Suisun Valley Gem
First experience at this establishment & (pre) Mother's Day. The parking is roadside, so drive slow upon your approach as it is nestled at a crossroads ;0)
We were greeted & immediately brought to our table. Set up was clean, crisp & accommodating for a party of 9 (6 adults/3 kids). Nice wine selection, local Riesling-Yum! And the bread baskets were never ending.
Sweet Potato Fries: Very Sweet!
Fried Calamari: Yes! Dont leave the peppercini's behind!
Mac & Cheese with Maine Lobster: Very cheesy & tasty
Ahi Tuna Tartare - Yes!
Butter Lettuce Salad, Wedge Salad & Mankas House Salad w/ Shrimp - Yes!
Filet Mignon (both sizes) - Yes!
Ribeye - made to order (med rare) - No dessert - too full.
staff were excellent & helpful (see Ricardo).
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Have eaten there twice now
Have eaten there twice now and have enjoyed both meals. Very good staff; they really care about their service and that you enjoy your meal.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Mothers Day Dinner!!!!
We had a great dinner on Mothers Day. This is a really nice restaurant in Suisun Valley and we always enjoy the delicious food, excellent service and comfortable atmosphere. we will be back soon!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic service !
We had a great waiter named Jonathon who conversed with us and others who kept our table moving. The menu and food were easy to choose and sooooooooo delicious.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
lovely evening dining outdoors
My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Mankas last Sunday evening and had a wonderful time. The food and drink were excellent and the service was perfect. Will come back when in the area again.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
diamond in the ruff
Never new it was there. The food was awesome service excellent. And it was very quite. Great wine list too
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Out of town fun
We have lived in the area for almost 40 years and have seen this spot go through many changes and venues. This latest is the most upscale. However, we still think of it as "country" and it may be a little too much for the area, not withstanding the growing "upscale" wine businesses, it is still rural, and Solano county is still considered the low end of the Bay Area. We wish them success.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My girlfriend and I had a really great evening "meal" at Mankas. We had some delicious tuna tar tar, a salad that she had before but that was not on the menu that evening, and a chocolate lave cake. We are more beer people and they allowed us to bring some of our own along, the only stipulation was they were "local", just like all their ingredients that come from the surrounding valley of farms and wineries. Our server was in a great mood and was really cool. We sat outside on a beautiful California evening, and we are both very much looking forward to a return trip. Lastly... I think it speaks volumes for the kitchen crew to whip something up that wasn't on the current menu.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Pleasant Evening
The dinner tasted great. The wine recommendation from the bar tender was fabulous. We dined outside on a pleasant evening. The only complaint I had was that the dessert did not taste good, otherwise, everything was perfect.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Wonderful Anniversary Evening!
We enjoyed every moment of our time at Mankas Steakhouse. The service was superb and the food delicious. The lobster bisque was the best I've ever had with large chucks of lobster. We shared a meal and still had some left over so portions were generous. We definitely would go back again. Thanks to Tim for seeing to our pleasure at his restaurant. And a special thanks to our daughter Leigh Ann for finding this gem of a restaurant.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Spot for a Special Dinner
My husband and I dined here for my birthday. The outdoor seating was very pleasant and the staff were attentive. The menu is clearly focused on local and fresh ingredients. Small minus: my husband's steak was more well done than the way he ordered it. Overall, it's a place I would recommend to other couples looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always very good.
Lovely restaurant with small town feel and very upscale dining. welcoming and warm staff. The Chef really cares about your experience. I always highly recommend this place for a very good dining experience. I send many of my customers to Mankas.
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I decided to try this restaurant for the FIRST time while celebrating our 7 year wedding anniversary!!! The service was IMMACULATE and the food was out of this world!!! We ordered the shrimp chorizo and fried calamari for apps; my wife ordered the slow braised beef tips and I ordered the dry rub baby back ribs. To say that we enjoyed our food is an understatement! We LOVE the food! By the time we got home, all we could talk about was the great time we had at Mankas! The staff was very exceptional and professional! They all deserve a raise!!! One of the best dining experiences we've ever had! We're gong back very soon!!!
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fine dining in Suisun
We love Mankas. One of the few fine-dining joints in the area. The outdoor dining area is wonderful. We enjoyed our menu choices, and brought our own bottle of Vezer wine to enjoy with dinner. The waiter was a little overwhelmed, but was pleasant and tried his best. I love taking family and friends here - it's a great little spot!
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had been wanting to try this place for a while and went on a Tuesday night which happened to be "Ladies Night". They had some great specials. Fresh lemon drops, good local Chardonnay. Yummy tempura bass and bruschetta appetizers and probably the best roasted beet salad that I ever had. Ended with a local cheesecake with fresh strawberry puree. Quaint location and they even had live music. Can't wait to return!!
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were there for our 20th Anniversary. I love the ambiance there. It's only minutes outside Fairfield but you feel like your in Napa. The service and the food are top notch. Everything was delicious starting with the smoked salmon and tuna tartar appetizers. My husband loved the Mankas salad and I really enjoyed the beet salad. The ribeye and the filet we had were cooked perfectly and the vegetables were amazing. We even got a complimentary peach cobbler. We will dine again!
