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Manuel's Mexican Restaurant

261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
+1 831-688-4848
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tamales” (8 reviews)
“red snapper” (6 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:00All hours
££ - £££
261 Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003-4436
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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
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

We had lunch here - simply delicious! Very busy but quick, friendly service with huge portions. Fresh, generous serving of light chips with great salsa while waiting. Hubby had a single beef burrito (very filling!) and i had a beef tostada - brought half home...More

Thank Sailmama
Reviewed 1 May 2017

It is just regular Mexican food, but locals seem to love it. Always busy. Also known for the bar. Make reservations for popular hours.

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Great food, friendly employees.busy but did not have to wait long for a table, quick service. Would defiantly return on our next visit

Thank rosef813
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Three of us made the mistake of ordering the Monday special, which was just OK. One of us ordered off the menu and her entree was excellent! The margueritas were great, and the experience pleasant. Would go back.

Thank LoveMyLifeatHD
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

This was my first visit to a Mexican restaurant. The staff were very friendly and the place itself atmospheric with candles and it set a nice mood. I played safe and had chicken nachos with a side of guacamole and sour cream. OH had burritos....More

Thank welldone99
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Yes, I love the Mexican chocolate ice cream they serve for dessert. At least when I have room for dessert. The food is amazing, the prices are decent and the mango margaritas pack a punch. My favorite lunch is the crab and shrimp tostada. There...More

Thank momofone2011
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

They sat our table of 7 very quickly. The steak tacos and cheese enchiladas were very good. We enjoyed the margaritas. The waiter was very accommodating and helpful with our food allergies. We would definitely visit again. Portions are large and food is reasonably priced.

Thank hyperhippiechic
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Restaurant Details

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