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Manolo's Restaurant
Manolo's Restaurant

Manolo's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://manolosrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (908) 353-7674
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available for any event. Please inquire for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private events can be held at the restaurant for up to 100 guests.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Manolo's Restaurant
"No restaurant in recent memory immediately underscored that feeling like Manolo's. It's as if you've walked from one movie set to another." "The restaurant is all about Old World sophistication -- white tablecloths, wooden tables, hushed tones. The service, too, is Old World -- attentive, sophisticated, solicitous and unobtrusive, such a refreshing counterpoint to the frequently too-casual American style." Teresa Politano, The Star-LedgerContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great restaurant and people. The food us incredible! We have been going there for many years and it's always a pleasure coming back. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The most delicious seafood I've had in the NYC area. Perfectly cooked and seasoned fish with perfect sauces. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Manolo's is one of the great restaurants of New Jersey, and maybe the country. Always amazing food, old-world wonderful service, and friendly people. Service is excellent but friendly, not stiff. The food is always amazing, but seafood specials are always super tasty. We love going to Manolo's."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "First time there and we had a fantastic experience. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive. The food was great as was the sangria. We will return and continue to bring friends."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Always a pleasure!! The food is always great. The service is always attentive and friendly. Manolo's remains my go to place. Thier regular menu is good, but the specials really WOW you. I highly reccomend it for all occasions."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A hidden gem tucked in the Elizabeth Port. Manny constantly serves delicious innovative dishes. Could be a little heavier on the pour for a glass of wine . A great dining experience"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "A friend was visiting NJ and I had just one meal to spend with her. We decided to try Manolo's. The food and service were outstanding although the interior was rather dark and dated. There is a bar by the front entrance and the dining room is in the next room so even if the bar gets loud then diners would not be disturbed. We ate very early however we left shortly after six and were still alone in the dining room; it was a Thursday night. The bar area had about a half-dozen patrons by the time we departed. I really appreciated the free parking lot, which is right next door to the restaurant. All-in-all, a terrific meal and a wonderful experience - I just hope the lack of clientele on a Thursday evening was a fluke."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Went to Manolo's to check out the food as we were looking for a location to host a birthday party. Food was great, service was spectacaular. Booked our event - all systems go! Event night and day or so prior were a little....less stellar. Food was consistent - carving stations weren't tender needed more time in the oven. Servers were VERY conscious of the time and repeatedly were like you end in 1 hour you should do this now - felt rushed. Surprisingly, the leftover food was not offered to us to take (it was a buffet) but discarded. Would have loved to donate to a shelter. SO I think, better for an intimate evening versus an event but it could have just been an off night."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "LOVE this restaurant and have been coming for years - but this time we were disappointed. Portions were small. Mashed potatoes were cool and tasted like instant?? Vegetables were fine but small portion there, too. Clams had sand in them?? Not what we are used to at all. Will definitly go again and always recommend it. Just hope this was an off night."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Although it was tricky to find, Manolo's was a wonderful find! We will definitely be going back. The staff was outstanding, as were the drinks and food. Our wonderful server told us to ask for anything we wanted that we didn't see on the menu. They made us paella with extra lobster on request! The octopus appetizer was amazing, as was the chorizo with risotto. Our drinks came prepared exactly as requested. The dinner was relaxed, we were encouraged to take our time and order our appetizers while deciding on the main courses. We got advice from our server so we ordered just the right amount. He even walked us to the door to give us directions home! We'll be back!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "If you are expecting most up-to-date stylish plating, this is not your place. But, if you are looking for a quiet, elegant place (not minding a bit out dated interior) where serves really fresh sea food, this is the place you want to go. All the dishes are very basic, but executed extremely well. I don't know how many times I have had fried calamari before including top rated italian restaurants in Manhattan, but by far this place served the best calamari. Paella was really well prepared too. I definitely recommend Manolo's to anybody who can appreciate the fresh ingredients and good conversation."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Service was excellent, food was served fresh and hot. A true gem!!!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We always enjoy going to Manolo's. It is a hidden gem. Always the best service and the food is always consistent and most importantly fresh. We are always looking for a reason to go there for dinner, and we always make sure we bring friends."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "We are regulars at Manolo's and the quality of the food is always excellent. Service is great. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. This restaurant is on my list of staples. Try it, you'll love it."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Tucked away in a very urban area is this place that has a great staff and excellent food. Highly recommend!!"
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "Celebrated my mom's birthday here, and what a treat! Amazing food, great service, and a very accomodating menu. My parents had gone 28 years ago and loved it, visiting again after 28 years and it's a new re-found favorite! My mom brought her friends and coworkers a month later and said everything was even better!"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "See title. There is a reason this place has a 25 Zagat food rating..."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "We dined at 8:15pm on a Saturday night. There were approximately 12 people in sitting at different tables. The mood of the place was very somber .Did someone die? Not one patron dining spoke loud nor were they smiling. All of the patrons there at the time were middle aged or older. I was told by the waiter that the owner doesn't want loud music nor does he want to attract a younger crowd! Hmm....we are seniors but we enjoy laughing and celebrating life without creating a loud, annoying environment for others! Definitely not recommended if you wish to have a nice dinner and celebrate with friends and family!"
