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Manolo's Restaurant

194 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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Manolo's Restaurant serves Spanish and Mediterranean specialties in the Elizabeth area of New York City. It's an upscale establishment with a very tasteful and classy dining room. The design and style remind you of old-fashioned elegance. Manolo's Restaurant is suitable for business meetings, romantic dates and friendly conversations, and the banquet menu is available in family style or buffet, depending on your needs.

The succinct menu at Manolo's Restaurant offers dishes that are bold and flavorful. Those who enjoy Spanish or Mediterranean cuisine, or simply want to try something new, can take delight in what this restaurant has to offer. Popular dishes include the Chilean sea bass and short ribs.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(908) 353-7674
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Private events can be held at the restaurant for up to 100 guests.
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Off-site catering is available for any event. Please inquire for more details.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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4.6  based on all time ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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QuakerGal (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 6, 2015

Outstanding service, great meal, as always .

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 28, 2015

Food is great, service is great and the price is great.

vipDamonC (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 22, 2015

The food was absolutely divine!!! I've been here for family dinners, staff meetings, and lunch with friends. The service staff was prompt and attentive, the food was delicious from start to finish, and the cost was not as substantial as one would have anticipated with the level of service and overall quality! I look forward to going again soon!!!

patty54 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2015

Havent been to Manolo's in many years. Went on Sunday afternoon and was happy to find the food still very good. Service was exceptional

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2014

A New Years tradition made special by a fantastic meal. The menu had a lot to offer, making the dinner choice tough.

vipDamonC (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2014

I would highly recommend Manolo's! I had the red snapper and it was beyond delicious. Great food, only made better by the service staff. I was upset when I got there due to an unrelated matter; however, the service staff there made me feel right at home and I quickly forgot why I was so mad. I look forward to visiting again really soon.

JHHCHG (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 10, 2014

Went for a business dinner. Quiet enough atmosphere to easily have a conversation. Food was good, but at a bit pricey. Service was very attentive and friendly.

KempRosita (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2014

Manolo's is an outstanding restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey. We have gone out of our way to dine there literally dozens of times. We live in Westport, Connecticut. The food is absolutely delicious with original specialties from Northern Spain. These include Seafood and Meats prepared in an original Basque Spanish style. We have been to Northern Spain The restaurant is romantic and very comfortable. There is parking on the right of the restaurant. T, so know the food from that region. he service is wonderful with Manny and Enrique leading the wait staff. The chef prepares the freshest food including some fabulous original desserts. The location is an easy ride off the New Jersey Turnpike Exit 13. YOU WILL LOVE YOUR DINING EXPERIENCE.

Grivara14 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2014

Ate at Manolo's the other night and as usual the food was extraordinary. Our host Manny was as charming and accommodating as ever. I urge all to come to Elizabeth and enjoy an extraordinary dining experience.

TimRay (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2014

Manolo's is on my favorite list...hey, I got maarrived there. Great food, best service, good drinks, romantic and relaxed atmosphere.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2014

Great food. The staff was outstanding. The portions are large including the appetizers. Go Hungry!

vipGreen411 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 9, 2014

Excellent spanish food seconds North of the Goethals.
Very attentive service.
Served by Jesus this past week. Extremely attentive.

Paella not on menu but always available. Cooked and served in a paella pan. Customized any way you desire.
Paella for 2 can easily feed 3 or more with a few sides or apps added on.

Have been there for a recent special occasions.
Our go to place.

In the constructive criticism category, the Ceviche needed a little more seasoning. Splash of lemon and some salt did the trick.
And the creme brulee custard was a bit too sweet and a relatively small quantity under the sugar crust.
I know they are intentionally shallow custard cups on purpose. but...

Absolutely return visits are in the very near future.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2014

We were were catching a red eye flight from EWR and found Manolos on open table. Off the beaten path in Elizabeth, a rare gem, authentic Spanish cuisine, great wine, and authentic real hospitality...I had a stuffed filet of sole that was perfectly done, an amazing chorizo appetizer, and a bottle of fine spanish red at a reasonable price.

Stevenj (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 23, 2014

Went there for a birthday lunch. The service as usual, was impeccable. The food, fantastic - fried calamari was delicious, salads (which come with your meal) wonderful, and our entrees (stuffed shrimp and the swordfish special) were out of this world. I have been going to this restaurant for over 20 years and am never disappointed.

AnthonyRJ (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2014

I went there for my anniversary and requested a more private spot if available, which they were more than willing to do. The service was excellent, although i wasn't sure who my waiter was since everybody seemed to be stopping by and checking on us and asking if we were ready to order. The food was absolutely delicious, the skirt steak was to die for , and when asked to, took very lovely pictures using our phones. They did not rush us and were constantly making sure we were satisfied. Would recommend 100% and will definitely go again.