Manchego

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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Manchego also offers walk-ins!

Manchego is a Spanish Tapas restaurant in Santa Monica that focuses on delicious small plates and a cozy atmosphere. We recently relocated a few doors down, to a larger space with a romantic patio in the back.

Manchego has always been one of the best kept secrets in Santa Monica, and now locals can enjoy our bigger, more accommodating space that offers outside dining on our beautiful patio. Always a great spot for romantic dates or meeting up with friends and family.

We also added a specially curated Spanish wine list that offers mainly small-production, unique wines. Our Spanish wine distributor spends his time traveling the Spanish countryside, sourcing hard to find wines from small, mom-and-pop wineries. The wine list also includes a few South American selections and a great local, organic wine.

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NoraG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience! Food 10/10

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BeatrizT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

There are only a couple of Spanish restaurants in Los Angeles, so it’s always exciting to go to Manchego for authentic Spanish cuisine. However, with how authentic their food is, and even using old chairs from clubs and homes in Spain, I find it disappointing that they serve “Americanized” churros instead of authentic Spanish churros. Well done on everything else though!

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DistinctDiner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The meal was okay. This restaurant seems like an Americanized version of a Spanish restaurant. The food was solid, but nothing distinct. Looking at the clientele, it seemed a bit like a tourist attraction.

To be honest, my wife and I were rather disappointed. We had wanted to try this restaurant, and after dining there we want to now advise our friends to avoid it.

I'm not sure if our hopes were too high. Or if this restaurant doesn't have high standards.

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food,can't complain,. Went to Spain last year and the food here is spot on. Braised short ribs, recommended and the Gambas.

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VRob
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed the ambience and food. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented.

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ARFY
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Love the small plates. Great for happy hour. Have a pitcher of sangria with your meal. Attentive service and dog friendly!

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vipAlexandra
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Outside dining on the sidewalk & part of the street with traffic passing by. One of the chairs given was broken & when brought to their attention, they said, “We don’t have any more chairs.” Yet, looking around there were empty tables & couldn’t be bothered to give an unbroken chair. Music was terrible. It’s a tapas place that was playing Zapp&Roger. Really? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good band but not the right setting for it, in my opinion. I pulled up YouTube for Spanish guitar/Flamenco songs & played it at my table. Food was tasty such as the jamon wrapped dates, fig&goat cheese tostado and churros with chocolate. Probably won’t return, though.

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JayN
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved the outdoor seating. Our waitress hooked us up with bottomless sangria even though we missed happy hour. The food overall was great. The meatballs were a miss, but everything else was delicious. The charcuterie boards with all the jamon were definitely a highlight.

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vipSuzanneT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Dining in street was interesting but understandable! Will let all know how great food and service is :)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food, perfect staff, will come back for sure :)

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SergioF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience3

First time... staff was friendly. Due to COVID-19 I was looking for an outside romantic place for our date.
Let’s just say, The description about the outside dinning area had lot of literary freedom.... LOL. It’s on the street in the closed off parking meters area in front of the restaurant. We ended up leaving after a few taps and going somewhere more romantic.

Currently, NOT A GREAT DATE SPOT!

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sapiopalate
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We order four different appetizers, all were very good. Additionally, the entrees were excellent. true Hanger Steak, Branzino, Short Ribs. All cooked to perfection. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

The food is outstanding. However, I went twice to this restaurant: once with a friend between Happy Hour and peak dinner time, about 5:30. The second, with my girlfriend for her birthday around 7pm. The service was so terrible and slow that we ended up having to cancel part of our order because we had to leave. And this was after waiting over 45 minutes since finishing our previous course. Additionally, the wait staff hardly comes to check on you, making it so that you have to try to flag someone down just about any time you want more water or to order another course.... at a TAPAS place. The bad service happened both times I was there, so I doubt it was an isolated thing. The tough part is that the food is so good that it might justify going back, but the service is downright terrible.

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LauraB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

My spouse is from Spain...I have been to Barcelona a few times...so I am very familiar with Spanish tapas. It was fantastic to find a restaurant serving some of my favorites. The lamb chops were amazing! I love the Spanish red wines and the variety on their menu. The drawback was that the seating was out on the street (due to COVID restrictions) and I was sat next to the concrete divider. The service was friendly but quite slow. I would recommend this restaurant to anybody wishing to try Spanish tapas, and for those who enjoy them. I would go back.

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NicoleG
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place!!!! Sooo good I will he back !!!!!

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KellyM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so delicious! I felt very safe eating there, tables were spaced out, staff wearing face shields, hand sanitizer everything. The food is always incredible here!

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CruisePlanner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Truly felt like I was in Spain again. Delish tapas, crisp white wine, dining on street...

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AdrianB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everybody was very courteous. The restaurant was very clean. The food was amazing! Will definitely be back.

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Megan
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! The owner and staff are incredibly personable and always provide a consistently wonderful experience.

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vipBernardA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious tapas am fresco.

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JodieD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great wine! Great shareable plates! Great music!

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vipMindaM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find! Loved the tapas and sangria!

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NancyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment when we go. Always excellent service and the food is awesome

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vipLeoluxuk
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The 'outside' area in the back of the place is hardly outside.. yikes! Not as good as it used to be. Some of the dishes were very oily.

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vipRickW
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The back patio is fantastic. Very casual and romantic. Ambiance and Sangria = amor!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Review during re-opening during pandemic:

Everything was clean, tables were more than 6 feet apart and only 2 people by table.

We went during happy hour: excellent tapas, the sangria was great.

The staff was really nice, polite. I really recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolute great time here! Will be recommending to all of my friends.

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RosemaryR
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience with a wonderful staff. Thank you!

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JennifS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It felt like we were back in Barcelona! Like all Tapas, gets pricey fast, but they have a great Happy Hour!

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vipEvanR
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much!

Food is wonderful. Staff is kind and attentive.

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AllisonK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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FABULOUS!!!!

Best happy hour on Main Street!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. We came for happy hour. One of the best in Santa Monica. We will be back! Great service too.

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Kiki
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All is good but the food was overall all a bit too salty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Spanish fare with a good wine selection

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BrBb
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere, friendly staff and great happy hour!

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Grecia
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tapas place! The food, drinks, staff and ambiance are all amazing. I would recommend this place 100%, if you don’t like to wait make sure to make a reservation.

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Courtneyo
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I have heard so many beautiful things about this place. I think we hit a bad night with a new or substitute chef.
Our kale salad was delicious. The shishitos were greasy, which could have been overlooked. When it came to the Brussel sprouts, we imagine the chef accidentally poured far too much vinegar. It completely overwhelmed the dish and soured our stomachs. We would give it a seconds chance based on the ambiance.
This is one of the few places on Main Street that we found was not dog friendly.

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DeborahD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, charming location, attentive service, all for a very reasonable price! A total win. My friends were impressed with my choice :)

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RossF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our meal at Manchego. Our server was great. The only issue seemed to be that the tables on the patio were very wobbly and nearly dumped out drinks several times.

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Leluke
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My partner and I went to Manchego for their birthday and although Tapas were great there is very little room inside the restaurant

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