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Manuel's Great Hills

Manuel's Great Hills Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.manuels.com/
  • Phone: (512) 345-1042
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 2:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

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A word from Manuel's Great Hills
Serving Austin’s best Margaritas, delicious homemade salsas, and the freshest seafood and savory meats.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "The outdoor space is so beautiful that we decided to dine outside despite the heat. Our dinner was delightful. I'm still dreaming about the flavors of the Campechana!!!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Manuel's great hills is still my favorite after discovering it many years ago!! Delicious!! It is the BEST Mexican restaurant I've been to outside of Mexico. Not tex-mex, which has its merits at times, but authentic well-prepared Mexican cooking. It's one of those gems I want to praise but also want to keep a secret so I can always get a table when in town!! And I highly recommend the enchiladas de jaiba! One verde and one suiza. Perfection!! I could go on and on. Just wish I lived closer!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Had a great time at Manuel's on Saturday night, fajita's as always were great and you can't beat the Patio. It was a great evening to be outside and the Patio is one of the best in Austin."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went here with a group of friends during Austin Restaurant Week. Two of us got their early and were seated, and our drink orders taken. The other two arrived shortly after, but it took at least 15 minutes for us to get our drinks and for the other two to be asked for their drink order. The wait staff seemed overwhelmed, and it took another 15 minutes or so before the waiter came back to see if we were ready to order. Once our food orders were placed, the time to get the food was much quicker. The house margaritas were good, and the food we had (lomo de puerco, chicken tostadas, flan) was also great. The outdoor patio was comfortable and a nice setting. I had a better overall experience with the food and service previously, and will be back."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Been here many, many times. Always good service, good food, good drinks. family favorite. Dining area roomy, outside patio is lovely to sit and chill over drinks and food. The black bean nachos is delicious! As are the spinach enchiladas. They have a good variety of tequila choices for slow sipping and enjoying. Worth the visit."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Always enjoy going to Manuels, faita's were outstanding and took the rest home for migas in the morning. The evening was nice so we sat outside, they have a great Patio and received good service even though there was a large party next to us."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I really like this restaurant, the food has been really good all the times I have been there."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "First, I viewed an online menu and knew what I wanted to order before I arrived, only to discover it was no longer on the menu. Second, the noise level was so loud I could not hear the waiter and I don't think he could understand me as he brought the wrong drink. We dined inside. Big mistake. I'll never go to this restaurant again for this reason alone. Margaritas served in a martini glass? Really? Luckily I could use the water glass straw. As for the food, the presentation just didn't warrant the price that was paid. It was edible but it wasn't all that and a bag of chips. White rice? Really? I thought the entrees were overpriced."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "There are certain folks for whom real Mexican food is scary. It seems too spicy and exotic. They like the idea of sophisticated Mexican food and their class pride (Manuel's is not for poor people) prevents them from stooping to the level of Chuy's or Baby A's, but they aren't ready to handle real Mexican flavor at a place like Fonda San Miguel. These folks need something that looks sophisticated, charges fancy restaurant prices, but tastes like Chi Chi's/Chuy's/Baby A's. Manuel's is for them, and they are for Manuel's. Note - Had the food been good, I wouldn't mind $19 for a chicken entree (one of the cheaper entrees here)."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This is a great place to go before or after movies at the Arbor!! We went for happy hour and had 1/2 price appetizers. Queso is yummy. Little "potato pancakes" quite good, something a little different from the usual nachos, etc. Margaritas are good, service is always great, and they have recently remodeled so the inside is much more pleasing to the eye. Have been there for more than apps too and food is always delicious!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Had a 7 pm reservation and the place was super busy as usual. Seated promptly and ordered drinks & the guacamole. we ordered chicken tortilla and the three chiles soup. Asked that the main course come out after we finished the appetizer/soup. Within a couple of minutes of the soup's arrival, we got the main course. They were trying to turn the table and just rushed us. It's a shame but not going back. If you don't want two people occupying a four person table, don't sit us there!