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“OMG Best Mexican Restaurant”
Review of Casa Manana

Casa Manana
Ranked #20 of 232 Restaurants in San Rafael
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: Mexican, Spanish
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Description: The restaurant is located on D. St right next to Arco gas station. Large parking lot is conveniently available for customers to park. We are located in the courtyard of the large medical building. Please don't let the location fool you. We have very nice outdoor seating as well as indoor. Perfect place to bring your kids or even your dog. Laid back polite friendly service. Family owned and operated since 1979 in this same location!
Sausalito, CA
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“OMG Best Mexican Restaurant”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

I took my family here after a trying morning at court, so we were not in the best of moods. The owner was so hospitable to us, which was very welcome. We sat out in the courtyard and the food was out pretty promptly and oh........was it good. The ambiance of the place is so welcoming. It's in a medical plaza, but as such, it's protected from the street and you really feel calm there. The owner has 2 sons who run a Casa Manana in both Tiburon and Fairfax. We love the one in Fairfax, but this one is the master's, so it is very special. Well done. We now have our favorite restaurant in San Rafael (and Marin County).

  • Visited July 2012
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English first
San Rafael, California
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Here's the taste of Mexico I never got to taste in Mexico!”
Reviewed 14 March 2012

Casa Manana has been a refuge for me for years and I do want to add my recommendation. It is not easy to find at first but you will drift back easily. It's in the Gerstle Park area of San Rafael. I love most a cup (huge)of Mexican hot chocolate as well as the black bean dishes. The cooks and waitresses are so congenial; I've always felt at home inside this cozy place or outside at a sunny table..

  • Visited March 2012
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San Rafael, California
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Quaint”
Reviewed 13 March 2012

Small, quant. nice people traditional fare/ A place to eat in a hurry and just want something good and inexpensive.

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Northern California
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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“Authentic”
Reviewed 9 September 2009

I like this place! it's casual, not cheap, but worth due to it's authenticity and calm mellow service. The service is not always fast, but it is good, Actually, the food comes out pretty fast, the salsa's good, the chips are free and it's a great location, hard to find, off the beaten path. You can get away with a cigarette after the meal in the open courtyard if it's not busy!

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Sonoma County Wine Country
1 review
“awesome mexican/salvadoran food”
Reviewed 29 October 2006

Not the usual mexican fare...much better! Our party of 4 got chalupas, veggie burrito, enchilada poblano, and pork pupasas. Everyone loved what they got. The mole on my echilada poblano was so delicious. Not bitter or sweet, just right. Got the veggie version and that meant zuchinni, carrots and yucca. Tender and tasty with fluffy spanish rice on the side. Two dishes came with fried plantains which were not over sweet but hot and crispy. The hibiscus tea was delicious. Everything was homemade and tasted so fresh, including the crunchy tortilla chips. Menu had some very different dishes and was extensive. Highly recommend and prices were very reasonable.

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