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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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Mint Hill, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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173 reviews 173 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This food is heaven! Great service, not too fast, not too slow. If you want to experience Mexican food, you have to be at that place. Awesome cocktails aswell. Go there now!

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

This food is heaven? What a compliment, Roos! I couldn't be happier to hear that you were so impressed. Looking forward to seeing you for a bite and a cocktail soon! All the best, Justin A, Owner More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

One star for great margaritas, one for a friendly initial greeting. Someone made a mistake and our food order went in an hour and 15 minutes after we were seated. We were a party of 11 on a Friday night, and I understand mistakes happen. I would not write a negative review that alone. However, when we complained to the... More

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

I wanted to take a moment to respond to this review, because I think there are a few misconceptions and incorrect statements here that need to be corrected, just for the record. First, your timeline of events is a little skewed. Your reservation was for 7pm on Friday night of Labor Day Weekend, one of the busiest nights of the... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

Being from Texas, we have been scouring the Springs area for good mexican food like you find back home in Texas. We have lived in Manitou for 3 years and finally decided to give this restaurant a try. Very impressed with the quality of the food and service. Some creative menu items and a great atmosphere. Definitely recommend Crystal Park... More

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

I'm so glad you're such a fan of ours! As somebody from Texas, I trust you to know great Mexican when you taste it, and I'm glad you feel that we qualify. Hope we see you again soon! All the best, Justin A, Owner More

Chicago
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90 reviews 90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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

Thanks for the feedback, and thanks for the 4 stars, I always love to hear how we compare to cities with 2.5 million people! -- I'm glad to hear that you were all satisfied with your meals and with our service. That said, we want to be the kind of restaurant you write home about, so we'll do our best... More

Colorado
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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

Glad you thought we improved over your first visit here -- we're always trying to improve, so next time should be even better! I really appreciate the great review, not to mention your business, and I can't wait to see you again! All the best, Justin A, Owner More

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
2 reviews
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

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