BAB

4.3
686 reviews
£25 and under
Middle Eastern
We’re all about vibrant flavours, locally-sourced ingredients and homemade marinades and sauces. Watch our team of creative chefs make fresh flatbreads, from scratch, in our open theatre-style kitchen. We cook all of our breads on a robata grill, giving each kebab that lovely charcoal flavour.

We also offer a selection of tasty non-babs, meze dishes and desserts. Our drinks list includes freshly made iced teas and a variety of beers, wines and soft drinks. We have recently expanded and now offer an amazing choice of cocktails, from savoury to sweet and everything in between.

So, come hungry, pull up a chair and enjoy a kebab worth sitting down for.

Bookings for the restaurant only, outside area is strictly on a first come first serve basis.

We can only hold a maximum of 2 house hold (or a bubble) on 1 table inside the restaurant

At Peak times tables will have a maximum sitting time for 1hr 30mins from the start of the booking time. The host inform you on arrival.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 686 People Are Saying
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Gmoz
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Shocking meal that we couldn’t eat because it was cold. Complained to the waitress who tutted and begrudgingly took it back. Brought it back still cold! There were 5 of us and 1 of us didn’t even get a meal. One of the waitresses was very understanding and obliging but on the whole I would definitely not recommend this place and we certainly won’t be going again.

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TarnF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly chilled atmosphere, staff were ace

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Kate
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food took over an hour to come out and was cold. Was really disappointing as knew it would taste good if it was hot. Ended up being a really rushed experience as we had a booking. We asked when it would be ready and they said any second, we were then given complementary flatbreads and hummus which was good. But we just knew it was because the food wasn’t going to be a while longer.

The Amsel was also IPA and not amstel?

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Emma
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was bland/burnt. The paprika fries were a saving grace.

LH
LizHindley
Manchester
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent choice of venue, we loved the food and service and can’t wait to return!

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PhilippaP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Table not ready. Waited ages for someone to take our drinks order. Similar wait to order starters. Starters were great. Main courses not good - food cold and Flatbreads cold and stale.

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Lovelylunch
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our 2nd time here as a couple, this time mid week dinner time. Absolutely gorgeous food once again, will definitely return.

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MarkS
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience3

Food was cold, missed items off, asked for a sauce 3 times. Tried to speak to manager but was brushed off

PR
PollyR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food! Slight wait on the food but was worth it.
The tenderstem broccoli bab was really good.

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Tom123
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall1food3service4ambience3

Unfortunately we had a poor experience -kifchen/ service was very stretched and we received our mains 2 hours after our booking time. When it came, the food was tasty and the serving staff all seemed to be doing their best but 3 hours to eat is really bad - and impacted our evening plans.

We raised with a manager several times who was apologetic and applied a discount to our bill but I think we’ll steer clear in future at peak times as the kitchen doesn’t seem to have capacity for the number of tables.

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alanc
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

delicious food and nicely presented.........................

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SarahD
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Decent food but long wait. An hours wait between starters and mains and they all arrived at different times.

JR
JayR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food took ages to come, overly dry and salty, some parts even cold.. Extremely loud

TM
TerryM
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice place, very relaxed, had to wait 45 mins for our food to arrive which is a bit to long but the foods great when you get it. Overall a nice place with good food

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George
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Terribly slow service. Starters arrived more than half hour after our arrival, mains after 1hr 10mins. Apart from one waiter, everyone else was avoiding any eye contact

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ClaireB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and amazing service, couldn't do enough for us. Great for a large party. We were very lucky to get at table for 7 on a Friday so close to Christmas

JB
JBee
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Unfortunately our food was overcooked, and despite being the only customers in the restaurant the waitresses did not check back on us at all during our meal, nor did they ask how we enjoyed the meal when clearing our plates (which were in front of us for quite some time before they did clear them). Instead they were more interested in loudly discussing their night out. We felt quite uncomfortable raising the issue at the time with us being the only customers in the restaurant and the staff all but ignoring us. It's a shame because I have enjoyed Bab in the past, and whilst on our last visit there was a long wait for the food, the food had been lovely. Unfortunately with both service and food being poor this time, we won't be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Very poor quality food. Felt sorry for the floor staff who had to smile through the bad service and the poor quality food going out.

