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About Manos Nouveau

Manos Nouveau in San Francisco, California is a restaurant and wine bar devoted to Latin and French cookery. The menu is prix fixe, with tax and tip included in the price. The staff are very friendly and helpful, so if you're wondering which wine will pair best with your meal, they'll be able to make a recommendation.

For your appetizer at Manos Nouveau, you can't go wrong with the house-cured salmon balls wrapped in avocado. As to mains, the rib eye is aged in-house, and served with saut�ed mushrooms and asparagus. The Latin chicken cordon bleu is cooked to perfection, crispy on the outside and served with a rich sauce that will definitely please onion-lovers. For dessert, try the plantain Trinity cream. From start to finish, you'll have a great experience at Manos Nouveau.

3970 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin American, French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Thursday- Saturday 6pm-10pm, Sunday 6pm-9pm

Cross Street:
Market Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 872-5507

Website:
http://www.manosnouveau.com/

Entertainment:
Local artist exhibition

Public Transit:
F-line stops right in front of the restaurant
Castro Underground MUNI less than a block away

Executive Chef:
Manuel Montalban

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Available March 8th, 2016 dry-aged ribeye with chef's complements, served while supplies last.

Manos Nouveau Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.4

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4.1

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3.9

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88% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (141)
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Notable Wine List (62)
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Late-night Find (8)
Scenic View (5)
Great for Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good for a Date (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2016

It's well worth finding the somewhat drab location (directly opposite the end of the F line on 17th at Castro and Market). The service is warm and personal, and the food is both unusual and delicious. Try Manos Nouveau -- it's small and special.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2016

This place is a month away from closing, according to our waitress. The food was gross and grossly overpriced -- you should not be associated with this loser.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 1, 2016

The place is great: the chef spoke with us, the server was excellent, the food wonderful. It's a shame they are closing down soon, and after just a couple years.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2016

Excellent food and great service. The food as always was fantastic. Tried a wine that we would have never tried before from Argentina.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Great wine list. Ok vegan options (a little heavy overall).

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Everything is delicious! Seriously

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2016

The menu has been pared down to five entrees, and they were out of one. We enjoyed our food, but it seemed to take quite a while, given that there were only three customer tables.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2016

The food was expensive and the portions were small. The mediocre/good quality of the food didn't make up for it. Service was great. Restaurant almost completely empty all night. Not a terrible experience but unfortunately not worth the money spent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Was just average. Pricey, slow service, very weird layout.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2016

Our Friends from all over the country love the ambiance. A wonderful foodie venue with the perfect blend of great food, art and amazing wines. Most of all, the staff are amazing people and will make you feel like a VIP. We love Manos Neuvoux...a true neighborhood gem.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 2, 2016

I had early dinner here because I was attending a film screening at the very nearby Castro Theatre. There was only one other diner when I left at 6:45pm
The food was excellent and delicious. I started with their meatball small plate and I have to say that it is indeed rather small consisting of only two small meatballs with some small chorizo pieces and delicious sauce however at $14 which comes to $7 per small meatball I thought this was overpriced
My entree was their most popular dish Chicken breast stuffed with ham and onions in a wonderful sauce and this was a very substantial dish for $23
However it come without any garnish or sides or bread roll
There were no sides listed to order at added cost they simply don't serve anything with their entrees
I spoke with the Chef and he seemed surprised that I expected something other than just the Chicken dish by itself

Also it is important for you to note that as of this week all the remarks you have read about in other reviews that there is NO TIPPING AS TIPS AND TAX ARE INCLUDED NO LONGER APPLY. They have changed their policy and the prices I've mentioned above DO NOT INCLUDE TIP AND TAX which are now additional.

They serve unchilled water without ice and you need to request ice which is brought in a small glass.
Overall it was a pleasant dining experience with excellently prepared food but not a very good value for money now that tips and tax are no longer included

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2016

Food was good at Manos but i think the price is a bit high for what you're getting.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2016

Well-prepared food, wonderful staff! Good selection of wines that nicely complement the dish selections.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 30, 2016

The hostess set the pace for exactly the evening we wanted. The crowd was small as long as we were there--a leisurely, nicely paced two hours--so it stayed pleasantly conversation filled, not noisy. The service standard didn't lapse after the charming welcome. The food is both interesting and delicious, and the look is considered. Over all, Manos is it's own thing in many ways: it's innovations are subtle but constant perhaps most particularly noted in the bowls and flatware in which things are served. It respects both its latin roots and the zeitgeist. We'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 12, 2016

Waitress was fantastic, food was hearty and flavorful, ambience was dim and romantic, value was above expectation but overall experience was seamless.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2016