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent menu and specials.
Excellent menu and specials. Food outstanding! It was a very warm evening and the dining room tempature was equally as warm. Air conditioning system needs improvement.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mankas Sreakhouse is in the country surrounded by vineyards. Good food. A great 'get away' place.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food... Best steak we
Great food... Best steak we have had in a long time.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch menu is fantastic. Excellent, friendly service.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had dinner this past Friday
We had dinner this past Friday night at Manka's Steakhouse. We had the tuna tartar and smoked salmon appetizers. Both were very good. I had the filet mignon and my wife had the penne pasta. My steak was done perfectly and was one of the best I have had. My wife enjoyed her pasta as well. The service was very good and I look forward to returning to this restaurant.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local restaurant
We travel to Napa for our special occasion dining, but we have found a restaurant which rivals those restaurants right here in Solano County. Our first experience with the Mankas Steakhouse was excellent. The outstanding food and great service combined for a wonderful evening. We had been to this location before when it was operated as another establishment, so we didn't know what to expect, but we were very pleased with our dining experience. I would recommend the Mankas Steakhouse to anyone looking for a top notch restaurant.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a party of 4. Making the reservation was easy.
We had the tuna tartar and calamari for appetizer. The calamari was wonderful. The tuna tartar balls, however, were tiny and forgettable.
The main dishes were just great. We had a ribeye steak, a lamb shank and 2 filet mignons. Absolutely tender and delicious.
The delicious bread I read about on some reviews was a little disappointing though. Must be an off night.
In the reservation I asked for a little something after the meal for my son's birthday. They brought out a scoop of ice cream with candle, and a small extremely delicious chocolate cake. It was just enough for us. I don't think they charged us for it.
Our waiter was wonderful. The bill was a bit pricy but expected.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time dining at Mankas. The food was delicious, the staff was wonderful and the outside dining area was beautiful. We will definitely return and bring more friends.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food-VERY SLOW SERVICE
Got drinks and salads promptly, then waited 30 minutes for entree.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect date night
My husband travels a lot we recently had dinner here. It was a Monday night we decided to sit outside. It was a slower night and had the whole patio to ourself all night, It was wonderfully romantic and quiet. The food was perfect as always, my husband is very picky and if he doesn't like a place we generally don't ever go back. Needless to say he loved everything! Especially the lobster macaroni. The server was very attentive and knowledgable and attentive. I love this place an we will absolutely be back.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to Mankas Steakhouse for a special occasion and was not disappointed. Excellent food, great service and a wonderful local wine list. Lovely gardens next store at the wine tasting room. Start out there and then move into the restaurant for a lovely afternoon or evening. I definitely will be going back.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A sophisticated restaurant
The ONLY sophisticated restaurant in Solano County. I live in the Bay Area and am happy to have a place to eat great food after work in Solano County. This week 6 of us ate dinner out on the patio in the fresh air of Solano's wine country. Two of us had the half rack of baby back ribs. Yum! Mankas has figured out a way for diners to enjoy the fall-off-the-bone enjoyment of ribs without needing two bibs - by using a dry rub and serving the bbq sauce on the side. Service is good. Mixed drinks were a tad weak. Dinner portions were generous. Wish the owners would start another restaurant so there would be two places in the county.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Welcoming and delicious
I and vendors I've brought here always enjoy the food. My office is not far away so I visit for lunch and the occasional after work gatherings with colleagues and friends. The staff is nice and attentive. I've tried a large portion of the menu and can't recall a dish I didn't like. The steak is moist, melt in your mouth tender, and delicious.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gourmet dining in the Suisun Valley
Outdoor tables are well-sheltered and have a fireplace view. Indoors at entry level you may choose between tables or the bar, and the downstairs room is spacious enough for large tables if you have a group. Service is attentive and friendly without being obsequious. I don't usually write reviews, but Mankas Steakhouse deserves a good one. Their lobster bisque is served as large chunks of lobster in a bowl, the bisque poured over them at tableside. The filet mignon has been consistently excellent--flavorful, tender, and lean, and cooked the way you order it.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a party!
I hosted a luncheon for a friend's birthday and everything was wonderful.
Eli was an energetic waiter and Mr. Gill (the owner) was very attentive to our needs.
The luncheon selection is small, but has offerings for every taste.
Great value when you purchase wines from the Vezer winery adjacent ot the resturant; no corkage fee!
Prior to this luncheon, I dined al fresco on the quaint patio and when the temps allowed.
