Welcome to Manuel’s!
COVID Update: We’re Open daily from 11:30 AM to Midnight daily
(11:00 PM on Sundays.) Patio closes at 9PM. (Due to recent labor shortages, we have at times been unable to open the patio, if patio seating is important to you, please call ahead to verify our patio hours.)
TAKE-OUT orders in person or by phone (831)688-4848. Here is the menu for your convenience: Menu
Heaters are available as is limited shade, please consider bringing a hat and a sweater or a blanket for flexibility, it’s Aptos after all and chilly at night!
A local tradition since 1965, generations of guests have enjoyed our delicious food, cooked fresh daily, served with a genuine smile. Founded by my father, Manuel Santana, here at Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant we proudly serve his original recipes. Whether you’re visiting us for the first time, or you’re one of our devoted regulars, we love you. Call (831) 688-4848.
By entering Manuel’s unmasked, you self-certify that you are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated guests are required to wear masks, and due to the latest Delta virus spread, we ask that vaccinated guests wear masks whenever practical. We appreciate your cooperation. Thank you for your patience and patronage!
Leo, Patricia & the entire Manuel’s team
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Our Special Menu
On Tuesday nights we serve our fresh fish taco special.
Try our signature items, the Flan, cooked to perfection with a hint of caramelized sugar or the Mexican Chocolate Ice cream laced with a touch of cinnamon. Mmm…
Carne Asada Taco
This entree used to be a special, but after raving demand, it is now on our menu.
Did you know, that when we opened in 1965, my father cooked, served and washed the dishes for the nine original tables. Where the service bar now is was the kitchen, and the “upstairs dining area” and where the kitchen now is was an apartment where some other people lived.
My mother had another job, and came by to help serve after she got off there. I was six years old, and grew up here. For more history, see timeline.
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People and Food
Huachinango a la Jarocha
The Friday fish special, fresh snapper, served with a cold creamy sauce with a bite. An all time favorite!