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We chose Manuel's the first time from a list on Yelp. We were very happy with the results! We were there for an early dinner, and noticed their great Happy Hour and tasty drinks! The second time we chose Manuel's for brunch with friends, and again, we were not disappointed! Wonderful choices on the menu and they were delicious. The live music was great too! Fantastic musicians! I highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "..but a little noisy at rush hour. I would suggest a reservation as it was quite busy."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Manuel's is always consistant and good. Great fajitas. The newly remodeled atmosphere is very nice. Can't wait for summer to sit on the patio."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "While our group enjoyed the food, the waiter seemed more interested in getting us out the door and never really asked if we needed anything.He didn't ask if we wanted another margarita, instead just took the glasses away and after sitting there a while, eventually brought the check. I would normally recommend this place to a friend for the food, but wouldn't want them to get the same service we received."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Made our reservations early for Valentine's Day. They called us the day before to confirm, and suggested that we arrive a few minutes early. We did so, and our table was ready when we arrived. The prix fixe menu had enough variety to meet both our tastes, and the Pink Chihuahua drink was both festive and potent. (Plus it included a donation to one of our favorite charities, the Austin Humane Society.) We really enjoyed our romantic evening, with attentive service and just the right amount of food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had an awesome waiter. He started out sort of cool but as soon as we actually ordered, he became very friendly and smiled a lot. And then one of the managers that watches over the room came over as soon as we started to look around when finished. We were done with our meal and wanted our ticket but really not in a hurry. He immediately saw we wanted something. Very nice!!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant has been a favorite for years. We love the outdoor patio and they recently remodeled giving more seating, The beef faitas are great."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I personally found it too salty and the mole to be too dry. It was good quality food, and the service was pleasant but it was just not to my taste. Others in my party seemed very pleased with it."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "I am always happy with the food and service at Manuel's."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Nice dining atmosphere but some of the tables are crowded together and you don't get much privacy from neighboring tables. The food was pretty good, service a bit slow, perhaps due to 7pm Friday rush. Our group described the food as pretty good, kinda so-so, but we would give it another try on a future visit to Austin."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "This is our spot to introduce out-of-towners to good Mexican food - the menu has just enough variety of authentic dishes, they are well prepared and presented. Reliably good, we always have a great time."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "We were surprised to find they had remodeled since the last time we were there, which has been quite awhile, and the prices seemed to have increased as well. One of our favorites, Enchiladas Jaiba Suizas, (Crab Enchiladas) is now $28, which may or may not be worth it. Margaritas are still good, the service is great as usual and it's so convenient to Regal Cinema, where they show some great arthouse movies. Acoustics might be a bit distracting if you're looking for a quiet place for dinner or lunch."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "You can't go wrong with Manuel's - either location. I've been eating there for years and it never fails to please. My favorite dish is the Crab Nachos. Try them at Happy Hour for half price!"
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "food was good, quieter outside for conversation...although acorns were hitting us and our table."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Manuel's was loud and the food was mediocre. We are still looking for the first good Texmex experience in Austin."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "This was my first trip to the restaurant after a friend recommended it. I had the Tacos de Pescado. Usually, I expect to find a couple small nuggets of fish with lots of lettuce rolled in a tortilla, but these tacos were full of well flavored white fish. It actually filled me up! I didn't care for the chips and salsa really, but the queso was real cheese, which you don't see at most Mexican restaurants. Overall, a good experience!"
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "We went here for a co-worker's birthday. The service was excellent, the food was good and they give you a lot of it. I got the 10 dollar fajita tacos which were very large. This is a great place to go for groups such as pre-prom dinners and lunch outings, but it is not very romantic. I would not take a date here simply because it is loud and not good for one on one conversation. This is expected because it is a popular, trendy restaurant with lots of customers. I would recommend this restaurant to friends for its great service and food. Also, it is very easy to book a reservation online."
