BAB

4.4
631 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 631 People Are Saying
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StuartR
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was pretty good. We were asked if we wanted anything else then when we asked for a coffee we were told that actually they wanted us to leave as the next table had arrived.

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TamsinH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was poor, we were sat 20 minutes waiting for our drinks. The music was ridiculously load and out of place.
For a Saturday lunch time in the northern quarter You would expect a restaurant to be busy. There were 2 tables with people at them when we walked in. One table sent their food back because the chicken was raw.
I asked for added olives to my meal and the server said they could not accommodate this, which was just not true.
Then, when we decided to leave after not getting our drinks and the atmosphere was awful. We told the woman behind the bar and all she said was “that’s fine, I’ll drink your coffee”

It was all round appalling and an absolute disaster. I would never go back. The staff were unhelpful, slow and rude. The music was out of place and far too loud. And the food was being sent back as it was raw.

Totally awful

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Jade13
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening at Bab. The Mezzes were fantastic - we ordered a selection for the table and everyone was impressed with both portion size and taste! The kebabs themselves were lovely in flavour, however, the fillings were quite cold which was a shame and did let them down. Overall though, the atmosphere was great so would return.

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Michaela
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was absolutely beautiful but unfortunately the long wait for our food let it down. The staff were very apologetic regarding the delay. Once we got our food we couldn't fault it.

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Georg
Manchester
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Slow service, food arrived cold first time and the portions were very small

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AbbyT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We're regulars at BAB, we simply love the place. We visited recently - the service, vibe and value were top notch. The only thing not to its usual 5* across the board were the prawns on the Surf & Turf, we asked if it was possible to have these changed - without hesitation, a fresh side of prawns was brought to us. Now this isn't a complaint in anyway, it's a reality check. We love BAB and I can't say it was a 'bad day for them' in anyway, there was simply one tiny thing to change and this was done understandably, swiftly and didn't make us feel like divvy's for doing it. I have sent an email with the wrong date on before now, if that comparison helps to put it in perspective.

So to sum it up, incredible food, prompt, friendly and helpful staff, great value, brilliant vibe and a place that goes out of its way to give its customers the best experience! It's the Roaster Tiger Prawns, Lamb Adana & Greek Fries for me!!!!

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MichaelW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and brilliant service. Will definitely be returning.

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zoer
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, definitely recommend a visit. Caters for all

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LizS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was really good - lots of choice (including some lovely sides), freshly made and ready quickly ..

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NicholaW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great staff, I would recommend to anyone

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Navigation
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Waited 45 minutes for our starters to arrive. We then waited 50 minutes for our main courses before deciding to cancel them as we had just lost our patience. I understand you may be short staffed but this could be managed more effectively by not accepting as many bookings.

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BiancaH
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I absolutely loved Bab and will definitely go again.

Service was great for the majority of our time there but fell off towards the end. We were waiting for our plates to be cleared and the bill for quite a while and then had to get up and ask for it. I think this was due to it nearing the end of the night but it did let it down a little.

Food was incredible though and everything else was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Some of the food came out lukewarm some came out hot. The food was tasty though, however we waited far too long 1+ hour. Wouldn’t recommend coming back in big groups but maybe smaller groups 2/3 would be best

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Lindsayb
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and wonderful service, staff have great banter. Can’t wait to go again!

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Royal28
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, gorgeous food and good value. Food took about 45 minutes but it was worth it.

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alisonk
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

At first, when the starters came, I thought blimey, they are a bit small (particularly the lamb kebab, which was one small kebab). But, that is my only criticism. The food was delicious, and actually by the end of the main I was stuffed. I also think it should be clear on the website that they allow dogs in the restaurant. I’m allergic and found it very off putting. All in all though, lovely venue, lovely food, lovely staff.

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OliviaM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant place and the food was outstanding! Definitely recommend to everyone and will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Stunning food

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BridgetW
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had the Early Bird offer so the menu was limited but none the worse for that. The lamb kebab and chocolate and date pudding were both excellent.

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RobW
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great little place, nice service, food was very nice, excellent value for money especially using the 50% off confidentials voucher.
Only critiscm was that from sitting down, it took 45mins to the food to arrive. Food was fresh and tasty but it just felt a long time to cook two mixed babs.

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Paddy
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was cold. Ran out of deserts they had none at all and I asked for salt. The girl forgot so I asked another server. Overall very poor.

