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Manuel's Mexican Restaurant

261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
+1 831-688-4848
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“refried beans” (9 reviews)
“enchiladas” (14 reviews)
“guacamole” (10 reviews)
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Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Manual's is a family owned and has been serving delicious food for over 50 years. A special dish is created each night to tempt you from your traditionalfavorite. Manyal's had been a favorite of our family for over 20 years.

Thank Richard83144
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is nice to have a local place to eat in the SeaCliff area, and Manual's has been here since 1965. Our table was ready as reserved, and service was quick. It is not a relaxing environment here, but most of the patrons are in...More

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 15 September 2018

Went on a weekday for dinner and the place was very crowded. Felt like we'd come in the back door (next to the bar) - no one to greet you but all kinds of staff running around. Eventually someone asked us if we wanted a...More

Thank vegasmom13
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Manuel's is the perfect casual spot for a good margarita and big plate of tasty Mexican food. The service is quick and friendly.

Thank dcypher2016
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Very nice place with good Mexican food . We took burrito but we could’ve finish half of it since it was very big .it cost ~12$ per person .

Thank kobiveredt
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Simple place with friendly atmosphere. They did not miss a beat with service making you pay attention to your family. Love the food, fresh and home made. Parking is limited but don't mind the brief walk thru the ocean village.

Thank trinasbks
Reviewed 15 June 2018

I've never thought of doing take out, but we were in a hurry, so we walked in and ordered take out. The prices have gone up a couple of dollars for the lunch specials, but it's still very reasonable. They have the best beans in...More

Thank T G
Reviewed 9 June 2018

We were headed to Aptos, not for a beach visit but to visit a very specialized plant nursery. Our visit was going to be around lunch hour, so we searched for eateries within a short driving range of the destination. Manuel's came up in the...More

Thank Globalist3000
Reviewed 31 May 2018

We are rebuilding a house only one block away, and long hours require takeout food sometimes. The three choices are Pizza 1, Snow White hamburgers, and Manuel's, and we have used all three, with the pizza usually being the fastest. You can actually order takeout...More

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 22 May 2018

Manuel's Mexican Restaurant serves real mexican food the traditional way. Service was good and would go back

Thank MnWonderer
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: +1 831-688-4848
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