Browns - Manchester

4.3
48 reviews
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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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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome evening

VF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

80th birthday mral

OT
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

LC
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

J
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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

LS
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

J
London
15 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

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.

J
London
15 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

J
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very attentive staff and good food. Very relaxing.

S
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

D
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food and service was good but the restaurant was very cold

RP
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

P
Manchester
8 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

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
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

FD
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

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

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

BL
London
83 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

JT
Gloucestershire
5 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Aberdeen
7 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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!!

OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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????

VD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service.
Will definitely be visiting again.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2017
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

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.

OT
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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.

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for an aniversary meal. Food was very tasty with fresh ingredients and well presented. The decor and ambience was just right for the occasion, the service we received was attentive but not rushed or over powering. Would recommend this restaurant.

H
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2012
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Browns in Manchester as we had eaten and thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience there so i decided to book a table for a Birthday celebration and we were not disappointed. The food, staff and relaxed Ambience were wonderful. On the menu were had a good mix of choices but i must confess i was more than a little miffed that the had run out of fillet steak at 19.30 on a saturday eve but the other choices made up for that (only just). We had starters and mains but alas no room for desert so i cannot comment on those. All in all it was a good experience and we will be going there again.

m
Cheshire
8 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2012
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

A fairly tasteless Cesar salad, fruit crumble and small bottle of sparkling water for £17 is a very over-priced lunch when the food is as ordinary as it was at Brown's. A great shame because it could be a great place instead of nothing out of the ordinary.

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