About Manuel's Great Hills

Serving Austin’s best Margaritas, delicious homemade salsas, and the freshest seafood and savory meats.

10201 Jollyville Road
Austin, TX 78759
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Happy Hour-Monday-Sunday 4-6

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 345-1042

Website:
http://www.manuels.com/

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

Send a Gift Card

Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.

Manuel's Great Hills Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (10)
Authentic (9)
Special Occasion (9)
See All
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Casual (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Romantic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Healthy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Sort by
S
357 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

Exceeded my expectations! The resraurant has a very nice entrance with lit fountain pool around the walkway as you enter. Ambience was nice, the wait staff was very attentive, and the food was excellent! We had the Valentines day set dinner and everything was really cooked perfectly. It takes a lot to impress me at this point and Manuels did just that! Thanks for a great evening!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Austin)·Dined 6 days ago

We have never had a bad experience at Manuel's. The food is great (pork tostadas!) as is the service. It is a very nice restaurant and we are happy to have it in the neighborhood.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Austin)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Lunch with friends. Delicious soups and salads. Great waitstaff employee in training!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I like Manuel’s but it’s always so hot and stuffy in there everytime I go. I need to remember not to go anymore. It’s too hard to be there that miserable.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service4
value3

 
 (Austin)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Best Sangria in Austin.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Austin)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Manuel’s is a great place — if you can afford it. There are other restaurants with similar menu items that are a better value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Austin)·Dined on December 17, 2017

One of our favorite places. Brunch was wonderful.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 7, 2017

A tried & try classic. Authentic interior Mexican food. Variety, fresh ingredients, Happy Hour, great ambiance, excellent staff, very accommodating, all in all, a terrific restaurant

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Disabled Access, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Good location and lots of parking! Very nice and clean place. The servers were nice and attentive... the food was good and hot...

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Amarillo)·Dined on November 17, 2017

As usual, we prefer to eat on their lovely patio. Inside is insanely loud and the patio is quite nice.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (Naples)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great find near the Renaissance at the Arboretum. Beautiful presentation, fresh, unique food with much more of the Mex than the Tex flair.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Manuel's at the Arboretum is fantastic. Authentic interior Mexico cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, always superior serve, great variety. Can't say enough nice things about this fantastic restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We had 6 of us total at dinner and all agreed the food is bland and not worth the visit.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience2
service3
value2

 
 (Austin)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Would have given a better rating but waitress was really bad. HOWEVER: management stepped in and did everything possible to make it right. So overall it was good. Definitely will go back. Food is outstanding and some unique dishes. It's a favorite place.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service1
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great!! A good time for everyone. High brow food with great drinks in a non fussy manner.

Tags: Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Love Manuel’s. Always consistent.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Austin)·Dined on September 20, 2017

A group of 5 of is gathered for a birthday dinner. Our waitress was excellent. Most of our food was delicious, but one person thought their quesadilla was to dry. Out only real complaint was was the noise level. There are very few soft furnishings making the noise level quite high.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Austin)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I don't know what happened to this restaurant. It use to be one of my easy go to restaurants, but there was a lot of burnt food smoking the kitchen..service was off the mark and the black drum dish was not as good as previous times. It was a party of 7 celebrating a bday. I called ahead to ask if if would be ok to bring a bday cake/candles, no prob they say. When it was time, the waiter just set the big cake box on the table..didnt even take it out of the box or put the pre purchased candles on. Then I ask to keep the box for leftover cake and the waiter throws the box away!?! So I proceed to unbox the cake put the candles on and light the candles..( I was prepared to have tipped generously for the extra service).only to wait on the forks. I left wishing we had celebrated elsewhere.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service2
value3

 
 (Austin)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The restaurant was moderately busy. Drinks were expensive but too small to share. They brought us some stale chips and salsa, then had fajitas for two which came with cheese, Pico, and guacamole which helped to enhance the bland tasting fajitas. The coconut flan was the best part of the meal. Overall not a satisfying experience.

