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Manuel's Tavern

Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
Poncey-Highland, Atlanta
  • The experts at Bon Appetit Magazine and AFAR Media recommend this place
    • Bon Appetit Magazine
    • AFAR Media
  • Tim L.
    "Did you know Manuel's has brunch on Saturday and Sunday?"(13 Tips)
    Beth B.
    "Manny's has big tables, is kid friendly, and lots of fun."(5 Tips)
    John D.
    "Get the loaded dogzilla!"(3 Tips)
    Trey R.
    "French dip with provolone cheese and mushrooms!!"(5 Tips)
129 Tips and reviews
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  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaApril 24, 2015
    Manuel's boasts an extensive beer selection, but you can't beat the deal on $6 pitchers of Miller High Life and Pabst Blue Ribbon. It's also one of the few bars downtown with its own parking lot. Read more
  • John D.
    John DeBevoiseJune 22, 2013
    Get the loaded dogzilla! Its amazing! Laura the waitress is funny, fun loving, and great positive attitude! Also kinda sassy, in a very good way! Plus they have a spot for clergy parking!
  • John K.
    John KraftMay 28
    Been here 5+ times
    Longtime staple of ATL scene. Recently renovated (2016); still looks rustic. Food reliable; good place to see locals. Gyro, burgers & tuna-steak sandwich good. Many other choices too.
  • Beth B.
    Beth BerryJanuary 26, 2012
    You've gotta try their wings. They'll even serve them to you with no sauce for those darn kids that insist that buffalo wings are "spicy". Manny's has big tables, is kid friendly, and lots of fun.
  • Stacey O.
    Stacey OaktreeDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food & drinks but its really nice to be able to go somewhere at night with no music. You can actually have a conversation over a cocktail without straining your voice and going deaf.
  • Oakland Cemetery
    Oakland CemeteryMay 3, 2013
    Popular spot to watch political debates & election results w/ historic roots in politics. Jimmy Carter announced his 1970 bid for GA Governor here & original owner Manny was the 1st CEO of Dekalb Co. Read more
  • Jonathan M.
    This is a wonderful classic American bar and diner. Friendly service, fun overhearing Democratic Party political gossip, and overall a place not to miss :)
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FullertonMarch 1, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Great service, the best atmosphere...Manuel's is great for small meetings, large events, or just a great meal and a drink or three.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Atlanta took a deep breath when this Highlands landmark took a hiatus to remodel (i.e., shed 2,000 of its 9,600 square feet), but don’t worry: It’ll be back soon! Read more
  • J H.
    J HachemDecember 9, 2012
    Love this place. Lots of history. You can stay at the Highland Inn down the street and walk there for supper. Makes for a lovely evening.
  • Sara C.
    Sara CobbeldickMarch 30, 2014
    The chicken pot pie special is my go to favorite! But, you'll be delighted with any selection off their menu. I <3 Manny's
    MARTAGuide.comMarch 8, 2014
    We seriously love Manuel's. Good food. Good people. Good MARTA accessibility via bus 16 (N. Highland or Five Points connection) and bus 102 (Candler Park or North Avenue connection).
  • Elvyra M.
    Elvyra MillikenApril 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sweet! Good cheap beers and ok tavern food. Quick service, and biggest free Parking lot for any pub in Atlanta. Def will be back!
  • Simone R.
    Simone RosaNovember 13, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Regular meeting spot for multiple groups I'm in, can be very crowded, but staff is always nice, always have a good selection of beer & food.
  • Justin Z.
    Justin ZieglerApril 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a great place for a beer and some GREAT pub food. Also, lots of liberal minded people (actors and politicians) frequent here!
  • Lee C.
    Lee CourseyDecember 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Reuben - it's grilled and served with kraut and home-made Thousand Island dressing on the side - just like it's supposed to be.
  • sean c.
    sean claireJune 21, 2011
    One of the original ATL favorites. Built in 1956. Neighborhood bar that is uniquely decorated. Great conversation and service. One of my favs! Read more
  • Dave L.
    Dave LeachMay 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Moth, a storytelling event held in many cities across the country, meets here the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30. Come early to get a seat; the room's often full by seven
  • Alex A.
    Alex AllenMay 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If right now you are down and out, and feeling really crappy; come to Manuel's Tavern and the staff will make you happy. Art is the bomb.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 29, 2010
    Very homey, local feel, great beers and food. Some of the staff have been there over 20 years. -Tracey Bloom, Top Chef
  • Scoutmob
    ScoutmobNovember 28, 2011
    Respect your roots: Local folk hero Manuel Maloof was the first CEO of DeKalb County, an activist for the construction of Spaghetti Junction, and founder/owner of Manuel's Tavern.
  • Vanessa L.