Superb food and great ambience for dining in or outdoors!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff at Mankas made our group of 6 feel welcome. They were very accomodating when we showed up a little earlier than our reservation time. The meals were very good (3 of us had the lamb shank which was perfect) and the desserts were also very good. We all recomment Mankas.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem of Suisun Valley
My wife and I enjoyed the food, I had the rib eye and the chef did a great job on the steak it was cooked perfect. My wife had scallops and she really enjoyed her food. The scallops were seared perfectly on a cauliflower chopped like rice bed. Very tasty. The dinning room was nosey and I wish we went to the patio that had a nice fire place. We live about in the middle between Napa and Suisun Valley, my preference would be to go to Mankas Coroners for it rivals The Napa Valley restaurants. Waving the corkage fee for Suisun Valley wine
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, very good food, and close to home. They use a lot of local produce on their menu items.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quaint and Lovely
It was our anniversary dinner and also included our two school aged girls. Outdoor seating was perfect, casual and rustic. It was a beautiful night. It was quiet in the restaurant since it was a Monday night. Our server was attentive, friendly, but not overbearing-just right. Food came out hot and delicious. My girls loved their experience and we all came away satisfied.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mankas Never Disappoints
My friends and I had a wonderful lunch dining experience. The appetizers of sautéed tiger shrimp and different meats/cheeses/nuts tray was delicious. My salad with steak (cooked to perfection) was scrumptious. The Bordello wine paired really well with everything. Last but not least - that decadent lava chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream - ending with a great latte. Wow is all I can say. Kudos to the chef and all the servers. Can't wait to go back!!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Dining Experience!
Loved the ambiance and the food was amazing. Other reviewers had commented on the slow service, but the "slow" service was wonderful. The service reminded me more of my dining experiences in Germany where the diner is meant to enjoy the food and the company of their dining companions. Don't go there if you're in a hurry. I don't think they even started cooking our dinner until after they had cleared our table of our appetizers which improved the experience because I didn't feel overly full and rushed to finish for the next course. Excellent list of local wines and beers. We will definitely be returning!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Napa Dinner without going to Napa
The food was well prepared, great flavors, well presented.
I had the filet, it was cooked perfectly . They had a veal osso bucco that was perfectly seasoned with and orange flavor and it just fell off the bone. My husband enjoyed it completely.
The service was excellent. We sat at the bar but all the waitstaff said hello, asked where we were from and asked us questions about New England. The while staff was friendly but not intrusive.
We are staying in American Canyon, the next day I told the front desk staff how much we enjoyed the meal and the restaurant so that they could recommend it. Excellent. Would go back.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Food Even better service.
Really good steak absolutely spectacular service. Tim took real good care of us.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Suisun Valley Fine Dining
Best fried calamari around, Ossobuco special was excellent, Filet Mignon with sweet potato fries off the all day menu was also excellent. Great cocktails & wine list.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We read reviews, most of which were very positive. It was a special occasion of weekend wine country tourism with hubby and his parents. They are wine enthusiasts so I hoped they'd be wow'd by Mankas' wine list at least. Well, we were Super Happy with not only the vino but also the wonderful food, service, special attention from our server and the bar manager. Dessert was equally amazing. We will definitely return and have already recommended this place to family and friends.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Diamond in the rough
We have been wanting to try this restaurant for a long time. We were surprised at how wonderfully designed the restaurant was. The decor was beautiful! The staff was very friendly and the food overall was delicious. I would not recommend the French Dip though. It was dry and boring it they put some Gruyer and Carmelized onions on it it would have been alot better. The bone marrow app was delicious and the ribs were also delicious. We were just disapointed that we were not told of the daily specials. We didn't even know there were specials that day until we heard the owner telling the table next to ours what they were when they were seated. I would have deffinately ordered from the specials had I know.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service with a smile
Tim runs the front of the house and he does a spectacular job doing it. He remembers my name and my wifes and seats us at ths same table that I like each time we make a reservation or not. His wait staff always are very friendly. Pete runs the back of the house and has an outstanding menu. He changes it with the seasons and uses local fruits and vegetables. His culinary skills are some of the best. The wine list is good. It showcase many of the local vineyards and if you bring in a bottle of wine with you from a local vineyard the corkage fee is waived.
This restaurant is a little out of the way and on busy nights parking can be an issue but I highly recommend Mankus!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is the second time I
This is the second time I have had Mankas Steakhouse serve a large group (this one was 10 for dinner, the other was 15 for lunch). They always do an amazing job!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth a try
Decent place for dinner in Fairfield. Have been here three times and each time has been a fairly good experience in terms of service and food quality. Definitely worth trying if you're tired of the chain restaurants that Solano County has to offer! Will defintely come back again!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Something for everyone
My dinner included lobster bisque as a starter--excellent--then moved to the filet mignon, which was excellent, too. My main course included a roasted acorn squash which was good, but the table spoon portion left you hungry for more. If you are a potato fan, opt for a baked potato rather than the scallop potatoes. Desert--the chocolate moulton cake was fabulous! The only thing better would have been a second one. I enjoyed a local barbera wine, which complimented my meal throughout.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still a favorite.
This out-of-the-way gem shines, though we were a bit disappointed this time that the five spice quail was no longer an option. The service was excellent as always. We did wait a bit for our second drink, but it was good to see the restaurant so busy. It remains my personal favorite!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
great rib eye
There were 6 of us and we all had excellent food and service, The meat was cooked perfectly and was seasoned deliciously. We also had some salads - fresh and tasty, and a fruit crumble dessert - very good.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dining with Friends
The eight of us come from various locations both in Ca and Oregon. We enjoyed the ambience, the food, the server, and the wine list.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was our first time dining at Mankas. Food was wonderful.
12/14/2013 4:00:00 PM