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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 - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 472
    Excellent
  • 187
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 13
    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
Most recent review
Gets better and better!

Came here again for a weekend in Manchester! This time me and my girlfriend brought our mates along! 7 of us came this time, and again it was faultless! We varied meals, from duck, seaweed, prawn starters to sweet & sour Pork, beef fillet teriyaki, to crispy shredded beef. Absolutely beautiful, the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
AnthMongan3
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Came here again for a weekend in Manchester! This time me and my girlfriend brought our mates along! 7 of us came this time, and again it was faultless! We varied meals, from duck, seaweed, prawn starters to sweet & sour Pork, beef fillet teriyaki, to crispy shredded beef. Absolutely beautiful, the beef melted in your mouth and the sauces... More 

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

My family and I always try and visit China Town around Chinese New Year and treat ourselves to a lovely meal. We usually go to the Yang Sing but we're so glad we've found The Rice Bowl! Definitely the best Chinese we've experienced in this country. The decor was classy and gave a pleasant ambiance. The service was superb -... More 

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Lancs, England
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80 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

been here a few times and it never lets me down. Had the lunch time menu. Hot and sour soup then Singapore vermicelli which was amazing. Very busy on a Friday lunchtime but service was good. Brilliant restaurant.

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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We stumbled upon this fab Chinese restaurant. On entering we realised we had found a gem as the place was heaving with happy customers - at lunchtime. The staff were attentive and speedy. I had hot and sour soup and then satay chicken with boiled rice. We were spoilt with prawn crackers, dips and then some fruit to finish. All... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We went on a busy Saturday night during Chinese New Year, which in some places could have a negative impact on service and quality of food but this was not the case at the rice bowl! We were served promptly with our drinks and food order. I would definitely recommend the duck in plum sauce the duck pieces were large... More 

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Went on Saturday at Chinese New Year. Plenty of atmosphere as you'd expect and packed to capacity. Service started well but not all the main course arrived together which needed a prompt to bring out the missing dishes. Food was really nice but wouldn't put it in the best Chinese meal ever category. Maybe the fact the place was so... More 

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Booked this restaurant on the strength of other TA reviews and it did not disappoint! Took some finding with the roadworks on cross street at the moment and my wife was grumbling that it was not actually in Chinatown itself (she changed her mind when the food was served though). Had booked for 7 people on a sat before Chinese... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

I have visited the Rice Bowl on many occasions and I'm always very happy with the food and service. The hosts are extremely polite and welcoming. This is not your usual Chinese food you are used to from takeaways; it is proper traditional Chinese dishes. The chefs are very good and use top quality ingredients. The presentation is nice and... More 

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Chose the Rice Bowl on the recommendation of tripadviser reviews but could not believe it would be as good as the reviews suggest. It was! Excellent service, friendly staff and the best Chinese meal we have had in many years.

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Offenbach, Germany
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A typical case of: Nice decor, well-presented but totally bland, inauthentic Chinese food. No comparison to "Red Chilli" (not even to the dingy, poor-service Manchester Portland Street branch - which offers much better food!). It's an elegant, amiable downtown Manchester Chinese restaurant: roomy, relatively bright, family-friendly, with uncommonly nice and efficient service. But then there's the food. It's dull. It's... More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
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?