    Vanessa LynnOctober 2, 2013
    The customer was awesome and the Brunswick stew is so good and fresh. I will be coming back again!!!!!!! ;-)
  • Tim L.
    Tim LampeMay 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Did you know Manuel's has brunch on Saturday and Sunday? Skip all the lines elsewhere and try out the breakfast here!
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. The city’s last real neighborhood bar, a place where journalists and lawyers and politicians have always communed at the same tap. Read more
  • Jen R.
    Jen RafananSeptember 14, 2013
    Try the Grandbobby's Pork Chop Sandwich - OMG. Amazingly delicious. My new staple here.
  • Jen R.
    Jen RafananAugust 1, 2012
    Try the Meat Lasagna - The best, my favorite, and my go to dish every time I come here. :)
  • Dave A.
    Dave Allen GradyApril 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    A favorite place. All the staff are great. Great for getting together with friends or a meeting!
  • Alena A.
    Alena AlasdarFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The food here is awesome! Love the omelets but during the off hours the ribs rock.
  • Judith P.
    Judith PraysJuly 28, 2011
    Easy parking, cheap drinks, quiet enough to hear your company, spacious but alive. Perfect place to meet an online date. Just saying!
  • Jen R.
    Jen RafananAugust 2, 2013
    Try the Hamburger Steak Special With Green Bean Casserole And Mashed Potatoes -
  • M
    MApril 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    MothUp storytelling events are hosted here every 4th Tuesday at 7:30pm. Arrive early because the place is packed by 7:30pm.
  • Grant R.
    Grant ReynoldsFebruary 24, 2014
    If this will be your only trip to Manuel's, you have to get the Loaded Dogzilla.
  • Stefan O.
    Stefan O.July 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tons of history, awesome decor all over the walls, and COLD beer!
  • Dolores L.
    Reliable. Try to sit near the bar instead of in one of the sprawling extra rooms.
  • Kimberly K.
    Kimberly KrautterDecember 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Holiday gathering with @Atlantansclub at the city's best watering hole since 1956. No better place to call home.
  • Tammy M.
    Tammy McBrienMay 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Front table by window. Yay! Also, the best waitress EVER, Stephanie!
  • Crissy B.
    Crissy Baker-RionAugust 4, 2010
    Pub food is usually pretty terrible, but at Manny's, that just isn't the case. Try the French Dip or the Fish and Chips. They make a darn good martini too, just don't ask for a Long Island; they don
  • The Joy Writer J.
    The Joy Writer JoyKJanuary 10, 2012
    Come early to get a good seat at this event as it fills up quickly.
  • Jen R.
    Jen RafananSeptember 14, 2013
    Try the Teriyaki wings - These are just fantastic!!
  • Kimlee D.
    Kimlee DavisMarch 24, 2015
    The staff is awesome. You can reserve an entire room!!
  • Jen R.
    Jen RafananApril 14, 2013
    Try the Salmon Omelet Special w/ Home Fries & Biscuit -
  • Bryan H.
    Bryan HallockApril 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    SW chicken sandwich, duh. TWO chicken breasts, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, & salsa.
  • Mashable
    MashableJune 5, 2010
    Free Wi-Fi is always a plus, but this tavern also has good food and some reasonable drinks. - Christina Warren
  • Jen R.
    Jen RafananSeptember 14, 2013
    Try the Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream - Epic.
  • Ginger W.
    Ginger W.September 26, 2010
    Best brunch in town (and easy on the wallet). Gotta get the cheese grits. They're the bomb!
  • Benjamin C.
    Benjamin CarrNovember 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Carapace is a great event there, usually the fourth Tuesday of the month.
  • Gregory G.
    Gregory GlasserOctober 16, 2012
    Manuel's is Manuel's. Apparently the baby boomers were able to cash their checks at Manuel's on Friday to get their drink on.
  • Melissa
    MelissaDecember 10, 2014
    My go-to for jalapeño poppers and good cheap beer.
  • David E.
    David EdmonsonDecember 8, 2012
    The chicken tenders and horse radish sauce is awesome!
  • Justin H.
    Justin HallAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great old school dive bar. Careful, they're all lefties.
  • Keisa F.
    Keisa FluellenSeptember 1, 2012
    It's a cool place to be... As long as you're not to ethnic or accompanied by a fairer skinned friend!
  • RobinWB
    RobinWBAugust 20, 2011
    Always enjoy hanging out here. Great neighborhood bar, friendly staff.
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BarrJune 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Sit at the bar, order a draft beer, and drink up the history.
  • Caroline A.
    Caroline AllenJune 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Come to Manuel's for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Basil B.
    Basil BerryFebruary 23, 2012
    Yes! The wings. Order with hot sauce on the side.
  • Lyre C.
    Lyre CalliopeOctober 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Kobe burger. Best burger i've found in Atlanta yet!
