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Baratxuri at Escape to Freight Island

4.5
4.5
152 Reviews
£25 and under
Spanish

Bringing our basque, fire restaurant from our home in Ramsbottom to Manchester City centre’s Escape to Freight Island!

Inspired by the kitchens of great cities like Bilbao and San Sebastián, Baratxuri is a truly authentic basque dining experience where almost every dish on the menu has been touched by fire. As well as the very finest Jamón Iberico De Bellota, tiny, ‘spiked’ pintxo bites and mouth-watering ‘raciones’ we are serving our famous ‘Txuleton’ - Galician rib steaks from grass-fed dairy cows, salt-baked sea bass, and market-fresh fish. All seated around our massive Rescoldo wood-fired grill!

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Booked 8 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Fri 16:00–22:00
    Sat 12:00–22:00
    Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    0161 806 0078

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Joe Botham

  • Area

    Manchester

  • Cross Street

    Fairfield Street

  • Parking Details

    There is an NCP car park across the street

  • Public Transit

    2 minutes walk from Piccadilly train station

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 152 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Hot Spot

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Manchester

    Hot Spot

  • Manchester

    Outdoor Eating

  • Manchester

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Food was good, some of the pintoxs were cold and probably sat for a whilee, I'm guessing this is down to COVID-19 and low number of covers which is understandable.

  2. J

    Jenny

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely LOVE the pintxos nights at this place! Such great value for money and the food is absolutely amazing! The only downside is that if Freight Island overall has the band on, you can't really talk while eating as it is like being at a (really bad) gig and you have to shout over the music. Not their fault and either way the food is so good that it makes up for the awful live band!

  3. PF

    PaulF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great fresh food + staff worked hard to serve everyone. Drinks were a bit pricey - £6 bottle of Carva = £36 + venue music was crap.

  4. S

    Suzi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was lovely. The staff were very welcoming and polite despite being very busy.

  5. U

    Unlimitedpinxos

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great pinxos. Staff lovely but a bit thin on the ground. Glad we went early evening before it got too busy.

  6. JJ

    JoJo

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely brilliant time... food was amazing and the staff were too. Will definitely go again. Thanks for a great afternoon 😀

  7. RB

    RachealB

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a delicious meal here last night. Everything we ate was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. I would recommend the whole sea bass and the cauliflower bravas but honestly, it was all great. Good value too for the quality of food.

  8. AM

    AlexM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food in a buzzing venue. We spent all day in Freight Island with the day planned around eating here. Would definitely be back!

  9. J

    Jenw

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and atmosphere! Highly recommend!!!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and environment was fabulous from start to finish. Our server was lovely and very helpful regarding the menu and how much food to choose. We sat at the high chairs at the grill and it was brilliant. The food was absolutely gorgeous and really well priced. We will definitely be returning! Can recommend the cauliflower it was delicious!

  11. p

    pss104

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall4food5service2ambience2

    Too loud, couldn’t have a normal conversation. Food fantastic but slow.

  12. e

    emilys

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply stunning flavour and atmosphere. I will dream about that cauliflower.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great evening celebrating a friends birthday with the best food Iv tasted in a long time. Well worth the money, excellent food, very tasteful.

  14. FC

    FrancisC

    Manchester

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Second visit and great food and wine. Steak is stunning. Although fig starter was bland. Starter took 45 minutes to arrive and it was quiet.

  15. RM

    RoisinM

    Leicestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An absolutely outstanding meal. We loved every element of it and really enjoyed seeing the food be made. Nice staff and reasonable prices.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brilliant - service was brilliant! Knew about the menus, happy to get drinks from other bars for us. Food was so delicious!

  17. AM

    AlexM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    The food was not as advertised only 2 things on the menu also and took ages to get served for anything

  18. JA

    JaneA

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall1food4service4ambience4

    Very disappointed that we could not be offered any more heating. Gas heaters NOT working on the coldest day of the year.

  19. AC

    AngelaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    I went with a friend to celebrate her birthday. We had a lovely time. The waitress and the manager were helpful. They explained the menu and were genuinely lovely people. The found us seats in the cocktail bar which was another delightful place to be. The upside to sitting on the high tables is being close to the fire on a cold night. The only downside was the spacing between the tables and the bar. Staff members walk around however other services users walked past often knocking into the chairs. I would recommend Freight Island. The party kicks in at 10:30Pm on a Saturday night. This changed the vibe of the chilled out night which was needed by this time. Overall we had a great time. Oh one more thing! You can take your dog! Well someone did. :)

  20. z

    zzfood

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food and fun experience, would recommend sitting at the bar

  21. N

    Nico

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brilliant night. Gorgeous food, lovely staff, great ‘Friday night feel’ ambience. Will defo be back.

