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“Great atmosphere, but the food could be better” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Taurus

Taurus
1 Canal Street, Manchester M1 3HE, England
+44 161 236 4593
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Ranked #49 of 1,756 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $14 - $39
Cuisines: Continental
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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“Great atmosphere, but the food could be better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Taurus has built up a solid reputation as one of the best bars on Canal Street, which it definitely deserves. Whether inside or outside in good weather, we always feel comfortable here. It's a bar which is aimed at a slightly more upmarket clientele without being overly posy or snooty. I would certainly recommend it, as a bar.

As a place to eat, however, I've been disappointed the last few times. I had fish and chips on the last occasion. It was acceptable, but nothing whatsoever to write home about. It cost over £11, so you are definitely paying for the location rather than the food. I would have put it down as a one-off but, to be honest, I've felt the same way on the last few occasions we've eaten there.

I think some people are made a bit giddy by the excitement of eating in the gay village, and have given Taurus a review very much based on the atmosphere and surroundings rather than the food. It's all part of the package of course, but if I were you, I'd just go for a drink and give the food a miss. Although I would give Taurus four or maybe even five stars as a bar, I really don't think it merits more than three stars as a restaurant.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester
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138 reviews 138 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“Good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Probably one of the best places to eat on Canal Street. Good value, decent food. They do a very good moules marinieres. Good for a leisurely lunch, especially on a Sunday.

Visited February 2012
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“wedding reception”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

I Would just like to say how Taurus made our wedding day complete, there service both before, during the planning and on the day was suberb. We had a 3 course meal which everyone commented on how lovely. The day before the wedding they accomadated our things to go straight to the railway station.
Once again just to say Taurus did a fantastic job and i would recomend them to anyone.
Much love
Niel and Jason

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best for sunshine and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Its in a good spot to enjoy the sunshine, the food is good quality and very tasty. The staff are brilliant and are very personable. Will be back again and again

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Ambience, quality and service in spades!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

After a wonderfully warm welcome and reasonably priced aperitifs, my friend and I enjoyed a delightful pesto chicken lunch at one of Taurus's famous "Window on the World" tables. . The NZ Pinot Noir was a revelation, fragrant with depth. Service was discreetly efficient without being over-attentive. Finally, price - including brandies and coffee - was a very pleasant surprise. Top class!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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