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Grafene Restaurant & Bar

4.2
49 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary British
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The Grafene experience

A celebration of a unique restaurant and cocktail bar – beautiful modern British cuisine in a stylish environment - one of the best dining experiences in Manchester City Centre.


Grafene is our food & drink interpretation of this exciting new chapter in Manchester’s rich history.

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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary British, British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 23:00
Friday - Saturday: 12:00 - 01:00 Sunday 12:00 - 23:00
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Phone number
0161 696 9700
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Ben Mounsey
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Catering
Relaxed fine dining British food. All products are sourced locally where possible and arrive fresh every day to the restaurant. We offer everything from afternoon tea, Sunday roasts and 7 course tasting menus.
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Public Transit
Walking distance from Manchester Victoria, Salford Central and Manchester Piccadilly stations
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

7 to Taste: £65

From a set menu. Pre-order is required.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 20 February 2018

Ends: 8 May 2018

Availability: Daily 12:00-15:00 17:00-21:00

5 to Taste: £45 Vegetarian option £35

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 20 February 2018

Ends: 8 May 2018

Availability: Sun-Thu 12:00-15:00 17:00-21:00

Fixed Price 3 Course plus surprises £45

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 20 February 2018

Ends: 8 May 2018

Availability: Daily 18:30-21:30

Lunch: British Tapas from £17.50 for 3 dishes

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 20 February 2018

Ends: 8 May 2018

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00 17:00-18:30

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 12:00PM - 7:45PM
Tue - Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 8:45PM
Sat 12:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:45PM

What 49 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.1
service
4.2
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3.8
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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

tried the 7 course tasting menu , really enjoyed it , so went back a couple weeks later , for the al a carte , again was excellent

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1.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Service was very poor. We were greeted warmly but then they brought us the wrong menus. When I tracked someone down to help they then argued until I showed them the booking.
We finally sat down with the right menus at 8, then waited patiently for a while for out first course....this finally came at 9. The second course waa 30 mins later which was the point I started to complain. After this the service improved but then the food was clearly being rushed and this resulted in the monkfish being undercooked, dangerously undercooked!
We finally finished our meal at midnight. A deeply disappointing experience and will no be rushing back.
The point I was most annoyed about was several people started fussing over us after they realised that we were having such a horrid experience, but not one manager! It was left to the general waitering team.. Poor.

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

A very interesting different and tasty menu. The fresh baked bread loaves were amazing

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4.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Really interesting and innovative menu. Staff very friendly too.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

We had the tapas menu. Very tasty, varied, reasonably priced and served in a timely manner.
I would definitely recommend and will be going again.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Birthday treat for my hubby - lovely food, creative take on the tapas concept. Chicken and duck dishes particularly delicious. Friendly service! Would recommend and will come back again to try the tasting menu.

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3.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Left waiting to be seated for 35 mins, then another 30 mins before our starters arrived. Appalling poor service. Won’t be returning

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Very nice restaurant: cosy and romantic. I would come back there for special occasion. Very interesting and unique menue: portions small size but enough for two to share

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2.0Dined on 17 February 2018

The steak was so chewy we didn’t eat it. The waitress was very apologetic and gave us a free cocktail and didn’t charge the supplement for steak..
Really the steak should not have been chargeable but I felt it was not worth complaining further as the staff were so apologetic .
The lighting is not great , in my opinion it is too bright to create a nice atmosphere for a dinner

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4.0Dined on 3 February 2018

I was upset they couldn’t find our reservation as it have been made on opentable app. The reception lady was cocky. Also the table they offered was the worst: very small table that it just for drinks.
They have very nice and modern sofas with bigger tables and loads of them been empty...ok I decided these might be reserved BUT no one came within next 2 hours we been there.
The dishes itself are small but very unusual and delicious- special thanks to chef!

