BAB

4.5
598 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 598 People Are Saying
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StaceyA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute restaurant, phenomenal food!! Will definitely return

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GemmaC
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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Kate
Devon
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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

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JonathanSausages
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time at Bab. Lovely food, decent value and obviously popular as very busy for a Wednesday evening. The 2 waiting staff did an amazing job keeping things moving and were really helpful and friendly but it would be good for them if Bab assisted them by hiring at least one additional team member! Would go again

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lb46
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely staff, great atmosphere and decor, good value and most importantly, delicious food!

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LaurenM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

I have been a few times and it’s usually great but found both babs really dry. The fries also arrived after we had finished them and drinks took a while to come. The team seemed really under staffed and under pressure though, the place was busy, so we definitely empathised but maybe something to look into sorting. Would still come back.

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ConnieH
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

They forgot one of our meals, didn't compensate for it, or even realise until we pointed it out

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SamanthaM
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lovely food, especially the Greek fries. Kind of echoey and small inside and there was a loud group of people so we could hardly hear each other but the food made up for it.

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StevenH
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find! Gorgeous food, excellent drink and friendly service. A must if you're out and about in the North Quarter

JB
JackB
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Great food. Terrible service (asked a guy for drink, he said he would be back in 5 and ended up ordering it 20 mins later).
Very loud in the downstairs area, hard to talk at the table.

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Molly
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our (small/Med) dogs to BAB on a Thursday night and the only table left was sort of in the way of the staff when the dogs sat either side of the table. Not due to staff fault at all, but because of this we thought we’d only stay for drinks and then leave, at which point the manager offered to comp our drinks since he couldn’t offer us another table. How kind! Another table actually opened up before we went so we moved there and we’re able to stay for a meal which was delicious. When we thought we couldn’t be taken care of any better, a drunk person came over and started chatting away to us extremely close to my friends face (hello, covid is still with us ma’am), and the waiter saw this and the slightly uncomfortable look on my friends face, mouthed to her “are you okay?” To which she shook her head “no” to, and he asked the person if they could take their seat to maintain distancing within the restaurant. If that is not 110% service, I don’t know what is. We had a lovely evening and lovely food, but 6 star friendly service from the waitstaff. Too good not to share!

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DarrenD
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was OK BUT tbo I prefere a propper turkish kebab . I would of liked some chili sauce. Service was fantastic !

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JamieE
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service was great. Slightly too noisy though. Food was unreal

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Bluedude
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good would deffo go here again. Told all my friends

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Macca
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Three of us each had different mezes for starter and all three were perfect with no complaints. The babs were delicous too with the steak very tender. On a personal note I would have liked a small portion of mixed salad on the bab aswell but very nice nonetheless. Would deffo recommend for a casual meal out and will be going again.

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Salsa
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service food was fab highly recommend the chicken wings and expresso martinis

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Dorothy
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

lovely meal for our anniversary, would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was slow, food wasn’t as great as I remembered it being.

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DavidB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice venue with great food! Will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Quite disappointing. Service took a long time even though it was pretty empty, food was bland and burnt and we didn’t finish our plates. Probably won’t go back

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I think we chose a bad night to go as the booking service the restaurant used apparently overbooked tables between 7pm and 7.30pm so our service was a little slower and less attentive than I would have liked.
The food looked great but wasn’t as tasty as hoped for us personally, as all the sauces tasted very cheesy or too smokey which was a shame as the octopus was excellent and saved the day! We ordered the mixed bab and mixed seafood bab. Meat was very nicely cooked, however the calamari seemed to have been fried in old oil. Unlikely to visit again as the sauces weren’t to our liking.

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pault
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely people work here :)
And it’s dog friendly
A dog friendly kebab restaurant.
Mint.

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Ronnie
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t speak highly enough! Food, service even the house wine was brilliant!! IBAB was recommended to me and I will be recommending it to family and friends

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Flynn36
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place , small plates were excellent, prawn saganaki, wings, padron peppers and delicious lamb moussaka croquettes. Friendly service and reasonably priced.

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AMBERM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I have been here a couple times before, it took quite a while for the food to come this time… around 40 minutes. When it came the bab bread was mostly tough therefore making it hard to cut into and it became frustrating to eat which ruined the experience. The food did taste great but the bread let it down.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a a wonderful night. Great food. Nice atmosphere. Attentive service.

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AvaH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing at BAB. We will definitely be going again. The only negative of our experience was a huge toilet leak in the ladies toilet but this did not dampen our trip!

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AlexBracks
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and service. Atmosphere was really good and nice to see that dogs are allowed. Cheers!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Overall a disappointing experience. The meal started off well with a nice set of starters however when we got to our main meal we were disappointed to find that out tenderstem broccoli bab contained regular broccoli as opposed to tenderstem. There was then no opportunity to raise the issue with our meal, we were not asked if our meal was satisfactory until our plates were being cleared. At this point we raised our issue surrounding the broccoli as if we had known it was not tenderstem we would have ordered a different bab. We were then informed that your restaurant only stocks tendestem and that we were lying that ours has not been despite picture evidence. At this point we then spoke to another manager who informed us that due to supply issues it had infact been regular broccoli after all. While at this point he did take 50% off the cost of the bab we were disappointed by the service and particularly the accusation we were lying about what we received.
I would be hesitant to return to this restaurant given this disappointing end to our evening.

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, nice drinks, good price and nice helpful staff!

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AlisonR
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

There was a problem with the deep fat fryer the night we went which knocked things off for the staff, who coped well. However, the mixed kebab and hallumi kebabs both were a little underwhelming.

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GillianB
South Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The atmosphere was great. We had Meze and thought they were generally underwhelming and overcooked

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Scd81
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food but mine (mushroom bab) was maybe a little dry - it needed an extra drizzle! Friend’s food looked epic though and the Greek Fries were to die for!
They’d run out of cider on draft too - made me a little sad!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was very delicious but took over an hour to arrive at our table. Asked for a jug of tap water which never came. Drinks took a long time to make, and they had numerous cocktails unavailable due to stock. I understand they may have been short staffed, but we ended up having to ask a member of staff if they had put our food order through to the kitchen, as a couple sat next to us got there food within 15 minutes of ordering.

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HannahT
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really great good, arrived quickly and the early bird menu was good value. We had too much food if anything as we slightly over ordered! We had cocktails which were also nice!

JB
JessB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great service. Lovely restaurant. Can’t wait to go back!

FAQs

BAB does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

BAB is rated 4.5 stars by 598 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.