Will not return here again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Nice place and ambience, staff very welcoming to our little dog and brought out a water bowl. Took a while to place our order, but that was fine. Waitress told us everything would come out as it was made. Ordered several mezes….. pigs in blankets were raw and cold…. Returned and recooked. Other starters were okay, but to be honest the raw pork put me off. Waited ages for food. They must have overcompensated the cooking on the mains because the meat was burnt and everything was absolutely drowned in sauces. Really poor meal, which was sad as it was our sons birthday and we’d met him for the day from university and we’d gone here for something a bit different. To be fair staff were lovely and insisted on feedback as we were sending back all of our mains. We didn’t complain but they gave us a fairly good discount on the bill due to the raw pork I think. Lovely staff but won’t return.

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Patsy
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was disappointing especially the mixed sea food bab that had very meagre amount of sea food. Band were barely warm.
The meze dishes were far better.

DB
DawnB
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food well worth a visit for something different.

I will definitely be back

JC
JCCCC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Items of our order were not available but we were only told after an hours wait. So we had to go with a substitute when we would have order an different option. No deductions were made for having a cheaper alternative.

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Niamh
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Nice place .. we had an early table so main problem was restaurant was cold had to eat with coats on

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StewA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Been a visitor since Bab opened. Love the concept of posh kebabs. Food is well prepared and delivered. No issues.

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KerrieA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Waited an hour for food with no apology from staff. Wasn’t offered any condiments and then when we asked we got a small pot of ketchup - wasn’t really enough for 2 of us! Took a while to catch the eye of staff - general vibe was that they were overwhelmed which really impacted on our experience.
Drinks were good and I loved the music though. Just wish food came quicker, or was told when we ordered it to expect a long wait.

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EmilyB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious 🤤I would highly recommend visiting Bab.

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Sunny
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food here is great, I love it! But we waited over an hour for our food to arrive. Not great

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vipGeoffL
Manchester
17 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was quiet when we were there but that was fine as the food was really nice; fresh, hot and tasty. Staff were attentive and friendly.

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RuzaW
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

This was a very disappointing experience. We waited quite a while to be served and a long time our food. The food was very disappointing. Prawns and humous were OK as starters but chicken wings nothing special. The main 'Babs' were dreadful - very dry meat felt like it had been kept in an oven for too long. A great shame.

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StuartS
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was nice but one order was cold, another came not as requested.

Staff were not very attentive, for the prices they charge I was hoping for a bit more

BP
BenPforSteB
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food for 5 people took over an hour to arrive. When it did arrive, three of the dishes were cold.

One was sent back to be warmed up, at which point the male waiter on shift downstairs provided a look that made us feel like this was a massive inconvenience to him. No apology was offered.

The dish sent back was returned at an even colder temperature so was sent back again (the waitress in this instance was much better and did apologise). On the third attempt, it came out okay.

We then had to ask for a bill on three occasions.

The wait, service and cold food mean this is one to avoid.

I should say, we have eaten here twice before and it has been great. But this is so far downhill, I wouldn't want to go back.

RG
RG08
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It took quite some time for our order to be taken and for our food to arrive. The food itself was lovely when it did arrive and the portions were good sizes.

SB
SianB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a good atmosphere. Will be back for another visit.

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alisonk
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food here is lovely, as is the atmosphere. The food came quickly, but the bill took a while to come - otherwise it would have been too marks all around. I will definitely go back.

AM
AndyM
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely place to have great food. Open kitchen showed that all was being made to order and the service was excellent. It was noisy only because it was full of happy people which is great feeling to have again.

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Must
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Chickpea and Halloumi bab initially came cold, but they replaced. Octopus BAB was nice, as were the mezes. Staff were really friendly, responsive and helpful during our visit.

AJ
AbbeyJ
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Good food ruined by poor service.
Our starter wasn’t available so we were given a menu to choose an alternative and the waitress didn’t return for 25 minutes to take our order despite repeatedly making eye contact. Felt awkward asking for drinks

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Fran
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was nice but waited a while for it. Personally, i think it was a bit overpriced for what we ordered on the night. Overall, it was OK and I would still tell my friends to check it out.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, excellent service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Service for drinks was fine, good service was slow, the meat was dry and the flatbread was stodgy. For £12 each and then sides on top I didn’t feel I had value for money.

FAQs

BAB does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

BAB is rated 4.3 stars by 686 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.