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Manuel's Downtown

Manuel's Downtown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://manuels.com
  • Phone: (512) 472-7555
  • Hours of Operation: Open Daily: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Chef Juan Jose Gomez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking at 301 Brazos. Valet at the Cross Tower
A word from Manuel's Downtown
Serving Austin’s best Margaritas, delicious homemade salsas, and the freshest seafood and savory meats. We serve high-quality food, prepared with the finest local and natural ingredients.

*All Meats served at Manuel's is hormone free!
*Any fried items and salsa dressings are made with Canola and virgin Olive oil.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was great, service not so much. We were a party of 6 & got 1 basket of chips, 4 tortillas with our app, things like this. Just kind of annoying."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I went to Manuel's with a group of friends for a friend's birthday. Everything from start to finish was delicious. One person got the chicken verde enchiladas and said they were the best he had ever had. I had the shrimp tacos, which came deconstructed which was nice to be able to build your own the way you liked. The shrimp was grilled perfectly and was very tasty. Everyone was very satisfied with their meals and we were already talking about the next time we would come back. The service was very good and attentive. We did not tell our waiter that we were there for a birthday, but he must have overheard us talking and brought out a free dessert with a birthday candle. The dessert was the Postre de Coco and it was amazing!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "overated and prices are high for mexican tex mex fare"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "When in Rome, forget what the Romans do. Leave and go to Austin, go downtown and do Manuel's Downtown. Excellent hand crafted margaritas, Mexican fusion cuisine in a great dining room. Service is always superb."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We were running behind due to traffic. We called twice to notify them. We were celebrating mother's day, but its hard to enjoy yourself when greeted by a manager that says "you are late." After making his comment with an attitude he peered across a half empty restaurant at our table and we were seated. We ordered the corn soup which was served lukewarm(cheese unmelted). Then drinks ran out until we flagged someone down. They obviously have a filthy kitchen if they can't recognize the blue rubber band that ended up in my mother's fajitas. That makes me wonder if they even wash the vegetables. In the end they charged for everything. They apologized for the rubber band but still charged for it plus automatic gratuity! This place is NASTY!!!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "great location. great food. easy pay parking at either end of the block that houses Manuel's. Always consistently good food."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I enjoyed the service, and loved the Ambience! The drinks were a great addition of restaurant personality as well!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My husband (then fiance) and I found Manuel's when looking for a place to hold our rehearsal dinner in Austin in 2012. There was a little Italian place next door to Manual's we were actually visiting, but when we walked in and asked about hosting a large party, they looked at us like we were crazy. My husband saw Manuel's next door and said "Hey, let's try this place." We loved it! When we had our rehearsal dinner here, the staff was AMAZING and the food was incredible. Now, 2 years later, we came back for the first time. Nothing has changed! The food was incredible, the service was impeccable, and our experience brought back some great romantic memories. Make no mistake. Every time we're down from Dallas, it's Manuel's for us!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Our party consisted of me, my husband, our two small children, and our in-laws from out-of-town. They wanted "authentic Mexican" during their Austin visit, but nothing too spicy. Manuel's fit the bill. The waiter was helpful when it came to ordering on the milder side, and everybody was quite pleased with their food. Since there is no kids' menu, the food for my little ones ended up costing as much as two adult entrees, so while that was not unexpected, it is something to keep in mind if you have children with you. We will definitely be back and have already recommended Manuel's to friends. Yum!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We went for lunch, and it was pretty empty. The food was very tasty! The service was not the greatest. We had to wait quite a bit for our drinks, our waiter made a roudn of margaritas for us and told us that it's not often he has to do that. He even asked us how they came out. Our appetizer and entrees came out at the same time, not giving enough time to ampy enjoy both. With all that being said, the food was very tasty - it's worth a visit. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I have been going here since the mid eighties. The food is consistently good. I love their mild salsa. my fav thing lately is the grilled drum and spinach entree. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Over all a good meal. I would come back again. The waiter seemed to maybe be overly busy or distracted...he did a good job, but was hard to track down a couple times."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "So I have been here a couple times before and enjoyed the food but thought service was a little lacking. This time around it was a co-worker's birthday and we decided to come for lunch. We had a larger group and made reservations. This time I was impressed with the service in addition to the quality of the food. Our server was knowledgable with the menu and made recommendations. The pork enchiladas with mole sauce was the recommendation and I would recommend them as well. Delicious! Thanks for the great food and nice experience for celebrating a birthday!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We went for an early dinner Saturday night with my wife and 8 year old daughter. My wife and I both had the seafood chili relleno, best I've ever had. Also good margaritas but small glass."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This was a great spot to enjoy Mexican food. Extremely fresh ingredients and healthy menu. Also, our waiter was fabulous; attentive and friendly. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Wait staff was very considerate and especially helpful when asked questions about the food. Our glasses were never left empty and my date and I were incredibly pleased with the overall experience. I would definitely recommend if you want a fancy date night or a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "8 of us celebrating a special birthday. We were jammed into a corner booth better to six maximum. Server was absent, inattentive and lacked personality, the latter fine if service is good. I ordered from a sticky, dirty menu...a sign of the service to come. I asked about the menu and the server was annoyed, uninterested in offering help.The mole, "award winning" was uninspiring and bland. My salad was way overdressed. Drink orders were slow to come. I was offered an ice tea refill after eating (designated driver). We spent $500 and expected a better experience. Customers were hip and stylish. Interiors well done with ambient light and music. I wish the food and service matched the atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food is not very good to be honest. The service is great. The beverages are good too. I would come back for drinks but eat elsewhere."