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Manuel's

Tex-Mex Restaurant$$$$
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)
    Cary Michael C.
    "Chile Relleno Del Mar - thank me later."(3 Tips)
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Calie W.
    You can't go wrong with the Chile Rellano Del Mar. so delicious. If you love seafood, you'll love this! Scallops and blue crab! Chicken fajitas are yummy and the flan in the best!
  • quelll
    quelllFebruary 24, 2015
    Sopa Tres Chiles: hot and spicy! Great for cold days!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sissy D.
    Sissy DJanuary 5, 2014
    Loved their Ceviche and presentation of the dish.  Get the Guacamole too.  Delicious pommegranite martini.
  • Cary Michael C.
    Chile Relleno Del Mar - thank me later. "Mario's Maraca" is the best margarita you will ever drink. Cary Michael Cox
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Jason T.
    Jason ThigpenNovember 8, 2015
    Mole appetizer was exceptional to share and the chile relleno Del mar was spectacular
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KJanuary 14, 2016
    Guac was lacking flavor & the raw fish seafood appetizer had a weird smoky sauce. The place is not exactly what you would call authentic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Patrick
    PatrickMarch 21, 2015
    Awesome veggie enchiladas. Good guac too (with some kick)
  • 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.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseMay 16, 2014
    Mole enchiladas. They dont look that appealing, but they are FANTASTIC
  • Cindy L.
    Cindy LoveMarch 10, 2013
    Beautiful place, nice environment , very nice waiter.
  • 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.
  • Beatriz S.
    Beatriz SaldanaApril 7, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the cucumber martini and margaritas!! Ask for Rodrigo's section...it's fabulous!!!
  • Jake
    JakeJanuary 22, 2016
    Good drinks, great queso and guacamole.
  • 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!
  • Masha T.
    Masha TatianinaMarch 15, 2011
    Great food! Try their Mexican martini as well!
  • Steven M.
    Steven MayAugust 2, 2013
    Tacos weren't that good when I went... greasy too... Everything else was fantastic
  • Kelli B.
    Kelli BosmanDecember 10, 2016
    Relleno del mar was excellent.
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah StrayhornMarch 3, 2013
    Molé. Get the molé. Do it now.
  • Katrina A.
    Katrina Arey (Croswell)October 25, 2014
    Chicken flautas lunch special and guacamole!
  • Christopher R.
    Christopher RussellOctober 13, 2012
    The Strawberry Blonde cocktail is as delicious as the real thing!
  • Dalisa C.
    Dalisa CooperApril 17, 2013
    The best Paloma I've found in Austin so far!
  • Maggie C P.
    Maggie C PerkinsJanuary 12, 2014
    Sunday brunch with local musicians. It's lovely. Go.
  • Ismail Q.
    Ismail QadryMarch 9, 2012
    The chicken mole enchiladas are amazing
  • Erin F.
    Erin Fryar OsegueraMarch 18, 2012
    Read about this place n a mag. Came in and tried crab nachos. A-mazing!
  • Glenda M.
    Glenda McKinneyDecember 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    4-6 happy hour with half-price appetizers
  • Aruna R.
    Aruna RJanuary 25, 2014
    Cool bar...okay food. Bit too pricey for the quality.
  • Internet E.
    Internet ExplorerMarch 7, 2011
    Mole, mole, mole. It’s all about the mole here.
  • Camille F.
    Camille FournierMay 17, 2016
    The mole is good but the drinks and guacamole left something to be desired
  • Kathy W.
    Kathy WarrenOctober 26, 2009
    have beef fajitas, best ever even in a central Mex restaurant. crab nachos. chile relleno del mar.
  • Gigi J.
    Gigi JohnsonMarch 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Margarita and sopas,.happy hour. Nothing else to be said.
  • Jason G.
    Jason GrossMarch 16, 2013
    The mole is amazing here
  • Rei M.
    Rei MoFebruary 2, 2016
    Happy Hour! Half price appetizers and drinks!
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa BraymenAugust 18, 2013
    Skinny margarita is delish!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CMarch 23, 2012
    Queso is fab!
