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“Amazing value!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Steak and Lobster at Alto

Steak and Lobster at Alto
Free Trade Hall, Peter Street | Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, Manchester M2 5GP, England
+44 161 835 8903
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Ranked #296 of 2,025 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $24 - $32
Cuisines: Steakhouse, British, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Offering an exciting dining concept, Steak & Lobster Manchester has forgone a menu brimming with choice to offer just 2 dishes: a 10oz rib eye steak or a whole lobster. Enjoy views through the floor-to-ceiling windows and soak up the informal, understated atmosphere whilst appreciating the simplicity and speed of this fresh and original concept.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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176 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Amazing value!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I went here with a friend for dinner last week, and it was so good. £15 for a whole baby lobster, with unlimited fries and salad - you can't say fairer than that. We had two portions of fries and salad each and were absolutely stuffed! All the food was absolutely delicious and the staff were very attentive - they came over several times to ask if we needed anything. My only complaint is that the drinks are quite expensive, but I suppose that's to be expected in a hotel restaurant.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank Hannah K
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RyanThompsonRBEH, Manager at Steak and Lobster at Alto, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Thank you for your review, I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your Steak & Lobster experience, We do look forward to welcoming you back. @RBEHotels #SandLAlto
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“good service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

very good service, open until 10.30 so good for after show meal. Meal was as you would expect -clue in name, not the best steak and lobster ever had, but service and convienience worth while

Visited February 2013
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Thank julie c
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RyanThompsonRBEH, Manager at Steak and Lobster at Alto, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thank you for the review, I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at Steak & Lobster after the show, we hope to welcome you back again if you are ever coming to see another show in town. Opus One has also now started serving a "Chefs theatre before the theatre" which is our Pre-show menu from 17:30 and it only £20 for 2 courses and a drink!
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Manchester
1 review
“A bit contrived”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

I really feel that from reading the last few reviews I really agree with JJWAE and its a bit contrived that the last review in response is so obviously a staff member from the hotel - constructive criticism is something of an opportunity for businesses.

Went there with a colleague myself and had a nice time but tables really smaller for the amount of plates and condiments and the lobster was watery and weird but steak good but not cooked by how we asked. Basically I'm being quite nice but only because Manchester doesn't have a huge restaurant following, and no, I don't think that Jamie's counts, that's a bumped up chain, and by the way I am here very often as I have family here.

Love the Hotel (just in case that overly defensive staff member gets on one) but Steak and Lobster is yet to impress

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank sadzedz
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RyanThompsonRBEH, Manager at Steak and Lobster at Alto, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thank you for sharing your opinion, we value all of the feedback and do really aim to please everyone and build the reputation. We are constantly looking for new ways to enhance the concept and experience at Steak & Lobster @ ALTO. I can personally ensure you that the previous review was not a member of the hotel staff and was infact a guest, Thank you once again for your feedback, Ryan.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant Idea - Terrible Execution”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

I hate to write this review because it is a excellent idea and cheap.

But I am sorry to say cheap doesn't mean value...

OK let's break it down:

Staff where fine - but in a five star hotel you would hope so...
Room is OK - it's a breakfast room so again what can you say...
So the food...

The lobster aka prawn tail was utterly tasteless. I mean it was only texture - what ever highly inventive cooking practice was utilised to leech this king crustacean's sweet flavour I want to know; is a miracle of modern science. I cracked into the claw and what burst forth was torrent of bilge water, once this had cleared what was left was a sorry withered claw, muddy tasting with extreme over cooking.

The fries: limp and pale - I sent them back, the second batch were worse arrrhhh. My god they can't even cook fries. Even Ronald and the blooming Hamburglar can get this one right!

The salad was totally under dressed and weirdly watery and crushed into a tiny pot. I asked for some dressing on the side and got a mix of truffle oil and balsamic - is this a sick joke?

Finally the steak - fine I guess if you haven't had really good stuff in the past. Oh but mine was totally over cooked so ruined. Plus the knifes are so blunt you just end up pushing your steak around your plate like at idiot.

In conclusion I am aghast that if a place only does two things why does it do them so extremely badly?

Looking at the other reviews you may think I am too picky - but no - the French place on King
Street with the long name and the weird service does steak and salad perfectly every time.

Anyway it's a shame because Manchester deserves some of that 'do one thing brilliantly for a low price' thing that London and New York et al has but it is not here.

Good for people who have never been out of the bottle neck!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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1 Thank JJWAE
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“goooood!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

i made a reservation online and i have to say i was a little worried because i don't trust a lot of things on the internet confirmation of my booking came immediately which made my day. i loved the steak and the beverages i reccomend this restaurant to every one.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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1 Thank tomas s
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