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Manuel's Mexican Restaurant

) #4 of 51 Restaurants in Aptos €€ - €€€ Mexican
261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
+1 831-688-4848
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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“enchiladas” (15 reviews)
“red snapper” (6 reviews)
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261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
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Reviewed yesterday

The food was yummy, but our server barely came back to our table. We had to flag down someone else to even pay our bill. The margaritas were okay, but the star is definitely the food. Be warned, it is small and can be crowded...More

Thank MissLenore
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten here over many years and the food is consistently good. It's always busy with usually a wait.

Thank Tinaotr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a Mexican food lover, everyone says to go to Manuel's. Well after three or more attempts all we have experienced is a line out the door, people standing looking at your pates while your eating at your elbow to elbow table, and very, did...More

Thank Melmoemoe
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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

We arrived early around 6:00pm on Saturday. Been here before and food is pretty good. Expected a wait of approx. 1/2 hour to 45 minutes, but after an hour we're told another 30 minutes because they people with reservations were coming in. They have lots...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

They have the best of everything. I have been visiting this resturant for the past 20 years. There is not a trip to Santa Cruz without a visit to manuels. It's small but well worth the wait!! Reservations are best!!

Thank jillg953
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Good food and service here... obviously locals love it! We arrived just after 5:00 on a Sunday night and there was a wait. Menu is somewhat limited and salsa is a tad spicy! Overall, it was a good dinner and we'll go back.

Thank Heather O
Reviewed 22 June 2017

We ate here at the recommendation of the hotel concierge. The restaurant was small and we had about a 20 minute wait before being seated.The noise level was high,making it difficult to communicate with your dining partner. We ordered 2 entrée: One was average and...More

Thank monsoons2013
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Expect a wait. Manuel's is a popular choice for area locals. We did not care for the chips and salsa. Ordered Cheese and Onion Enchiladas with Green and Red sauce and Chille Rellenos. The Green Enchilada sauce was exceptional, the Red chille enchilada sauce was...More

1  Thank Dennis S
Reviewed 10 June 2017

I started going 49 years ago and still go the food is what Mexican Cuisine should be and the red snapper on Friday is wonderful. Made me like fish. My favorites is a combo of enchilada and taco. Salsa and chips, margarita pretty perfect.

Thank catc0x
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

This is a local favorite and fir good reason- the service is outstanding always! They pool tips here so it means that everyone is looking after you and that translates to super fast service from the first bowl of chips and amazing salsa ( they...More

Thank Denise A
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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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