Manalu Italian Restaurant
Fabulous food! Awesome wine! Great waiter who brought us after dinner lemoncello cream cocktail. Excellent! Would go back. Would highly recommend
Family owned and operated. You need a reservation all the time.
Always, always great! This is our favorite place among all the great Frederick restaurants. Although a little out of the way and not downtown, it is more than worth the trip to the edge of Frederick. The food is always great and service equally outstanding. Great Mother's Day dinner
My daughter and I have been here a few times. It is a hidden gem in Frederick. We decided to take my parents there for Mother's day. The service was a bit slow but understandable because they were super busy. However, the food was very good and my parents were happy.
Great food in a comfortable environment.. I've eaten at least a dozen times here and food and service are always outstanding. Save room for dessert.
Great food, great atmosphere and wonderful owners who car about your dining experience
FIRTS TIME -
Though located in a strip shopping center - proved the adage - CAN'T TELL A BOOK BY IT'S COVER -
Despite Sat. nite before Mother's Day and very crowded - service a little slow -
food was very good - Waiter Jairo [sp?]; extremely helpful and very personable. Wine list for basically RED lovers only.
WILL RETURN -
* RESERVATIONS A MUST!
The wine list is extensive and thorough! The calamari appetizer was delicious and fresh! The shrimp parmigiana was amazing, and the profiteroles for dessert were the perfect balance of sweet cream and chocolate! Just enough, and not too much! I would definitely come back to try more of their menu!
This is a must try! The food is incredible and the service is impeccable! From the moment you walk in the door you are greeted by a friendly host/hostess and it only gets better from there! The owner and his entire staff wants to ensure you have a true authentic Italian meal made with love and attention to detail. Please try the Marcocello, the owners version of a lemoncello. Every dish I have tried has been perfection!
As an American Sicilian Italian traveling, I appreciate excellent authentic Italian food that’s like Family home cooked. Owner & Chef Marco is a very gracious host greeting Guests at their table and will prepare your meal to your request. I look forward to a Dinner at Manalu when I travel to Frederick.
Love this place. Staff is great and the owner is amazing. Marco is not only an owner but a leader for the entire staff. Well trained team and the food is amazing, save room for dessert, you will appreciate it.
We've been to Manalu several times and it is always good. We will always go when we have a chance.
Always wonderful food and great service. I love coming here and I will continue to do so.
Food was excellent! We enjpy ypour estaurant and recommend it to family and friends!
Amazing food and great service. Owner/chef was so friendly. Highly recommend, I've already made plans to go back!
The family atmosphere makes for a very welcoming dining experience, from the initial greeting at the door to the owner/chef's addressing all of his patrons. Can't say enough about this wonderful place, its employees, owners and overall dining experience are superb to say the least!
Second time celebrating my anniversary with my girlfriend at this restaurant. It couldn’t have been better. Attentive wait staff and Marco, the owner, personally visits his guests. The ravioli special my girlfriend had was “the best meal she has ever had”.
Not local? Make the trip but make reservations- you won’t be disappointed.
Amazing as always! The owners and staff all are terrific, the food is phenomenal, great wine list, and deserts are a must.
We enjoyed outstanding Italian food including salad, pasta, meat, vegetables, and dessert as well as a tasty glass of wine. The service was excellent. We look forward to eating here again.
We went here for our anniversary. As always the food was excellent! I have ordered the special every time; maybe one day I’ll actually order from the menu. Everything looks so good.
Had a wonderful dinner with the kids. Menu has something for everyone. We had classic pasta dishes, the kids enjoyed mussels with white wine and garlic sauce, roasted veggies, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken tenders with fries and of course 2 baskets of their delicious bread for dipping. Calamari and a Caprese salad was a great start. There is always room for dessert and there are many to choose from so everyone leaves happy!
I love Manalu! It's my favorite Italian restaurant in Frederick.
Our meal was delicious but we were not excited about the wine selection. It was all Italian which we are not that familiar with so it would be nice to have some fall back California wines.
Overall the Manalu dining experience was pleasant. The atmosphere/ambiance is warm and relaxing. The staff was friendly and attentive. There was a small feeling of being rushed but it may have just been the busy Saturday night crowd.
Great for a lunch or dinner date
This is one of the best Italian restaurants in the Frederick Maryland area. The eggplant dishes I have tried are quite good. The angel hair pasta was also great.
Outstanding as always!
It was very good and they made it special for my wife’s birthday. Great atmosphere,service and food. Try one of their pizzas out if their special pizza oven. Excellent!
Food and service was excellent. Would highly recommend
Marco and his team always delivers. Great place for a pizza and salad or full meal. Active bar good value wine options
Would I recommend Manalu??? I recommend them to friends and relatives everyday. I cannot say enough about how tasty the food is, and how it seems to taste better each time I go. The wine list is a oenophile's dream...Marco, the chef and owner with his bride Lucia provide that Italian down-home ambiance that makes you feel comfortable in an elegant setting.
I LOVE Manalu’s and am already going back for my daughters birthday!!!!!
Manalu never disappoints- excellent Italian food!
Not locals, we finally decided to make the trip and found a treasure! The menu is extensive with a wide variety of pasta and sauces, veal, chicken and fish dishes. The wine list is extensive. We started with the house Chianti (nice and dry) and tomato bruschetta (best ever). We decided on traditional items of cheese ravioli with sausage and meatballs, house salad and limoncello flutes (lemon gelato with limoncello swirl - heavenly) for dessert. And we home leftovers and pizza, thin crust, with enough topping choices for everyone. The staff was courteous, friendly and the owners, Marco and Lucia, made us feel like family! Will we return? Absolutely, but probably not during Friday evening rush hour. The price is very reasonable and reservations a must.
Excellent service. We are never disappointed. Great , fresh food.
Great place. Food and service were great. Authentic. Recommendations from waiter were spot on.
I love this restaurant, no matter what day it is, reservations are a good idea! It is always packed. The chef/owner always come out to greet everyone
Amazing atmosphere, service and delicious food for a reasonable price. Nuff said!
The food at Manalu is excellent, never have I had a bad meal. It is quite pricey though for Italian food. I took a family of 5 to lunch and my bill was very high. Possibly having lunch prices would be a good idea.
The food is outstanding but needs to add few more veal to the dish