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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
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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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The drinks are killer. Try the Cadillac margarita. Chips are freshly made and are delicious along with their salsa. The menu is quite small, which likely accounts for the food quality. Great rellano and the seafood entrees appear to be very fresh. Wait for a table on weekends can be tough.

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

Glad you're a fan, BuzzWalsh! Thanks for the terrific review -- it sounds like you like everything about us, although I'm sorry if you've had to wait an unreasonable amount of time on the weekends occasionally. Still, I appreciate all the feedback, and I hope we see you again soon! All the best, Justin A, Owner More

Colorado Springs, CO
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The Crystal Park Cantina has always been one of our favorite places for Mexican food. We have noticed that their wine prices are very high and not in line with the food menu prices. We also wish they would allow small dogs on their outside patio, but apparently the owner's mom has an issue with that. Returning here after a... More

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

Thanks so much for the great review! I'm really happy to hear that you're such a fan of our food, especially the rice! I did want to let you know why we don't allow dogs on the patio, though. To put it simply, it's because if we allowed dogs, there would be LOTS of dogs on the patio, and since... More

New York, USA
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

This was a recommendation from our campground host and indeed a great choice for dinner. Even so it was busy with several families the staff was extremly attentive, super friendly and had great recommendations regarding the menu. Having been to many mexican restaurants over the years, this might not be the top one in terms of food presentation and flavoring... More

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

Glad to hear you thought we mainly hit the mark! Thanks for the great review. As someone with lots of Mexican restaurant experience, it's great to know we measure up, in your view. I look forward to your next visit when you're back in town! All the best, Justin A, Owner More

Montrose, Colorado
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The place is adorable. Situated about 1/2 mile out of town. I ordered the chili relleno, with the mild white tomatillo sauce. It was fabulous. Great atmosphere and service.

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

Thanks, Karmen! Glad you enjoyed everything so much. That chile relleno is one of our specialties, so thanks for the kind words about it. I can't wait to see you again sometime soon! All the best, Justin A, Owner More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

The food is beyond amazing! I tried the jalapeño cilantro margarita on recommendation of our server and it was unbelievably yummy! When our food came, I tried the Tomatillo Alfredo Sauce on my enchiladas and it was AMAZING!! I asked if I could get a jar of it to take home to Wisconsin with me. Crystal Park Cantina is my... More

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

Jahietala, I'm so happy to hear you felt this way! It looks like this was your first ever TripAdvisor review, so it really means a lot that you liked us enough to register an account here just to review us. I truly appreciate the kind words, and I look forward to your next visit next time you're in Colorado! All... More

arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

Went early at lunch so had no problem parking. Think if they are busy at night parking would be tough. Service and people were great friendly and efficient. Food was really good. Chicken burrito and spinach, portobello were yummy. Chips house made and addicting.

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

Thanks so much for the great review! Sounds like you really enjoyed yourself here, and I'm really happy to hear that. Great choice on the burritos -- hope we see you again sometime soon for more! All the best, Justin A, Owner More

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I feel a sense of great sadness reporting about what used to be one of my most favorite places to spend an evening. I began noticing the quality of food slipping a bit in recent days; the pulled pork tacos were somewhat dry and lacking in seasoning, portion sizes for their delicious rice seems less than before, and the basket... More

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

I'm sorry we've disappointed you, especially since you've always been a fan of ours in the past. It's true that due to our policy, we're unable to accommodate dogs on our patio, but we absolutely should have been more courteous in explaining this to you. Our patio is fairly small, and if we didn't have some restrictions on pets, there... More

New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

While visiting Manitou Springs, CO in September 2014, a local business owner suggested the Crystal Cantina for dinner. It was very easy to locate and we dined early so we didn't need a reservation. We enjoyed a great meal! Thanks for the suggestion.

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

Thank you very much for the great review, Lori! I'm glad you listened to whoever it was that referred you to us, and it sounds like you are too. It's great to hear you really enjoyed your meals here, and I hope that next time you're back in the Colorado Springs area, you'll stop in again. Thanks again! All the... More

Mint Hill, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My husband and I were recently in Manitou Springs, Colorado visiting from North Carolina. We went to the top of Pike's Peak on Cog Railway(awesome) and came down hungry! We checked around and this restaurant was recommended by locals. Yum, Yum, Yum! We both had the Navajo Tacos and I had the Cadillac Margarita. OMG! So good! If I ever... More

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

Thanks for taking the time to leave this great review! I really appreciate it, just like I appreciate your business. I hope you'll be visiting Colorado again soon -- I look forward to your next visit! All the best, Justin A, Owner More

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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176 reviews 176 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Gorgeous patio and beautiful location. It is Mexican food but not traditional Mexican. If you are in the mood for Mexican with a twist, this is a place worth trying. Good margaritas and everything we tried was wonderful. I'll definitely be back!

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Kelly! From the food, to the location, to the margaritas, it sounds like we were a big hit, and we can't wait to see you again sometime soon. Thanks again! All the best, Justin A, Owner More

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Additional Information about Crystal Park Cantina

Address: 178 Crystal Park Road, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Phone Number: +1 719-685-5999
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  El Paso County  >  Manitou Springs
Average Prices: USD 8 - 16
Cuisine: Mexican

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