Manchego

4.8
718 Reviews
$30 and under
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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What 718 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SofiaZ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Let me start off by saying... the food is amazing, the service is superb and overall will be coming back many more times. That being said, the table where we were seated was not the best table, and we were constantly interrupted by the noise of passing cars on the street. I understand that COVID-19 has impacted many businesses drastically so they are doing the best that they can, but I would definitely recommend indoors versus outdoors simply because of the noise that the outdoor dining experience offered. Other than the noise however, the place is amazing and a real gem of the Santa Monica area! :))

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JaneR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here 1/2 dozen times and we enjoy it every time. We have never been disappointed. I love food and these dishes are excellent !! The staff was very helpful allowing us to try 4 different wines before choosing. My favorite dishes are the lamb chops, the short ribs (super) and the shrimp and the date/cheese wrap and the brussel sprouts...that was our desert. The ambience is traditional Spanish. 10 stars for all of it.

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2hungryppl
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was great here, we enjoyed all the tapas we ordered as well as churros con chocolate for dessert. Our only complaint would be the service, we did make a reservation for 3pm for 2 people and we were not sat until about 3:40. We were then informed the kitchen was closing and handed a menu. We felt awful and considered leaving, but decided to stay since others were also still ordering food. We felt very rushed and feel that if our table had been ready at our reservation time we would not have had such a varied experience.

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Enjoydiningout
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the cheeses and pretty much everything at Manchego! The dish with the goat cheese and dates and honey is delicious and I recommend it as more if a dessert at the end of the meal. It’s a fun place to share tapas and the happy hour drink prices are attractive.

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PatriciaG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Awesome outside experience, great customer service

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JaneenO
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely brunch spot on a Saturday morning. Delicious tapas.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect ambiance for a date or if you want to meet up with friends and have some tapas with wine. Will definitely be returning soon

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vipbirthdaydiner
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Was wanting some good papas bravas after another place had disappointed me. Was not disappointed here! Great wine, relaxed. Took some home too!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff. Very personable service.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch and tapas! I highly suggest the short rib and lamb chop, you won’t regret it!

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LouC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service! Totally recommended! !

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Jivanto
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, lovely ambiance, and stellar team service. A must-visit while in Santa Monica— we’ll certainly be back!

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vipChrissy
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place... it’s one of our few go-to’s because the food and service are always great!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Been here 100 times. LOVE the food! Great date spot

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cute brunch spot! Endless mimosas

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CarlosC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good food and service. I will recommend this place to all my friends.

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vipccEats
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was great. I truly love Spanish food, and they did not disappoint. I liked how they distanced the tables. It would’ve been nice if they’d turned on the heat lamps the first time we requested it, but they eventually did. I would return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manchego is the always the best!! The food, the service, and the ambience have always met if not exceeded my expectations. I’ve been a loyal customer since the beginning, and the owner makes sure to say “Hi” and chats whenever he sees me. Makes me feel extra special and appreciated. So glad they survived covid, as many spots have not. Will continue to come back. Thanks, Ash!

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vipDecart
London
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Braised short ribs were out of this world!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time my boyfriend and I have gone to Manchego and we were just as thrilled with our experience as we were when we first discovered this adorable spot. The food was incredible and fairly priced, the staff was helpful and attentive while still giving us enough privacy for our date, and it's located in walking distance to the beach which makes for a perfect stroll to work off the calories. Every server is always masked and wearing a visor which was very much appreciated and which made us feel comfortable enough to fully relax and enjoy our night. I cannot recommend this spot enough and is now my and my boyfriend's official date night spot!

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ElizabethC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Even though the service was terrible (from our specific waiter, the rest of the staff was great), the food and wine were amazing and I would still highly recommend based on that alone. The restaurant did its best to amp up the street side tables with cute decor, and it was actually quite romantic even under the covid circumstances.

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MitchellR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, incredible food, great atmosphere, kind and attentive staff

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful music and delightful service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was so nice!

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BrianR
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is great but be prepared for some interesting local flavor asleep on the sidewalk next to your table.

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FrancesB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and sangria at Manchego never disappoint. This was the first time I have eaten there since the shut down and the food was as good as ever.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it will definitely come back

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vipwinelover
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Might be a bit understaffed but the server did a great job once some tables cleared. Small but tasty brunch menu. They've opened up to more outdoor seating for covid regs (essentially the bike line). Brunch items are a good size and moderately priced. The tapas are pricey for the portion size. Meats and cheeses are of great quality.

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vipKathleenB
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Visiting the outdoor curbside dining at Manchego is lovely ~ though we do miss the charming indoor space and back patio closed for Covid restrictions. Try the Branzino ~ OUTSTANDING!

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vipAria
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Amazing food! I highly recommend to people visiting or for people who live in the area. My husband id from Spain and although the food is more Spanish fusion than authentic Spanish food, it tasted amazing, him and I had a great time. The happy hour prices are good, everyone should check them out!

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michelleb
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

only because of covid 19 we were outside. But I'd go again.

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Dinner42
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tapas, great wine list, and I love the outdoor seating now! Manchego doesn’t not disappoint

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Leanna
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Such a cute spot in Santa Monica!! The food was great and the sangria was also amazing! Will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is our go-to local spot! Amazing and unique tapas, good service. Don’t miss the fig toast dish, it’s the best one on the menu!

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EricaB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am so happy with what Manchego has done with their Al Fresco dining. The food and service have always been good, but they didn't let COVID take them down.

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KristiB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was perfect except for the crazy lady at the table next to us that kept getting out of her seat and engaging with the people on the sidewalk and exclaiming her political views to anyone who would listen. Thankfully the staff brought her table the check right after serving their dinner, LOL. Outside seating during the pandemic, not their fault and they handled it very gracefully. The Iberian ham saw mind bowing, I highly recommend asking for it as it’s not on their current menu. Also the Acoustic Rose was SO good and organic to boot. The food never disappoints at Manchego. I’m grateful this neighborhood gem is still in business and we locals indent to keep it that way!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We came here with high expectations and were disappointed. The food is not at all traditional
Spanish and rather expensive. For the value I will go to another restaurant with a nicer view and better food

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was very good! Food amazing like always. The only thing is that the menu is shorter now and we were looking forward to getting the empanadas. The other thing is that at some point a homeless person came to our table and it was very uncomfortable. Would be great if the space could be more enclosed so customers can feel safe and with more privacy.

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EricF
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

If you know Spanish food, you will be disappointed. Expensive and tapas are not good. Croquetas taste like flour, shrimp had no taste. Typical bluff

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NoraG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience! Food 10/10

FAQs

Manchego is rated 4.8 stars by 718 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.