We had an awesome time. The wait staff was amazing, and their knowledge of their unique wines was spectacular.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 27, 2016

Manos Nouveau is my new to-go spot for exquisite fine dining without compromises as they never ceases to amaze me with their own unique style of flavorful cuisine and fine selection of wine. I am treated extremely well by the staff and they always seem to know what's best to satiate my hunger. I can taste the freshness and quality of the food as they've pride themselves in using seasonal organic ingredients. The establishment is conveniently located in the heart of the Castro district on Market and 17th St., where I can easily get there by public transportation. The ambience is just right; not too noisy and not too quiet. If you can't decide what to order, I strongly recommend their cordon bleu. It is unlike any others I've tasted. The flavor, texture, colors, presentation is just right. The cordon bleu's juicy chicken meat is complemented well by a hearty portion of the chef's sauce and other ingredients that goes into this dish. It may take some time to prepare, but this impressive dish is absolutely well worth the wait.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2016

Online menu was very extensive and included a prix fix menu which looked great. On arriving, there were only two or three items Available in each category. I liked the fact that all taxes and gratuities were included in the menu price. They've done a nice job with this restaurant and I'd love to see it succeed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Menu is frequently updated so every visit is a treat. Creative sauces inspired by Latin America bring new life to traditional European dishes. All inclusive prices and a high value wine list make for an especially reasonable price for a creative meal you'd pay so much more for elsewhere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2016

Great last minute find. The food was lovely (my short ribs were delicious) and the service was very friendly and attentive. A lovely meal!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2016

Great neighborhood gem. The owner is hands on in the kitchen and delivered my meal personally..The dry aged ribeye is only offered occasionally and it was spectacular! Everything was very flavorful. The wine recommendation was spot on, and the best part is tax and tip are already included.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2016

Manos Nouveau has certainly reached its stride creating unusual but instantly likable French Latin fusion cuisine. I skipped the well priced $50 3-course prix fixe to make a meal out of some remarkable appetizers. The chorizo French onion soup was absolutely stunning. The perfectly textured albondigas were meaty with a hearty mix of French and Latin flavors. The blood orange house-cured salmon balls, the most eclectic dish and a bit more out there than I am used to, was also good. I ended with sweet plantain crème brûlée; a tour de force that brings French and Latin together in sublime harmony. The wine list is not expansive but there are enough choices to enrich the meal and the staff suggestions are always on point. For a more intimate experience, ask for a downstairs table. If the menu prices seem high, that is because the price includes tax, tip, and skips the shameless self-serving SF mandate that most other restaurants charge. Altogether that can range from 26% to 33% extra elsewhere. So, the prices here are very reasonable indeed. Distinctly, the food, ambiance and staff transport you to a distant lovely world.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 21, 2016

It's been a little while since I've stopped by and I noticed that the menu is definitely leveling up (and it was rockstar to begin with). The chicken cordon bleu is now done sous vide, making it even more succulent and savory. The pork chop is currently my favorite, offering a delicious balance of sweet fruit over citrusy cauliflower (which I've never tried before but loved). They have orange cured salmon avocado balls that are a delicious (and beautiful) starter to share. And their wine list has some really unique new additions. I'm excited to hear that the aged ribeye will be back again in early March! Overall, I love this place and am anxious to return to try what's coming next.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2016

The food was good but NOT worth the price tag. It's quite expensive. Glad I tried it but won't be going back to dine there.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2016

I looooove this restaurant. The filet mignon is fantastic and for dessert you can't go past the lucuma ice cream. It's the best ice cream in SF easily! I feel like this restaurant is one of the best kept secrets in the city. The service is super friendly too.

I just love coming back again and again to Manos Nouveau.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Great find: inventive and delicious food, chef owner who is passionate about every dish and a well-priced wine list with wines you won't find down the street.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 13, 2016

We had a great dinner at Manos! Food was delicious, service was exceptional - our waitress really knew both the menu and the wine list. Will definitely return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2016

A delightful hidden gem in the heart of Castro. Good food, good services, nice selection of wine. Had pleasant dinners here several times.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2016

We had a lovely time at Manos Nouveau. I had wanted to try it forever but found it slightly on the pricey side. That said, it is tax and tip free and actually worked out to about the same as Starbelly, and 2x as good.

I didn't think the scallops appetizer was that amazing for the price, but thought the mains (filet mignon and salmon) were inventive and phenomenal and worth more than we paid.

