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El Manantial Restaurant

12050 North Shore Drive, Reston, VA 20190
703-742-6466
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Ranked #12 of 131 Restaurants in Reston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Tapas, International
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Wiehle Ave.
Description: El Manatial is a family operated restaurant, featuring European Fusion Cuisine. We offer Italian, French and Spanish specialties, including a Tapas bar.
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English first
Leesburg, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Our favorite Northern VA restaurant is moving from a Reston strip mall to a more desirable location in Herndon. We look forward to the same excellent service and great food in their new location

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Reston, VA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I normally wouldn't write a review that seems to add little to the body of work already presented, but El Manatial stuck it out in Tall Oaks long after others would have bailed out and provided quality food and service at reasonable prices. I mourn their loss to the Reston geography and wish them well in Herndon.

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Reston, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It was my first and last visit to El Manantial Restaurant. My girlfriend and I made a reservation. We were surprised that the menu didn't offer tapas/small plate tastings as we had been told the Mediterranean/Spanish restaurant served. I ordered the seafood paella and my friend ordered soup and salad since she'd had a late lunch. Well, our server's attitude... More

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Reston, Virginia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is a nice restaurant--the service was very good, and the food was fresh and tasty. The only problem is the price tag ($18 fajitas? that's the most I've ever paid for Mexican food). I recommend the tableside guacamole.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My girlfriend and I went here for date night and we were completely disappointed. I see why the restaurant is moving locations. The dining room had a unique stink which over powered our experience and soured our taste buds. Old decor, old building and antiquated service. Save you cash and skip this one.

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Reston, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I visited El Manantial on a Friday evening and had a reservation at 6:30pm. We were a party of 5. The host promptly took us to a centrally-located table. The ambience was delightful- the music was not loud and the atmosphere was peaceful and not at all noisy. We ordered drinks to start with (martinis) that were really good. For... More

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Washington DC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The place looks cool. The wine selection is fantastic. The Escargots was really prepared nicely and came out quick. The rack of lamb was not traditional with it's own touch it was different but amazing. I will be back.

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Clifton, VA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Perhaps trying a new restaurant on Valentine Day is not the best idea. However, we really had our expectations set high based on the large number of glowing reviews. As others have reported this restaurant is somewhat of an oasis in an otherwise dismal shopping center. Nonetheless, the interior of the restaurant is well appointed and congenial. I opted for... More

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Centreville, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Reston. While it is a bit off the main path, it is worth the short drive. And while it also doesn't look like much from the outside (it's in a strip shopping center), it is easy to park and it looks like a different world when you enter. The food and the... More

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Suitland, Maryland
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This used to be a wonderful place but everything has gone downhill. They used to have a pizza stone they'd bake their pizza on...this last visit the pizza wasn't as good, terribly greasy and everything was WAY TOO SALTY. The insalata caprese was swimming in salt. It was nasty. And the manager paces back and forth if they aren't busy,... More

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Additional Information about El Manantial Restaurant

Address: 12050 North Shore Drive, Reston, VA 20190
Phone Number: 703-742-6466
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax County  >  Reston
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: Tapas, International

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