When Lisa and Marcel Ortega opened their year-round restaurant, a cheer went up on the Outer Banks. Ethnic food was a much-needed addition to the downtown Manteo scene. They call their food southwestern style cooking. From Latin-influenced spring rolls, enchiladas and tacos with all the fixings to steak, seafood and pasta dishes, there is something for everyone on the menu. As parents of lots of small fry, they’ve made sure to have plenty of choices for kids, too.
Ortega'z’ chophouse salad is exceptional – especially with the Asian dressing! The southwestern spring rolls are one-of-a-kind.
The atmosphere is anything you want it to be. From casual to dressy, they welcome all their diners. It is not unusual for Lisa to be hopping from table to table warmly greeting guests.
Seating choices abound. Draw up a stool at the bar and dine away while enjoying a cocktail, glass of wine or cold beer – including a selection of drafts. Appreciate the view of downtown Manteo seated on the outdoor porch, or choose from two dining areas indoors. The restaurant has a classy, spacious feel – you are not on top of other guests – but it also manages to feel intimate, as well.
Lisa and Marcel also do full-service catering for parties, corporate events and weddings. They do not have set menus, but they design one especially for you. With more than three decades of restaurant experience, the Ortegas know how to make you feel at home and wish to return!