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Manuels has raised its prices to take advantage of downtown tourists. At best it serves glorified Mexican food and not worth $10 for an ordinary margarita. Locals can do better. I will not return."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Take reviews on urban spoon and trip advisor with a grain of salt. The food here is very average. There are many better options in Austin. We had the ceviche which while fresh was pretty bland. Their mole was good but not served warm enough....if you are looking for an all star experience - go elsewhere"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Every time we visit Austin we always have dinner here. The restaurant has never let us down and that is why we keep coming back year after year."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Manuel's lived up to what I remembered. Having been here years ago when in Austin, we looked for it while planning dinners out on this return trip. The enchiladas were recommended by the waitress, and she nailed it! Especially the the Mole, for which Manuel's is known. The service was friendly and timely and helpful. The scene was full of energy, with several groups there as well as lots of folks at the bar. Margaritas were great, as was the dessert and Mexican coffee. From checking in with the hostess, to our waitress waving as we left, this was a great evening!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Visiting Austin for the first time and wanted some quality Mexican food and that's what I found. Sat any the booth by the window. Outstanding drinks and service. The food from chips and guacamole to fantastic entries. So good my wife and I went back later in our 3 day stay in Austin."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "I'm glad I made a reservation because the restaurant was quite popular. The enormous basket of chips and salsa arrived quickly with the delicious mango margaritas. This is the first time I've had flautas - I got the black bean and cheese version - delicious and filling. My friend really enjoyed the chicken fajitas. The staff were all very friendly and attentive. I'd go there again and try some of their other yummy drinks and dishes."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "The food is prepared well and the flavors work well together on the dishes that I have had. Being a vegetarian, it's nice to have rice and beans that I can eat. The drinks were well made as well. The service was very professional and attentive, and the establishment is always very clean."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Guests from out of town requested Mexican Food. We naturally took them to Manuel's. Perfect, as usual, food, service and reasonable price. We recommend Manuel's."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "The food was good, the service was good but a little slow. A couple of the meals were improperly prepared, but the server handled it as quickly as he could."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "There's a lot better Mexican food in Austin. However, Manuel's has a great location and nice ambiance."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "the food did not shine this particular evening. Great service, excellent drinks. we will be back. maybe it was an odd night in the kitchen."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "A great place with amazing food. Great value for money, super friendly, classy atmosphere. Oh, and a killer tequila list ;-)"
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Made reservations for a Sat night during Formula 1 week and I'm glad we did as Manuel's was packed out to the walls. Interesting Mexican food that was elegantly presented. Good hostess and waiter. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Manuel's. Try it. You'll like it, too."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We were there during the F1 weekend and the food was fantastic. We would go back next time we are in town. Good service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "The food was very tasty, but I was surprised how small the large guacamole dish was. Awesome mole sauce, but the chicken in the tortillas was room temperature. Margaritas were good, but small. Overall, a little pricey."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Lighting was too bright with overhead lighting but we LOVED the meal and service was top notch!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Food was good but the server messed up two out of five of the orders. There was also two mistakes on the bill."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Had a group of ladies dining there after a tour at nearby Mexic-Arte Museum so we were in the mood for great Mexican food. We all had the lunch specials and it was more than enough to eat. Everyone enjoyed their food and the ambiance."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "I selected this resturant because it received 89% satisfaction ratings from diners who elected to post a public review of their experience. Being from the Houston area............I KNOW TEX-MEX and I was sorely disappointed with the quality of the food. The salsa was anemic and the chicken fajitas I ordered were a little on the bland side. Our service was a little bit young and distracted. He had to be reminded several times to refresh cocktails for some members of our dining party. All things said, I must say that the dessert item (Postre de Coco) was OUTSTANDING and the best part of my meal. I wouldn't go back for dinner, but Manuel's would be a first pick as a dessert destination."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "We had a great time with 4 other friends at Manuels. The margaritas were delicious, and they have some fresh seafood items on the menu. My husband's tuna steak was a little over-done for his liking, and the waitress seemed confused when he told her to just sear it. Other than that, everything was good, timely, and friendly."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Stale chips, slow service / an upscale taco cabana The only positive was the friendly, outgoing hostess. Now I know why she was so surprised when we said we had a reservation."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Chose Manual's for my mom's 81st birthday because it was one of her favorites when she lived in Austin. She was so looking forward to the seafood enchiladas, but even for her birthday celebration, they were way over-priced. $26!!! I don't care if it's real lump crab meat or not! $10.50 for a ham & spinach omelette? And the chicken flautas used to serve 3 not 2 flautas. The great jazz musicians, ambience, and service still wouldn't get me or the rest of my family back there & I will not recommend to others. There are too many other great restaurants in Austin with just as good or better food and better prices. As my 81-year old father said, Good luck Manuel's!"
    Dined on 9/22/2013