Manuel's Downtown

Manuel's Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://manuels.com/
  • Phone: 5124727555x
  • 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.
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Manuel's Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (14)fit for foodies (10)great for lunch (9)neighborhood gem (8)great for brunch (7)special occasion (5)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (3)romantic (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Manuel's
    Fun2eat
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Nice dining experience but nothing special for example For 17$ I expected some super great enchiladas but to be honest they were average. Have had enchiladas at local restaurants in Austin for about 1/3 of the price and 2x the taste Waiter was friendly,fun and attentive
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • allieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Always great food!!!! Great drinks and service. Always go there when in Austin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    AustinCityCoupleVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Maybe they were understaffed, because the restaurant was not all that busy. We waited 20 minutes for water. The second round of drinks arrived after our main courses were completed. After waiting 10 minutes for sour cream - we flagged the manger to get some. The food was much better than the service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a party of 6 and they were attentive, friendly, and excellent service. The food was amazing! Will go back often!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh....
    evellisVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ginger
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • overated
    lostcause
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    overated and prices are high for mexican tex mex fare
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Downtown Tradition
    BD213VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 221 reviews are from the Manuel's Downtown reviews archive.
  • Horrible Service & Dirty Food
    foldednapkin
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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!!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • close to the hot spots in austin
    Luv2dineelsewhere
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    great location. great food. easy pay parking at either end of the block that houses Manuel's. Always consistently good food.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I enjoyed the service, and loved the Ambience! The drinks were a great addition of restaurant personality as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dallas Loves Manuel's Every Time!
    knitterweich
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a great time!
    paleodeb
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manuel's always satisfies
    Ashe
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, decent service
    RSBDiner
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    AmyEats
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood Relleno
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a great spot to enjoy
    EmmaTraveler
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wait staff was very considerate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip and modern, but lacking
    Averageguy
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is not very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    Austinite
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Doesn't live up to reputation
    Trace
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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
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  • An Austin Favorite
    RetiredNTexas
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable
    SEC45
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great surprise.
    Drmrosen
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Packed house on a Monday night
    Katie
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food professional service
    Jacob
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Mexican Food and Margaritas
    mikgrend
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good, the service
    Thom
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There's a lot better Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    There's a lot better Mexican food in Austin. However, Manuel's has a great location and nice ambiance.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorites but
    Ashe
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect spot
    2tall
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    A great place with amazing food. Great value for money, super friendly, classy atmosphere. Oh, and a killer tequila list ;-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Austin during F-1 2013
    Markeytalk
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food right on the main drag
    Betsy
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Kelli
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lighting was too bright with
    AshAnnVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Lighting was too bright with overhead lighting but we LOVED the meal and service was top notch!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mistakes
    Ahut
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Food was good but the server messed up two out of five of the orders. There was also two mistakes on the bill.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manuel's DT
    crystalfox
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate