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“Not authentic Mexican”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Manuel's Downtown

Manuel's Downtown
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Ranked #57 of 3,683 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: For more than 30 years Manuel's has thrived in Austin, Texas, delighting local residents, politicos, musicians, students, and our favorite grandmothers. From the farm to the sea, we harvest local and natural ingredients to create food that is infused with a deep collection of flavors, and steeped in tradition. From our award-winning mole to our famous margaritas, we aspire to transport our guests to a place of timeless satisfaction.
Draper, Utah
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163 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Not authentic Mexican”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

The food is good, service was great, but it's not authentic Mexican. It's more like an upscale gourmet Mexican. We wanted great Mexican food and this is where our Hotel sent us. We were a little disappointed. It's a bit pricey as well. I did have a Mango Margarita which hit the spot. The Pork was wonderful as was the Verde sauce, not great Mole. The Nachos Appetizer was worth a mention. Overall a great place and would recommend it, but not for the authentic Mexican experience.

  • Visited September 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia
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72 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Wonderful Mole”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Very reasonable prices for high quality, attentive service and a comfortable atmosphere. Serve local beers and excellent vegetarian choices.

Visited September 2012
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Mission Viejo, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Consistently very good”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

We visit Austin about 4-5 times a year and Manuel's has been consistently very good. You can definitely the quality here. The wait staff very attentive and provide good suggestions. The mole sauce is excellent.

  • Visited August 2012
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Rockville Centre, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Mexican food in a comfortable setting”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Great guacamole and fajitas! Great place for a casual business dinner. Within walking distance of Four Seasons Hotel.

Visited August 2012
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Falls Church, Virginia
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69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellent waitstaff, menu variety”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

Quite an extensive variety menu, but be ready to pay top dollar. While it is generally Tex-Mex cuisine, there is a flare to many dishes and some traditional ethnic selections not usually found. A nice place with good steak and seafood choices.

Waitstaff was very gracious in serving our large party, patiently answering questions and very quickly bringing all types of orders.

Good location for a discussion over dinner as not too loud and nice atmosphere.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Michelle M
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