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“Good but not Great”
Review of Manuel's Downtown

Manuel's Downtown
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Ranked #67 of 3,700 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, 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.
Austin, Texas
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321 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Good but not Great”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Service was excellent, presentation of food was beautiful. The food itself was good, but nothing fabulous. Drinks were very tasty. Everything was overpriced. Probably would not go here again, especially with all the other choices for good Mexican food in Austin.

  • Visited May 2013
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San Antonio
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161 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Very tasty regional Mexican food!”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Manuel's is a popular Mexican restaurant in Downtown Austin. A very nice looking interior and a wide variety of Mexican dishes. The Mole was fantastic, as was the fajitas. Manuel's offers also offers a lot of seafood dishes, and a great variety of other dishes. The restaurant is a bit upscale from what I would call a traditional Mexican food restaurant, but the dishes are not over priced. It is worth a visit.

Visited May 2013
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Thank Bill S
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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Best real Mexican Food (not Tex Mex) in Texas”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

I decided to explore my own culinary roots in Texas and I found this lovely High end-casual restaurant in Austin’s heart MANUELS,,,, good taste in deco, loose service and a great food, I been in michellin stars restaurants and this one deserve at least one,, people go there and know your hometown thru MANUELS

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Isabel S
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Sherbrooke, Quebec
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Cool place and great happy hours (16:00-18:00)”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

Tried it after flying in to Austin in the afternoon. After plane / airport food this was a godsend. Went in during happy hours and got to binge (50% off) on excellent appetizers served up with really good drinks (1$ to 2$ off). The blue crab nachos was out of this world and the tuna ceviche really good. Overall, good deals to be had during happy hours and nice atmosphere. Staff service was really good.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank joeblow24
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Chicago, Illinois
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80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Interesting Mexican”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

Interesting menu - the tuna was outstanding. Margaritas were above average and the staff was attentive. Loved all the local art.

Visited April 2013
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