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“Friendly service, terrible food” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Giorgio's Italian Restaurant

Giorgio's Italian Restaurant
131 Portland Street, Manchester M1 4PY, England
01612365544
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Ranked #280 of 1,756 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $0 - $32
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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“Friendly service, terrible food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

We came to this restaurant before the theatre and from outside it looked quite nice. The service was friendly, although maybe a little try hard for my liking. The menu was okay but nothing really stood out. For a starter I went for prawns with white wine, garlic and chilli. This dish was served with the prawns in shell which wasn't mentioned. I cannot bear to shell prawns and had to get the other half to do this for me. The presentation was dated. The dish consisted of three prawns, a soggy bit of toast with some unidentified gravy type sauce on it and half a plate of shredded iceberg lettuce salad with a slice of orange on top. The prawns were over cooked and rubbery with no taste and certainly no sign of garlic or chilli in the dish. For about £7 this was a real letdown.

The main for me was pollo rustico whilst he went for fillet steak with a mushroom sauce. My dish was swimming in a thin, creamy but completely tasteless sauce. The fresh peas were tiny and overcooked, most of them shrivelled up to almost nothing. The steak on the other hand was nicely cooked but again, the sauce was a let down and lacking any flavour. The steak came in at just over £20 for a smallish fillet and sides had to be purchased as extra. He ordered fries which did not look to appealing and reminded me of frozen ready made chips.

Price wise, this place is not cheap and the quality of the food does not match up. It cost us over £80 for a two course meal. Drinks are expensive with a medium bottle of water costing £3.50 and bottled beer coming in at £4-£5

The decor of the place is nice at a first glance, but the longer we were in there the more it felt like a try hard cheap restaurant with tacky blue lighting at the bar area and lots of faux leather features.

All in all, this place seems to be a small, independent and possibly family business. It's approach to food is dated. The menu is large and what we tried was not well executed. They appear to be trying to place themselves on par with larger and higher end Italian restaurants rather than trying to deliver simple and fresh Italian food. Needless to say I won't be going again and was really disappointed with the meal. On the plus side, tesco is round the corner so I could pick something up before the show.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“Lovely restaurant, Lovely food, Wide variety!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

My girlfriend and I came here for an evening meal, and were welcomed warmly, and seated in seconds. Staff were patient as we browsed the (rather large!) menu, and starters came within 5 minutes of ordering. Mains also arrived fairly promptly and were plentiful. Every course was delicious, and staff were very attentive throughout the meal. Reasonably priced and a pleasant outing.
Only complaint would be the 10% (optional) service charge which is automatically added to your bill and you must ask if you wish to remove it. As we were pleased with our meal, we were happy to tip but disliked the presumption.
Overall, lovely meal and would definitely revisit!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Pleasant but not remarkable...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

Good surroundings, but lacking atmosphere, good food, reasonable price efficient service but lacking, no wow factor, just pleasant nothing remarkable seems to lack direction no one seemed enthusiastic, it just lacks any buzz, great pity as it is in a great location, maybe that is the problem they get business without having to try, and this comes over to the paying client, you leave and mentally note to try another venue...

Visited September 2013
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“Very good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

Visited here with friends on a sat evening. Had a very nice meal of mixed starter, veal followed by home made tiramisu. All very yummy. Generally very good service apart from a new waitress who did not know the menu and seemed unwilling to ask colleagues. Ended up being a little more pricy as you have to order sides to go with the meat dishes but we really enjoyed ourselves. Wine we wanted was not chilled so were offered a more expensive wine for the same price. Lovely atmosphere and would return again.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Lovely Italian!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

I always go here when we go to the theatre as they do a really good deal before 6.45pm. Lovely food, staff and service as always. Would go here even if there was no deals!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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