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4.0Dined on 21 January 2018

Excellent service, and the set menu I had was decent value too. The food was a bit patchy: bread was lovely, and the mandarin sorbet I had with the date sponge, really tasted of mandarin, but sorbets should probably be smooth not crunchy. The ice crystals in sorbets should be small to give a smooth texture and this had not quite worked here. Also, portion size of the main course was not very large, so you'll be wanting the bread. But at the relatively modest price of the sent menu you do get some tasty food.

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5.0Dined on 18 January 2018

I took my boyfriend here last week for a meal to celebrate his birthday. Neither of us had eaten at grafene before and we both thought it was a really lovely place, great service, great location, fabulous cocktails and choice of drinks and the food was really lovely. We will definitely go back again and would recommend to family and friends

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3.0Dined on 11 January 2018

Lunch time was quiet - so hard to say how noisey the place gets if/when full. The good points: service was excellent, as was the food. The less good points: wine prices are higher than reasonable. The bill make up doesn't fit with the lunch special pricing, so its impossible to check it and my feeling is that it was higher than it should have been. Left us with an uncomfortable feeling. So, will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on 29 December 2017

The service was exemplary, with the just the right amount of attention paid between servings and a warm and welcome smile with each visit to our table. The food was excellent, with one of the best puddings we have ever tasted and we could have stayed much longer sipping our final drinks in the cosy yet modern surroundings. Can't wait to go again.

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5.0Dined on 24 December 2017

Consistently good at everything best value for money in Manchester

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1.0Dined on 21 December 2017

I booked a table for four.

We were running a tad late. I called ahead to explain.

No problem.

We arrived 8.10, 10 minutes late and wee shown to our table.

One of our party had got stuck in traffic, driven from London, and was not going to arrive until after9pm.

We explained this to the waitress, no problem.

We ordered three starters as well as our three mains and also a fourth main for our fourth person.

The starters came extremely quickly. We ate as slowly as possible , as we were concerned about the timing of the mains and the arrival of our last person.

The waiting staff cleared our starters as soon as we were finished.

I explained again about not serving our mains until the last person from our party arrived.

What time! I called to establish how far away she was and confirmed to the waitress approx 9.15.

We had a good 30 mins to kill, do we ordered olives and bread.

These too arrived at lightening speed.

Needless to say we got to 9.10pm and one of the waiters came over to ask how much longer the last guest was going to be.

I called her find out, she was close but need to park.

I said another 15 minutes.

The waiter was not happy with this. He said the kitchen closed at 9pm and we would have to mains now , as the kitchen staff needed to go.

No problem, let the staff go, get us our bill and we will too!

No problem, the waiter got our bill. He wanted to charge us for our mains too!

Do not go here if you want to enjoy your meal.

Go here if you want McDonalds style service.

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4.0Dined on 16 December 2017

The pudding was exquisite, the starter very nice but the roast fillet of beef suggests that they need a different butcher. Bit disappointed though it's a lovely place with polite staff. Bit overpriced given quality of meat.

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5.0Dined on 16 December 2017

The meal at Grafene was a Christmas get together of family from far afield. The booking process was easy, we arrived early and a 'special' non alcoholic drink was made for my 9yr old which was so delicious we all ordered it! The food was incredible, it felt like I was at the final of masterchef. I had salmon and beetroot for a starter, fresh and delicious, and the beef fillet for mains was sublime. My family were impressed with the service and we all had a great time. Couldn't recommend it highly enough.

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5.0Dined on 9 December 2017

Very enjoyable food staff were very helpful would definitely go again

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5.0Dined on 26 November 2017

Had a lovely sunday roast, was served by the most wonderful ladies who gave us a beautiful twist on a classic gin & tonic! Loved it!!

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3.0Dined on 15 November 2017

Food good but expensive. Small portions presented beautifully. Good for business or romantic meals.

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5.0Dined on 11 November 2017

The waitress was very friendly. The food was delicious. We would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on 10 November 2017

Great but long wait before being seated

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5.0Dined on 22 October 2017

The food was delicious. Amazing service.

