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12050 A North Shore Drive
Reston, VA 20190
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Fusion / Eclectic
$31 to $50
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El Manantial Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Fusion / Eclectic, European
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant can be rented for special occasions or small groups in a semi-private area. The Bar area is totally private for small groups. It can be reserved.
Private Party Contact:
Humberto (703) 742-6466
Live Flamenco style guitar player on Friday nights, soon on Saturday too. WINES TASTING DINNERS EVERY MONTH.
The restaurant is located in a shopping center. Ample parking is available.
A word from El Manantial
El Manatial is a family operated restaurant, featuring European Fusion Cuisine. We offer Italian, French and Spanish specialties, including a Tapas bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
Diners' Choice Winner
El Manantial -
Best Restaurants in Reston
As always, El Manantial delivered
on all fronts; phenomenal cuisine, service, and experience!"
Dined on 7/23/2014
My wife & I celebrated our wedding
anniversary and had a wonderful evening. The service was warm and inviting and the food very good as always. Thank you."
Dined on 7/11/2014
Food was very good. Service was
outstanding and ambience was perfect."
Dined on 7/3/2014
My coworkers and I met here for
lunch and were excited about trying the tapas. Another one of my coworkers wanted pizza but the oven was not working. Overall the restaurant was nicely decorated but the food served was far from fresh. I was given cut fish to pass for scallops. I've never seen a scallop shaped like s triangle or a square. Needless to say we will not be returning."
Dined on 7/3/2014
If you can get past the physical
location if this place, the dining experience is amazing! Best find in awhile"
Dined on 6/28/2014
I really enjoy visiting El
Manantial. It has been around for a long time, is family owned and provides great service. I enjoyed the Caesar salad, which is always delicious and had the seafood paella. The paella was okay, not too tasty but enjoyable! I will definitely stick to some of their other offerings on my next visit. The energy level was very low for a Friday evening so I was happy to hear that they are moving soon. I think they need to move based upon the fact that very few people were there. I learned that they are moving to the "old-town Herndon" area where the Russia House used to be located. Estimate move in about 2 months. I'll be back again soon!"
Dined on 6/27/2014
We look for restaurants with
excellent food and a quiet atmosphere to catch up with friends. The staff was very attentive but not intrusive and did not hurry us. The food was very well prepared and tasty. Portions are large so we all had enough for dinner also. Great Sangria. Will go back. Check when they are moving before heading there."
Dined on 6/23/2014
The host and waiters remember your
face and always welcome you back. They make great recommendations!"
Dined on 6/19/2014
Consistently a wonderful meal that
is fresh and flavorful. The service is excellent."
Dined on 6/11/2014
We read the reviews on this
restaurant and booked based on that. Wasn't disappointed. Loved our waiter, didn't push us and let us sit and talk without any rush. Accommodated my gluten allergies. Food was yummy."
Dined on 6/10/2014
My family and I went here recently
to try out their tapas menu after reading so many good reviews. Everything was pretty good and there were a variety of tapas dishes; so we were able to try a little of everything! I suggest the seafood paella, beef medallions, escargot, and crab salad. Also, be ready, although this place is relocating in the near future, it's currently located in an old, small, empty shopping center. Don't be discouraged! In addition to the tapas menu they also offer lunch and dinner menus for larger portions of well prepared food!; but if you're in the mood to try a little of everything, I definitely recommend the tapas menu! Enjoy! "
Dined on 6/7/2014
Been going to El Manantial for
many years and have tried many different menu items - all of which have been very good. This is a great restaurant for quality dining, great wine, nice serving pace, quiet enough to have a conversation, pleasant and friendly wait staff, and a nice ambience."
Dined on 6/7/2014
Had the pleasure of dining here as
a Mothers Day surprise. Returned with a friend and planning to return many times more. Both dining experiences were fabulous- all items cooked to perfection, from appetizers to dessert. Extensive wine list. Professional and friendly wait staff. The restaurant decor is also charming. They are moving to old towne Herndon in the coming months so be sure to check their location when making a reservation."
