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“Nice, but not mindblowing”
Review of Casa Manolo Leon

Casa Manolo Leon
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Ranked #73 of 2,687 Restaurants in Seville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $52
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Just across the river from the Jardines del Guadalquivir you'll find Casa Manolo Leon, a regal restaurant with a smart feel. Set within an elegant and historic Andalusian house dating back to the 19th century you can expect a wonderful dining experience from start to finish. Inside dining rooms are carefully decorated, one might be the perfect aqua of a Tiffany gift box, another boldly striped in gold and cream, antique pieces complete the look ��� you really could be in another time entirely. During warm summer evenings candles flicker throughout a gorgeous Mediterranean courtyard, the ideal place to enjoy tasty and fresh traditional Spanish food, especially fish and seafood from nearby Huelva.
San Francisco, California
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Nice, but not mindblowing”
Reviewed November 13, 2011

It's a pretty place - I pass on my way home from work and had always been intrigued by the constant stream of taxis pulling up and fancy vicuña-coated families smoking outside. For everyday dining it's way out of my budget , but when my mother came to visit we decided to give it a go.

There are several rooms inside, all of which display variations on a kind of renaissance near-royalty theme. Think big, brassy mirror frames, heavy chandeliers, colourful stucco walls and lots of paintings of prim-looking, round-faced ladies. The striped room is the best.

Clientele, as mentioned, is not touristy at all - more middle-aged couples, families and large companies of young, well-off businessmen and their wives. Very 'pijo.' Nonetheless, there are menus available in English and at least some staff who speak it. I did pick up a slightly derogatory vibe, though, although this might just be nervousness at interacting in a language you don't know so well.

There are complementary bite-sized appetizers on the house - ours was a pile of pickled greens (courgette, carrot, mushroom) underneath some tender cubes of beef. Nice, but not mindblowing. After that we shared a bottle of a local wine recommended by our server - again, it was satisfactory, but not much more. With it I had the wild sea bass with almond cream, grilled vegetables and a Malaga wine reduction. The fish was not cooked through, and the 'grilled vegetables' was half a carrot. This illustrates pretty well the whole approach of the restaurant - half a grilled carrot (unpeeled, with green tops) looks very chic, but it doesn't do much for your gastronomic experience. My mother had the monkfish and had to ask the server to bring her some salt for it to taste of anything at all. In better news, we asked for a green salad with our food and was brought an excellent plate of crispy fresh green leaves, sliced apple, sprouts and avocado. In all honesty I can't remember what I had for dessert, but I think that's more due to its guaranteed blandness than any approaching alzheimer.

All in all, it's a restaurant that kicks up far too much of a fuss for its culinary stature. It may seem a mysterious alternative hidden all the way up on Calle Guadalquivir, but your money is way better spent at Eslava two blocks closer to town.

  • Visited November 2011
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Kent. Uk
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Absolutely fantastic”
Reviewed October 13, 2011

Great restaurant , very welcoming, chefs tasters were given and lemon sorbet .
Lovely walled courtyard with scented climbing plants, candles and water features.
Mouthwatering menu, we shared a selection of starters( as we were originally not going to have any)
Had monkfish for main and chef special cake pudding for dessert.
Wine lovely, staff VERY pleasing.
And very reasonably prices
This is not touristy at all, very high end local
It is on it's own so get a cab as in a residential area.( we Walked there and cabed back )

  • Visited October 2011
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A superb restaurante”
Reviewed January 24, 2011

We wenre guided to this restaurant by someone in the hotel (obviously by someone who knew his food).

In over ten years of eating in Spain this restaurant stands alone in food,service and ambience. We visited on a rainy Monday wth the road outside up - hardly a fair night for a review!

We entered to be greeted by a waiter who took our coats and sat us down. We discussed the menu only to be given a 'taster' of seafood, this set the mood for the evening.

All our food was beautully prepared and arranged and whilst not over large (we did not feel ill on leaving) we felt we had been fed.

All of us (including Paul who is inclined to be sceptical) voted the evening a great success. I very much look forward to my next visit (when it is not on a rainy Monday and the road has been repaired). This is not a cheap restaurant, but for those who want a memorable evening then the Manolo Leon is the restaurant of choice.

  • Visited January 2011
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Seville, Spain
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“Excellent restaurant”
Reviewed September 29, 2010

In an area of Seville with vertually no retaurants, this is a real gem. Lovely patio with planting and fountain, good indoor dining area, very good food and friendly and attentive service. The house red is pretty good too. Highly recommend and would readily go back.

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