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“Excellent food and ambience” 4 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 #382 of 1,757 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $23 - $39
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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“Excellent food and ambience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

Had lunch with 3 lady friends. The food was superb and the service was very attentive. The best thing is the atmosphere . It lends itself to excellent conversation and has a feeling of exclusivity. Would recommend a visit if in Manchester .

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Usually excellent this time ok!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We usually love San Carlo's. yes the reviews are correct and the staff aren't overly friendly, but a pet hate of ours is over baring staff so this isn't a problem for us.

A positive for staff is if they seat you somewhere you don't want to be seated, they will move you to the table of your choice if you ask with little fuss which is good.

After making our way through the menu we now have our repeated favourites which are usually amazing. This time my husbands usual wasn't a patch on the usual quality. We asked if it was a new chef as the dish wasn't the usual excellent dish. There isn't a new chef, so it was just a disappointing version of my hubby's fav meal. However without us asking, the waiter removed the dish from the bill. We didn't expect this, but it was a nice touch.

This will not put us off returning as we have dined here so many times and this is the only time we haven't been wowed!

Also, would like to add that the staff are really accommodating to families with young children, which is nice for this type of restaurant!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“If there were 10 stars this place would get it. Best Italian we have ever been to!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

We visited this place on our wedding anniversary. With out a doubt the BEST Italian we have ever been too. The service is unbelievably good. People can't do enough for you. From the minute you walk through the door and from the minute you leave the building you are treated like royalty. A must visit for anyone wanting somewhere to go to eat!!? We travelled from Nottingham and it was worth the 2 hour trip. That's how good this place is.....!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastic evening”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Thank you so much for making my daughters 21st birthday meal so memorable. The food as always was excellent, also the service.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Good tasty food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Went here for a family lunch,after visiting the previous year.We were seated quickly and shown to our seats by a very 'frosty' maitre de. He had a very unwelcoming attitude. However,the waiting staff were very attentive and brought us 'tap water' without thinking we were some kind of sub species.We had plates of calamari to start with but the quality and quantity did not reflect their menu price.Our mains were all extremely tasty and well done.The food was most enjoyable.
Hopefully we will return next year.

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