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Velvet Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.velvetmanchester.com
  • Phone: 0161 236 9003
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Friday: 7am - 11am; Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays: 8am - 11am

    Lunch & Dinner:
    Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Tom Parkin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Piccadilly Train station
    Piccadilly Bus station
    Piccadilly Tram
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details:
    Street parking to rear
A word from Velvet
Established in 1996 and located only a couple of minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly, at the heart of Canal Street, Velvet restaurant offers a relaxed & informal dining experience in newly refurbished, exquisite surroundings.
Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch & dinner, the modern British menu offers a diverse range of small plates, light meals & main dishes with Mediterranean influences, for the discerning diner.
The lively dining room is complimented by a sumptuous lounge bar with an upbeat crowd & extensive cocktail menu & an award winning, 19 bedroom Boutique hotel.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Value
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBritish
Diner Reviews
  • "Amazing evening me and my partner really enjoyed the food and the staff were lovely."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "The food is good and the service impeccable - the option to sit inside or outside is good but perhaps not one that I would choose to exercise in December !!"
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "Velvet is our go to place for lunch for office birthday's and occasions, always good food - we sat outside in the sunshine on Tuesday and had the express menu which is excellent value as the portions are a good size and it includes a glass of wine. We all had different options and they were all excellent, they also catered well for 1 of our party with allergies. We will be back again soon."
    dined on 05/08/2014
  • "Fantastic food and service, lovely atmosphere and highly recommended."
    dined on 03/08/2014
  • "Ate here with my partner and mother in law. I had the crispy beef strips with salad. Very good, although a little too salty for my taste. Enjoyed the shared starter platter, the chorizo and chicken rolls are simply delicious. Everyone enjoyed their food and the service from the two waiters was efficient, friendly and very nice. A nice touch when a waiter comes over and refreshes the wine glasses! A nice restaurant with great food, nice ambience, great staff and busy!"
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "Brilliant time as always !! Staff very helpful and food etc.. outstanding ! Whether just sat having a drink outside or a nice meal in the restaurant you can guarantee you will enjoy the experience."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "I made my second visit to Velvet this week. I was so impressed with the quality of the food and the prompt and excellent service, despite the venue being very busy, that I had to visit again. Both experience were very different but both fantastic. The first time I was seated indoors and the second outside. I usually struggle for vegetarian dishes but the menu seemed to cater a number of dishes for the vegetarian. The wild mushroom risotto was wonderful, as was the chocolate sava - exquisite food. Overall a great dining experience."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "We used Velvet for a ladies night - all aged between mid 30's - mid 60's and suited everyone. I asked for a 'nice' table as was a reunion and we got one. The cost was excellent and the service was spot on! Six of us sat in there all evening from 6.30 to almost midnight. All except 2 people was drinking wine, spirits etc and the bill including food for 6, soft drinks for 2 and lots alcoholic drinks for the rest of us was around £230. Excellent value. The only thing I might suggest is that the vege options was not that great, with risotto being the only real main. We had 2 vege's out of 6 of us, so if 30% of people want vege then that should be reflected in the menu maybe? Would recommend Velvet - we had a lovely time."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Good food and good value, but above all a perfect place for a chinwag; far too many places make your conversation compete with background music. Velvet has got the ambience just right."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "Velvet in the heart of the Manchester GAY village is an excellent place to dine, meet friends or stay the night. My dining experience has always been excellent and staff and service are more than accommodating."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "Some plates were okay, others were terrible, but none stood out. Pizza was soggy, tasteless and undercooked, "salad" was an utter joke with sad wilted leaves and way too much dressing. Good service and nice setting on the canal. Skip the food, have the drinks."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "On a busy evening the problem was the length of time in being served and between courses. Although the food was good and the service pleasant, those delays certainly detracted and it was especially frustrating that, after a long delay for the starter, there was then an equally lengthy gap before the main course arrived."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "The title of my review says it all! I've had romantic meals here, birthdays, Christmas parties, you name it there over the years and have always (apart for one occasion in 2004) had a fantastic time and had wonderful food."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "10 of us came, service was friendly. Food very nice and well organised. Would go again."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Went there mid-week on a whim after hearing a few good things about this place. The food is fine, but not outstanding - although everything on the menu is good value for money. Service was friendly and fast, and all in all a pleasant experience if not particularly special. The outdoor seating by the canal would be fantastic on a good weather day..."
    dined on 16/06/2014
  • "the food and service wass very good the sat night we were their.it wasnt quite as busy as it usually is.we just felt the wine at 25 pounds was a bit expensive .thought we had ordered a house white sauvignon blanc.made the meal a little expensive."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Always love Velvet though I think the menu could do with a few more options on it"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Great food, great atmosphere, great service. Enjoyed our visit and weekend stay in the Velvet Hotel. A great experience and will definitely stay there again when we go back to Manchester."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "I enjoyed their meal deal by 7pm. They offer good fusion cuisine of Asian and Western styles."
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "We dined recently as have had lovely experiences in the past. However, a surly, disinterested and unhelpful waiter waited us on this time. It ruined a special occasion for us and we shall not be returning."