  • Ron H.
    Ron Ha-MercyOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    See if Q is working and you will experience the best buffalo wings Atlanta has to offer!
  • Tara S.
    Tara SavageAugust 13, 2013
    Try the summer shandy. It's good!
  • Leslie G.
    Leslie GilmartinMay 1, 2013
    Great neighborhood bar. Chilling and fun place
  • Andrew J.
    Andrew JohnsonMay 27, 2010
    This place deals in the itis. Great spot to take your folks for a beer. Weekend brunch is irreproachable
  • Lauren A.
    Lauren AllenMarch 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    bring cash, they dont split checks for groups!
  • The Hand that Rocks the Ladle
    The Hand that Rocks the LadleMay 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The chicken fingers w/ horseradish dipping sauce are the bomb -- been eating 'em for 30 years!
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TidballApril 4, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Great place for any political event: election, SOTU, etc. Especially good place if you are a democrat.
  • Alena A.
    Alena AlasdarFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Stephanie really is the best, as previously noted by others.
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MorrisOctober 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    After your meal check out the pinball machine!
  • Celestine C.
    Celestine CFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you are here for breakfast, have the cheddar cheese grits. They're the best.
  • Heath M.
    Heath MorrisonMarch 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for Stephanie or Laura! They're the best!
  • Anna T.
    Anna ThomasMarch 11, 2012
    Chicken Philly add shrooms and jalepenos! Delish!
  • Matt S.
    Matt S.May 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The wings with Terry's Sauce are amazing.You can't go wrong with the loaded Dog-Zilla.
  • Jen R.
    Jen RafananSeptember 26, 2012
    Try the Soup Of The Day - Mmm... White Bean Soup
  • Colton G.
    Colton GriffinAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good drinks, food, and progressive environment
  • Trey R.
    Trey ReevesNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the French dip with provolone cheese and mushrooms!! Best in the south!
  • MJEG
    MJEGOctober 20, 2011
    the manuel burger is decent for a decent price
  • Tammy M.
    Tammy McBrienJune 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Gotta love Steph. Front table at the window. Yay.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 29, 2014
    Check out Manuel's Tavern as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more
  • Brea
    BreaAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    GET THE PHILLY CHEESESTEAK IF YOU LOVE 'EM!!! My favorite around town :)
  • Raven F.
    Raven FennellJuly 13, 2013
    Don't come with a party, the way the tab works is frustrating especially when everyone is trying to leave.
  • John D.
    John DJAugust 6, 2015
    Any bar food and beer selection
  • Caroline C.
    Caroline CarruthersMarch 9, 2015
    Great photo op haha
  • Brooks T.
    Brooks TellekampNovember 4, 2010
    Try the horseradish dip with manny's fresh potato chips!
  • Jim K.
    Jim KarwischMarch 2, 2010
    I love Manuel's Tavern. See if you can go when Laughing Matters is performing. Get the best of 2 worlds!
  • Tammy M.
    Tammy McBrienJune 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Front table at window
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TaylorApril 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I keep forgetting what a delightful place this is.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SmallwoodApril 16, 2010
    I love Manuel's Tavern! Great place to hang with friends over food or a drink.
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick ChangNovember 26, 2011
    Try the French dip. So good!
  • Johnna S.
    Johnna ShahanJanuary 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Kobe burger. It's the
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HarperSeptember 16, 2010
    Nachos are awesome! They are a must have.
  • Tom N.
    Tom NguyenAugust 10, 2015
    Nice hole in the wall spot.
  • Krista A.
    Krista AversanoOctober 14, 2011
    Best dinner for 10 bucks in town.
  • Justin H.
    Justin HallDecember 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    An ATL establishment, enjoy what a bar used to be and should be.
  • Rhonda T.
    Rhonda TrimmerAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ain't no party like an Occupy party 'cause an Occupy Party don't stop!
  • Evan A.
    Evan AliniFebruary 16, 2014
    Get the blackened tuna sandwich.
  • Eunice @ M.
    The Burgers.....yum!😄
  • David E.
    David EdmonsonMay 6, 2011
    PBR and High Life pitchers are $5.65!!!! Get one!!
  • Buddy S.
    Buddy SmithFebruary 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Open for snow day but with a limited menu!
  • Tammy M.
    Tammy McBrienApril 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Stephanie is the best waitress EVER.....
  • Kim R.
    Kim ReederJuly 1, 2014
    Smoke free and Michelle is AUsome!!!
  • News 95-5 and AM 750 WSB
    This is where Jimmy Carter first announced that he would run for GA governor in 1970.
  • Dawn M.
    Dawn MavromatidisMarch 17, 2014
    Veggie sandwich was delicious
  • Nicole J.
    Nicole JuniorOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I just had a religious experience with these nachos.
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