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“Back on track!!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of San Carlo - Manchester

San Carlo - Manchester
Ranked #173 of 2,185 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $19 - $31
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
Manchester
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Back on track!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014

Last time I ate here the food was 'not so good' that was about a year ago and things have definitely improved....I was thinking about the lobster ravioli a week after I had eaten it ..delicious.
The only problem was that although we booked a table for 9.30 we waited over 1/2 hour and there were many other people waiting also including a heavily pregnant lady, this was not acceptable.I threatened to leave only then were we seated. And yes in agreement with the previous review the hostess was very unwelcoming, immature and rude.
Once we were 'finally' seated the service was great albeit very crowded and hectic...I would go here only on a weekday from now on.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Bad service, Average food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014

I really don't understand the fuss about this restaurant! The service was terrible. 5 mins after we ordered the food was slammed down on the table. 1 of the chicken dishes wasn't cooked properly. The waiters attitude was really bad when we asked him to take it back. a couple of minutes later the same piece of chicken was slammed down again.
For what you pay you expect good food n a little respect and both of them was lacking! Ive had better Italian food from less hyped restaurants. Id never eat there again.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Lancashire
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67 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

Went for our anniversary. San carlo isn't the place for a quiet romantic meal. It's fun, lively and buzzing with a great atmosphere.
In the past the service hasn't been great but this time everything was spot on. The food was perfect. Been lots of times and will definitely be back soon. Thanks for a great night.

Visited July 2014
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Stratford upon Avon
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Cabaret with food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014

I booked dinner for 5 on a Thursday evening in July and with 2 of my guests from Manhattan expectations were high. The restaurant, as usual, was a sea of activity and noise and very very busy with a high celebrity content. The service was very good, especially when that busy and the food of the very high standard that San Carlo delivers week in week out. We all chose different starters and main courses and a variety of drinks and wines. We were not let down and the service was timely and came with that theatre and performance that only loud Italian restaurants seems capable of mastering well. San Carlo is not the place to go if you want an intimate quiet dinner; it is a bedlam of activity and noise but for atmosphere and what seems like a giant birthday bash it is unbeatable. No wonder it is full most days.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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wilmslow
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Manchester Central San Carlo Super”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014

Arrived at about 430pm and had drinks at bar followed by early supper. The service was excellent and the food as lovely as ever. I had pasta stuffed with lobster and crab in a creamy sauce, my friend had the prawns. Its always a pleasure going into San Carlo, great lively atmosphere and attention to detail. Cant fault the place.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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