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Sweetbabboo
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, lovely atmosphere and staff are very friendly!

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RachelL
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food great but service was slow and we waited almost an hour to receive our food.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service

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JonH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding, service was great and the staff very friendly. Spot on overall, me and my partner really enjoy it here

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HollyP
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic, unfortunately it was a bit loud so we couldn't each other talking but the was hardly BAB fault. Service was quick especially considering how busy they were. I would defiantly go again

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JackB
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Very disappointed with my experience visiting BAB. The table was still sticky with bits of food still present from the previous people. The food took over an hour to come! The bab was really dry and the nan bread was that dry and hard it was inedible, clearly been sat out for a long time.
Unfortunately we will not be coming back!

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Amii
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I was really looking forward to visiting BAB after seeing such good reviews, however on our visit we waited 2 hours for our main meals to arrive only to be told we could finish our drinks upstairs 25 minutes later as they had a party to finish setting up for. All the food came the the table sporadically so we couldn’t eat together as a party. Along with this most of our drinks orders were forgotten or took a long time to arrive.
Despite this the food was very tasty and everyone enjoyed their meals when they arrived. I would like to visit again when they are more staffed as the food is really worth a try !

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AmyH
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very busy, fast and friendly service, delicious food

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isobeld
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We booked well in advance and was sat down stairs which is a shame. Service was ok but couldn’t offer an opinion on wine and the wine didn’t come with the food. We wanted mezze as starts but kebabs came before we finished mezze. Great food but service needs refining to meet the same level.

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Adarsh
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BAB never disappoints us, Awesome food good alcohol, I will come back again and again. :)

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StaceyA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute restaurant, phenomenal food!! Will definitely return

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GemmaC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit for a friend's birthday. They hadn't been before and loved it! We shared from the meze menu, it was delicious! Would definitely recommend and look forward to going back

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RobertW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent! TripAdvisor is accurate! Great food/menu, reasonably priced. Cool place. Would certainly recommend it. I only marked the service down as they were short-staffed - as are MOST other hospitality venues, so not their fault. The service we did receive was excellent and urge you all to be patient... the fallout from COVID/BREXIT!

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Kate
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and really friendly staff. Overall a brilliant night.

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Gooders
Lancashire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience1

I've eaten at Bab before and thoroughly enjoyed it which is why I returned. However, I appear to have made a poor choice, I ordered the lamb kebab, I was expecting pure lamb but the meat appeared to be and tasted very processed, the texture was awful, I couldn't eat it. I spoke to the waitress who advised it was minced lamb mixed with other flavourings and turned into a sausage then sliced. It didn't look or taste like minced lamb. I suggested that if this had been in the description I'd have ordered something else. She advised it was their most popular dish and was unprepared to pass my comments onto the team which was disappointing. I appreciate this may be a popular dish and I may be in the minority (although my dining friend ordered the same item and was also disappointed by it and ate very little of it) but polite comments & suggestions from customers should always be discussed with the rest of the team. This experience has now put me off visiting Bab again or recommending it to others. If there'd been more detail on the menu I'd have ordered something different and I'm sure my experience would have been entirely different and I'd be relishing my next visit. The biggest disappointment was the waitresses refusal to take our comments on board. When she took our plates away mine was almost entirely full and my guests was over half full. She made no comment at all, just smiled at us as though it was entirely normal for diners not to eat their food! We enjoyed the hummus and the chips but left still hungry, £46 is a lot to pay for hummus, chips and a drink...

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Saxon
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice enough food and lovely service. Pretty fast and attentive. Only issue was kebabs were a little dry... Needed more sauce.

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CharlieH
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I've visited Manc since I was a kid. Saw this restaurant on MRCFinest on Instagram and booked a table straight away. Me and my partner both ordered the octapus, crab and calamari kebab, it was beautiful. The flavour was incredible. Greek chips and halloumi fries on the side with a few beers it was heavenly. I loved the size of BAB it was private but lovely atmosphere with the open kitchen. Definitely would go back in a heart beat 😊

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jeanettea
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic very much looked after. Food was top class I had the lamb babs and it melted in my mouth

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GaynorF
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food good but didn’t have a great atmosphere or attention as booked fir 40th and second drinks weren’t made correct but would go back
Didn’t appreciate either that when we arrived we said we had booked they said don’t worry as we were only guests then we got email to say we hadn’t shown

FAQs

BAB does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

BAB is rated 4.4 stars by 631 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.