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“Food and Service Worth the Drive” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mankas Tapas Bar & Steakhouse

Mankas Tapas Bar & Steakhouse
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Ranked #7 of 233 Restaurants in Fairfield
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Clayton Road
San Francisco, California
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523 reviews
347 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“Food and Service Worth the Drive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

Mankas Corner has been a rural grocery, a bar, as well endured several reincarnations as a café or restaurant. This newest version is well on its way to being a destination hot spot for Suisun Valley. The food is very good as is the service. Our fantastic waiter was Ricardo and he was attentive, courteous, and knowledgeable. The lobster bisque missed its mark as it was not served hot enough and the chunks of cheese distracted from the flavor. The beet salad was fresh, colorful, and delicious. Our party ordered the duck and the elk, both highly recommended and perfectly executed. We found the portions to be plentiful and even took home the left overs in a box. The prices on the meals are on par with any good restaurant, although the wine list definitely needs to be revamped to reduce the price points. Many local wineries are featured with price tags as much as four times what you can buy the bottle for in a store or at the tasting room. When diners know wine, they won’t be inclined to pay $36 for an $8 vintage. The backroom needs better lighting, perhaps candles on the tables to make the space more enticing. Mankas is a work in progress and it’s headed in the right direction. We’ll be back to see how they keep improving on a great beginning.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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English first
California
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173 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

We have eaten here more than once. The food was good, although a little pricy. They have both indoor and outdoor seating with a large fireplace outside. There is full bar as well. Because they are next door to Vezer Family Winery, they serve some of their great wines. Their small Tapas plates are fun to share with friends over drinks.

Visited December 2012
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Thank vtowngirl
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Rio Vista, CA
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87 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Good but pricey.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

The dinner was excellent. The service was good. But... It is expensive. OK for special occasions but not for an everyday dinner.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cascalense
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Benicia, California
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354 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Great location for Suisun, but prices too high for area!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

Today, I dined at the Makas Tapas Bar for lunch. This was the third time that I have enjoyed this gem, but today was the first time under the new ownership. Bottom line - the cost of the tapas and the WINE were too much for this area. The cost of the entrees and the size of the portions were in disagreement. After all, this is Solano County - not San Francisco. Prior to today, both of my meals were quite nice - a great value and quite tasty. Today, the food was nice, the service was pleasant but merely "adequate", but for the quantity of food that we had, the price was too much. My friend and I both enjoyed iced tea, and we split a Mankas Salad, and split a chicken penne pasta. Nothing else. We were served delicious complimentary french bread and great butter. But the bill was $38.66 without tip. It isn't that $38.66 was too much, but we SPLIT two items because neither of us wanted to eat much. Had we enjoyed the same entrees without splitting which would have been average in size, the bill would have been almost $80. Looking at the tapas menus, most tapas ranged from 12 to 15 dollars. However, in nearby Napa and Walnut Creek, there are two different tapas restaurants that do not charge as much as Mankas Tapas does. What is wrong with this picture? And the wines were very pricey - especially for Solano County.

My understanding is that the new ownership did a large renovation on this place. Regardless, they won't recoup their capital outlay if they continue to charge prices like I saw today.

I would give this a 4 on food, a 3 on service and a 2 on value. So this is only a three star restaurant for me. Sorry. But there are too many other outstanding places to enjoy at a much better value.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank hutchss
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Oakley, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“SAD”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

Service was good. The patio was very pleasant although if they had some soft music playing in the back ground, that would make it even better. Now the meal.....My wife and I both ordered the Hum-burger with green salad. That hum-burger was absolutely terrible!!!!! $15.00, and could not taste any beef flavor or beef texture. I swear it was a protein filler. I actually called them when I got home to see if it is a veggie burger, they said no. Unbelievable!!!!!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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