Definitely check it out for a nice, calm dinner with easy reservation in the Castro. There's not a lot of great restaurants, but this is one.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2016

I love this place. Where else can you get high end cuisine at decent prices ... in the CASTRO? The Spanish fusion food rocks and the service has always been very attentive (I've been there now about 5 times). And unlike most places, it's quiet enough that you can carry on a real conversation. The location keeps it hidden from some passersby I'm sure, but it's worth seeking out. Get a spot by the window for a lovely view of the classic F-line streetcars as they turn around at the end of the line. I especially like the tip-and-tax-included pricing. Makes everything simple and eliminates the weird power-vibe that traditional tipping sometimes promotes. More places should do this.

I'll be back as often as I can for this delish place. The highlight is the food, but there a lot of other bonuses at this lovely little gem.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2016

Consistently good. Highly recommended as a good go to in the hood.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2016

I wanted to take my clients to a restaurant that serves small bite appetizers and that was conducive to conversation. Manos was perfect for that. We had great appetizers, delicious Albondigas, fresh Ahi Tuna ceviche, savory chicken croquettes, a sweet pumpkin soup and plantain chips. We also ordered the Latin style chicken cordon Bleu and the rib eye and for dessert, the lucuma ice cream. We were very impressed with everything, especially our server, Caitlin, who is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to wine.
5 Stars.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2016

Food is awesome - typically share a couple of the appetizers and an entree. Wine suggestions are always on point. It's just slightly off the beaten track for foot traffic but a treasure. Nice ambiance, warm and welcoming.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 8, 2016

Manos is a wonderful gem in the Castro. Dining upstairs is warm and cozy. The food is creative and well prepared and the tastes are excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2016

We had a great time at: "Manos Nouveau" Excellent food and wine.
I enjoyed the very interesting fusion of flavors of the Latin & French Cuisine.
Whenever you are in the SF area and feel like enjoying a very unique dish
in an upscale restaurant where you will also appreciate the artistically decorated walls and the view of the SF cable cars, I recommend Manos Nouveau.

Tags: Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2015

We came in for the NYE prefix, which was beyond unimpressive. The gentlemen who was working the front was terribly rude and if it isn't his resturaunt I hope the principal reads this. Your front door totally turned me off of my experience and I would never come back or recommend your spot. The food was under thought and not worth the value we paid. Charge me $300, but show up with something that blows my mind or don't bother pretending.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2015

I LOVE this place. This is our 2nd time, it was NYE evening and I was a little worried because it was a Prix Fixe menu. I should not have worried, the choices were amazing as was the service and wine. We had a table for 2 upstairs in the window and it was very romantic. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2015

The chef was unwilling to accommodate a sensitive health condition and no alterations or substitutions were allowed to the menu. He came up to a neighboring table and proclaimed that he could not serve sauce on the side because his work was "art" and could not be violated (the family left the restaurant without eating). The service was extremely slow - our three course meal lasted over three hours, and two of the already limited menu choices were unavailable. The food, when it finally arrived, was quite good, but portions were overly small. I certainly will never eat at Manos Nouveau again.

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 (Yosemite)·Dined on December 25, 2015

Service was prompt and friendly. Server was knowledgeable and recommended a very nice wine for our dinner. All three courses were interesting and very tasty. Portion sizes were just right; ate everything and felt very satisfied. Would have rated five stars, except for the coffee served with dessert. Very weak and warm is the best I can say. I hope they'll work on that!

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 (London)·Dined on December 24, 2015

We chose restaurant on basis of reviews expecting a neighbourhood gem on Christmas Eve.
Upon arrival welcome not so welcoming and once seated we observed that staff appeared rushed, nonchalant or under staffed or stressed? and not happy to be working Christmas Eve.

Restaurant was cold despite mild outside weather -we and other diners sat in our coats.
We ordered a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc but a red of the same vineyard was poured to taste so we had to correct the waitress who yes had made a genuine mistake but dealt with it as though it was an inconvenience.(understaffed?stressed?)

The starters were very good - a pumpkin soup and ahi cerviche both fresh and flavoursome.
So despite the rather joyless ambience we were hopeful that the food would make the night. Our main issue Was with the chicken cordon bleu dish. Chicken overcooked, so rubbery and with no sides or garnish. We had a couple of mouthfuls and both decided that it was not worth pursuing.

It was at this point the waitress became attentive and said she'd inform the chef who duly came to speak to us. All credit to him as he tried to turn the situation around, offering to cook us something else. But we were tired and cold and not enjoying the experience and felt similarly to the vibe given off by the staff that it was Christmas Eve and we wanted to be home.

We had a few mouthfuls of the frozen chocolate mousse - not to our taste again a bit bland and we were pleased to see that the chicken had been removed from the bill so once again credit to the chef/owner for this.

If the starters were so good then perhaps we were unlucky in our choices.

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