Browns - Manchester

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£26 to £40
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Contemporary British
ENJOY THE BUZZ OF BROWNS ANY TIME OF DAY Browns in Manchester is the converted Athenaeum, formerly one of the city’s most famous pubs but originally the imposing banking hall of Parrs Bank. Designed by Charles Heathcote in 1902, it’s a lovely example of Edwardian baroque architecture with some beautiful art nouveau detailing, particularly in the wrought iron work. We’re right at the heart of this friendly and welcoming city centre – and like every Browns restaurant, the atmosphere is lively, the food

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JulianaH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiente, food and service. I really recommend it.

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Vickyhhhh
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was shockingly poor it wasn’t that busy but waited a long time for everything. Food was okay

DE
DaveE
Manchester
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was just ok, apart from the stunning building. We visited on a sunday afternoon, don't sit near the pianist if you want a conversation

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OpenTable Diner
London
15 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome evening

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ValF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a large party so we’re in a private area of the restaurant. We had excellent service from the staff that evening from arrival. The meals were served together and everyone enjoyed their choice of meal. Good range of options on the menu meant everyone could find something to suit them. Would definitely return. Only one suggestion would be that they had some background music in the room to add to the ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice evening out with my wife, no special occasion just a treat for a very hard working lady. The ambiance in this place is always very nice coupled with very pleasant staff.
The food was excellent as always . Will visit again soon I'm sure.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

80th birthday mral

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very accommodating as we showed up with one extra person and they seated us without a problem

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LynneC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Lovely food in nice surroundings.
Just enough waiting time between courses.
Drinks a little expensive.
Service charge which infuriates me.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and surroundings, all brought together by great staff. Shame that some food items were unavailable but that probably proves how popular they are.

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Jenks
London
17 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Veggie / cheese board option was not good - food was warm, not hot. Service and ambience however was impeccable.

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LucindaS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Lovely place and atomosphere. Slightly long delay between starter and main being served and pasta dish that came out was lukewarm which was slightly disappointing. Overall good food and would return in future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice bite to eat at Sunday lunchtime. Good staff. Nice food. Restaurant quite quiet. Toilets pretty tired and in need of refurbish quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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Jenks
London
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Although quite empty we had to wait a long time to be acknowledged even though staff passed by us many times. After ordering, the service was very slow and the food when it arrived quite cold. However, this is a beautiful place - we have been before (excellent food/service that time) and will probably go again.

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Jenks
London
17 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Lovely building excellent food and amazing staff. Would highly recommend.

J
Jeff
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very attentive staff and good food. Very relaxing.

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Susiep
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Have been to 3 Browns restaurants and they are all in fabulous old buildings, so have great ambiance. The food is always tasty and well presented and the staff are very courteous without being obtrusive.

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Darren
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great Place but poor food, I could have made the Chicken Schnitzel at home for 1/4 of the price and it would have been just as good

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food and service was good but the restaurant was very cold

RP
RichardP
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and great service. Only disappointment is that their booking system does not link to Opentable, so they had no record of our booking. Luckily they could fit us in, despite a busy Saturday night. But pointless booking Browns through Opentable.

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Parky
Manchester
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a really nice time, food was excellent and so was the service. The only downside was the very loud music which meant raised voices at our table. Not sure why it has to be nightclub volume levels at 17:30 in the evening in a restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Tiny tiny portions, me and my 4 girlfriends were so hungry even after eaten our desserts, we felt embarrassed to order more food. My friend ordered creme Brûlée and it had a consistency of custard, they did bring another one and it was a tiny bit firmer but the bottom was fluid. My friend was a little disappointed as that was her favourite dessert.
Service was ok, the girl that served us was nice, but I think could be friendlier.
The corridor to the toilets had pieces of toilet paper scattered across the carpet, it was so weird to find it so messy, especially it was Saturday, expected a cleaner environment.
Thats it.

SF
SurreyFoodie
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambience and good food. Would recommend (and I'm not from the area).

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OpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was really quick and staff were really friendly. Food was good

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FoodieDeb
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Good food but poor service had to ask for everything different people served us and that is why we were forgotten about

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I dined at Brown's with my daughter before we headed off to watch a play. The service was very good as was the food; I love the ambiance in Brown's and it's a very pleasant dining experience. On this visit, we realised after we'd left that we had left some shopping under the table and fortunately our waitress had retrieved it and kept it safe for us when we returned.

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vipBLDE
London
93 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The setting here is a wonderful old bank but we were overpowered by the echoing bar noise on arrival and asked for a quiet table. Once we sat down it was a bit better and the service was excellent and friendly. We had the 'two courses for £10.95' special and it was good. Tasty ham & mustard terrine to start with then very tender minute steak, nicely served. We decided to add a dessert.
I chose the Blueberry mess. Disappointing, virtually entirely cream, with a stray blueberry or two and very little meringue.
I left most of it. Excellent reaction from the waitress who asked why I hadn't finished it and listened attentively to my opinion and said she would convey it to the chef. I wasn't making a fuss particularly or asking for any redress but felt that she showed very good training in terms of customer complaints. It's so important that a complaint is properly acknowledged. Either way, it was a successful meal and very enjoyable so it was really only a minor detail.

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JohnT
Gloucestershire
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really good service and quality of food cant fault it in anyway only forgot the starter order but probably good as the main and pud was enough with the drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Aberdeen
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, good service, scallops slightly over cooked and tried to switch the wine we ordered to a lower quality wine but other than that thinks were pretty much perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to have a meal with your friends or date.

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Salv
Manchester
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Very disappointed in the food, the slow service and the cheek of adding 10% service charge, which should not be down to them how much tip I should leave.!!! The amount if food was so little, that I had to get a takeaway straight after!!

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

When arriving they had no knowledge of my booking. Apprently open table and Browns system does not work together. Luckily they had space for us. I booked this table weeks ago as it was important. Very very disappointing they had no booking for us. If there had've been no tables free what then????

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ValentinesDateNite
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentines date night, with set menu. Service, quality of food on special valentines menu was exceptional, drinks quality (cocktails) were all spot on - a great venue, a great experience and we will return. Another gem to add to our dining out list.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service.
Will definitely be visiting again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Food was just about acceptable, but not city centre restaurant standard, and certainly not value for moderate to high cost.

Waiting staff were good.

Cocktails served were below average.

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OpenTable Diner
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal, in a great place with great service. Would definitely recommend!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Arrived earlier than booking but were accommodated. Excellent staff and good service. Enjoyed the meal. Child menu good value

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyable meal at Brown's. Attentive, pleasant staff. The vegetarian food was original, and well-presented. Good range of beer and wine available. We were pleased to be seated in the back of the restaurant, as it was quite noisy around the bar, with the music at too high a volume. That would be my only quibble.

CL
CheshireLady
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We would definitely not return to dine at Brown's. The building looks depressing, it was cold, the portions were tiny & although it was not very busy, the service was appalling. They also have the nerve to add a service charge to the bill for their service.

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Browns - Manchester is rated 4 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

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