  • Brad M.
    Brad MaysJune 14, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Great food, and it's GMO-free.
  • Becca D.
    Becca DonovanDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cantaloupe Martini is the bomb.com!
  • Art G.
    Art GonzalezFebruary 22, 2014
    The fajita tacos are alright. Nothing exciting to report.
  • Trey W.
    Trey WilsonApril 6, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for Rodrigo's section....it's fabulous!!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McKinleyMarch 9, 2013
    Cucumber martini is amazing.
  • Valdo P.
    Valdo PeralesSeptember 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    On brunch days, have the Flautas de Papas with a glass of Chardonnay
  • Summer K.
    Summer KeenJanuary 20, 2013
    This place is awesome!
  • DONALD M.
    DONALD MOORESeptember 25, 2013
    Had awesome Tex Mex.
  • Green T.
    Green TruckMarch 3, 2010
    Try the queso, and the spinach salad with grille shrimp is tasty!
  • Saša Š.
    Saša ŠarunićMarch 11, 2013
    Really good Margarita.
  • Haley T.
    Haley T.January 31, 2012
    Chicken mole. Trust me.
  • akaCarioca
    akaCariocaApril 15, 2014
    Upscale Mexican cuisine.
  • Bettina B.
    Bettina BuntonOctober 4, 2011
    Love the food. The service...not so much...
  • Tabitha
    TabithaJuly 6, 2013
    Cucumber martini....yum!
  • David H.
    David HeardDecember 1, 2014
    Great fajitas
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerApril 2
    Fajitas FTW.
  • Ashley N.
    Ashley NorrisMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Make sure you see Trey at the bar!!! He loves people! And talking!!!!
  • Margot B.
    Margot BloomsteinMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Skinny Pepino is delicious.
  • Bob P.
    Bob PalaciosOctober 21, 2010
    Great food but some of staff has attitude.
  • Katie K.
    Katie KagaFebruary 22, 2010
    During lunch ask for Fabian & have queso flameado!
  • William S.
    William Smith Jr.November 7, 2011
    Mole enchiladas are unbelievable
  • Trey W.
    Trey WilsonApril 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for Bea and buy her a drink!
  • Mallorie R.
    Mallorie RosenbluthMarch 14, 2011
    Makeshift charging stations are allowed during SXSW
  • Pek P.
    Pek PongpaetMarch 14, 2010
    The lump crab enchilada is excellent
  • Teddi L.
    Teddi LopezMarch 15, 2011
    Try the crab nachos!
  • cooking c.
    cooking capsulesMarch 13, 2010
    Pork molé enchiladas are amazing!!
  • BaltimoreGal
    BaltimoreGalAugust 1, 2011
    service was slow, cevice more than made up for it. Read more
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MasonJuly 1, 2011
    Simply great!
  • Jason K.
    Jason KaplerMarch 10, 2011
    Cucumber Lime Martini... uh huh. Do it!
  • Bryn P.
    Bryn PriceMay 3, 2011
    Great food and atmosphere.
  • Robert D.
    Robert DavisJanuary 5, 2010
    Great salsa. We found the pork-stuffed zucchini to be plain and not very exciting.
  • Tristan
    TristanMarch 14, 2011
    Guacamole here is a win!
  • D A.
    D AminMarch 14, 2011
    Great chicken mole enchiladas
  • Shelly K.
    Shelly KramerMarch 14, 2011
    Guac is great
  • Natalie W.
    Natalie WassumMarch 13, 2012
    Honestly, kind of a disappointment!
  • George B.
    George BrophySeptember 19, 2011
    Classy Mexican !
  • Billy M.
    Billy MalamonMarch 11, 2010
    Great Mexican Restaurant. Not Tex Mex. Read more
  • April B.
    April BennettJune 21, 2011
    Enchiladas verrde!
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan MuelaJuly 13, 2011
    Another vote for the chicken enchiladas.
  • Armin O.
    Armin OsterholzerJune 15, 2011
    Lecker Margarita !
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