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Grafene Restaurant & Bar

4.2
41 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
Tuesday - Thursday: 12:00 - 23:00
Friday - Saturday: 12:00 - 01:00 Sunday 12:00 - 23:00 Monday - closed
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Phone number
0161 696 9700
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Stephen Moore
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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/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, 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

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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 41 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.2
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3.8
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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
4.0  Dined 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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Richard (New England)
4.0  Dined 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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Victoria1901 (Manchester)
5.0  Dined 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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DavidL (Manchester)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (N. Ireland)
5.0  Dined on 24 December 2017

Consistently good at everything best value for money in Manchester

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OpenTable Diner (Lancashire)
1.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
5.0  Dined on 9 December 2017

Very enjoyable food staff were very helpful would definitely go again

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined 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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vipMark (London)
3.0  Dined on 15 November 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Surrey)
5.0  Dined on 11 November 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
5.0  Dined on 10 November 2017

Great but long wait before being seated

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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
5.0  Dined on 22 October 2017

The food was delicious. Amazing service.

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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
5.0  Dined 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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BAli (Manchester)
2.0  Dined 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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Demi123 (Manchester)
5.0  Dined on 11 August 2017

Amazing food and lovely staff, would highly recommend xx

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
5.0  Dined on 17 June 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Newcastle)
4.0  Dined on 15 June 2017

Good service and delicious food. Extensive wine list.

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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
5.0  Dined on 28 May 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on 24 April 2017

Perfection all round!

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FaithD (London)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (London)
1.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Manchester)
5.0  Dined on 16 January 2017

Excellent food. Delicious . Absolutely enjoyed each and every moment

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