Dined on 6/7/2014
My wife and I are never
disappointed with the food and service at this outstanding restaurant. It is among our very favorites places to eat and relax, as one can tell from my countless reviews. The bottom-line is if you have not been to this place, you absolutely must make the effort to go. You will not be disappointed"
Dined on 6/6/2014
For my wife and I's 5th
anniversary I was looking for something a little different. I was hoping to find something with some class and style without venturing all the way into DC. After scanning reviews and menus on Open Table, I chose El Manantial. What a great decision it turned out to be! The wine (a Spanish red blend), the meal and the dessert were fabulous. Even better than the food was the personal attention and great service from the waiter and from the co-owner. They were charming and friendly while at the same time allowing us to enjoy our special evening together. They will be moving to Herndon soon and we cannot wait to visit them again in their new location. Highly recommended! "
Dined on 5/31/2014
The restaurant features a mix of
French, Spanish and Mediterranean food. They had a wide selection of appetizers as well as entrees from each region, with a good mix of meat and fish dishes. This is one of our favorite restaurants, always a great meal!"
Dined on 5/17/2014
Food was great & service was
outstanding as always"
Dined on 5/16/2014
This place will be moving in
July/Aug to Herndon and I'm looking forward to the new location. Tilapia was slightly overcooked as it was too tender and the duck was great but next time I will try it without the Raspberry sauce--it's just too sweet with that. Frog legs were a good choice for appetizer. Service was attentive without being intrusive. "
Dined on 5/13/2014
I have been here many times, it is
consistently great! (not good, but great!) Highly recommend. "
Dined on 5/10/2014
My husband and I have been dining
here since it opened 11 years ago, and it is one of our favorite restaurants. Owner Humberto Fuentes could not be more gracious, and this family- run establishment delivers consistently good food in a lovely atmosphere. The menu is extensive. The duck is always a favorite, as is the mushroom or lobster ravioli appetizer. Their fish dishes are always fresh and delicious. We have enjoyed the wine selection. The staff are friendly, and knowledgeable. We will miss them at their current location, which is close to home, but look forward to dining at their new location in Herndon later this summer. "
Dined on 5/3/2014
Everything was fresh; the fish
special was so good that when I dropped a forkful of the baramundi on the floor, I had to really think about whether to pick it up and eat it. I didn't, but I still wonder if that was the right choice. We asked one of the owners to pick a good bottle of white, dry but fruity, for us, and it was a Spanish wine we didn't know but we enjoyed very much. My spouse and I have eaten here numerous times, often bringing friends, and none of us has never been disappointed. They are moving to Herndon late this summer, and we intend to eat at the new location the first week."
Dined on 4/26/2014
Our group of 8 people enjoyed
lunch at El Manantial. The menu had a good variety of appetizers and entrees. The wine and beer list was also good. Everyone said their food was excellent. The wait staff was pleasant and attentive. I would definitely recommend this restaurant - and already have."
Dined on 4/24/2014
This family owned jewel is one of
our favorite places. Very friendly, good food, great wine list and they are very knowledgeable if you need a recommendation for a good wine with your meal. Order the Apple Tartain when you order your meal for a special dessert treat..otherwise the Raspberry Tart! "
Dined on 4/20/2014
Stumbled accross this restaurant
thanks to Siri. Had no idea it was there. They've done themselves no favor with the name of the restaurant as its 1) hard to pronounce for English speakers and 2) leaves an impression of middle eastern to non-spanish speakers. The food is french/spanish. We had a fabulous Mahi-Mahi and Petit Chateau (two grilled scallops, two shrimp and two beef medallions served with a medley of vegetables, beautifully done, couscous pilaf). The wait staff was pleasant and yet unobtrusive. The kitchen was very accommodating. The Mahi Mahi was on the menu as blackened but they grilled it at my request. A great place for date night. "
Dined on 4/19/2014
One of Reston's best. How it's
managed to make it so long in a horrid location like this is a testimony to how good El Manantial is. Hope the new Herndon location helps spread the word."
