Manolo's Restaurant
Manolo's Restaurant

Manolo's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://manolosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9083537674
  • 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-Ledger
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Manolo's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (6)great for lunch (4)romantic (3)fit for foodies (3)good for groups (2)special occasion (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Surprise find in Elizabeth
    PatO68
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is probably the best restaurant in Elizabeth. Neighborhood is a bit scruffy (but not bad at all) and this restaurant was a very nice surprise. Great ambiance, service and food. We (at part of 8) were very pleased. I would definately recomend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It's worth finding this great restaurant in Elizabeth. The food is incredible and it's service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant! Incredible food!
    LizGarcia
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great restaurant and people. The food us incredible! We have been going there for many years and it's always a pleasure coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 164 reviews are from the Manolo's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Amazing food
    SamIAm
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The most delicious seafood I've had in the NYC area. Perfectly cooked and seasoned fish with perfect sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a great meal
    dmcintyre214VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure!!!
    Marcat
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet food in Elizabeth nj
    Grivara14
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Spanish Fare
    ShoreGrrrl
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit & Miss
    Teatsclean
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 1st Time Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    Bess8VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden and fabulous gem
    PNH8
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Quiet Neighborhood Gem
    HannahBee
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Service was excellent, food was served fresh and hot. A true gem!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ole Reliable
    Lana
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    TimRayVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    JosephVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    Tucked away in a very urban area is this place that has a great staff and excellent food. Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food I've had in NYC area
    SamIAm
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    See title. There is a reason this place has a 25 Zagat food rating...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did some one pass away?
    Thunder1
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    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!
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  • Outstanding experience
    PacPete
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Everything about this place was excellent. Wish we didn't live so far away!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Spanish and Mediterranean
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Dissappointed
    Gloria
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem in Elizabeth!!!
    TimRayVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If you are in the neighbourhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best value, service and
    NicoVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    the best value, service and delicious food.....my favorite restaurant.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    Staff was great. Food is great and well presented. You can find an old world classic like this in the middle of Elizabeth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best overall restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    One of the best overall restaurant experiences I've had recently: food, service, decor, everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There is nothing amiss at
    NicoVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2013
    There is nothing amiss at this restaurant....everything about it is superb; they try hard to please and it works!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Although we got terribly lost
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No complaints
    Delicioso18
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No better food and service anywhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT - AS ALWAYS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Been here many times for lunch and dinner (dinner this time) and we are never disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service and ambiance are superb
    TAC49VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    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.
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  • Great Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent Spanier food. service
    willie
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    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...
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you're flying from Newark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    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.
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  • Consistently delivers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to Dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Great place to Dine. The Food and Sangria was unbelievable and the staff was/is Top Notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet