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portland street, Manchester, England
0161-228-3388
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 42
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  • 25
    Poor
  • 47
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Ideal for concert or theatregoers who are in a hurry

Essentially this is good value dining. Lots of choices. The layout is a bit random, with savoury items situated in alongside fruit and sweet choices. It’s easy to miss the soup, which is located at the far end of the main course buffet, along with rice and other savoury dishes. Given that it’s... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Rob K
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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Essentially this is good value dining. Lots of choices. The layout is a bit random, with savoury items situated in alongside fruit and sweet choices. It’s easy to miss the soup, which is located at the far end of the main course buffet, along with rice and other savoury dishes. Given that it’s an ‘all you can eat’ the £10.95... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

What's happened to this place? We've been eating here since it first opened as it was a good buffet. After the latest price increase we thought it would lead to even better food, but the opposite has happened. Our last two visits were disappointing. After the first of these visits we thought it was just one of those things, left... More 

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manchester
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80 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

Ok theres plenty of selection but it comes at a price and is tasteless and very bland. Also if they put you at the table near the steps inside say no coz it will feel like mini earthquakes each time another customers walks up and down them, and theres a lot of customers. Staff on till do not smile and... More 

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Burnley
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We just had a company lunch here yesterday - it is clean and there is plenty of selection - BUT all the food was very bland and lacked taste, salt & pepper chicken wings had no "Zing" to them and the ribs were lacking in the basics of Chinese cooking. I have to say I was disappointed and we did... More 

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Used to travel to eat at City Buffet but this weekend was appaling. Food was greasy and inedible. Even the desserts were tasteless. Very disappointing considering as we ve been going there for quite some time. They did offer a ten percent discount which wasnt worth it considering as all three of us were ill upon returning home. What a... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Business lunch let down as there was a limited choice of now cold hot food at lunch time. Buffet city used to serve up some of the freshest and tastiest Chinese cuisine but something has gone radically wrong. As a desert option they offer bourbons and Jamie Dodgers, custard creams amongst other bulk buy cost co sugar snacks. The ginger... More 

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Andover, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Not alot to say about this restaurant really. We were seated very quickly by a pleasant young man. We were asked about drinks straight away, which were served by the time we got back from getting our 'first course' Food was hot and always kept topped up. I've had nicer rice in other places.. but that didn't bother me as... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I was thoroughly dissapointed with my visit to buffet city, most of the food just had a bland flavour and food that didn't taste of anything just didn't taste right. The best food at the buffet was the chips! When it came to the dessert section I was again thoroughly dissapointed, the ice cream was watery and came out of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The service the choice of food the array of desserts and the value for money...All excellent would highly recommend really worth a visit

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Again I was tired and pushed for time, so with a little trepidation I entered and was ushered to a seat. It was very clean and the staff very friendly. For a no thrills eating experience it came out a good winner. I liked some of the dishes and found a few old favourites to satisfy my hunger.

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Additional Information about buffet city

Address: portland street, Manchester, England
Phone Number: 0161-228-3388
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisine: Chinese

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: portland street, Manchester, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: 0161-228-3388

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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