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“Sorry, but average Mex at best” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Manuel's Mexican Restaurant

Manuel's Mexican Restaurant
261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
831-688-4848
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Ranked #5 of 62 Restaurants in Aptos
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
La Selva Beach, California
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32 restaurant reviews
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“Sorry, but average Mex at best”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

Not sure who is writing these reviews for Manuel's -- known as Manny's to locals -- but unfortunately I have to throw some cold water on the glowing praise. Granted, the location is just a block from the ocean and a post-dinner walk is always a great idea, but if you are expecting more than standard gringo Mexican fare you will be disappointed. As a local myself I realize that Manuel's has it's share of fans, but why has always been a mystery to me. If you are from out of town you will enjoy the atmosphere, no doubt. Weekends are always crowded so reservations are strongly suggested. The bottom line is you can do a lot better in the Santa Cruz area if you are looking for a great meal.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
California
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“Spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2011

truly authentic mexican food. Large portions. Delicious food and amazing service. Only downside is the wait at nightime because its so popular. This is a must go.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“This place has great mango margaritas'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2010

This place has great mango margaritas'

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lake Forest, California
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13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Excellent Mexican food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

We've been searching for excellent enchiladas and tamales for a long time. Manuel's serves the best we've had since El Zarape's in Lompoc closed down. Restaurant is very small and dark - a surprise for a beach community, but the service was very good and the food well worth a drive from the Bay Area.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Manhattan Beach, CA
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“Great Mexican Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2009

Great mexican food, highly recommended. Great for a casual night out.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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