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“Great Spanish Food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Manolo's Restaurant

Manolo's Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 239 Restaurants in Elizabeth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Saddle Brook, New Jersey
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181 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great Spanish Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2014

I found this place because I'm involved with the new Goethals Bridge project less than a mile away from this restaurant. I checked with tripadvisor for a place close by that was alittle more upscale. I couldn't believe the quality of food and the decor of the restaurant in this neighborhood. What a great find. I had the Ahi over grilled yellow squash and chickpeas, with a wasabi and marscopone sauce that was killer. I highly recomend their menu for some of the best spanish food around.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Audubon, New Jersey
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127 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Best Spanish food in Elizabeth, no question...............”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

Unbelievable old world Spanish cuisine in a beautiful old building with the best service and servers in town! We were on business in Elizabeth for two months and ate here often. There are many really good restaurants in Elizabeth, but this one is the best. Well worth the costs and the food is just out of this world. We loved the stuffed pepper appetizer as well as the chorizo and the garlic shrimp. For the main courses, the fish dishes are wonderful and the lamb is incredible. This was the only place in town that did the octopus correctly, so we give this location our top ratings! Try it and you will love it!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Paul P
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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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58 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“The best in Elizabeth...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2014

Manolo's is simply one of the very best restaurants where I have had the pleasure of dining! From the location (downtown Elizabeth, Industrial) to the layout (quaint and cozy, with the perfect mixture of ambiance and privacy) to a fantastic menu (Spanish, Mediterranean) to servers extraordinaire! They have everything and more to make your dining a wonderful experience. Once inside, Manny and his team will take great care of you. Last weekend was my niece's high school graduation and I went to Manny and Manolo's to put together a great night of food and celebration. They did not disappoint. Manny had a beautiful table for 10 prepared (with balloons and roses) and since graduation did not end until 9 and the kitchen closes at 10, he also had our dinner orders in advance and ready to go for the moment we sat down at the table. Although the the kitchen closed at 10, Manny and his staff stayed as long as we wanted to stay. You have to let Manny or Kiki mix you a blended drink with nothing but different juices. Very refreshing. The entire menu is delicious, especially the fresh fish of the day and the steaks are like butter. Excellent!!!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank cbouknight
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Lexington, Kentucky
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“excellent short notice lunch!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

was early for an appointment in Elizabeth, asked the securtiy folks if they had a recommendation, they pointed me to some deli, on the way, I found Manolo's....EXCELLENT....Chicken and Orzo soup, grilled salmon was the best I've had in a LONG time! Garlic Bread with chopped tomatoes and a large cappuccino to finish it off....~$30...but well worth it! excellent atmosphere, granite bartop, top shelf liquors.....I will definitely be back!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RotorDoc
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Conifer, Colorado
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“great find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

clean, great service, and great food. i enjoyed this place so much, i ate there 3 times during the week. you will drive through neighborhoods that may have you thinking your in the wrong place, but keep going. great seafood prep and beers on tap.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank pure_jagerman
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