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About Manuel's Downtown

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.

310 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm.

Cross Street:
Between 3rd and 4th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 472-7555

Website:
http://manuels.com/

Entertainment:
Live music on Suncay's from 11:30 to 2:30

Parking Details:
Parking at 301 Brazos. Valet at the Cross Tower

Public Transit:
We suggest using many of the Ride Share Apps Austin has to offer.
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Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Manuel's Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Creative Cuisine (6)
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Casual (6)
Fun (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Cozy (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Spicy (4)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Music (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Not a bad option by any stretch if you're looking for something downtown and easily accessible , but the food is underwhelming, and in a town with many great options for Tex-Mex, this one just doesn't make the cut.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Nice restaurant close to convention center with great food!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

As always, Excellent service! Great food. My Austin preference when visiting, the Jolleyville location is my favorite.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Incredible food, and a hidden gem for
brunch. The service was impeccable, and it is really easy to get in and out due to the ability to make reservations.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great food. Very fresh and great service. Atmosphere was lovely and my whole family enjoyed every thing we ate.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was cold and very bland. Everyone raves about the queso but save your money. Three stars for the great salsa and margaritas. Customer service was 4/5.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Good food and good service. Old fashioned and casual vibe.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Good food; attentive service; value priced. We will return

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It wasn't terrible

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent imaginative cuisine served with flair and attention to detail. Plenty of wait staff so service was not an issue at all. Noise level was such that a conversation was possible without shouting. First time to visit downtown location in years but still high level of quality despite the age of the establishment.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual, Fun
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food5
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 21, 2017

great authentic Mexican cuisine with a great happy hour

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The first time I had dinner there was over 20 years ago. The food at this location and the north location has always been fabulous!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

All six of us ordered different dishes and everyone was happy. Manuel's is always consistently good and a great value.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our waiter was Patrick.....He was really good...exceptional.....Please thank him

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful ambiance great Holiday decorations just quiet enough to carry on conversations excellent service and the best mole chicken ever !

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 9, 2017

the food was excellent, the service impeccable. It was a pleasant surprise.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food and drinks are very tasteful. The service provided is top notch everyone!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was alright but overpriced. Good service. Many more options for better food at better value than this restaurant.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Fresh, delicious food and cocktails- recommend the chicken mole and the skinny cucumber martini

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had a great meal. Food was all fresh, hot, and delicious. We sat at he bar and all of the servers were friendly and helpful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

There mole is the bomb. Margaritas are also great, recommend the Prickly Pear Margarita

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

This is a GREAT restaurant. Really clean interior Mexican food. No compromise on ingredient quality. Creative yet authentic. Long time Austin residents mingle with the new Austin tech elite over the absolute best margaritas in town. The owners care and it shows. Friendly. From seafood to carne this is where to come. Do get the queso app. Do get the 310 Margarita. Relax, you found the best in town. Wonderful old stone walls and comfortable booths.....Muy Bueno!

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food was excellent...generous portions and great plate presentation. Attentive service but not intrusive.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was not bad but not amazig. Our waitress was nice but she did not do anything special for my birthday. She even asked if it was my birthday too... left kinda dissapointed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Manuel’s has mind-blowingly delicious food. I stopped here with my fiancé on our first trip to Austin, and it’s definitely a highlight of our trip. The lighting was intimate and classy, the service was prompt and friendly, and did I mention the food? Because it’s absolutely delightful.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great downtown location and atmosphere for business lunch. Food is consistently very good!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Very disappointing, but in all fairness the hotel told us that the food was OK but nothing special.
Tried to get into 3 other restaurants first, but all were full ..... now I know why this one was almost empty.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Dinner was great. I had beef fajitas and everything tasted very fresh. My partner had the chicken mole and the sauce was REALLY good. Both dishes had great flavor.

Drinks were ok, but nothing "special." The space was beautiful, and we ended up with a nice corner table at the front, right next to the window, so that was lovely.

My only complaint is that I noted it was my birthday on the reservation. The hostess didn't acknowledeg it and neither did the server. Also, I tried to attach my dining reward, but the $20 reward was not applied to the bill. In this case, booking through Open Table seemed to yield very little value.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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food5
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We went here for brunch over Labor Day. The food was good and it wasn't crowded at all due to the holiday.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The drinks were great and the fajitas were amazing! The service was good as well!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2017

The experience was just okay. Not used to the standard set by my previous visits to other Manuel's.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Good food and great spot to gather with friends. We reserved a 7pm table for 8 on a Saturday and were seated immediately.

Tags: Good for Groups, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Had a great dinner with friends and we all tried something different on the menu. The mole sauce is awesome, enchiladas all fantastic including the sides. Loved our home made margaritas! Salsa that comes with the table was average- a bit spicy for all as to why I gave the four stars and ambience seems like a sushi/asian restaurant but still nice and swanky. Service was excellent. Would recommend!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

We've been visiting Manuel's for 20 something years. It's always awesome. The food is marvelous, even my picky 13 year old granddaughter loved her meal. They were very accommodating to her vegetarian needs also. It's not very expensive really, especially for a hot spot on Congress Street. We will be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 11, 2017

It was fantastic as always.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Awesome visit and great food! Even better service. Will definitely come back!

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·Dined on July 25, 2017

We have eaten at Manuel's for 30+ years and always enjoy the food & experience. We had a slightly off putting experience this time. We all ordered 310 Margaritas and the waiter said they had a "special margarita" that night: The Skinny. He said it was the same as the 310, but less sweet. We all thought, "Great, less sugar," and switched our orders. It turns out the special offer was $4 more per drink, more expensive that all the Margaritas on the menu. We felt taken advantage of. It was not how e expected to be treated at Manuel's. It is true we didn't ask the price, but based on our past experiences, we didn't feel we would need to. We will go back, but will be more careful.

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·Dined on July 24, 2017

Great place for a business lunch. Food is bright and fresh. Nice lunch menu.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Food and service was awesome!
The shrimp were huge!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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