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El Manantial

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$$ - $$$
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Calle de La Barranca # 78, San Miguel de Allende 37700, Mexico
+52 415 110 0007
Sun 12:00 - 00:00
Tue - Sat 13:00 - 00:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere is casual. Our party had the smoked fish tacos and octopus tacos. Very fresh and quality ingredients. Good prices.

Thank Susan L
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This is a neat little place with a cozy atmosphere. The ginger margarita was terrific and the tuna tostada was exceptional. Service was friendly and top notch. Highly recommend this little gem.

Thank Pamella H
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Grab a michelada and some seafood snacks. Crudo, fish tacos, carpaccio...all very tasty! Nice spot for an afternoon siesta.

Thank Filip B
Winnipeg, Canada
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

We drop it at at around 7 pm on a Wednesday night and the bar was completely full, which is usually a good sign, and it was. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The beer was cold and the seafood tortilla was very good at a reasonable cost. I definitely would try it again.

Thank Jim R
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

The fun starts when you enter through the swinging doors into what used to be a saloon. There is lots to read on the walls, but since it's all in Spanish, I couldn't understand it all very well. We really loved the food here. In particular, the ceviches and cocktails were excellent choices here. And, like a lot of places... More 

Thank Arun S
Nashville, Tennessee
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We've been in San Miguel for almost a month and we've come here more frequently than any other restaurant. Great service, fabulous drinks, and we love the food! Perhaps most of all we love the value! The prices are fantastic. This place is a gem.

Thank jgrinels
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

A perennial favorite of the students of the Instituto Habla Hispana. Every Monday, maestro Jorge walks students around different colonies of San Miguel. On his way to El Chorro and the Capilla Santa Cruz, he stops at El Mantanial and describes its historical importance. I haven't been there lately, but there used to be old (original) pictures of the city's... More 

Thank hmixsell
Sydney, Australia
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80 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We found it by chance. What a great experience! The barman is a very efficient man. He was able to serve a full place, keep our glasses full and order/serve our food all by himself. Food is outstanding. Highly recommend the octopus carpaccio. This is a must visit place in San Miguel.

Thank Chevalierlatin
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149 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I have been here several times. It's a tiny place and often standing room only. The staff is great. Inexpensive drinks.

Thank Wishflower
Denton, Texas
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Our table of 3 shared a few plates and had some great, cheap drinks along the way. It's tight, bar atmosphere with some tables and not too loud that you can't talk.

Thank developaly

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 00:00
13:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle de La Barranca # 78, San Miguel de Allende 37700, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Guanajuato  >  San Miguel de Allende
  • Phone Number: +52 415 110 0007

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?