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“A top notch establishment with first class staff!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Obsidian Bar & Restaurant

Obsidian Bar & Restaurant
18-24 Princess Street, Manchester M1 4LY, England
+44 (0)161 238 4348
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Ranked #472 of 1,764 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $8 - $51
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Cheshire, United Kingdom
1 review
“A top notch establishment with first class staff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Having been once before with friends, we decided to stop in for cocktails prior to dinner in Chinatown. The cocktails were amazing and the staff very skillful, the Little Green Monster being testament to this. I had the Steak & Kidney Pie followed by dessert of Custard Tart with Cinnamon Ice Cream, and my partner had the Gnocci with Blue Cheese followed by the Honeycomb Parfait (possibly, my memory was under the influence of the aforementioned cocktails at this point!). What was meant to be a quick stop off turned into an enjoyable relaxed evening, I certainly look forward to going back

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“True Mixologists!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Couldn't make a dirty martini as no olives but creating a soy sauce and basil martini, and knowing that it tasted similar, shows a real skill!

Visited August 2012
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“A bit of a surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

For saying this is a busy business class hotel. The Bar and Grill are remarkably intimate and stylish. Decor makes you feel like you should sppot Austin Powers at any moment. Food and wine choices are excellent and the steaks are to die for!

Visited December 2011
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Excellent cocktails, delicious food, wonderful staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

This could be reviewed as two separate establishments; the bar and the restaurant, as both were to a high standard, yet quite different. The bar was unexpectedly good - with a fantastic selection of delicious cocktails, with the upbeat music providing a good atmosphere. We were greeted on arrival and told our table was ready for us whenever we wanted, and were told we could enjoy some drinks in the bar first if we so wished, which we chose to do. The mojitos were especially good, and when we decided to go through to the restaurant, the food menu was of a similarly high standard.

We ordered the fishcakes and wild mushroom french toast to start, both were delicious and left us wanting more. For the main we ordered a rump steak, and the mixed grill - all the meat was cooked to perfection and was succulent. The portions were also huge - so much so that we were unable to eat a side order of salad and greens. The staff were particularly attentive, especially our waitress, who, when we had finished and wanted to go back through to the bar area with our drinks, offered to carry them for us - a nice professional touch to a lovely evening.

The only possible thing that let this evening down was the choice of music in the restaurant - in stark contrast to the bar next door - was very sombre and slightly eerie, leaving the eating atmosphere somewhat lacking. However this could still not detract away from the delicious food and the excellent customer service. Although we did not encounter any problems we got the impression that if there had been anything wrong at all the staff would have done their utmost to ensure we left satisfied.

Would definitely visit again.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Bonkers bar and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

This is a place for the more lively and loaded individuals, mega cruisy and boisterous later on. Good fun.

Food earlier in the evening is excellent.

Visited February 2012
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