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“'Screech'!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Steak and Lobster at Alto

Steak and Lobster at Alto
Free Trade Hall, Peter Street | Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, Manchester M2 5GP, England (Manchester City Centre)
+44 161 835 8903
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Ranked #299 of 1,648 restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $24 - $32
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Manchester City Centre
Description: Offering an exciting dining concept, Steak & Lobster Manchester has forgone a menu brimming with choice to offer just 2 dishes: a 10oz rib eye steak or a whole lobster. Enjoy views through the floor-to-ceiling windows and soak up the informal, understated atmosphere whilst appreciating the simplicity and speed of this fresh and original concept.
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“'Screech'!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

The food was fine - steak for moi - although, for the price (c.£15.00 per plate) methinks the accompaniment (slimline fries and salad - served in little bowls - see photograph) was a little on the small side. That said, extra portions were offered to us - but only towards the completion of our consumption.
The choice of beers was nothing special - just the usual. The wine list was fine - as was that tipple or two or three...!
The cheese board was fine except for the (as usual everywhere it would seem) inadequate amount of biscuits / wafers. Fortunately a 'top up' was provided upon request.
The service was alright, if a little slow. This may have been down to staff numbers. The staff though were fine. That said, a nubile young foreign waitress (Eastern European) always had to repeat her lines to us - she was perhaps a little quiet, but, the loud (for the setting) musak did not help !
The bill for two came to £83.00 - ouch - it was good, but... A word of warning - a 10% service charge comes as part of it - looking on the bright side - no need to tip !

Good to see this fine old building thriving - even at what was effectively the back of stage area !

Niggles ? - aye - the loose seating has a nasty tendency to screech upon the hard floor when moved.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Good food, great value, excellent service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Had a very enjoyable visit to Alto recently.

As you will probably know there are only 2 choices - you have either rib eye steak or whole lobster. Both served with a green salad and fries.

There were 3 in my group and we all chose lobster. You could have it steamed or grilled. The presentation is lovely, really gorgeous plates. The lobster was very well cooked and tasted fantastic. Surprisingly, the green salad was absolutely delicious!! Both the fries and salads were replenished at no extra charge which was a lovely surprise.

Of course, lobster, even a whole one, is never going to be the most filling meal. But its absolutely delicious and worth ordering here as you won't find it at this price anywhere else! Besides, with 2 rounds of fries you won't exactly go hungry! Just don't have unrealistic expectations about how much flesh can actually be in a lobster shell.

There were 3 desserts on offer all for a very very reasonable price. The knickerbocker glory was amazing! So tasty, especially the raspberry cream element.

When I called up to reserve the table I was asked if we were celebrating a special occasion. It was in fact one of our birthdays. It was a lovely surprise for him to be served a complementary chocolate brownie complete with candle!

The service was great all night in fact. Really attentive and incredibly friendly. When we asked to move tables (simply because we changed our mind) our waitress was very obliging and made us feel like it was no trouble. She was actually funny and cracked a few jokes which was fantastic and matched our humour! English clearly wasn't even her first language!

We visited on a saturday night and the place was busy enough to create a bit of atmosphere. I read a review where the author complained about the height of the chairs compared with the booth seating at the opposite side of the table. I can honestly say we didn't notice at all.

All in all I have no complaints at all about Steak and Lobster at Alto. We had a great night.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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RyanThompsonRBEH, Manager at Steak and Lobster at Alto, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write this detailed review, I am very pleased to hear that you al enjoyed the Steak & Lobster experience, We look forward to welcoming you back soon, Many Thanks.
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“Saturday Lunchtime Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

We visited Manchester on a Saturday as we were attending a concert in the evening.
We chose Alto as I love lobster and my partner steak ! Also the special offer of £15 per head with unlimited fries and salad caught our eye.
The style and ambience of the hotel and restaurant was very impressive and the staff were professional and welcoming.
Our waitress was knowledgeable and the food was great. My grilled lobster was lovely and my partners steak also cooked to order (well done ,not always the case !) We had at least two refills of fries and salad and the knickerbocker glory and the cheese board were also delicious. The wine we chose was a Malbec and at around £20 it was a bargain.
All in all a great place to spend the afternoon (especially with England v New Zealand on the television in the bar !)

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RyanThompsonRBEH, Manager at Steak and Lobster at Alto, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Thank you for this review, it is great that you like the style and ambience of the restaurant and of the hotel. Thank you for recognising the level of service that we pride ourselves upon. We all do look forward to welcoming you back to the Free Trade Hall and Steak & Lobster @ ALTO.
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“Great value and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This is a no brainer, just do it! Quick simple and flawless but poplar so check before you head out to avoid waiting.

Visited November 2012
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RyanThompsonRBEH, Manager at Steak and Lobster at Alto, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Thank you for this great review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the style of service. The restaurant is large and we try to accommodate everyone and keep waiting time to a minimum. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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“Simple but good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

The ribeye steak was a good piece of meat cooked well. The lobster was also tasty but perhaps not the largest. Go for the steak if hungry! The fries and salad were also very nice and replenished for free. Overall this is somewhere you would go if you wanted some good food but were in a hurry. You'd probably go elsewhere for a special occasion meal though. We will be back!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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RyanThompsonRBEH, Manager at Steak and Lobster at Alto, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post this review. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the Steak. Have you tried our Opus One restaurant for a more formal setting – this would suit any special occasion. It is fantastic to hear you will be back, Thank you!
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