BAB

4.2
729 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 729 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, would definitely come again.

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Guyski
Manchester
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive and friendly front of house and floor staff
Very good food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Restaurant was cold. Food was delicious.

LR
LoisR
Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice, but could be nicer! Had a lamb wrap and the lamb was bare thin and dry AF

CW
CharlotteW
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Lovely staff. Upstairs looked lovely, we were downstairs, the lights were so bright, it was freezing so the ambiance was crap! Especially when it was so over priced, roughly £25 a head to share a side, 1 drink and a main!!

NOT GOOD VALUE

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2022
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Beer was flat and needed changing.
Food sounded exciting but took well over an hour and a half to arrive.
When it did, it was pretty average and not very satisfying.
Pretty sure it missed a few ingredients that were promised.
Pretty average scran!
Was expecting more from a place well raved about. Don’t think they could handle the January deal they put on!

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termoil2k2
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2022
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I've been here a few times, and always had a nice time - the food was just a bit lacking this time round in flavour, but still really enjoyable. Service was friendly and good, the food came quickly, but then had to wait about 30+ mins to finally manage to get the bill and pay. With the 50% off for January, it was an absolute bargain

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sophiew
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Kebabs well presented and flavoursome.
Small plates, King prawns, chicken wings were dry and were a little bland so when asked for condiments we didn't realise the sauces are chargeable and added to the bill.

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AmyC
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food & generous portions. I love this place, its just hard to choose which one to have

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vipOpenTable Diner
Manchester
12 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved Bab can’t believe I’ve not been before
Perfect combo between chilled and making the effort
Great atmosphere
Great service
Brilliant food - taste sensation - really good flavours and ingredient combos
Will be returning!!

JS
JessS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, think they forgot our order though as it took a while for the food to arrive. Luckily it was worth the wait.

JM
JoeM
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Took advantage of the 50% off babs in January and got the Hot Crispy Chicken with sides of Greek Fries and Haloumi Fries.
All food was excellent, service was very good and the place was packed out on a Monday evening.
Would be inclined to say that without the discount, it would be a little on the pricey side but that would be the only slight negative.
Highly recommended.

KL
KellieL
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Veg option Chickpea Shawami and Houmous as starter
Amazing portions fantastic flavoursflavours and very lovely staff def be back next visit to Manchester ❤️

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Samm
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall2food1service1ambience3

It took an hour to get served some very average food.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Food was terrible, chicken wings came out basically raw, and my flat iron bab was cold when it came out, had to be sent back. Service was good but was still charged full price for raw chicken wings we didn’t eat.

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melodyr
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and good service. Would really reccomend!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our hostess Ana was amazing and she deserves a pay rise!

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garfield
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

been a few times, always good, have new babs quite regularly so can try new stuff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food a little slow to come after ordering

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Ellie
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience - the staff were friendly and helpful from the outset and they were busy but provided quick efficient service. The food tasted delicious and I will be coming again!

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall1food5service1ambience3

The food was tasty and a reason I would visit Bab again. There was plenty of dishes I’d love to try on my next visit.
Unfortunately yesterday the drinks glasses we were given twice were dirty. However the staff were apologetic and got us new drinks. The wait was long and then a mix up with food caused my meal to be cold as they left this on the side whist the other was fixed and brought out at the same time.
The staff were lovely and polite, I can’t fault them at all just seemed a little hectic between kitchen and front of house, not sure if they were short staffed.
I would defiantly come back as I think it was just an unfortunate situation the evening we went to Bab. Staff also offered us complimentary drinks as an apology which I thought was a nice gesture.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Dry food, bad / rude service, expensive - all over a poor experience, will not be returning.

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Georgia
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I’ve had! Really beautiful, varied flavours. Food is fresh and the menu is innovative. Lovely atmosphere and we’ll definitely be back when next in Manchester- YUM!

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very attentive service. Will definitely go again

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Jowillow
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Cocktails minimal, waiting over an hour for food unacceptable especially when you have a 13 year old with you. Even then the staff hadng noticed that we hadn't eaten...

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ImranK
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Eat was very dry. Was expecting more. Good social media game but the reality doesn’t live up

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Been here a few times before and it was really good. But unfortunately this time the food wasn’t great. The bread was really tough and some of the orders felt like they had bits missing or small amounts of ingredients on. The atmosphere felt a bit off than previous times too. The lighting was super bright, where as I think it had better ambience before.

JJ
JoJo
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had dinner booked at 6pm, it wasn’t busy, when arrived waitress asked if we wanted a high table or a low table, we chose a low one which later was a bit regret as the table was really small (a table for 2), we had 2 starters, when we ordered the food we already told the waitress that we wanted to be served before the main as a starter, out of the expected the main course was served when we were still eating the starters, it wasn’t a big problem if the table was big enough to put all the food, but the table was actually so small that we couldn’t really put all the dishes. Though the waitress was trying to fit everything in, I was feeling that we had a rush to finish off the starters so as to clear the space. Service was average, food was so and so.

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Lianna
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food! Great vegetarian options.

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Tuppence59
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Staff lovely once we got their attention! Food ok- some better than others my lamb chops were gorgeous but the lamb kebab was dry- wouldn’t rush back.

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Susie
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The Christmas bab wasn't very good. Quite expensive

CT
CTMcr
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at BAB. The service was great and the food was delicious. If you go, order the Red Pepper & Feta dip with Flat bread. It was sooo good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The restaurant itself is really nice, good music and decor. Sadly the service was really slow, we waited about 15 minutes to order drinks. We also asked for water with our drinks order, which wasn’t brought over until we asked for a third time. It’d be understandable if the restaurant was fully booked, but there were only about 4 tables occupied and 2 servers working and it was a a Tuesday night.

Got the mixed kebab and it tasted good but was really dry, so asked for some mayo (along with a reminder about the water) and it never came. We weren’t asked how the food was during either, which is annoying because this would’ve been the opportunity to sort the sauce and the drinks issues.

Disappointing because the restaurant and menu are put together well but with a lack of decent service £15 for a kebab is overpriced.

Perhaps it was an off day and I hope some feedback will help improve the service as it’s a nice place and I’d like to think these things are easily fixed.

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Really disappointing. Food was poor, burnt or cold. Service was mixed & slow.
Won’t be returning.

DA
DevikaA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Our starter never came and our meals were cold. My lamb was 50% fat so I couldn’t eat it and the flat breads were stale like

JM
JaneM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food highly recommend, lovely little restaurant and will visit again

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richardm
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food very ordinary , unruly atmosphere, food took an hour to arrive

NO
NaomiO
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I loved everything but my food was a bit too salty and pricy for the size

HG
HelenG
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food hot and tasty and exactly as described. Service was excellent, we were really well looked after. Time of visit - mid afternoon Friday and it was very busy.

FAQs

BAB does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

BAB is rated 4.2 stars by 729 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.