Manalu Italian Restaurant
They sat us outside with two huge parties. It was so loud we were literally yelling at each other to be heard. Both my order and my husband’s order was wrong. Server didn’t bother to say anything to my husband about serving him the wrong fish until half way through the meal. Will NEVER go back.
Manalu is consistently a great place to go. Great food, great service, cheerful staff. Highly recommended.
Perfection as always! You can not go wrong with Manalu!
Love your food !! Bartender is awesome .
Marco made a special dessert as we were celebrating a 75th bday.
I had the baked ziti with eggplant, zucchini, spinach, yellow squash, broccoli, and mushrooms. The sauce was delicious; tasted a little like a vodka sauce, and the mozzarella melted on top ( with some fresh grated parmesan) added the right touch. It was fabulous, as was the warm pita-like bread that was served while I waited for my meal. The chef came out to ask how I enjoyed my meal, and the service was on point.
Excellent Italian food and nice wine list. Great Service!
The food was not fantastic and mine was salty. It called for olive oil and garlic and no tomato sauce but it came with it. Nothing fantastic. Appetizer and desserts were giid
I think this was the best Italian restaurant I've been to in the last 20 years! The food was absolutely delicious! The service was very good and I especially enjoyed when the owner/chef walked around to see how everyone was enjoying it. I highly recommend Manalu for a wonderful meal!
The food was awesome.
We decided to have our Valentine's Day date at the resturant even though it was February 16. The resturant was beautifully decorated for Valentine's day.
We had the specials. My date had ravioli with a mushroom sauce and shrimp. I has salmon with clams, mussels and crab meat.
The food was excellent. The wine list is well thought out.
I recommend dessert. There are many options to choose from. The Tartufo is my favorite.
Our second visit and was just as wonderful! Service outstanding, great selections on food and wine menu. Our waiter, Maurizio, had extensive knowledge of the selections, was very attentive but not intrusive. Food was delicious, the 3 chocolate mousse was divine! Owner comes out of kitchen and greets customers, very gracious. We live 20 miles away but its well worth the drive!
We found this restaurant on Open Table and decided to go there for a late lunch. The place was decorated all over with balloons and flowers for Valentines Day. The waiter was authentic and his timing with our meal was spot on.
My wife had a caesar salad that she enjoyed with the flat bread and oil provided. I had the lasagna and it was incredible. We didn’t get wine but I looked through the list and it was impressive.
We’ll be back....
Amazing service and food! My husband and I have been here a few times and have always enjoyed it. This last time, I had the special - ravioli in a brandy cream sauce with mushrooms, lump crab meat, drizzled balsamic, and almonds and it was undeniable one of the best thing I’ve ever had. I will always recommend this place!
Anytime we go to Manalu, it's always a great experience. The food and service bus always a hit. You'll often see Marco making his way around the dinning room checking in on tables as well.
Amazing food and perfect atmosphere. Casual while still feeling special.
Great food and service as always. They decorated the place very nice for Valentines day!
We love this restaurant. We have been here several times and are never disappointed. Excellent food and service. Always a great time.
Food was excellent and our server Enrico was great! Highly Recommend!
Food and service are always top notch! One of our favorite restaurants!
Went for my birthday and had a blast
Spent the evening with my eldest daughter while my younger ones were at a dance with their dad. Was served moscato instead of Prosecco (shudder) but overall meal was good. Large party on the outdoor patio made for high noise levels. Hard to hear specials etc. We love Manalu, but we love it more when it’s not so busy and the service, food, and noise level are much better.
I truly have no complaints. Manalu is an amazingly authentic Italian restaurant that we have enjoyed many times. Service was slow Friday night, but everything was delicious and I had more time to catch up with friends.
Another enjoyable evening at Manalu. The ambiance of the bar area is very cozy and appealing as is the main dining area. We had a very nice server who was very friendly and attentive, and the meals and wine were delicious. One could make a meal of the pizza bread alone.
I’m Italian, cook Italian and usually order things I don’t make often at home. Today, I was hungry for a dish I make
often, aglio e olio. (Spaghetti with garlic and oil)
I had linguine, and OMG it was so good. So flavorful and dare I say, better than mine!
My husband has spaghetti and meatballs. I never eat meatballs anywhere lol. I tasted his, and they were absolutely delicious! Soft texture and so tasty! I would
absolutely order those too.
The server was attentive and friendly. The manager Enrico came to the table and checked on us. Having a nice friendly chat with him learning it’s family owned.
If you’re looking for good, authentic and delicious Italian, eat at Manalu’s you will love it!
Magnifico! Great staff, great menu and desserts are to die for. There's Italian food and then there's ITALIAN food. That's how good this gem is!. I highly recommend!
Perfectly timed meal from the drinks through the entree course. Service was impeccable, food was delicious, wine was awesome. One of our favorite places for a special occasion.
Always a great choice! Great food that is reasonably priced. Wonderful staff. One of our favorite restaurants.
Excellent food and staff! Very accommodating and gracious. Would absolutely return.
The online reviews don't lie -- we had a friendly, helpful, doting server and the food was very good. I had a seafood special (branzino with mussels, shrimp and other yummy ingredients.) Best tiramisu I've ever had.
We have been to many restaurants in Frederick and this one has the best service, atmosphere and food!
Cost was very reasonable.
This restaurant exceeded my expectations! Best pomegranate mule I’ve ever had! Food came out quick, hot and delicious. For as quick as it came out I was worried it wouldn’t be as good, but it was! Great for a date night and even if you are looking for a great meal you can complete in under an hour or stay longer for!
We had such a nice evening. The service was wonderful. The wine list was nice. Getting an appetizer delivered was such a surprise. The men in our party raved about their meal. Mine was fine, but think I will choose something else next time! I look forward to returning!
We miss the years when Manalu was accessible without a reservation. However, using Open Table has helped and upon two recent visits we found our table and special request ready. It's still our favorite for dining and the food quality remains excellent. We had an excellent waiter today but on a previous visit found our server less attentive. We hope now that Manalu is the go to spot for dining, service will continue to be a highlight along with the food.
Outstanding as always! This is one of the few places that you can not go wrong ordering anything from their menu. Perfection at its best!
Food was fantastic, servers were great! Only issue was the person seating us, she was not friendly at all, basically rude and dismissive when I inquired about a booth as we were celebrating a birthday.
Overall our experience was okay. There was some question about our reservation. Two from our party arrived earlier and were seated under the reservation but when the rest of the party arrived we were told there was no reservation under that name. The hostess didn’t seem interested in assisting to resolve the issue or suggest maybe someone from the party had arrived. We figured it out on our own.
Our service was extremely slow. Took a while to be waited on for drinks and to get drinks. Food arrived fairly quickly.
Took forever to get the check.
The best Italian restaurant in Frederick, by far. Outstanding food and service. And, Marco, the owner makes you feel so much at home. He always comes around to greet you. We had noted on Open Table that it was a birthday and Marco brought us a birthday dessert and he and two others sang happy birthday in Italian. Great experience.
Exceptional dinner - both service and food. Would definitely return again.
The food is always good. I was hoping for whole wheat pasta but were out of it. Everything was yummy and Marco makes everyone feel welcome.