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The Rice Bowl

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33a Cross Street | City Centre, Manchester M2 1NL, England (Formerly Golden Rice Bowl)
0161 832 9033
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 598
    Excellent
  • 246
    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 29
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good eating experiance

During a two day trip to Manchester we eat at The Rice Bowl. Nice restaurant and great food. Nothing very unusual and the Malay dish was very light on chilli. However, sent back and easily remedied. However, what they do they do well. Only negative was the way our waiter seemed to be preoccupied... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Martyn R
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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

During a two day trip to Manchester we eat at The Rice Bowl. Nice restaurant and great food. Nothing very unusual and the Malay dish was very light on chilli. However, sent back and easily remedied. However, what they do they do well. Only negative was the way our waiter seemed to be preoccupied with filling our wine glasses. It... More 

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Thank Martyn R
Manchester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So- for me this is a strange one. I went for dinner here because I thought I should give the restaurant, that I had heard so many good things about a second chance. I was invited here a few weeks ago on a work dinner, when I arrived at the time I had been told by my colleague the table... More 

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Thank Jobeth B
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Eaten here several times previously but not for some time. We had two meals both of which were not very good. The service was poor , the lady on the next table was asked how she wanted to pay while she was still eating her main course. She wasn't impressed. I was very disappointed with the Rice Bowl it seem... More 

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Thank robnolan1000
Oldham, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Ate here last Saturday with friends and had a great time, food was tasty, fresh and they offered a choice of many different dishes to some more standard restaurants. Decent portions and attentive friendly service

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Thank Frank P
Manchester, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is years since I have been to the Rice Bowl but, noticing its high rating on Tripadvisor, I thought I would give it a go. It has undergone something of a transformation in the intervening years and is now modern and uncluttered with the paraphernalia considered de rigueur in the Chinese restaurants of yesteryear. I took advantage of the... More 

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Thank Roger H
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is simply one of the best restaurants in Manchester. The food had an authentic Chinese taste (I had previously enjoyed Chinese food whilst in China) and the service was exceptional. It is a little pricier (£54 for 2 main courses + sides, 2 starters, 1 beer and 1 glass of wine) than other places I've been to in Chinatown... More 

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Thank Anca L
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here with a work colleague. Really enjoyed the food. Portions are decent, full of flavour. :) lovely place and great food. A tad pricey if you want a good selection but worth it. :)

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Thank Nicky T
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is reasonably priced and the food is great and tasty! I don't really eat Chinese food but it was a great dinner and would recommend.

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Thank Rosie W
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read reviews on TA which made our minds up to visit. Not too bad to find however please note that most of Cross St is closed due to new tramline construction. We had booked a table for 8pm and it was extremely busy initially with a great atmosphere due to 2 large parties. Started with chicken and sweetcorn soup,huge bowlful... More 

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Thank suziew1957
Rome, Italy
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We shared two starters and the seabass main course with rice bowls...delicious and delicate flavour. Staff always very nice and attentive. We have appreciated the fruit at the end of the meal, perfect.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33a Cross Street | City Centre, Manchester M2 1NL, England (Formerly Golden Rice Bowl)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: 0161 832 9033

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?