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“Average at Best” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Manuel's Mexican Restaurant

Manuel's Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 69 Restaurants in Aptos
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Fallbrook, California
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38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Average at Best”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

After reading previous reviews and hearing about the long line of diners waiting to eat here...my expectations were quite high. We were camping at Seacliff State Beach - within walking distance to Manuel's. I was excited to give it a try!
I found the food to be uninspired and the menu was filled with average/common Mexican food choices. There was nothing offered that was different from most Mexican-American restaurants throughout the west. The food was (chicken burrito/chicken chimichunga) fine, rice and beans fine and the margarita fine. Nothing exceptional, nothing exceptional offered and not even an exceptional view (seeing that we were on the coast). I do not understand why anyone would wait to eat here.
The service was good and the food was hot. If this is all you need in your choice of Mexican dining...then this is the place for you.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Honolulu, Hawaii
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72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Carne Asada Tacos-Get Them”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

As you can surmise from the title, the Carne Asada tacos are amazing. They're simple, just marinated meat rolled in corn tortillas, and yet so incredible. A good sized portion of tasty pico de gallo does come with the tacos, along with killer re-fried beans, and rice. Everything is homemade. I tried my friend's pozole- wow, incredible. Everyone in my party raved about their food, and we loved our server. Fantastic food and service is greatly appreciated! Thank you, Manuel's!

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Thank excitedforlife
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Aptos
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94 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Why do locals love this place so much?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is the classic hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant. The menu is pretty standard and quite limited. Evening specials are different each day of the week and they repeat the same every week; they can be a good choice. Standard servings are large, so the smaller (and cheaper) lunch specials make more sense in the middle of the day. The food is usually reliable, rather than outstanding, although the beans and rice do vary a bit. It's often busy, so there can be quite a wait, and the tables are awfully close together. The staff are super-friendly, but they don't always get back to you with the check when you really want them to. So why is this place so popular? I can't really say. It's just a good time, good food, good people, a real local hangout. You'll enjoy it too if you don't go there expecting a gourmet experience.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Greg H
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Jacksonville, Florida
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102 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Good Mexican food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Very popular place , expect to wait for a table at night , normally there will be people waiting outside. Get there early if you don't like to wait. I'm retired so I like lunch time less busy and still good food . The big salad is great to share. If you go at night be sure to check the special for that day normally a great choice .

Visited April 2013
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1 Thank esnewton2012
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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244 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Very crowded, very loud, disappointing food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

This restaurant is very popular with locals; we had to wait more than 45 minutes for a table. Tables are very close together; it is a very noisy place, not conducive to conversation. Standard Mexican items--cheese enchiladas, burritos, tamales, tacos, chiles rellenos, beans, rice, etc.--are available in combination plates and a la carta. The food is nothing special and more expensive than in comparable restaurants. (1 cheese enchilada, $5.25; 1 chile relleno, $5.95; combination#5, $12.95.) Service was good but the rest was disappointing.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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