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“Great wine, good food, pleasant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of All Bar One - Manchester

All Bar One - Manchester
73-79 King Street, Manchester M2 4NG, England
+44 (0)161 830 1811
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Ranked #689 of 1,757 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $13 - $31
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Stylish city bar where you can catch up with friends, unwind after work or simply find a sophisticated space to indulge in an excellent selection of food.Within easy reach of Albert Square, Market Street and Deansgate, All Bar One Manchester is the perfect place to meet up with friends or unwind with work colleagues.
London, UK
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great wine, good food, pleasant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

I've been to AB1 several times over the last 2 years. It's a reliable wine bar, with a good selection of wines at reasonable prices. Visited for dinner in January, service was slow to start with, but once ordered it was turned around in reasonable time. Food was of good quality, nice selection of dishes, with good solid pub classics. There's a nice mix of seafood, beef and vegetarian dishes. Cocktail and wine list choice is excellent, staff are happy to help you choose as well. The staff are friendly, although I do get the impression that this branch is a bit understaffed as they are constantly run off their feet. Service can be slow, 2 staff to manage food orders on a Saturday night in central Manchester is not enough.
Bar has a nice ambience, with candle-lit tables, and if there are small parties in there's a pleasant atmosphere. Door staff seem to keep out hen parties :-))))
I enjoy eating here, there's always a good bottle to compliment the food. Only improvement I'd suggest is ensuring there are enough restaurant staff to cope with the demand. Will definitely go back!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“One to avoid even if on a budget”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Starters came after about a 40 min wait the place was very quiet only 9 or 10 tables dining. When they arrived the sauce they were in was all dried up and the meatballs tasted like the dogs not good at all. You could tell the food had been thrown in the microwave and waited on the ding.
Main courses again were very poor i had the fish and chips which were like warmed up cardboard My wife had a selection of tapas again which came straight from the microwave luke warm and dried up. The Childrens meals again had seen better days this is the first time i have ever seen them leave burger n chips !!!! Need i say more!!!!!!!
This place ais great place to meet and have a few beers but please what ever you do do not mistake it for a quality establishment for cuisine. I for one will not be returning.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“New Year's Eve”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We booked at ALL BAR ONE and what a disaster.They forgot are canopies on arrival then we waited 45 mins for our starters that were not fit for a dog.We then waited an hour for 4 cold sirloin steaks with no potatoes or veg.We complained and waitress seamed offended.we never got our desserts as we were asked to leave due to us offending staff.We paid £200 for 4 people plus drinks that place was run by a group idiots last night thanks a bunch HAPPY NEW YEAR

Visited December 2012
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AB1KingSt, General Manager at All Bar One - Manchester, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
To clarify, we have a legal responsibility to stop serving alcohol to anyone who is drunk. On this occasion, as members of the table were unable to identify what food had already been served to them, were slurring and swearing at staff, we made the decision to stop serving alcohol to the table. Further to this, when members of the table took to throwing food at the team members and dipping their fingers in the adjacent table's dessert, we made the difficult decision to remove the table from the building in order to protect the night for other guests.
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Champagne Breakfast did it for me!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We always enjoy going to the All Bar One as it always has a great laid back atmosphere with a good selection of drinks. I got an email about the champagne breafast for £10 and certainly enjoyed. The breakfast was delicious and service excellent.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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AB1KingSt, General Manager at All Bar One - Manchester, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
We are delighted to hear that you had a great visit to us in December, and that you had a lovely champagne breakfast. Thanks so much for your feedback, we hope to see you again soon!
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Yeh it was okay...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Busy Saturday lunchtime, we ended up here after being turned away elsewhere. It was very busy, but we managed to get a table and everything was fine until the waitress said no chicken breast & no salmon ?? Strange....and a bit stupid seeming as though its the run up to Christmas and its the weekend.

Anyway she suggested I had a chcken burger - which I was quite disappointed with really , bread that was used was cheap and nasty the same type you get from a roadside cafe. Also very greasy.
My girlfriend liked her meal though...

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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AB1KingSt, General Manager at All Bar One - Manchester, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. We have looked into your comments regarding the burger bun and we are considering alternative breads to use for the next menu launch in spring. I am pleased to hear that your girlfriend enjoyed her meal, and I hope that both of you will come back in to us soon.
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