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.
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