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Everything about this place was excellent. Wish we didn't live so far away!"
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "We went here for my fiancé's birthday & everything about the place was FABULOUS! The location of it isn't so appealing however, the inside of the restaurant is beautiful. It seemed to have an old world warm charm. The staff was very pleasant and attentive and the food was out of this world! We will definitely be going back..."
    Dined on 8/13/2013
  • "We didn't know what to expect, but were first delighted to see the tile and wrought iron entrance to the private parking lot. You feel like you are stepping into another part of the world as you enter. The staff was attentive and did not miss a beat. The food was superb. You could dine on appetizers (tapas style) or eat one of the varied choices from the menu. The specials were also excellent with an excellent balance of seasoning whether it was fish or beef. Wine list is very good, but there were no half bottles. A great find!"
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "This is not our first time at Manolas nor will it be our last. We've moved to Fl two years ago and dine here whenever in Jersey. The food is fresh, well prepared and delicious."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "This is a great little place and once you go you will go over and over again. Paella was wonderful!! Rice was full of flavor and the seafood was cooked perfectly (I hate rubbery fish in paella). My guest had swordfish over collards and the fish was cooked perfectly. The waiter surprised us with a little starter of a delicious croquette and two chunks of tenderloin steak cooked rare and in a spectacular sauce over a small mound of spinach sautéed in garlic and oil...heaven!!! Service was superb, friendly staff, lots of follow up to be sure we were happy, water and wine glasses were always full. The neighborhood may scare you a bit but it is very safe and once you taste the food and experience the atmosphere you'll be addicted like I am."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "If you are in the neighbourhood of EWR and want to eat, this is a great place. The locale looks unpromising but the food is excellent."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "the best value, service and delicious food.....my favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 7/6/2013
  • "Staff was great. Food is great and well presented. You can find an old world classic like this in the middle of Elizabeth."
    Dined on 6/23/2013
  • "One of the best overall restaurant experiences I've had recently: food, service, decor, everything."
    Dined on 6/6/2013
  • "There is nothing amiss at this restaurant....everything about it is superb; they try hard to please and it works!!!"
    Dined on 5/28/2013
  • "Although we got terribly lost finding Manolo's it was well worth the effort. We enjoyed every morsel, every interesting taste, The wait staff was personable and very professional giving us a very pleasant dining experience. The stuffed mushrooms and the seafood salad were particularly outstanding. The ricotta pudding with toasted almonds was delicious. We chose dishes which were Spanish and were delighted!"
    Dined on 5/24/2013
  • "This was my first visit with my mom and teenage son. We were celebrating my mom's birthday and I have to rate our dining experience 5 stars across the board! We will go back in the near future."
    Dined on 5/23/2013
  • "Manolos remains as good as ever. Another outstanding meal with excellent service and lovely ambience. Any fish dish is excellent, but I went with Manny's recommendation of the red snapper with olives in garlic sauce. To die for! Spouse's osso bucco was also a winner. Sangria whether white or red is delicious as is the house white bean soup. Save room if at all possible for the Spanish cheese, honey and nut dessert or the crime brûlée."
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "Been here many times for lunch and dinner (dinner this time) and we are never disappointed."
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "Service and ambiance are superb for this wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Entrees were good but not as good as we expected. Dessert and Manny's coffee were quite good."
    Dined on 4/19/2013
  • "We have visited twice and the experience was great on both occassions. The food is fantastic and the meat portions are quality cuts and generous. This is a great spot for special events."
    Dined on 3/31/2013
  • "excellent Spanier food. service was good. food was tasty with pure Spain traditions. prices were decent....my recommendations to this place. do not worry for parking, they offer a private parking space..."
    Dined on 3/22/2013
  • "Not in the toniest of neighborhoods Manolo's is nevertheless itself quite a lovely restaurnt. We chose it because it is only ten or fifteen minutes from Newark airport. It was an excellent choose, fine Basque food (not that I have any prior Basque meals to compare), carefully prepared and well-served."
    Dined on 3/14/2013
  • "We meet friends at this restaurant because we know we can count on a great night out. Good value - attentive service - delicious food. Love the sangria!"
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "Great place to Dine. The Food and Sangria was unbelievable and the staff was/is Top Notch."
    Dined on 3/8/2013
  • "This was our third time back. The atmosphere is very old world & charming and the food is consistantly excellent!!! Highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 3/3/2013
  • "We found this restaurant as highly rated, and they did not disappoint. The decor and atmosphere are lovely and quaint. The food is excellent. They used fresh herbs and seafood, and both entrees were outstanding. Service was exceptional. All of the wait staff were attentive, and our head waiter even offered us a ride to our hotel since his shift had ended! We will definitely look for an opportunity to return to the Newark area to eat here again."
    Dined on 2/28/2013