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Manuel's

Mexican Restaurant and Miscellaneous Shop$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • Katie M.
    "They really do have the best Mole enchiladas in Austin!"(8 Tips)
    Teddi L.
    "Try the crab nachos!"(4 Tips)
    Jordan-and C.
    "Chicken ranchera enchilada and cucumber lime martini are rockin!"(3 Tips)
    Ismail Q.
    "The chicken mole enchiladas are amazing"(4 Tips)
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  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleMarch 4, 2013
    Manuel's excellent presentation of regional Mexican cuisine has made it a Downtown mainstay for more than 25 years. The menu offers a nice mix of new ideas and tried-and-true. Read more
  • Aaron V.
    Aaron VincentAugust 5, 2015
    Real Mexican food, not the cheesy enchiladas with refried beans from every other Mexican restaurant in town. Well worth the price for authentic dishes that actual Mexicans living in Mexico would eat.
  • Brad M.
    Brad MaysNovember 4, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for the old version of the tortilla soup a d acheote salad. They jacked with the menu a few months ago, so you have to ask for the old versions of your favorites. Power to the people!
  • Park S.
    Park SilkensonAugust 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The north location is great, but downtown is where Manuel's began—in 1984. Everything here is great, but if in doubt, order the pork tenderloin (lomo de puerco) with poblano goat cheese garlic butter.
  • Casey D.
    Casey DillowayAugust 29, 2011
    I went for the Mole enchiladas at everyone's suggestion. Got one chicken and one pork. Just do two pork. They're pretty amazing!! Enjoy a blonde bombshell beer (from Conroe, TX) and you're set!
  • Brooklyn United
    Brooklyn UnitedMarch 7, 2012
    The guacamole here is delicious along with the chile relleno en nogada -- poblano pepper stuffed with pulled pork, almonds, and raisin picadillo topped with walnut cream brandy sauce
  • Jevic J.
    Jevic JoshuaDecember 18, 2012
    Hands down the best in Austin when it comes to Mexican (or Regional Mexican cooking,) priced perfect for the customer for each level of entree. The environment needs help and they need to call me.
  • Ricardo G.
    Ricardo GuerreroAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Mushroom Enchiladas - Taking my in-laws to our fave Mexican brunch - half expecting a @BradMays spotting! Delish Enchiladas de Hongos w/ Salsa Verde!
  • quelll
    quelllFebruary 24, 2015
    Sopa Tres Chiles: hot and spicy! Great for cold days!
  • William B.
    William ButlerDecember 2, 2011
    They redefine nachos. Fresh avocado slices, complex spices. Had the chiles en nogada. Good, but not the exotic nut sauce covered with pomegranate seeds as I had at El Convento, Puebla, Mexico.
  • Elisa D.
    Elisa D.July 29, 2013
    Fantastic! Try the ceviche which is plenty for two to share. Chile rellenos are best I've had anywhere.
  • Sissy D.
    Sissy DJanuary 5, 2014
    Loved their Ceviche and presentation of the dish.  Get the Guacamole too.  Delicious pommegranite martini.
  • Alexis S.
    Alexis SmithFebruary 25, 2013
    Not vegan/vegetarian friendly. Beef stock in the mole sauce, chicken stock in the rice, mushrooms etc. sautéed in butter. Ask the server to check ingredients with the kitchen before you order.
  • Wes
    WesMarch 26, 2014
    The Mole was very good. All the food liked great and the desserts are very good.
  • Jordan-and C.
    Jordan-and CastardiOctober 29, 2013
    Chicken ranchera enchilada and cucumber lime martini are rockin!
  • Tacos Taco
    Tacos TacoMarch 18, 2012
    Some claim the best taco in Austin, maybe with @Tacos_Taco we could find out if it is. Get the app and rate your tacos.
  • Jason T.
    Jason ThigpenNovember 8, 2015
    Mole appetizer was exceptional to share and the chile relleno Del mar was spectacular
  • Robbie W.
    Robbie WeinbergMarch 14, 2011
    Had the chile relleno - so goood. Come see me at booth 842 and take a look at the iBEANi - it rocks!