Tags: Quick Bite
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service4
value2

 
 (Austin)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We dined during the height of the hurricane and the staff and service was wonderful. The food was excellent and we enjoyed our visit and will come again!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Austin)·Dined on August 26, 2017

With a hurricane rolling inland, we headed to the theater for a good movie conveniently located at Regal Cinema across from Manuel's. Food was good, service was great. Probably an improvement from previous visits.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on August 22, 2017

We go to Manuel's about once a month for a relaxed, early dinner. Drinks are consistently good, food is fresh with a decent number of creative choices. We've found service to be overall good to above average and friendly. We will return and would recommend to friends.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (Houston)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Loved the ambience of the outdoor dinning under the canopy of a beautiful tree and patio atmosphere. The food was delicious and creative

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 3, 2017

My family and I have been going to Manuel at Great Hills the last 5 years - whenever we are in Austin.
Always enjoy the yummilious food. Friendly and attentive service

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on July 22, 2017

I sometimes forget this place, because I go to the downtown location. Great food and vibrant energy. Our server, Rachel, was outstanding.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was bland

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (Austin)·Dined on June 18, 2017

This place is a neighborhood gem - great ambience, including music during Sunday brunch and the food is honestly some of the best Mexican food Austin has to offer. Fresh, nicely plated and many unique dishes on the menu.

You won't be disappointed!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Austin)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Father's Day

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Live Music, Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Austin)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We've had several mediocre meals here in the last couple of years, but have kept coming back thinking that it *must* be better than it seems -- after all, the place has been in business a long time, and has a generally good reputation around town. But to my mind (and palate), it has never amounted to much more than just your average Mexican restaurant. Last Friday night was even a little less satisfying than our prior experiences: a beer and a margarita came quick, chips with no salsa then appeared, but with a promise of salsa 'when it's ready'. Then a long wait for so-so pork enchiladas (though with a very nice mole sauce) and mediocre battered, fried shrimp. The salsa appeared when we had about 2 or 3 bites of our entrees left. I don't think I'll keep trying; there are better places in town for a Mexican dinner.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service2
value3

 
 (Houston)·Dined on June 3, 2017

This is the second time my wife and I had dinner here and the food was very good. Their patio dining area has a lot of ambiance which is surprising considering the location is next to a parking lot. They have created an area where you feel like your in garden and have no idea there is a parking lot on the other side of wall.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service3

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Good food. Nice settings

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Austin)·Dined on May 31, 2017

I took my team out to lunch here, and the food and atmosphere was great. The weren't a lot of vegetarian options, but the few they had for some team members were very tasty. Everyone was happy with what they ordered (we ordered from the lunch menu, plus appetizers), and the service was great. I would eat here again.

Tags: Spicy, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Great dinner, my wife had the rellenos and I had the drum over spinach. Both were excellent. The service also was excellent, Antonio was attentive and followed up.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Austin)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Always dependable and better than the Tex Mex party places in town. Excellent food--and you get what you pay for.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Spicy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Even the night before UT graduation, Manuel's gracious staff made thennight fun for the huge parties there and also for the unsuspecting regulars. The garden is great day and night, maybe especially at night.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Austin)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Good restaurant for a nice Mother's Day lunch. Good service, good music.

Tags: Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Austin)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Excellent Sunday Brunch! Great atmosphere! Great service!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Austin)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Sat on the patio for Mother's Day Brunch. Food and mimosas were delicious. No sign of the 'Jazz' to accompany brunch.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We dropped by for Happy Hour. Great margaritas and decent wine selection. Since we were there mainly to munch and visit, we stuck with appetizers. Really liked both the grilled chicken nachos (as would be expected from Manuel's, not a pile of "drunk nachos" drowned in Velveeta) and the campechana. As chilled seafood cocktail goes, Manuel's campechana was more flavorful than many I've had, and packed just enough heat to add extra interest to the dish. Two small drawbacks... we found the salsa to be a bit bland and service about halfway through the meal tapered off noticeably. Otherwise, all good and we'd definitely return.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3
value3

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Great food. Very slow to seat us even though we had a reservation. To be fair, the place was packed and it was a Friday night. Very nice margaritas.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Gluten Free Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value3

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.