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Sweet Mandarin

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Chinese, Gluten Free, Asian
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19 Copperas Street | at the Design House, Manchester M4 1HS, England
+44 (0)161 832 8848
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Description: Sweet Mandarin stands out on the Manchester restaurant scene for its...
Sweet Mandarin stands out on the Manchester restaurant scene for its vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere, modern Chinese menu and killer cocktails. Located in the chic Design House on Copperas Street, the award-winning restaurant is based on a simple philosophy: quick service, delicious pan Asian cooking and value for money. Whether you're in the mood for a memorable meal in the minimalist dining room, or after-work cocktails, celeb-spotting and Chinese tapas in the bar – this is the place for you. Working in a theatrical exhibition kitchen, the high-energy chefs use Mandarin style woks and traditional techniques to prepare classic dishes such as beef with sweet peppers and black bean sauce; Shanghai vegetables with garlic and chilli sauce; and General Tse's sweet and sour chicken
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  • 83
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  • 57
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  • 44
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Our first and last time.

Eat here on a busy Saturday evening. I cannot fault the service or the excellent food. My gripes are 1. The gents toilet was more like a paddling pool, no excuse for that. 2. Asked 4 times if we wanted our picture taken so they could post it to facebook. 3. The optional 10% service charge added was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mike769953
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Bury, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Only a small restaurant but very popular. Been here several times and always enjoyed it. They have an extensive choice of gluten free dishes which is unusual in a Chinese restaurant. Portions are good size and very tasty. Staff treat you very personally and when they found we were celebrating my birthday they brought me a slice of chocolate fudge... More 

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Thank AVA2325
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We booked a table a few weeks prior to our visit and was a little concerned at the reviews I had read. There was no reason for this. We were there to celebrate my daughters birthday. On arrival we were shown to our table and asked who was celebrating. The waitress returned with a lovely birthday card and asked to... More 

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Thank 764deborahr
Bury, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
78 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Eat here on a busy Saturday evening. I cannot fault the service or the excellent food. My gripes are 1. The gents toilet was more like a paddling pool, no excuse for that. 2. Asked 4 times if we wanted our picture taken so they could post it to facebook. 3. The optional 10% service charge added was explained as... More 

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Thank Mike769953
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here with friends recently to celebrate Chinese New Year. Before visiting the restaurant I'd seen all the stuff about Gordon Ramsay and David Cameron on their website so thought it couldn't be too bad but I had also been warned by my parents that they had heard (from their friends) that it's nothing great, and they were right. The... More 

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Thank jenny2091
Scotland
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I really had high hopes, but this retaurant just didn't have "it". Happy to see short menu, ,happy to have hot plates put on the table,but by the time the food arrived the plates were cold. The firecracker chicken wa chicken in jam with chillis thrown in, beef and noodle dish and interesting back story in the menu was a... More 

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Thank ukdianeuk
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the fourth time I have visited Sweet Mandarin, the last being maybe three years ago. I was surprised - pleasantly ! - to be remembered when walking through the door on a busy Saturday night. I'd had some email chat beforehand, to make the reservation and to explain it was a for a family celebration, but no pictures... More 

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Thank WilliamBradshaw
Manchester, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here with family after a day in Manchester, we did book and I'm glad we did because the amount of people whilst we were that were getting turned away was A lot. As for the food it was served well and tasted good no issues and tasted like previous Chineses we've Eaten at, we ate from the banquet menu... More 

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Thank MRS-PEEPS
Kuwait
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Slow service, bad food compared to any Chinese restaurant in the world, i wouldn't serve this food to my dog!! Simply if i cooked a Chinese recipe in my toilet water it will taste better.

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1 Thank Meshal85
Worsley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really disappointed tonight. I had a friend up from London and had the whole of Manchester to pick from. Trip Adviser reviews for Sweet Mandarin were mostly positive and having seen from outside before I knew it as what I thought was a decent looking restaurant. We had to refuse a photo at the table before we ordered. What was... More 

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3 Thank DolbyA
London, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here because it was one of highest rated Chinese in Manchester. Either those reviews are spoof or we went on a very very off night. The food was quite simply dire. The menus did look promising and I was very pleased to see a whole gluten free menu option too. We opted for the fixed meal (banquet) as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 19 Copperas Street | at the Design House, Manchester M4 1HS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)161 832 8848

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 22 - 51
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Gluten Free, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups

Description

Sweet Mandarin stands out on the Manchester restaurant scene for its vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere, modern Chinese menu and killer cocktails. Located in the chic Design House on Copperas Street, the award-winning restaurant is based on a simple philosophy: quick service, delicious pan Asian cooking and value for money. Whether you're in the mood for a memorable meal in the minimalist dining room, or after-work cocktails, celeb-spotting and Chinese tapas in the bar – this is the place for you. Working in a theatrical exhibition kitchen, the high-energy chefs use Mandarin style woks and traditional techniques to prepare classic dishes such as beef with sweet peppers and black bean sauce; Shanghai vegetables with garlic and chilli sauce; and General Tse's sweet and sour chicken
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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