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Manuel's Mexican Restaurant

261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
+1 831-688-4848
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“refried beans” (9 reviews)
“enchiladas” (14 reviews)
“guacamole” (10 reviews)
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Mexican, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
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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 timteresa0
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
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

First time eating there. It was incredible. Great service very very friendly staff Can’t wait to go back

Thank Monts39
Reviewed 16 April 2018

Hadn't been here for awhile, very disappointed!! We had the chili rellenos - horrible! They were soggy, fried egg batter with a very small, bland, obviously canned green chili and some jack cheese hidden in the middle. I probably should have gotten an enchilada or...More

Thank Carrie P
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Our local family Mexican food. Traditional approach, amazing staff and Margaritas! Don't miss the guacamole or the chips and salsa. Seriously.

Thank AirMowb
Reviewed 9 April 2018

This is the community's favorite place. There is such a warm and happy feel in Manny's. The food is consistently good. Make reservations because the wait is long if you don't. What I like the most is that this is traditional Mexican food...nothing "gourmet" or...More

Thank pam j
Reviewed 3 March 2018

There are many reasons why this place is so popular locally---consistent comfort food, good sized portions, friendly staff and modest prices. At popular times, there can be a 15-30 minute wait.....but they do a fairly good job moving people in and out of here quickly,...More

Thank gerryv59
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
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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