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Crystal Park Cantina

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178 Crystal Park Road, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
+1 719-685-5999
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Description: Crystal Park Cantina is a unique, home-style Mexican restaurant in Manitou...
Crystal Park Cantina is a unique, home-style Mexican restaurant in Manitou Springs serving delicious food made with the finest ingredients available.
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  • 84
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  • 44
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  • 4
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Quality Mexican in Manitou Springs

Crystal Park offers excellent Mexican food in a boisterous, friendly setting. The guacamole is vastly superior to the usual concoction: no fillers here. Main courses were very good; only the dessert disappointed. This place (deservedly) draws a large crowd, so plan accordingly. Service is young... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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washington
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Crystal Park offers excellent Mexican food in a boisterous, friendly setting. The guacamole is vastly superior to the usual concoction: no fillers here. Main courses were very good; only the dessert disappointed. This place (deservedly) draws a large crowd, so plan accordingly. Service is young and cheerful, both positive in outlook and timely in performance. Great place to take kids,... More 

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Justin A, Owner at Crystal Park Cantina, responded to this review

Glad to hear you're such a fan! Thanks very much for taking the time to leave us this great, comprehensive review. I am sorry to see that you were disappointed in your dessert, though, so I hope you'll be back again soon so we can make that up to you. Thanks again! All the best, Justin A, Owner More 

Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I'll be honest. When our navigation told us we had arrived at our destination, I was a little hesitant. I know it was me being judgy, but it was in such a strange location that I just wasn't quite sure about it. Still not sure right when we walked in. But as soon as our server got to the table... More 

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Justin A, Owner at Crystal Park Cantina, responded to this review

Ann, thanks very much for taking the time to leave this review on multiple sites -- it really does mean a lot to us. Again, thanks so much for being such a big fan. I'm looking forward to your next visit! All the best, Justin A, Owner More 

Lawrence, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The food was delicious, excellent salsa. Nice selection of margaritas and reasonably priced. Service was quick and we were seated immediately at dinner time on a Wednesday night. Will definitely go back if I visit Manitou Springs again!

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Justin A, Owner at Crystal Park Cantina, responded to this review

It was great having you here, and it's great to hear from you again -- thanks so much, Kelsey! I really appreciate the great review, and all the compliments, and if you're ever back in town, we'd be more than glad to see you again. All the best, Justin A, Owner More 

Xenia, Ohio
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115 reviews 115 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 via mobile

We took my parents here while they were visiting, and they loved it. The food was great, and the service was extremely friendly. The portions are worth the price. You can sit in or outdoors, and I highly suggest outdoors on the sunny days.

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Justin A, Owner at Crystal Park Cantina, responded to this review

Glad they enjoyed it so much! I really appreciate you introducing us to them -- it was great to host all of you, and it's even better to know you all had such a great time. Hope you folks will all be back again soon! All the best, Justin A, Owner More 

Manitou Springs, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We have dined here quite a few times, & its a good place to take "out of towners" for a good Mexican dining experience. In-door & out-door seating. Very busy at times, & this is reflected in the service.

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Justin A, Owner at Crystal Park Cantina, responded to this review

I think you really covered the bases here -- good food, good atmosphere, good service. Thanks for being a fan and for introducing us to your non-local friends! That said, I know it does get crowded sometimes, so I'm sorry if our service has ever been less than perfect. We do our best, but we can always do better. Thanks... More 

Lafayette, Louisiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Great atmosphere, food and drink. Hearty portions. We enjoyed a cozy sit by the fireplace and the service was excellent. We visited in the off-season and the restaurant had a nice cozy vibe and seemed enjoyed by locals.

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Justin A, Owner at Crystal Park Cantina, responded to this review

Locals do like us, but it's always good to hear from someone from out of town like you -- thanks for taking the time to stop by, and for the great review! Sounds like you had a really good time, so I hope you'll be back again next time you're in the neighborhood. All the best, Justin A, Owner More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We usually take our out-of-town guests to Crystal Park Cantina, which says a lot. If the weather is nice we always sit outside under the umbrellas and order one of their made-from-scratch margaritas (they make a huge variety). Growing up in New Mexico, my husband is very particular about his Mexican food, and this place is a winner.

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Justin A, Owner at Crystal Park Cantina, responded to this review

As a family who knows their Mexican food, it's great to know you think we really hit the mark -- thanks very much for the vote of confidence! And thanks for helping to spread the word about us, and all the compliments on our margaritas! This is really an all-around great review, and we all really appreciate it. Thanks again... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We found this place by accident and it was the best restaurant we've ever been to! It was super busy so we sat at the bar to have drinks while waiting for our table. We were having such a good time we just stayed at the bar to eat! The owner and staff were so friendly, the atmosphere was fun,... More 

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Justin A, Owner at Crystal Park Cantina, responded to this review

Wow, what an amazing review, Jennifer! "Best restaurant we've ever been to" is the kind of thing I'm always thrilled to see, and I'm really happy you thought we earned it. Also, thank you for all the personal compliments. It was great to meet you, and I hope you'll be back to see us again soon. All the best, Justin... More 

Stuttgart, Germany
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Loved the place but it's so popular that it is hard to get in. Have to have several folks in your group before you can make a reservation, so come early or off season. Otherwise great margaritas and some very interesting food choices, with a very friendly staff. Plus, I loved the old stucco building and in nice weather you... More 

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Justin A, Owner at Crystal Park Cantina, responded to this review

Thanks for the balanced review. First off, thanks for all your compliments on our decor, margaritas, and food -- that's the main attraction, and it's great to know you're such a fan. We do get a bit busy at times, so I'm sorry if you've ever been inconvenienced, but it sounds like you enjoy us overall, so thanks again for... More 

Broomfield
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The Las Margaritas are large enough for twp, the service was good. I liked the Chile Relleno's, but did not care for the special sauce. Should have ordered it on the side. I am a green chile fan. A little pricey for Mexican fare. A little off the beaten path, with parking limited to the street or quite a way... More 

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Justin A, Owner at Crystal Park Cantina, responded to this review

Glad you liked us overall -- thanks for the honest review! You really covered a lot of ground here, and that's always appreciated. Sounds like you enjoyed us for the most part, and next time I know you'll have an even better experience. I know we can earn that fifth star! All the best, Justin A, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 178 Crystal Park Road, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  El Paso County  >  Manitou Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 719-685-5999

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 16
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

Crystal Park Cantina is a unique, home-style Mexican restaurant in Manitou Springs serving delicious food made with the finest ingredients available.

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