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Manuel's Downtown

#61 of 3,028 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
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310 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4024
+1 512-472-7555
11:00 - 22:00
Open now
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Mableton, Georgia
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50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had spent the day visiting the Capitol, having BBQ for lunch and then checking out the music/bar scene in the late afternoon on 6th Street. Our group of 6 was fortunate to be seated without too much of wait, after spending a few minutes at the bar. We truly enjoyed our food and drink here and the service was... More 

Thank emptynestertraveler
Salt Lake City
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88 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Started off with excellent guacamole and salsa. Fajitas were great. The server was wise enough to offer either corn or flour tortillas. Everyone in our group enjoyed their meal. Service was friendly and unobtrusive. Fair prices for a nicer Mexican restaurant. Yes, I would eat there again.

Thank Chris027027
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this authentic Spanish restaurant. It is a little pricey but it was definitely worth it! I highly recommend the steak and the Trestle Chiles soup. Nice, clean bathrooms are a huge plus on top of their great customer service. Every employee is so sweet and attentive.

Thank Gaby S
Austin, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first time- we came in to visit friends. We loved this place.The margaritas were the best we ever had and the food was wonderful. My boyfriend had the mole and it was amazing- I had the fish-tuna-and it was done perfectly. The Campechana, their version of a ceviche but poached fish, was so yummy. Service was great, friendly, efficient-... More 

Thank tarigolady
Houston, TX
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in on the way to our concert venue because the hotel staff recommended it. The cocktails were good and waitstaff attentive but the food was just ok. Husband had the fish tacos, I had the beef fajitas. His were good, mine ok, kind of chewy, minimally seasoned. There is a ton of good food in Austin, so we will... More 

Thank Texmom26
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55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I can't say enough about this Mexican food restaurant, the food is a cross between New Mexican and Tex-Mex. It is very delicious and the service is top notch. Must try is the chili con quest

Thank Robert M
San Jose, California
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69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Very good food, a bit smaller than your typical place but very high quality food. We were a group of 7 and ordered a mixed variety on the menu. Our whole group loved what they ate. Good service, good food, good drinks.

Thank KCV123
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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132 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We chanced in here because we were hungry and it was raining. We ordered from the lunch menu and both had fish tacos. I had never had black drum fish, and it was delicious. The prices were reasonable, the service was excellent.

Thank Judy L
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We called up last minute to get on the waitlist for a party of 5. They quoted 45 minutes and said they would text if a table opened earlier. It is the last UT football game of the season and the town is full. The wait time was accurately quoted and we received a comfortable table by the bar. While... More 

Thank tw__100043323
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Great service. The restaurant has a very nice ambiance. It is in a central location. But hands down the best fish tacos on Congress St!

Thank Lee S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 310 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4024
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 512-472-7555
For more than 30 years Manuel's has thrived in Austin, Texas, delighting local residents, politicos, musicians, students, and our favorite grandmothers. From the farm to the sea, we harvest local and natural ingredients to create food that is infused with a deep collection of flavors, and steeped in tradition. From our award-winning mole to our famous margaritas, we aspire to transport our guests to a place of timeless satisfaction.

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