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanMay 4, 2013
    Pretty good gourmet Mexican cuisine just plan on being rushed from your table the minute your done eating. They have no patience.
  • Christopher R.
    Christopher RussellOctober 13, 2012
    Unlike most salads, the Ensalada de Espinacas is a vegetarian option that does NOT skimp on flavor!
  • David W.
    David WhittingtonJuly 11, 2011
    Manuel's is an Austin institution. A friend took ke years ago, glad to see the new downtown location lives up to the name. best Mole.
  • Park S.
    Park SilkensonFebruary 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The classic ceviche is good, but the newer “Juan's Ceviche” is even better.
  • Michele
    MicheleJune 27, 2013
    Delicious hibiscus martini and mole. The servers are also great!
  • Visit Austin
    Visit AustinJanuary 25, 2012
    A favorite lunch and happy hour spot for our staff. Try the black bean flautas!
  • Steve P.
    Steve PiehlMarch 19, 2010
    Server recommended getting the pork whenever you have a choice (enchiladas). He was right. Also great comments from my friends on the mole sauce.
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KJanuary 14
    Guac was lacking flavor & the raw fish seafood appetizer had a weird smoky sauce. The place is not exactly what you would call authentic.
  • Alba S.
    Alba SandovalMay 1, 2013
    Best Mexican food I've had so far. Rice is truly Mexican rice!!!!!
  • Claire D.
    Claire DavidsonSeptember 21, 2011
    If busy and you don't want to wait for a table, you can eat at the bar
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SchaeferDecember 14, 2012
    Blue crab nachos washed down with cucumber lime martinis rock my world.
  • Michael Aaron B.
    Michael Aaron BepkoDecember 7, 2011
    REALLY delicious crab nachos.....I highly suggest eating them
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BrileyNovember 19, 2014
    Ask for Luis. He makes a mean tableside Mexican martini.
  • Patrick
    PatrickMarch 21, 2015
    Awesome veggie enchiladas. Good guac too (with some kick)
  • Margot B.
    Margot BloomsteinMarch 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't bother with anything else on the menu; the chile relleno en nogada may be the best thing you ever eat.
  • Christopher R.
    Christopher RussellOctober 13, 2012
    The Strawberry Blonde cocktail is as delicious as the real thing!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseMay 16, 2014
    Mole enchiladas. They dont look that appealing, but they are FANTASTIC
  • Beatriz S.
    Beatriz SaldanaApril 7, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the cucumber martini and margaritas!! Ask for Rodrigo's section...it's fabulous!!!
  • Cindy L.
    Cindy LoveMarch 10, 2013
    Beautiful place, nice environment , very nice waiter.
  • Steven M.
    Steven MayAugust 2, 2013
    Tacos weren't that good when I went... greasy too... Everything else was fantastic
  • Jake
    JakeJanuary 22
    Good drinks, great queso and guacamole.
  • Masha T.
    Masha TatianinaMarch 15, 2011
    Great food! Try their Mexican martini as well!
  • Katie M.
    Katie MorganMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They really do have the best Mole enchiladas in Austin!
  • Randy C.
    Randy CpuMarch 21, 2012
    Outstanding quality food, particularly the fajitas!
  • Maggie C P.
    Maggie C PerkinsJanuary 12, 2014
    Sunday brunch with local musicians. It's lovely. Go.
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah StrayhornMarch 3, 2013
    Molé. Get the molé. Do it now.
  • Ismail Q.
    Ismail QadryMarch 9, 2012
    The chicken mole enchiladas are amazing
  • Katrina C.
    Katrina CroswellOctober 25, 2014
    Chicken flautas lunch special and guacamole!
  • Erin F.
    Erin Fryar OsegueraMarch 18, 2012
    Read about this place n a mag. Came in and tried crab nachos. A-mazing!
  • Dalisa C.
    Dalisa CooperApril 17, 2013
    The best Paloma I've found in Austin so far!
  • Aruna R.
    Aruna RJanuary 25, 2014
    Cool bar...okay food. Bit too pricey for the quality.
  • Glenda M.
    Glenda McKinneyDecember 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    4-6 happy hour with half-price appetizers
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