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Baratxuri at Escape to Freight Island

4.5
4.5
135 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 11 times today
Experiences are available.
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish

  • Hours of Operation

    null

  • 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 Picadilly 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

Experiences

  • Pintxo Menu

    £15.00 per person

    Prepaid

    8 Nov - 30 Dec 2021
    Transport yourself to the sunny San Sebastian, for authentic Basque inspired tiny treats that go down perfectly with a a glass of wine. All you can eat for the duration of your booking. £15 per person.

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 135 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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  1. JA

    JaneA

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food4service4ambience4

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

  2. AC

    AngelaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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. :)

  3. z

    zzfood

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

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

  4. N

    Nico

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  5. MU

    MissUK

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  6. S

    Sanj

    Manchester

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.

  7. DA

    DarrenA

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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

  9. 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.

  10. MM

    MartinM

    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

  11. DW

    DawnW

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was really outstanding. Would recommend to everyone

  13. 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.

  14. LP

    LouiseP

    London

    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

  15. AC

    AndyC

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

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

  16. EH

    EmmaH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience3

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. M

    Mndots7

    Manchester

    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

  21. PA

    PhilipA

    Manchester

    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

  22. 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.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    20th wedding anniversary

  24. MM

    MatthewM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very tasty food, good atmosphere

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great place. Friends up from down south had heard about it and were really excited to visit- didn’t disappoint! Amazing food and great atmosphere

  26. P

    Phils

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The beef short rib was utterly meltingly divine. Pork and palourde clams was pretty good too.

  27. D

    Darr

    Birmingham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall2food1service2ambience2

    Not what we expected so we moved to a different area to eat you could only order from there menu which was highly priced and not to our liking

  28. PV

    PaulV

    Leicestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Good food in a good setting. It was a little cold, but to be expected in November

  29. G

    Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Amazing night, we were sat right at the bar next to the food and with full view of the kitchen which was perfect for us. Then it turns out there was a live band playing Abba songs! Made our night & wasn’t too loud. Food was great, felt like good quality food rather than cheap stuff. Great value for money !

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Worst service I have ever experienced. We left without ordering and went somewhere else. The staff ignored us for 10 minutes when we arrived at front desk. We then waited a further 10 minutes for a menu. We were then told we couldn't sit on a bigger table, despite the restaurant being empty. There were only 2 other tables in when we arrived and we still didn't get attended to. Disgraceful.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Two main courses arrived before the starters. They were taken away but came back out the second time at room temperature. Disappointing for 2 x £24 of steak. One of the other guests had all of their tapas plates arrive first, another waited a further 20 minutes for any of theirs to arrive. Also found the website for ordering drinks to be very temperamental and ultimately gave up. We did politely pointed out the issues when the bill arrived and received a £9 deduction on a £130 food bill which was something I guess. Would probably come back for more relaxed dining another time as the place looks great but not for a special occasion.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time at Freight Island and was very impressed. Great atmosphere and food was great

  33. ED

    EmmaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful place with a great vibe and fantastic food!

  34. VP

    VickyP

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Loved the Pintxos concept and thought that was good value. We also ordered a dish from the grill menu, which was lovely - would definitely come again. It was a little cold - not sure if it’s sissy’s like that in there but when I come again I’ll bring a jumper! :0)

  35. MH

    MiaH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was amazing and great value. Service excellent. There was a band on the main stage which made it hard to talk at times but overall the atmosphere was great. Will definitely be back.

  36. SC

    SCandJW

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pinxtos evening is a great idea! Food was lush, great choices. Great band as background music too.

  37. b

    baroquestar

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Food was tasty and filling, and good value for money (we ordered off a set menu plus a couple of extras from the main menu), but the service was a bit slow despite the place not being busy. The whole venue is quite cold but the staff did help by offering us a different table and turning on some heaters nearby. Music was very loud but that’s just the nature of the place. Would consider going back, but only at a warmer time of year.

  38. DC

    DavidC

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed the atmosphere of Freight Island and was served very well. The food was very good. We will definitely go again.

  39. o

    olgan

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience3

    We had a high top reservation at 7pm on Saturday, arrived on time, there was no one at the reception point, after 5 min a waitress showed up, dressed in a hoodie and joggers, no apron or uniform, as if she walked off the street a minute ago. She sat us downstairs without looking at our reservation, me moved to the bar to watch open fire. Another 20 min passed, she’s taken our order. We ordered txuleton steak, and started waiting excitedly for it, watching grill chef working around the fire point. Five txuletons and one hour later I asked the waitress how long do we have to wait, because everyone around us has eaten long time ago. She panicked as she clearly forgot to place our order. We got a free drinks on the house in compensation for a wait, so I was going to let it slide, except although the steak was nice it’s not in any way enough for 3-4 people. And it comes with just some chopped raw tomatoes and a bowl of roasted peppers, no potatoes, you have to pay extra. Really? After spending £60 on a steak you don’t even get full meal with it? And another thing I wanted to point out, the chefs must have touched every steak about 60 times with their bare hands, every piece was inspected with no gloves in sight. I wished we sat upstairs and didn’t see it. I wish we went somewhere else, it was very expensive meal and didn’t live up to our expectations. Also there was virtually no entertainment for a Saturday night.

  40. RJ

    RyanJohnLiam

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a surprise , was not expecting the level of service. Everyone was so attentive and the food and drinks were delivered straight to our table right from the app.

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Baratxuri at Escape to Freight Island is rated 4.5 stars by 135 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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2 people

December 2021
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Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.
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

    null

  • 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 Picadilly 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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