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Hillside Cafe

Mexican, American
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2307 Stagg Hill Rd, Manhattan, KS 66502-3156
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Dining options: Dinner, Takeout

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Great Mexican Food in Kansas

Had a great meal here with friends. The food was well prepared and well served. If visiting Manhattan recommend you give them a try.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
John D
Pensacola, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

Checked reviews and more recent were more positive- should have listened to earlier reviews! This food is terrible! Guacamole was some kind of foul tasting green stuff! Queso dip-canned!! Fried flour taco soggy and greasy with minimal filling and topped with grated processed cheese spread! You can drink many of the margaritas as I question if any alcohol!! Extremely disappointed... More 

Thank Marsha S
Manhattan, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I love this place, and visit once a week. Whether it is "authentic" Mexican food, I don't know. But I don't care, in fact. Good, friendly service. I really like the shredded beef soft taco and cheese enchiladas. The guacamole and chips is also outstanding.

Thank Al H
Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Had a great meal here with friends. The food was well prepared and well served. If visiting Manhattan recommend you give them a try.

Thank John D
Corvallis, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

This is an unpretentious family run restaurant, with excellent food. If you expect it to taste like other Mexican American restaurants, you may be disappointed, but if you are willing to try the unique taste of the Hillside food, you may be hooked for life. I recommend the Corn Soft Tacos and fresh chips. Soda is served in cans with... More 

Thank OregonOpus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I've been going to the Hillside since before they moved to Manhattan. It's not for everyone, but for those of us who like it, we love it. This is not because Manhattanites don't know anything about Mexican food. I've eaten here with folks from Mexico and they loved it. Try a white flour taco with chicken or shredded beef. The... More 

Thank Dogbert1960
Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The Silva family has been serving some of the best Mexican family recipes since I was a kid growing up in Manhattan. This isn't the Taco Tico junk, but hand made real food. The shredded beef and chicken are tasty and the pan fried taco's are the best I've ever eaten. I don't miss a chance to go whenever I... More 

Thank Joyce K
Manhattan, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

When the Hillside was in Ogden, the food and service were great. Unfortunately, it is not nearly as good since it moved to Manhattan. The service is "ok", but the food is not. It is definitely sub-par for Mexican cuisine. It tastes like it has been refrigerated for a week and heated in a microwave. We will NOT be going... More 

Thank maggietffh
Manhattan, Kansas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I just ate there and the food was pretty gross. I'm pretty sure they microwaved everything. The guacamole was disgusting, like a baby poop puree. The big burrito was just Unseasoned roast beef and beans with chili on top. 0/10 will never go here again. Waste of money and a meal.

Thank Manhattanresidents
Tampa Bay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

We enjoy eating at Hillside and have frequented the restaurant for many years. David treats his customers like friends coming into his home for a family gathering. We love the flour soft taco. I can't find it anywhere else. The guacamole is a different style than other restaurants serve but is tasty and unique. The fresh fried chips are a... More 

Thank boudta
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

I've always been fond of Hillside Café. They have such a friendly staff and great food. All food is homemade and very fresh. There are also great burgers and a variety of food for anyone's taste buds. I highly recommend trying to white flower tacos or tamales on Fridays or Saturdays. Great place to eat with fried ice cream as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2307 Stagg Hill Rd, Manhattan, KS 66502-3156
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Manhattan
  • Phone Number: 785-539-9815

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children

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