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "We are a group of 12 people, at least 8 dine together each Saturday night. Manuel's is a favorite because of the food and the service. On this occasion, the manager was most helpful when a member of our group that was surprised at the 'spicy' entree she chose. He handled her issues with dignity and graciousness."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Set a 7:15 reservation through Open Table, then called 10 min later to confirm with the host(ess). I was told it could not be confirmed. I asked if there's at least an opening for 7:15 for 6 and was told yes. I could tell the guy wasn't paying attention to me, because he told me they'd see me then, but never took my name. When my friends arrived just before me, they were told there was no reservation set and there would be a short wait for a table for 6. REALLY.. The manager apologized and was kind enough to bring out some appetizers. Beyond that we played a waiting game with our waitress the remainder of the evening. I ordered 1 margarita and was never offered another thing to drink for the rest of the evening. Good food, lousy service."
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "Fish Tacos - I asked if they were spicy and was told no. Pico on fish was spicy. Once I took it off I was left with a cold piece of fish in a tortilla. Asked for guac to put on the tacos. Came late after I'd eaten most of my taco. Chips have a strange taste. I was glad I could get a reservation for 14 easily but maybe it was easy because they were not full and it was Father's Day."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "We have a monthly team lunch and we selected this place based on some menu items that made us believe it might be a little different than the typical Austin Tex-Mex restaurantes. While the menu showed promise - what we actually got wasn't great. Everything was bland and not what we had hoped for. We had seven different dishes and not one was worth raving about - including the Mole, enchiladas suizas, camarones and the pork stuffed zuchinni. Even the guacamole appetizer wasn't spectacular. We've done the team lunch for 6-7 months now and this is probably the one we wouldn't consider going back to. We were at lunch so we didn't experience any of their drink menu which may change one's opinion."
    Dined on 6/6/2013
  • "I met some girlfriends for dinner. The food was outstanding! I had the spinach salad with chicken (minus the onions), it was so flavorful - and not spicy hot. Several Mexican restaurants think hot spicy is better. Excellent! all around - I'll be back soon with my hubby."
    Dined on 6/1/2013
  • "Dependably good. Consistently good waitstaff. Gorgeous patio."
    Dined on 5/20/2013
  • "The food was fresh and the presentation of the food was appealing. I had skewered shrimp with vegetables which was colorful and spicy. Two others at our table had the pork stuffed zuchinni which was artfully presented on the plate. The two in our group who had stiffed zuchinni said it was tasty, but did not have enough pork."
    Dined on 4/30/2013
  • "Great food. Love the outdoor dining in the brief window of time that outdoor dining is feasible in Austin :-) The servers were a bit inattentive, but that maybe because we were a party of 8."
    Dined on 4/16/2013
  • "Had a wonderful time last night on a Mom's Night Out at Manuel's. They treated us beautifully, took care of us, and made sure we had a great time. The food was great and the restaurant fun. I'll be back for sure!"
    Dined on 3/22/2013
  • "good, but not great...must have gone on a crowded night! crazy crowded, reservations, but had to sit a chair at the end of a booth. wait staff definitely overwhelmed!"
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "We have always loved Manuel's because the food is consistently good. Our reservation was for 7:00 on Saturday night and even though the restaurant was very crowded, with people waiting outside, we were shown to our reserved table immediately. Then, we got menus and gave the waitress our drink order and she did not come back for another twenty minutes. When she did finally return, she apologized and said the bar was really "backed up." Sensing our unhappiness, she went and got the two soda orders herself. Five or more minutes later she appeared with a glass of wine and then on her third trip back she brought our limeade. The waitress was nice but waiting 30 minutes to get your drink order completed is totally unacceptable."
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "This restaurant has no Kids menu. Consider this when making a reservation for family or friends BD celebrations. I liked very much the food, but I was a little frustrated with the service."
    Dined on 3/9/2013