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Crystal Park Cantina

178 Crystal Park Road, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
+1 719-685-5999
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $16
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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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Chicago
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I have a hard time reviewing Mexican food. I guess I always have higher expectations than what a Mexican restaurant can ultimately deliver. That being said, I have tasted excellent Mexican Food in Chicago. Here, the food was good, and somewhat inventive. But can I say I "loved my meal" - no. But everyone at the table ate their food... More

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Colorado
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This is a very quaint, off the beaten path restaurant. A very nice alternative from the main street of Manitou Springs. We were seated in the upstairs dining area which was very nice. Very open and airy. Love that it is decorated simply. A very nice place to have a quiet meal. Staff is friendly, in a professional way. The... More

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Kansas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We decided to try this restaurant based on several reviews we found here and are thankful we did. Thank goodness for GPS otherwise we would not have found it, but the food was delish! We had the roasted pork avocado burrito, one with tomatillo alfredo sauce and the other with green chili sauce. Amazing! AND the margaritas are delish! Pricey,... More

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

We're glad you took the time to find us too, Angela! This is just the kind of review I love to see, and it's wonderful to hear that you appreciated our saffron rice and delicious beans! I hope you'll be back in Manitou Springs soon -- we look forward to seeing you again! All the best, Justin A, Owner More

Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

For Fantastic Mexican food, you MUST visit this restaurant!! I had the best Huevos Rancheros with golden hashbrowns. My children loved their choices as well! Highly Recommend!

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

I'm so happy to hear your family enjoyed their meals so much, Suzy! Great choice on your huevos rancheros -- they're our breakfast specialty, so it's great to know you were a fan. I see you're from PA, but I hope you'll come visit us again next time you're in Colorado! All the best, Justin A, Owner More

Littleton, Colorado
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The presentation of the food was great and that's where it ended. My husband had the chicken burrito and he said it was flavorless. The beans were undercooked and barely warm. The rice had so much "chicken flavor" that it colored the rice bright yellow. The carne asada tacos had an overwhelming sweet flavor we were told was pineapple.Thankfully the... More

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

While I'm glad you enjoyed the atmosphere and especially the service, I'm truly disappointed to hear that the food didn't live up to our usual standards, April. Everything we make is as authentic as we know how to make it, and it's Saffron that makes our rice yellow, not chicken stock. I hope you know that this is an unusual... More

Tulsa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Mexican restaurants are a dime a dozen. This one is a cut above. We have visited this restaurant several times over the last few years and always enjoy.

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

We do our best to separate ourselves from the pack, and I'm happy to hear you think we're succeeding at that, Chip! Thanks for being such a loyal fan of ours for so long -- I hope we'll be seeing you again sometime soon! All the best, Justin A, Owner More

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

My husband said this is the best Mexican he's had and I'd have to agree. Super friendly service! We loved this place. It's a must try! We would def visit again if in the area.

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

"Best Mexican we've ever had" is some terrific praise, KKJilly! I'm thrilled to hear that you and your husband enjoyed everything so much, and I'd be more than glad to serve you again next time you're here. Thanks so much for your business and for this great testimonial -- here's hoping we see you again sometime soon! All the best,... More

Manitou Springs, Colorado
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This restaurant off the main street of Manitou is in a quiet and relaxing location. The outside eating is the best pace to be, but you often need to get there early for dinner as the patio fills up quickly. There is lots of room inside. The upstairs area is a bit noisy. The food choices for more unique that... More

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

Thanks, Lois! This kind of review really means a lot to us, especially coming from a local like yourself, so I really appreciate it. I'm glad you love everything here so much, and I can't wait to see you again soon! All the best, Justin A, Owner More

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Friendly service, great food. We eat lots of Mexican food in Texas but this was different and delicious. Can't go wrong with this place and I don't ever hand out 5s!!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Food was not good. The place is pretty cute and service was not bad. But, the food just did not cut it. The chicken in the burrito was dry and flavorless and the white sauce over it was "broken" and also flavorless. Neither of us liked it or finished eating it. Not sure how the other mexican places are, but... More

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