There is nothing I have tried that I didn't like.

Thank momofone2011
New Jersey
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115 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

They sat our table of 7 very quickly. The steak tacos and cheese enchiladas were very good. We enjoyed the margaritas. The waiter was very accommodating and helpful with our food allergies. We would definitely visit again. Portions are large and food is reasonably priced.

Thank hyperhippiechic
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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401 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Visiting friends in Aptos and we made reservations at Manuel's. It was terrific! Had the Friday night special of red snapper with a sour cream sauce. Fabulous margaritas too. Followed by a chocolate ice cream sprinkled with cinnamon. OMG! Crowded but worth it.

Thank Nancy011351
Aptos, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 January 2017

The friendliest staff, in best of mood all the time. The food is of real good quality. Can be long waits, unless you reserve before. Well worth a trip to try. Good bar also.

Thank AlexT0531
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Great party restaurant. The food is always the same high-quality . The servers are always awesome some of them have been working there for 20 plus years. We enjoyed going there after a big mountain bike ride in the forest.

Thank Shuttlesmithadv... M
Aptos, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 17 January 2017

No doubt that Manuel's is the best family restaurant in Aptos. People have been going to this neighborhood mexican restaurant for generations and it feels like home each time you walk through the door. The food is amazing and I particularly love their salsa, which you can purchase in a jar and take home too:). It is one of the... More 

Thank Shelly M
Santa Cruz, California
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is a local place. That being said people come from miles around to eat here. They are open late and usually busy. Tip save room for ice cream across the street.

Thank scmiketravels
San Jose
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 December 2016

We are new to the area and stopped in on a Saturday night to try Manuel's due to it's high ranking. They told us it was a 45 min wait, which turned out to be about 5 min. We ordered margarita's on the rocks while we waited and they brought chips & salsa right away. The margarita's weren't bad. We... More 

Thank tikkadink

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: +1 831-688-4848

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?