Manuel's Downtown

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Serving Austin’s best Margaritas, delicious homemade salsas, and the freshest seafood and savory meats. We serve high-quality food, prepared with the finest local and natural ingredients.

*All Meats served at Manuel's is hormone free!
*Any fried items and salsa dressings are made with Canola and virgin Olive oil.

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vipCosmo
New England
26 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Sunday night and because of the COVID-19 scare hardly any other diners were there, so we had this wonderful restaurant to ourselves. Our waiter was very helpful, thoughtful, and efficient. We all shared a lot of apps. and had our drinks refilled quickly. Great service, great ambiance, great food!

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Kels
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and variety of the menu items
great happy hour specials
great for an intimate or large group setting

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JohnH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had guests in from New Jersey and wanted to treat them to Mexican food. The service was good. The chips were not fresh. The food was good but not great

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LewisM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent my only complaint was the margaritas were tiny for the price

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DannyS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been dining at Manuel's since the 80s and the food has been consistently amazing!!! I can't recommend enough. Both the mole and adobado sauce arre sublime!!!

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CorrieF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Wonderful food.

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texcat
Salt Lake City
27 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dinner
Our preferred table for our early dinner was in a section that was closed until 5.30 so we had drinks at the bar first - although they were able to open the section very quickly for us.
We enjoyed happy hour cocktails and nibbles at the bar with excellent service by Christy, then we went through for a leisurely dinner.
Jackie our server was excellent - very friendly, patient and thorough.
A couple of items served weren’t piping hot and she happily returned them quickly for us.
Delicious flavors all round.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent lunch and delicious margaritas here at the recommendation of a local friend. So good I have already recommended it to other friends. Yum!

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sjlb
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic guacamole and ceviche!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Food was ok. Drinks were also just ok. The restaurant has a bad smell, like sewage? or spilled drinks on carpet that has never been cleaned. Overall impression was just ok. There are far better places. Even our drinks in our hotel were better than the drinks at Manuel’s.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was a fantastic choice for a Valentine’s Day dinner. The booth was very cozy and the food was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, prices not unreasonably high given location and quality.

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ludd52
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Service was great, place is nice however the food was poor. Mole was ok, I make mole and expect a restaurant to be better than mine. Fajitas were almost like boiled skirt steak no char very disappointing my wife didn't finish and left the remainder. We left very disappointed being that we're needed reservations and it was Valentine's day.

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Lovetravel
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There were two vegetarians at our table and they really appreciated the interesting and varied choices of Mexican dishes that are usually just cheese or some meat option. The black beans that came with the mushroom enchiladas and many other of the dishes were truly excellent. The chips were just alright and the salsa that came with the chips was good although there were two bowls served and no explanation for how they differed. We weren't sure that they did differ but it would have been nice to know. I had a mango daiquiri which was reasonably priced and very tasty! This place was great for larger groups but fine for our smaller table too. Highly recommended!

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Judy
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We picked Manuels because it was downtown and walking distance from our hotel. Very busy restaurant on a Friday night but good service. Menu was not your typical Tex mex which we loved. Had the house margueritas which seemed a bit weak.

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BostonFoods
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing. Get the chile del mar - it was incredible

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great drinkks. Great service. We will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food. Good service. Relaxed ambiance. Highly recommend.

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KimberlyN
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was fun with live music! The food was great and reasonably priced!! Sunday Funday

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CRRCI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were underwhelmed with the food at Manuel’s. The ambiance and service was great but the food was overly spicy and not remarkable nor deserving the higher prices they were charging. Overall a fine dining experience but with all the other options we might not go back.

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Paige
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great recommendations and shrimp tacos were very refreshing

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Date
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Fajitas were chewy totally not worth what I paid for. Food did not have flavor. I will not be going back

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vipKrisM
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a meeting planner, I often book multiple reservations at the same restaurant on different nights for different dinner groups. This time I made 2 reservations on 2 different nights for others, plus ended up taking 2 VIPs to dinner on the fly myself one of those nights. EVERY SINGLE GROUP including my table absolutely loved the food, ambiance, and service. BIG KUDOS go out to Austin T. Sp--- for his attentive, excellent service and great sense of humor. I have been to Manuel's many times over the years and they never fail!

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vipaustineater
Houston
118 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great Sunday brunch at Manuel’s on Congress. Terrific migas, breakfast tacos. And fresh fruit plate, live music. Good thing we made a reservation on Open Table - the place was full. Highly recommended!

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Cocolito
Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere!

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J2020
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Entree delivery slower than expected. Refill of drinks (iced tea) also slower than anticipated. Otherwise, a good experience.

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GreysonW
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Chile Rellanos Del Mar was exceptional, highly recommended.

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TeriA
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Super yummy and friendly.

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PeterW
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant atmosphere and attentive wait staff. Food was impressive overall, except ceviche that was bland. Excellent shrimp dish, good chile, and OK squash soup. I recommend Manuel's.

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HEW99
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice experience. Delicious as always. Great brunch.

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vipAlisonW
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food wasn’t good!

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TomB
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always hit Manuel’s when downtown. Service was wonderful on New Year’s Eve. Poblano soup was our favorite this night. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manuel’s exceeded all of my expectations. The food was amazing. I had the chicken fajitas which were so good, and my boyfriend had the fish tacos that everyone wanted to take bites. The mole enchiladas truly are the best in Austin as advertised. The portions were huge and filling! Overall a delicious meal.

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vipaustineater
Houston
118 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in downtown Austin. Regional Mexican food and live music. We had a great brunch - mushroom omeletta, breakfast tacos, mole. Wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was absolutely amazing! Service was wonderful too. Highly recommend.

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scottO
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. It is an Austin treasure. Everything on the menu is fantastic, and the service is beyond great.

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Franklin
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Warm beer and bland tacos

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vipFoody
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Poblano soup was very tasty!!

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LaneyC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice if you’re looking for fantastic Mexican cuisine. The food was excellent and service was prompt, helpful and met all of our needs. Did not disappoint.

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Manuel's Downtown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 472-7555.

Manuel's Downtown is rated 4.5 stars by 756 OpenTable diners.

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