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Manuel's Mexican Restaurant

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261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
+1 831-688-4848
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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“refried beans” (9 reviews)
“enchiladas” (13 reviews)
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Mexican, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
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Reviewed July 24, 2017

As a Mexican food lover, everyone says to go to Manuel's. Well after three or more attempts all we have experienced is a line out the door, people standing looking at your pates while your eating at your elbow to elbow table, and very, did...More

Thank Melmoemoe
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Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

We arrived early around 6:00pm on Saturday. Been here before and food is pretty good. Expected a wait of approx. 1/2 hour to 45 minutes, but after an hour we're told another 30 minutes because they people with reservations were coming in. They have lots...More

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Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

They have the best of everything. I have been visiting this resturant for the past 20 years. There is not a trip to Santa Cruz without a visit to manuels. It's small but well worth the wait!! Reservations are best!!

Thank jillg953
Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

Good food and service here... obviously locals love it! We arrived just after 5:00 on a Sunday night and there was a wait. Menu is somewhat limited and salsa is a tad spicy! Overall, it was a good dinner and we'll go back.

Thank Heather O
Reviewed June 22, 2017

We ate here at the recommendation of the hotel concierge. The restaurant was small and we had about a 20 minute wait before being seated.The noise level was high,making it difficult to communicate with your dining partner. We ordered 2 entrée: One was average and...More

Thank monsoons2013
Reviewed June 19, 2017

Expect a wait. Manuel's is a popular choice for area locals. We did not care for the chips and salsa. Ordered Cheese and Onion Enchiladas with Green and Red sauce and Chille Rellenos. The Green Enchilada sauce was exceptional, the Red chille enchilada sauce was...More

1  Thank Dennis S
Reviewed June 10, 2017

I started going 49 years ago and still go the food is what Mexican Cuisine should be and the red snapper on Friday is wonderful. Made me like fish. My favorites is a combo of enchilada and taco. Salsa and chips, margarita pretty perfect.

Thank catc0x
Reviewed May 19, 2017 via mobile

This is a local favorite and fir good reason- the service is outstanding always! They pool tips here so it means that everyone is looking after you and that translates to super fast service from the first bowl of chips and amazing salsa ( they...More

Thank Denise A
Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

We had lunch here - simply delicious! Very busy but quick, friendly service with huge portions. Fresh, generous serving of light chips with great salsa while waiting. Hubby had a single beef burrito (very filling!) and i had a beef tostada - brought half home...More

Thank Sailmama
Reviewed April 30, 2017

It is just regular Mexican food, but locals seem to love it. Always busy. Also known for the bar. Make reservations for popular hours.

Thank JohnInItaly
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: +1 831-688-4848
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