  22. MU

    MissUK

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, incredible staff and fabulous lively atmosphere. Would 100% recommend.

  23. S

    Sanj

    Manchester

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    I've had food from Levanter / Baraxturi several times in Ramsbottom including the pinxos which has always been exceptional but in comparison, the food was not at the same level for this all you can in pinchos. Unfortunately the tortilla had egg shells in it which was very off-putting but the rest was decent and the value was exceptional for what you get but I don't think it's the company's best work. The staff were lovely and very friendly but Escape to Freight Island is very noisy especially with the live music which was good but we were shouting to hear each other and we went there for food, not music. I think I would stick to the Ramsbottom branches which is one of my favourite tapas places in Manchester. This one at Escape isn't quite my scene but I'm sure it would be for a large group having a fun evening.

  24. DA

    DarrenA

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The range of Pinxtos was outstanding. You could be in San Sebastian.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time here, but after seeing this for so long we finally got to try it. Lovely food, was so yummy and so full after. Defo be coming back with others now

  26. GL

    GabrielaL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    We booked this restaurant based on the menu. The beef cheeks it was the thing to order as Spanish restaurant speciality. The rest was grilled steak that we can get anywhere. They didn’t have the beef cheeks on the menu. Utterly disappointed. Never again.

  27. MM

    MartinM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    What great food and service. Only minor complaint would be the temperature at the venue fluctuated a bit so sometimes a little cold

  28. DW

    DawnW

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb basque food in a lively setting. Small but very good choice of wine and several different sherries to drink with the food. We will definitely return.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was really outstanding. Would recommend to everyone

  30. AP

    AliceP

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    Love the food and vibe but the service let it down.

  31. LP

    LouiseP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First visit to freight island, great vibe outstanding service at Baratxuri special mention to Marta who made our experience fantastic explaining the menu advising on wine & finding us a different table. Thank you will def visit again

  32. AC

    AndyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Simply the most incredible first date setting. Loved everything about this place!!

  33. EH

    EmmaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience3

    Excellent food and a great selection. Great value for money!

  34. MO

    MegO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Visited Baratxuri for the all you can eat Pinxtos deal after seeing the hype on social media. Unfortunately, on this occasion, we were let down. We hadn’t anticipated the pinxtos would all be cold, which ruined a number of the ones we would otherwise have liked. The selection also wasn’t particularly wide, with many repeats. We would have expected more meat based pieces on offer, especially for a vendor specialising in steak. We were bored of the selection after two small plates and ended up leaving to find a proper meal elsewhere. I would only recommend this deal for nibbles with drinks.

  35. TS

    TammyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The food was all delicious and amazing value with the £15 offer. Great atmosphere. Staff were a little overstretched but they made up for it by bringing us free cocktails once we had paid our bill!

  36. TT

    TalithaT

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Fantastic as always. Staff were fantastic, they made us and our dog feel welcome. Food was great and you got your money worth.

  37. M

    Mndots7

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    Overall a good experience. However, non of the pinxo were labelled or under hot plates so went cold if you didn’t jump up when they brought out fresh ones. It was really noisey due to the live music in the same venue and struggled to hear each other. We were there for 2hrs and never got asked if we wanted another drink

  38. PA

    PhilipA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Baractxuri is the best restaurant in frieght island the quality of food we had was exceptional I couldn't fault any aspect flavour presentation portions value drinks and staff and service all excellent thankyou

  39. A

    Anon

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent meal, the food was outstanding and the atmosphere was brilliant. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be going back.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    20th wedding anniversary

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Baratxuri at Escape to Freight Island is rated 4.5 stars by 152 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.

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Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Baratxuri at Escape to Freight Island

11 Baring St Manchester, Manchester M1 2PY

  • Cross Street

    Fairfield Street

  • Area

    Manchester

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Fri 16:00–22:00
    Sat 12:00–22:00
    Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Cuisines

    Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    There is an NCP car park across the street

  • Public Transit

    2 minutes walk from Piccadilly train station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Joe Botham

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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