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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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Mexican food at its best

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
NomadGloria
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Manitou Springs, Colorado
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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141 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Manitou Springs, Colorado
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
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
80 reviews 80 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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 

Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
32 reviews 32 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 

Manitou Springs, Colorado
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I have eaten here numerous times. The menu offers a wide variety of choices. The pork burrito, chile relleno & tostado chopped salad are among my favorites. I rarely eat a burger but the Cantina Burger is a tasty treat with delicious sweet potato fries. The quaint atmosphere is a plus. Obviously many folks agree with me as they are... More 

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

Aw, thanks very much for the great review, Karen! Glad to hear you're such a fan of ours -- it means a lot to hear from you. I appreciate you taking the time to write this up, and I know we all hope you'll be back again soon! All the best, Justin A, Owner More 

Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

A mom and pop place that serves some of the best, freshest creative Mexican food we have had in the area (Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs). We are vegetarian and they have those options (quite a many) noted on their menu for ease of reference. We have sampled quite a few and all have been delicious without sacrificing flavor. They also have... More 

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

I appreciate the recommendation, Colleen -- thanks a lot for taking the time to write up this great, detailed review! Sounds like you're big fans, and I hope we see you again really soon. All the best, Justin A, Owner More 

Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The first time my husband & I went we weren't sure if we had the right place bc we couldn't find a sign, so we just guessed. After walking into the cozy little Pueblo style house that's the Cantina we knew we were at the right place. We were craving some delicious authentic Mexican food and being from the South... More 

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

So glad to hear we've always been a big hit with you and your family, Libby -- thanks for this fantastic review. Authentic Mexican is what we're all about, so it's good to hear you think we've been doing a great job. Hope we see you again soon for more! All the best, Justin A, Owner More 

Meade, Kansas
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

One of the best Mexican restaurants I've ever eaten at. Starting with great salsa, margaritas,, chimichangas to die for. Service is fantastic. It's Not the easiest to find but well worth the effort. Parking sucks but that's because it's so popular.

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

Glad you're such a fan of everything we do! Thanks for your business and for taking the time to leave us this note -- it really does mean a lot. I look forward to seeing you again sometime soon! 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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