Dined on 4/10/2014
I had a good experience at El
Manantial. While I enjoyed the food, I wasn't amazed by it. The servers were all very nice and polite, but a little slow and they mixed up which kind of Mussels we ordered. I will definitely try El Manantial again."
Dined on 4/2/2014
A nice and enjoyable restaurant
choice in the neighborhood. The service was attentive. The interior decor makes you comfortable with pretty murals that transport you to somewhere away from the small strip mall where this restaurant resides. The food was good. I've sampled several dishes after two visits here and highly recommend the french onion soup. Elsewhere it's often oversalted with gloppy cheese.....but here it was excellent. Also, the filet mignon strogonoff was delicious and would be, for me, a reason to come back and have again."
Dined on 4/1/2014
In anticipation of El Manantial
moving to Herndon (and changing their name to Europa) we decided to drive to Reston to see what they're all about. We found them in a shopping center that is obviously dying. From the outside, the restaurant is very nondescript. But when we stepped inside, we were delighted by the lovely murals which have a decided European feel. We were greeted and seated by Mario, one of the family owners. Our server was wonderful, answering all questions about the menu and making perfect wine suggestions. The food is not only delicious, but also beautifully presented. We even let ourselves be tempted by the beautiful dessert tray offerings. If they weren't coming to Herndon, we'd be going back to Reston to dine with them!"
Dined on 4/1/2014
El Manantial was awesome. The
tapas were excellent, the Sangria was excellent and our waiter, Raoul was superb. We will definitely visit again."
Dined on 3/29/2014
This is a great restaurant in the
middle of Reston in a sleepy shopping center, at least for now....I understand this restaurant will move to Herndon, taking the place of a Russian restaurant that had been there for years....move is planned in the timeframe of May/June 2014. The food here is fabulous, large portions and reasonably priced. The wine list is very impressive and reasonably priced....and the staff just tremendous: attentive without being clingy and genuinely interested in making sure your dining experience is a good one. I go to this restaurant once every other month or so and it is consistently a great experience....can't wait for them to move to their new space in Herndon!"
Dined on 3/28/2014
Sad to see El Manantial leaving
Reston. We will follow it to Herndon."
Dined on 3/27/2014
Absolutely fantastic. Time and
time again we are always 101% pleased with the food, the service and the price of El Manantial."
Dined on 3/14/2014
It was a wonderful place to catch
up with friends and have a wonderful, relaxing dinner."
Dined on 3/13/2014
I have only one complaint. I am a
woman. I was there with a man and two teens. Both the waiter and the host/manager, both of them men, addressed all conversation to my male companion, ignoring me the entire meal. Otherwise, the food was fine, atmosphere and service comfortable and prompt."
Dined on 3/7/2014
Beautiful restaurant with great
food and service--- loved the venison and osso bucco! Restaurant seated us in a quiet corner as requested and how nice to pour a tasting of the individual wines we chose just to make sure we would really like them Tapas menu was disappointing but we enjoyed our entrees very much"
Dined on 2/27/2014
This restaurant is our favorite,
and always outstanding. If you have not tried it yet, you are missing an excellent meal served with superb service"
Dined on 2/21/2014
Date in Northern Virginia at times
as few options. This was a great find in an unexpected location. We'll be back again!"
Dined on 2/21/2014
Living in Reston, we consider
ourselves lucky to have El Manatial nearby. We've never had a bad experience at the restaurant. The food is always excellent and the service attentive. Preferring family owned restaurants to chains, El Manatial is an excellent option that meets all of our preferences."
Dined on 2/19/2014
Only recently did we discover this
hidden gem.while from the outside, you aren't sure what you will be getting but once inside you realize this is a bit different. Service was great, all staff was very personable and then the wine/food menu was fantastic. Only problem with it is that we wish he had found it sooner. Highly recommend and make sure to take your time and enjoy the positive experience."
Dined on 2/15/2014
Very friendly, very knowledgeable
on menu and very extensive list of wines. Great atmosphere and food was AMAZING!"
Dined on 2/14/2014
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