Manuel's Great Hills

Manuel's Great Hills

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.manuels.com/
  • Phone: 5123451042
  • 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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  • Parking: Street Parking
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
Manuel's Great Hills reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (17)fit for foodies (12)neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (9)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (4)romantic (4)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)special occasion (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • First time visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Five adults were in our party and we enjoyed the food very much. It will be one of our favorite restaurants to visit. We have only lived in the Leander area a year.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food!
    JustinW
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Warning, the food was so good that I overate. The specialty drinks are very good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great but...
    Reggie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Service was terrible for a party of two. The place was 80% empty but it took forever to receive our soup and salsa/chips. By the time the soup was served (no spoon given to eat it with), they simoultaneously brought the entree and the chips and salsa. We couldn't eat all 3 at once so it was problematic that they weren't served in order. The original waitress finally returned after all the food was brought very late (20 min for an empty restaurant) to apologize for being late.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent experience
    Foodforall
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    All around a perfect dinner experience. The food was amazing, starting from presentation to each bite. Loved that fresh ingredients are used. Drink were great as well! So happy to have finally found a great place for dinner in North Austin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous authentic Mexican food
    Howdyyinz
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite!
    Twoboysmomma
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Patio
    PattiVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ARW 2014
    Christina
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 172 reviews are from the Manuel's Great Hills reviews archive.
  • solid dependable eatery
    FoodieX4VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy going to Manuels,
    PattiVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I really like this restaurant, the food has been really good all the times I have been there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud and underrated
    HighwaterCowboy
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not good. Poor value.
    imachef
    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).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A go-to pace
    spasbVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd time was not a charm
    Bill
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Two Visits in Two Weeks
    Canadianna
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    ..but a little noisy at rush hour. I would suggest a reservation as it was quite busy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    PattiVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food... Not so good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Made our reservations early
    NathanSandy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Judy
    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!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite
    PattiVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty good.
    Cygnus
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    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.
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  • Excellent as usual!
    TimL
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    I am always happy with the food and service at Manuel's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good, not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go-To Mexican
    AVAustx
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable but a bit expensive
    SunglassesQueen
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    PartyOf4
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food was good, quieter outside
    JRL4
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    food was good, quieter outside for conversation...although acorns were hitting us and our table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    MissingTexmex
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Manuel's was loud and the food was mediocre. We are still looking for the first good Texmex experience in Austin.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    BadMutha
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    Laurie
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable
    austinpoma1
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unpleasant Experience - needs work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Manuel's Great Hills
    Nanner99
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so good interior mexican food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner outing!
    Sheba
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • One of the best!
    LongtimeResident
    Dined on 5/20/2013
    Dependably good. Consistently good waitstaff. Gorgeous patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch
    Schweenie
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Love the outdoor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet