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$8 - $16
CUISINES
Mexican, Southwestern
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed July 1, 2022

Great food and service in this 'old style' restaurant. The beans and rice are excellent - something that should be simple but many places can't get right. Try the tamale lunch plate or the Mexican pizza

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed October 22, 2021

Food is pretty good. As some have said, there are other places that may have more authentic Mexican, but the tacos, enchiladas, rice and beans are all tasty. Service is always good. Gil and Gustavo at the bar are excellent and very professional and attentive....One minor complaint...they keep it too hot. Last time I was in it was 81 degrees outside and 85 inside. Saving money is one thing, but not at the expense of customer comfort. You gotta keep it cool inside in the Phoenix valley. Otherwise, a nice place to eat and you can also eat outside. Also, breakfast is served on the weekends.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 15, 2021 via mobile

Delicious Mexican food! My husband had fajitas and I had pork carnitas. Both were excellent with great flavor and large portions. Server Cody, was both attentive and friendly. Overall, a great experience while we enjoyed our meals outside on the patio.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed March 10, 2020

There is a lot of flavor to the Steak. All the food was really good. Waiter was very knowledgeable, friendly and fast with service. He checked on us often. Can't wait to return and try other meals and meats.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 17, 2020 via mobile

Was in town visiting friends, we all met up for dinner. Chips and Salsa were pretty good. I had the grilled fish tacos, which were very good. Everyone in our group ordered something different and was happy with all. Two of us ordered Frozen Margaritas,...they were perfect, but be careful it snuck up on me. It wasn't strong at all, but after half of it, I really felt it. Good or Bad way to feel you decide. I wasn't driving so good for me.. Made for a peaceful night sleep.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 19, 2019 via mobile

Mexican food varies, from “TexMex” to REAL south of the border a Mexican food. There exists a tendency to create true a Mexican Spicey dishes to placate the delicate palates of Anglos. Having dined at hundreds of Mexican diners, from street carts, to “hole in...the walls”, to restaurants, few can honestly compete with Mexican dishes from Tijuana. In East Los Angeles, you can find excellent Mexican food, because the Mexicans there cook for locals, not to those who “think” they know real Mexican food. IF, Mexican food was prepared as Mexicans ate, few non Mexicans would patronize because they’d say, “ It’s too hot!” So, the restaurants tone it down to keep the heuros happy.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019

Food was okay. Kitchen was apparently pretty unorganized since several people didn't get any food that they ordered. The waitress was made aware, but nothing happened. Probably best not to go as a group.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed November 3, 2019 via mobile

We finally stopped into this restaurant that we have driven past on our many trips to Lowes. The wait staff were all pleasant and attentive. I tried the Pollo Especial which was a chicken chimichanga with cheese and jalapeno sauce. The chicken was moist and...tender and the sauce was good. The refried beans stole the show though. Hubby tried the 3 enchilada plate. He loved the beef enchilada with the smoky red sauce, said the chicken one was good but the green sauce on it was too spicy, and found the spinach and cheese enchilada kind of tasteless. We had to wait quit awhile for our food but it was a busy Sunday. We will come try it again on a week day.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed August 25, 2019

The service was excellent. Staff is very friendly! Food was delicious! I have tres enchiladas and wife had polo fundido chimichanga. Salsa was delicious. Chips were served hot and fresh.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 16, 2019 via mobile

Went for happy hour with my wife. Food & drinks not a bad price. Food was excellent along with great customer service:).

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 16, 2019 via mobile

If you want great Mexican food, this is the place to go. The serice was very good, the menu held lots of choices, and the food was delicious. There is a full bar with a multitude of options, including over a dozen Margarita options.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 6, 2019 via mobile

Manuel’s IS THE BEST Mexican Food In Arizona! The food is delicious service was impeccable!! This is a family owned restaurant with locations across the valley, I’m told, each one as good as the other. All restaurants are all still owned and operated by the...Salazar Family. The menu is full of choices ... there is literally something for everyone, seafood, chicken, beef, and pork. They offer a senior, lunch and children’s menu. The chips and salsa are amazing! The guacamole is the best I have ever had in my entire life - They make it fresh daily and it’s large enough to make a a meal!! They even have delicious green chili, something that’s hard to fine in Arizona. The cheese enchiladas are so flavorful and the refried beans are to die for!! The fajitas are not worth the money, but everything else we ordered was amazing!! You need to leave room for dessert!! This is by far our favorite Mexican food restaurant. You definitely need to try Manuel’s!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 12, 2019

Went there Sunday morning for brunch. Very good food and great service by Maria. Wife order the Pollo platter and I had the Chimi Plattter both were very good and the food was HOT. Wife is a chips and salsa person and liked everything and...the refills. I would recommend this place to everyone. Wished they would have a Sunday drink special (cocktail).All other days have happy hours...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 20, 2019 via mobile

We found this place hidden in a shopping area across from JC Penny’s, it was perfect, we wanted a happy hour place like back home & we found it! Cantina area offered beer specials including happy hour food, free salsa & chips, food was good...& portions were perfect & filling, waiter was excellent, friendly & prices were great!! Authentic Mexican restaurant, decor, food & very clean, great for watching sports & happy hour is offered till 4pm,More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

Met with 2 other couples for lunch. Was not busy so were seated immediately. Service was wonderful. Food is outstanding. We ate and drank (ice tea) for over 2 hours. The help were very good at making sure we had everything without interrupting us. This...place now is our go to Mexican restaurant when we are in that area.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Manuel's Mexican Restaurant #1 is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5