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“Great service, great food.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Carlo - Manchester

San Carlo - Manchester
40 - 42 Kings Street West, Manchester M3 2WY, England
+44 161 834 6226
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Ranked #395 of 1,718 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $23 - $38
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Set in the hub of Manchester's King Street West, this brand-new concept restaurant is the feather in the cap of the San Carlo group's award-winning chain of Italian restaurants. A departure from the regular San Carlo formula, the dining room boasts an open, light and airy all-white space with red accents, and a stylish bar and lounge area perfect for pre/post dinner drinks. The menu is an lavish celebration of traditional seafood-led Italian cuisine, and favourite dishes include the Scallops San Carlo; Tagliatelle Monte Carlo – pasta served with sautéed shallots and diced monkfish in a creamy tomato and white wine sauce; and the traditional spiced Italian sausages cooked with Borlotti beans.
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Great service, great food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Excellent and extensive Italian food served in "buzzing" but classy surroundings by attentive staff who always seem to be around at just the right time. Highly recommended.

Visited October 2012
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“Excellent food, good atmosphere..you may even spot a footballer!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Ate here during December, late lunch for Business. AS it was December is was very busy, but the atmosphere when it's full has a great vibe. Even though every table was full, this didn't affect the service level. The menu is extensive and so choosing what you want can take a while...but that's not a bad thing. There were 4 of us and we all has something different. I'd recommend the trout/crab/avocado cold starter it really was fantastic. I think some people can be put off because it's popular with footballers and local celebs and might be deemed a little pretentious, but I didn't find it like that...also saw 2 footballers!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“The best Italian ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Absolutely love San Carlo, a truly special place that ticks every box. Great food, wonderful busy atmosphere, brilliant wine list and un-matchable customer service.

We had lunch here during a busy shopping trip last week and as always it didn't disappoint.

Can't wait for our next trip to Manchester.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“If you want Italian then you must eat here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Need to book well ahead - this confirms the popularity of the restaurant - extensive menu - Pizza & Pasta dishes are superb! Greta atmosphere - if yiy want a quiet meal then eat somewhere else - this is about conversation, great food & impressive service.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“good food, too noisy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

If you are looking for a nice intimate night out this is NOT the place to go. My wife and I had been looking forward to visiting here for months but it wasn't what we expected. As soon as you arrive you are greeted with noise from a couple of hundred customers and it certainly has the feel of a fast food joint. Everybody is rushing about and we couldn't really relax. We had to shout at each other to be heard as this place is so loud. Having said that the food was very good although a bit pricey and you had the impression they wanted you to eat up and vacate the table. Also compulsory service charge is a bit of cheek. Ok but won't go back.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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