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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Austin)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Staff were very friendly and attentive to me and my date. I would certainly recommend Manuels again.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Overall OK experience...

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We had a great time at Manuel’s. We got there early on Weds evening and sat at the bar at happy hour before our dinner. The bartender, Marco, accommodated my request to make a mixed drink with mezcal, though none was on the menu. While I was drinking it, one of the owners came by and offered me a shot of it in addition to my drink. That was very much appreciated and indicative of the attitude of all employees as well.

We started talking to Marco about dinner choices, when he began reaving about the mole sauce. When we expressed interest, he got a small amount in a cup for us to sample with our chips. When I was ordering dinner a little while later, I told our waiter I could not decide between the mole and another sauce. Without hesitation, he offered to have one sauce on one enchilada and the other sauce on the second enchilada. Both were great, as were my wife’s fajitas.

Everything was so good, we went back on Friday evening and again enjoyed dinner, though Marco was not there; and the restaurant was more busy. Our waiter Patrick could not have been more accommodating in his suggestions and service.

Great restaurant!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Literally our fave place in town to go! Staff is so nice it's such a welcome experience!

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

DELICIOUS! Make a reso because it fills up fast. The cactus appetizer was fabulous.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 17, 2017

When I read the yelp review u was somewhat hesitant on going to this place. I am glad that this was one I wanted to decide for myself, food was great service was great and if you get away from the bar sound level was also good...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2017

We had an early reservation (6:00) and the noise level was fine. Good food, good service, easy to access from downtown hotels. Highly recommend for out of town guests.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Seated quickly but service was poor. Server took a long time to talk to us - 15 minutes. Drinks and food slow to arrive. Little follow-up. Food was marginal. It was VERY loud - the music was at an 9 - combined with loud guests it was too much and not in a good way. May be good atmosphere for a bachlorette party but not for a typical evening out.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The food was very good, and the spicy margarita was great!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Spicy
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on July 4, 2017

I've heard so many great things about Manuel's, but we had a really lack-luster experience. We had guacamole, enchiladas, tacos, and several margaritas and the overall review from the table was that the food was all way too salty. The drinks were good, but there are SO many better Mexican restaurants in Austin, and the ambiance was nothing special.

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Manuel's transforms traditional fare into comida mexicana...muy delicioso! Try the relleno en nagada (the accompanying fruit is refreshing on a hot summer day). Guacamole is excellent, and so are the margaritas. This is how it's done, mis amigos!

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Waiter was excellent and provided help with menu and beverages

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Took my daughter for lunch. It was great. She talked about the meal the rest of the weekend. We will be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Found this gem our first night in Austin. Great food, great service, good location. Friendly staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Great food, good service and wonderful music by Cienfuegos! What more could anyone ask for?

Tags: Great for Brunch, Healthy, Live Music, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Loved the atmosphere and service. I had the fish tacos which were excellent!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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