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Manuel's Mexican Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 12:00 am
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261 Center Ave Aptos, CA 95003
261 Center AvenueUSCaliforniaAptos95003
$$Mexican Restaurant, Latin American RestaurantToday 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Monday 11:30 am – 12:00 amTuesday 11:30 am – 12:00 amWednesday 11:30 am – 12:00 amThursday 11:30 am – 12:00 amFriday 11:30 am – 12:00 amSaturday 11:30 am – 12:00 amSunday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Great Mexican food, made fresh daily in a cozy setting. Locally owned and operated since 1965. Full bar, daily specials for lunch and dinner. Open late.
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Traditional eats such as enchiladas & tamales plus margaritas & other drinks in a festive room.- Google
"We now live in Florida and they just can not get their Mexican food right!"
"Fresh Snapper is superb."
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Marc David
2 months ago
Good Food, Reasonably Priced, Near Beach! It's not bad. I've gone twice with enjoyable experiences. Make a reservation if possible. Very close walk from the Best Western and other hotels. It's a good go to spot. Not as as loud as you would think for such close proximity to other tables.
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Bonnie McMullen
a year ago
Omg, we miss this restraunt! The Best! We now live in Florida and they just can not get their Mexican food right! Thinking of Manuel's makes my Mouth Water! If you visit the Apots Area you MUST eat Here! Only one catch, Please think of Me! Miss Manuel's!
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Michael Straughn
3 years ago
The best, best, best and then one more best! Authentic food.. tiny little place..great service. Strong margaritas if you want em strong. Their Friday night special is off the hook. Try em out! You will love them. I have been coming here for ten years when I am at the coast
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Sean Mikawa
2 years ago
Best Mexican food in the area. Love the Chile Verde and amazing salsa. I often buy some jars of it to take home. Service is most excellent and they sometimes do free stuff on holidays. Only downside is how popular it is on Friday and Saturday night. Waits regularly exceed 1.5 hours
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Rod Beckwith
2 months ago
Have been going there for 20+ years and love it. Decent food and always great service...near the beach.
Julie Wider
a year ago
We've been going to Manuel's for over 30 years and always have the best service let alone awesome food. Friday nights are our favorite "Specials" night and the salsa is the best. We usually take home a jar because you can purchase it right at the restaurant, which is a plus. We always feel right at home at our local Mexican restaurant.
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Jennifer Lewis
a year ago
Menu leaves much to be desired (only about 6 dinner plates, everything else is a la carte), limited to 1 refill on soda (I may be nitpicking, but that seems kind of stingey), unable to do substitutions (carne asada instead of carnitas doesn't seem hard), unable to split checks ("we're really busy"), and I've had better food. I wouldn't go back.
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Suzanne Frey
2 years ago
Their chips and salsa are excellent and the Mexican food is pretty good (enchilada sauce is meh). That said, the vibe is really, really good and it's a wonderful, hidden, inexpensive, and great energy spot tucked behind Seacliff State Beach.


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