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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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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
What a great experience!

We were seated outside at a table for two up on the second level. Great view, shade, and kind of private...nice. The chips and salsa came out right away, thin crispy chips and smokey spicy delicious salsa. The young waiter took our drink and appetizer order, he was super nice and efficient. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
Pam O
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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Don't order your burger well-done. It will come to you burned to a crisp! The "chef" must have winced when he put the hard, black puck on the plate… but he did it anyway. Really, it was totally inedible. Also, no children's menu (this resulted in a very expensive tab and a lot of wasted food).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We were seated outside at a table for two up on the second level. Great view, shade, and kind of private...nice. The chips and salsa came out right away, thin crispy chips and smokey spicy delicious salsa. The young waiter took our drink and appetizer order, he was super nice and efficient. We ordered the queso fundido---served with flour tortillas,... More 

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

What a great review is more like it, Pam! Thanks so much for taking the time to write this up, seriously. It means a lot to see how much you enjoyed it here and I hope we'll see you again sometime soon. Thanks again! All the best, Justin A, Owner More 

Glen Carbon
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This has to be one of the best mexican restaurants my husband and I have been to and we travel ALOT! The mole sauce is some of the best I have tasted.. The chicken in the enchiladas was very tender and everything was served piping hot.Their homemade chips were incredible. Thin and not greasy. Like eating potato chips! Not too... More 

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

Wow, Deb! What a fantastic review! We really strive to be one of the best Mexican places in the state, if not the country, and I'm so happy to see how much you loved it here. "Incredible" and "some of the best I have tasted" are the kinds of things I love to see in a review like this and... More 

Puyallup, Washington
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Crystal Park Cantina is an excellent restaurant. The food was flavorful and amazing. We were seated right away and we enjoyed the chips and salsa....We had the mango margaritas with our dinner and they were great. We loved the food and the service.....enough to go back a second time during our visit to Manitous springs.....

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

Glad to know how much you liked it here, Karen! Thanks for coming to see us not once but twice while you were in town! Hope that means we'll be seeing you again if you ever find yourself in and around Colorado Springs again! All the best, Justin A, Owner More 

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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

My wife and I just arrived in Colorado Springs this evening. We knew we were hungry so the first thing we did was look for a good Mexican restaurant. Crystal Park Cantina for the bill and off we went. The chips and salsa were very good. Not your run if the mill salsa, I would add. It was a deeper... More 

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

Hey, thanks so much for taking the time to write up such a great review for us, Joe! Really, I appreciate it. Great choice on the burger -- glad your server recommended that. You really wouldn't normally think of a burger at a Mexican place, but it's one of our secret weapons -- it's great to hear how much you... More 

Hatboro, Pennsylvania, United States
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1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We were seated quickly and enjoyed great margaritas and chips and salsa. We asked the waiter to describe the sauces which the entree's come with a choice of. We ordered enchiladas with the red mole sauce and a burrito with the alfredo sauce, both were delicious. Food was brought out very hot and was enjoyed by all. Parking was a... More 

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

Sounds like you had a really good time here, Donna! Thanks a lot for letting me know. It's true that our parking lot is kind of small, but other than that I'm glad to hear you enjoyed everything. I see you're from PA, but next time you're in town I hope we'll see you then. Thanks again! All the best,... More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Some of the BEST local Mexican food. Has gluten free options. Great restaurant, but it is a little out of the way from the main Manitou Springs area. Parking is a little hard to find. But it's very worth it. Great service, and did I mention the food is wonderful?!

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

We're a little hidden away, it's true, but it's so awesome to know you think we're worth searching for! This is really a fantastic review and I was glad to see it. Thanks a lot for giving us a try, come back and see us again soon! All the best, Justin A, Owner More 

Bentonville, Arkansas
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The cantina was very busy when we arrived, but we were seated quickly and ordered shredded beef enchiladas with the alfredo (verde cheese sauce). Yum! The chips and salsa, rice, and beans were all on point! The menu items averaged about $16, but the restaurant was a bit upscale and great for a date night while visiting town.

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

Glad to hear we were able to show you and your date such a nice time! Thanks very much for giving us a try, and for leaving such a good review. Great choice on the enchiladas, by the way! Hope we see you again sometime! All the best, Justin A, Owner More 

Saratoga Springs, NY
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We found this place on trip adviser. The food is very fresh and home made. Well worth the drive. Try mixing the homemade sauces. The small plate are very filing. Happy hour was great from 4-7 pm.

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

Thanks very much for deciding to give us a try after finding us here on TA! I'm really glad you thought we lived up to the great reviews, and I want to thank you for leaving one of your own. I hope we'll be seeing you again next time you're in town! All the best, Justin A, Owner More 

Peoria, Illinois
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

One might guess that the sweet potato has no business being on the menu of a Mexican restaurant, they would be 100% wrong. Best nachos I have ever had the pleasure, "sweet potato fries nachos". Add a spicy "Jalepeno" Margarita and you have the perfect afternoon. I highly recommend this place for adults and kids alike. My two teenagers enjoyed... More 

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

Glad those sweet potatoes were a pleasant surprise for you and your family! We do our best to make sure we keep things authentic while also putting our own ideas into our food, and it sounds like it really paid off for you folks. Thanks very much for being a fan -- hope we see you again before too long!... More 

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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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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • 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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