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Manuel's Mexican Restaurant

261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
+1 831-688-4848
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“refried beans” (10 reviews)
“enchiladas” (15 reviews)
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Mexican, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many reasons why this place is so popular locally---consistent comfort food, good sized portions, friendly staff and modest prices. At popular times, there can be a 15-30 minute wait.....but they do a fairly good job moving people in and out of here quickly,...More

Thank gerryv59
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Just great food and awesome service! Easy to see how they’ve been so successful for more than 50 years. If you’re ever in Santa Cruz County, Manuel’s is a must!

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Manuel's has operated at this Seacliff Beach location since 1965, and there are two good reasons for its longevity: great food and great service. Manuel's waitstaff always is welcoming and well trained, commanding detailed knowledge of its menu of numerous authentic Mexican dishes. You can...More

Thank fords4ever
Reviewed 1 February 2018

disappointed this time - been coming here for years, but there was just nothing special about it this time - don't know if they were just having an off day, but I won't be back

Thank Karen G
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

We wanted Mexican food so we searched for a place near our hotel. So glad we did. Manuel’s has great service and great food.

Thank TinaA1234
Reviewed 8 January 2018

I figured that a lunch on a Monday in the pouring rain would have a light crowd; wrong. The parking was almost non-existent and the restaurant was packed. Good thing, I made reservations. You get the typical chips with salsa prior to ordering. The food...More

Thank 427BeatleBob
Reviewed 3 January 2018

The people who work here are super friendly and happy! I love eating here. We eat here every time we visit. The food is really good. I had a seafood salad this time and was surprised it was so excellent. I like to try several...More

Thank daringwomen
Reviewed 3 January 2018

First the ambience is fun, food is excellent, drinks are good. The staff is so friendly and always smiling. Suggestion, make a reservation as the wait can be a little long at times. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank suzyG95136
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Always love this warm and friendly Mexican restaurant. The service is very fast and the food fantastic. The waiters are great. They have been in business for over 50 years! Wonderful for that family that wants great food at a very resonable price. Love their...More

Thank ttakingtime
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Excellent, generous portions of traditional and unique Mexican food. Can’t go wrong with any choice. The staff is friendly, polite and service-minded.

Thank Francis C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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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