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5.0Dined on 27 August 2017

We had a Sunday Roast, which was superb! The Roast Beef was cooked perfectly 'pink', the roast potatoes were the best we've ever had and the Yorkshire Pudding was fantastic......every element was spot on.......we didn't want our meal to end!!!!! We will definitely return sometime soon.....👍

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2.0Dined on 13 August 2017

The only outstanding item of food I ate was the fresh bread which was probably one of the best I have eaten. We opted to go for the 7 course pescetarian tasting menu, of which 2 courses included trout and halibut. 3 courses were vegetarian. The first course was textures of carrot, which were so under cooked that as I tried to cut one of the carrots it flew off my plate. Other courses were combinations of being under seasoned and/or had lack of accompanying sauces/vegetables to cut through the other flavours. I had heard and read some good reviews, even if they were agreeing with me now (in hindsight). I really wanted this dining experience to be special but the service didn't the match the price of the meal for example some courses were dellivered to the table before clearing away the previous course dishes. The waiter didn't always stop to explain the components of each dish. So overall I was disappointed. I have had better service, and better food for less. Sorry Grafene, it's a "not again" from me.

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5.0Dined on 11 August 2017

Amazing food and lovely staff, would highly recommend xx

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4.0Dined on 5 August 2017

Started the evening with creative cocktails then had a wonderful 3 course meal. Michael our waiter gave excellent service throughout the evening, atmosphere was very good and definitely a place I'd recommend.

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2017

The taster menu was fantastic, a great experience and the service was second to none!

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4.0Dined on 15 June 2017

Good service and delicious food. Extensive wine list.

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4.0Dined on 14 June 2017

My first visit to Grafene - and we weren't disappointed. Excellent tasting menu, well constructed - and well matched wine flight. The amount of food was just right.
We found the service to be personal but unobtrusive.
Not cheap - but food of this quality is worth the premium.

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2017

Server was attentive and polite. Food was of amazing quality will be again very soon!

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5.0Dined on 24 April 2017

Really enjoyed our meal. Was a business meal and was my fourth visit to Grafene. Although it was quiet and initially we were the only diners we were looked after and served well.

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5.0Dined on 24 April 2017

Perfection all round!

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2.0Dined on 26 January 2017

We were given a voucher for afternoon tea at Garfene for Christmas. When we got the food the bread was already going stale and the scones were overcooked on the outside and raw on the inside. The service staff were lovely but the food really let the place down.

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5.0Dined on 24 January 2017

Second time I've been this month. Love how the menu changes around slightly. Food still ever so great and exciting

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1.0Dined on 23 January 2017

We booked a table for my partner's 30th birthday but were told on arrival that the restaurant had been booked for a private event. We had not been contacted in advance to cancel the booking.
I was asked to drop an email explaining what had happened but they didn't even bother to reply to that email!
Not impressed at all, it seems you cannot rely on a booking that has been made.

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5.0Dined on 16 January 2017

Excellent food. Delicious . Absolutely enjoyed each and every moment

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3.0Dined on 14 January 2017

Although we booked on open table we were greeted with sorry we don't have your booking after a few mins of deliberation they said they could fit us in, even though we spotted 4 tables !! Food was great service was ok. Atmosphere was nil. Ambiance was muted. They did nothing to make us feel comfortable. It was to clinical and staid. The whole place really lets the food down. From the unwelcoming entrance that felt as if we were in a pub to the badly briefed but pleasant staff.
Shame !!

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4.0Dined on 14 January 2017

Despite trouble with booking via OpenTable, the restaurant was able to accommodate the 2 of us. Good bar area with great selection of cocktails. Restaurant is bright with modern decor. Menu selection was limited but sufficient for most tastes & there was a 6 course taster menu available. We chose steak for mains which was ok. Good choice of wines but not many below £30 a bottle. Overall enjoyable evening with good food - think the bill was approx £130 for 2 including 1 bottle of wine & 10% tip

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