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "Restaurant wasn't overly busy. Was asked what we want to order. Everything we chose they said was sold out. Took 3 attempts. One friend could not find anything he liked, and when asked if something was available they said they stopped serving it an hour. Surely you could still serve it now given that half the menu, including sunday roasts, were unavailable at only 5pm? Waited and waited and waited for the food. When it arrived it was pretty awful. Bad service, bad food. The previous time I went the service was even worse and the orders were completely wrong with no apology. I now realise why it has been empty every time I go lately. Such a shame, it used to be one of the best places to eat in Manchester."
    dined on 04/05/2014
  • "Me, my partner and his parents went for my partner's birthday meal. We all had a main course which was delicious! The staff were all very polite and friendly- they were always happy to help. Overall very good food, nice staff and it was different to the usual which made a nice change. Would go there again for sure! "
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "Booked a table for myself and long term friend, the retaurant was pleasantly decorated, menu quite comprehensive with a favourable wine list However the forced and slightly fake "Hi guys" from the staff was bot annoying and so obviously rehearsed"
    dined on 30/04/2014
  • "I love Velvet. Who doesn't. I don't think i could even try and remember the number of times I have eaten there over the years. Food is always good, nice atmosphere and I love the bar upstairs. The only bad side is the service sometimes. Everytime I go it always seems to go to pot when trying to pay the bill and leave. Took forever to get someones attention to ask for the bill. Then it didn't come and had to ask again. Then they put the bill on the table and we waited 20 mins for someone to come take our card payment even though the card was on full view, which I see as an indication we want to pay. Seems to be a recurring theme. "
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "I took a friend from down south !!! he eats a lot in London but Velvet matched up!! great ambience, great service and great food!!! a must!!"
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "This is a fantastic place to dine and the staff are fabulous. The food I thought was amazing and we will be going back, that's for sure. We went to celebrate a birthday and again the staff went the extra mile which I had requested when I booked the table. I really couldn't be happier very nice place and one of my best restaurants. "
    dined on 23/04/2014
  • "A recommended dining experience. A minor criticism is that some dishes are a little on the small side. However food is cooked to perfection. "
    dined on 21/04/2014
  • "This place never fails food amazing staff amazing ambience fantastic go here for every time we are in Manchester and always look forward to it "
    dined on 20/04/2014
  • "Fabulous food, I had the salmon and a lot of the girls had steak, they all really enjoyed their meal and mine was beautiful. Fantastic service, the staff made you very welcome and nothing was to much trouble, great staff very helpful. I would recommend this restaurant to all as I couldn't of chosen better for a great start to a great Hen party weekend....Thank you for a great dining experience in Manchester, defiantly coming back. x x "
    dined on 18/04/2014
  • "Visited with 3 friends. Had a lovely meal and the menu was just that little bit different. Would definitely go back. Menu prices seemed pretty good but added up considerably with extra's e.g. side dishes/vegatables. Price: 2 course meal for 4 with 1 bottle of wine and 1 bottle of water and coffee's £ 145.00. Would recommend. "
    dined on 15/04/2014
  • "Went with a friend for. Meal for 2, the place is amazing!! Down the staircase and across the fish tank awaits a calm warm and welcoming host and an amazing shabby chic interior! Hosts were very attentive and checked on us regularly ( and even timed it so we didn't have a mouthful of food!!!) food came in good time and perfect time left in between starter and main. nothing was too much trouble for the staff even with my slightly fussy order everything was perfect will Deffo be returning in the future :)"
    dined on 07/04/2014
  • "Lovely food, nice atmosphere. Only one thing that slightly let the restaurant down was the staff interaction., although the place was full of diners, a little more time should have been spare for customer banter."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "This was my first booking with Velvet (found through Google) for my friend's birthday. On the online booking form I requested "sparkle" for the table to make it a little more special. The restaurant did not disappoint. Lovely glittery table, fantastic service, gorgeous food and even a cake and candle at the end. Would most definitely recommend this restaurant."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "As usual the food was excellent, with interesting mixtures of taste which succeed."
    dined on 02/04/2014
  • "Dined at velvet with work friends and had a nice bite to eat and a drink, the menu had just been updated and there is choice for everyone. Great value in a lovely setting. Staff were attentive and friendly."
    dined on 02/04/2014
  • "The beef sunday roast we had was cooked perfectly, served with a plate of freshly cooked green beans, cauliflower and carrots, with some roast potatoes and lots of thick gravy- perfect !!"
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "Very good ambience, we had a bit of a wait so the manageress offered us free drinks for the wait. Very nice good and would definitely recommend."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "We had a lovely late lunch at Velvet. It was also my birthday so we felt it was a great opportunity to take our friend who had never been before. She really enjoyed the whole experience. Velvet has become a particular favourite of ours on Canal Street. We will definitely go back soon."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "We wanted to eat in town and after previously visiting Velvet we decided to return. The staff provided excellent service and the food Prawns and Mushroom to start were very tasty. This was then followed by the Fillet steak which was cooked perfectly. All washed down with a bottle of red, resulted in a very nice dining experience to which we will return. Thank you Velvet!"
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "I took my mother here before 7pm on a Friday evening (to take advantage of their special deals) and we received excellent service, in nice surroundings with well cooked and presented food. They were even helpful enough to slightly change the menu for us by putting another type of fish with the delicious lemon rissotto my mother ordered. I had the excellent Lamb nicose after a tasty piri piri prawn and cajun Hallumi cheese starters. Good sized portions and with drinks a bill of around £40 with tip, this was excellent value for money."
    dined on 28/02/2014