Velvet
Velvet

Velvet

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


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

    Lunch & Dinner:
    Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, British
  • 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Velvet reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since 28 November 2013
Average Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambience4.4
    Value4.2
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (70)romance (64)pre/post theatre (52)outstanding value (48)business meals (45)fit for foodies (45)group bookings (43)sunday lunch (34)brunch (30)outdoor eating (26)good vegetarian options (23)afternoon tea (17)child friendly (8)disabled access (6)Show More
  • Relaxed & Cosy
    Fattie
    Dined on 21/11/2014
    Was a pleasure to leave the rainy streets on Friday and enter Velvet where you immediately feel relaxed. The staff were welcoming & the menu selection caters for all at a reasonable price. Enjoyed 3 courses my highlight being the Masala Fish dashed down with a lovely Sav Blanc. Service was fab & if I find myself in Manchester again would definitely revisit
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • Nice place,
    Scruffygirl
    Dined on 15/11/2014
    Food is good and the price reasonable. The service is attentive but not annoyingly so. The place is small yet you dont dont feel overcrowded, no loud music, just the right atmosphere.
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    romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 15/11/2014
    We had a booking for 5, shown to a nice little table downstairs. We got an offer starter/main/dessert 2 for £18.50 really good deal. The desserts are amazing. The service was excellent, the waitress cleared our plates quickly. A must try.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent value
    Kath
    Dined on 15/11/2014
    We had the early deal pre-show, which was great value for money. Service was good and friendly. Would definitely recommend.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service
    AlanB
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Brilliant food and excellent service from Mark. Great atmosphere and location.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • highly recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Best steak I've had in a long time, fantastic service, and great after dinner cocktails!
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    Oldham2
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We went to Velvet as a family of 6 (Mum, Dad, 3 BIG kids- 25 & 17, plus 2 Grandmas). The whole experience was very good, from the service to the food. I have to say, all our meals were excellent, I would certainly go again. All members of our party had a great time and I will recommend to others.
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    outstanding value
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  • Spacious and friendly
    GirlsAloudEvening
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    Chose the venue after some good reviews and the availability of an 'early diner deal' before the Lady Gaga concert. Good hot tasty food with a decent house wine at a great price. Pleasant airy surroundings and good service made for a nice start to the evening. We would certainly consider a return when we are next in Manchester.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Velvet
    AliB2
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Great food and service yet again. I have been dining here several times a year for over 12 years now & only once did I need to send something back even then the service was still as always, exceptional. Keep it up Velvet - You Rock xxxx
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    fit for foodies
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  • Jonboy
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    We had a great meal and lots of cocktails. Great night
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    Paul
    Dined on 12/10/2014
    Food was great and service very good. Another nice meal and night in Velvet
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Romantic setting for a first date.
    philandfun
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The table was booked for eight o'clock on a Saturday night and I was expecting the restaurant to be busy. Fortunately, we were able to get served before a large party filled the restaurant. This did not take anything away from the excellent service, attentive but not intrusive. I had the bass and my partner had chicken both were excellent. The choice of wine complimented the fish. A great dining experience - will be going again!
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    romance
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  • Lovely place
    Emmyd1
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I asked a friend who lives in Manchester to recommend somewhere close to Piccadilly station to eat as we only had an hour to eat , I arrived early and ordered our food . All the staff were lovely and the food was great . Will definitely return next time I'm in Manchester were thinking of booking a room .
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Velvet
    LJB28
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I love this restaurant its so quirky and nice inside. Only small inside but its lovely. Food is great, steaks are amazing. Very Happy.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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  • Brilliant place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Really enjoy the atmosphere and the staff were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    Stace90
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Food was amazing. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Perfect night had by all. Will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been coming here since 1997.
    FoodimanisVIP
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    Been coming here since 1997. I recommend the Xmas Meals with early booking from October. Express lunch is Fab at under £10! (excluding drinks)
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    ElliottVIP
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Been to Velvet many times and have always had great service and delicious food. Not this time though... I booked a table several weeks in advance for Friday 22 August, arrived at the restaurant and was advised that 2 items (lamb and fish) weren't available, no big deal. Ordered our starters and main... 5 mins later, the starters we ordered weren't available... So we ordered two different starters... 5 mins later, sorry, we don't have those starters either... We ordered two different starters.... and, oh surprise, surprise... those starters weren't available either. No apology, just a shrug of the waiters shoulders... Suffice to say we paid for our drinks and left.... Really bad considering it's a Friday, pride weekend and Bank Holiday!
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  • Good Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Food was Hot, varied and service was good. The choice on the menu was also very good
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Fab!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Amazing evening me and my partner really enjoyed the food and the staff were lovely.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fusspot
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    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 !!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Birthday lunch with work colleagues
    GourmetGang
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Delicious
    GK2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Fantastic food and service, lovely atmosphere and highly recommended.
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    good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lush Velvet...
    steveo40
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • My favourite place !!
    dastone
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Goodfood
    Dined on 22/7/2014
    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.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice. More vege options please
    Faye
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    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.
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    group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Comfortable and friendly
    Newsmonkey
    Dined on 15/7/2014
    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.
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    business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining experience smooth as Velvet.
    LouiseGillianCox
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    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.
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    brunch, business meals, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice drinks and that's about it
    Aaron
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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.
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  • Johnm
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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.
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    outdoor eating, pre/post theatre
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  • 15 years of visiting!
    Dano
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable and good value
    CraigWoods
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    10 of us came, service was friendly. Food very nice and well organised. Would go again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening meal with colleagues
    timeoff
    Dined on 16/6/2014
    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...
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value
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  • expensive wine
    gazeer
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    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.
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    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value good food
    Stu79
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    Always love Velvet though I think the menu could do with a few more options on it
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    brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Velvet
    Highmaintenance
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
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    brunch, group bookings, outstanding value, romance
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  • Good Value
    Shaku
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    I enjoyed their meal deal by 7pm. They offer good fusion cuisine of Asian and Western styles.
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Velvet1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    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.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Avoid - 3 times unlucky
    foodie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
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