The Ivy Brasserie, Spinningfields
The Ivy Brasserie is open all day, seven days a week. Serving modern British classics for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and everything in-between.
The Ivy Asia and Bar is located on the second floor, open seven days a week from 5pm and from 12pm at the weekends. There is a central glamorous late night bar and the restaurant is illuminated with a show-stopping green, semi-precious stone floor serving Asian-inspired cocktails and sharing dishes with entertainment and resident DJ’s.
It was a lovely quiet restaurant for breakfast. Although the service was good, little mistakes happen, toast was brought out and then sent away again, to later arrive as cold.
Service was a little too tentative with there being minimal tables filled.
Very dark inside couldn’t read the menu or see the food without putting a torch on!! Our Waiter was a bit sullen too !!
we loved our meal meal at The Ivy we bought our friends which was their first experience dining at any of The Ivy restaurants.
Overall the service was wonderful apart from our main service from the lady that was serving us we found her un helpful and not so friendly lucky this did not put off our friends as the food was amazing.
Wanted to try somthing new as a valentines surprise for my fiancé. We found the brassiere seating arrangements to be extremely close together and felt invaded, this wasn’t an issue as I assured my partner that the food would be incredible. This was clearly not the case, we ordered the ivy burger at around £15 per head, the burger came and was no different from what I have had at a pub lunch. The build your burger yourself experience was extremely shocking with 2 pieces of iceberg lettuce a piece of tomatoe and 2 gurkins, which I had to place on the burger myself was unacceptable for a so called well established restaurant. We also purchased a bottle of wine which at this point was needed I thought the wine connoisseur would maybe tell us about the wine or recommend a particular bottle again this was not the case, then the bill came. I don’t mind at all paying service charges however there wasn’t any outstanding service and or exceptional food, so I was pleasantly surprised and unfortunately won’t be returning to the ivy.
really good atmosphere, the bar area is really nice and the service spot on, if a little pricey.
Menu interesting, and varied enough to not get bored if visiting multiple times, but again potions were a bit on the mean side for the prices. Wine list really good, with some especially good choices, and some less well known wines from New World areas such as South Africa,
Only real complain is the lack of toilet facilities. 3 cubicles, one male one female and one disabled, with a full bar and a full restaurant, there was a bit of a wait. The paper had run out in the ladies, with no immediate replacement to be found.
Having booked months ahead there was great excitement for our meal today but sadly it wasn't a great experience.
We arrived and waited 25 minutes for someone to take a drinks order, another 20 mins before the drinks arrived and about 15 mins before a food order was taken. The food arrived, finally, after a long delay and dishes were incomplete.
The "incidental" or background music was so obtrusive that we couldn't hear what was being said from one end of the table to the other. Staff showed little to no concern that the music was a problem.
A 12.5% "discretionary service charge" was added to the not insignificant bill and it was a hassle to get this removed despite it being "discretionary."
Of the five of us not one had a positive thing to say and none wants to visit again.
Absolutely! The restaurant itself is beautiful the decor was stunning and the staff were impeccable. I’ve never encountered service like it. Our main waiter was called Adam who was fabulous but all the staff were amazing. I will definitely be back again.
Had such a wonderful time going for brunch with my mum. The staff were polite, friendly and attentive and the service they provide is brilliant, a little slow between seating/ordering/first course but the experience more than made up for that. The interior is utterly beautiful and the place is spotless. The food was just amazing - and the Brasserie prices were reasonable and good for such high quality food. Would seriously recommend!
Nice place nice atmosphere, food was rubbish. Definitely not the food quality I expected.
Absolutely fantastic. My boyfriend and I visited on Saturday night. The atmosphere was amazing and the food was out of this world. 5* treatment from start to finish.
We loved it, great food, atmosphere and lovely to be able to have the remainder of our drink at the bar after the meal.
Will definitely return.
Lovely birthday dessert for my husband, lovely touch. Thank you
Great food, average service [slow] and very noisy... not conducive to dining and chatting with friends. Not the same experience as either London or Leeds.
Lovely food at a very reasonable price, 3 courses approximately £50 each. Super cool place and very good staff. Perfect really.
Table wasn't ready when we arrived. Had a party of 8 and we were sent upstairs to get drinks which took around 25 minutes. Eventually seated into a crammed booth, it was absolutely boiling hot and everyone complained but we were told we'd get used to it.
Food was OK - me and another lady had steak and asked for medium rare and rare, both were well done.
The other food looked OK and the food was priced OK. Cocktails were around £10 which is to be expected, however we were going to get a bottle of prosecco and were told it was £50 a bottle so we decided against it. A friend did buy a bottle of chardonnay at £36 and was charged £4.50 extra for opening it.
As a party of 8 we should have had three hours, we didn't get seated until 5pm (half an hour late) and so should have easily been there until around 8pm, but around 6.45 the staff were hovering around and brought the bill (without us asking), so it was all very rushed, rather than being a really pleasant chilled afternoon with friends.
The chocolate bombe was divine and probably the only saving grace for the day!
I wouldn't go again. This was a special occasion for a friend's birthday but it was just rushed, expensive, hot and cramped with relatively OK food, I've had a better steak in our local pub for half the price.
Fabulous service. Fantastic food. Jonathan our waiter made the whole experience. After the mix up by Open table saying that we cancelled our reservation of which we had not, however the Ivy was faultless
Despite it being very busy the service, care and attention was excellent
Fabulous from start to finish. Our only complaint was it’s quite warm in the brassiere, we did ask if aircon could be turned up a bit, but i don’t think it happened.
Lovely place, amazing food and great service. Will definitely be returning soon.
Very good food, great service and gorgeous surroundings!
Very nice cool place with nice food and good service. Tables a little close together fir my liking.
excellent in every way...........service was good and explanation of menu was good, and understood our dietery reqirements
First visit to the Manchester restaurant although I’d previously visited 3 of the London restaurants. My only (small) complaints are that the background music was too loud, making conversation difficult, and the tables are too close together. Food and service though were outstanding.
No issues as such, however I have been to other places that were more enjoyable all round, hence the 4stars. We noticed the close together tables, but luckily wasn't a problem for us, we could see how would be annoying for others in a less optimal seat though. Someone started being a bit rowdy and were
asked to be a bit more respectful and then removed very quickly. Food was delicious, although slightly more than I'd liked to have paid. The chocolate Bomb desert was incredible!
Table was set for 6, when booked for 7.
Not all meals came at the same time, was waiting for one starter and one main meal while the others had been given there’s.
Did not bother with dessert as took too long.
The main limitation was food. Only around 4 main dishes could eat. Do not serve halal meat so limited to fish dishes. For that reason won't be able to cone back.
Service atmosphere nice
Service levels were fantastic. Our server was a credit to the restaurant and the door staff were incredibly accommodating.
The venue was inviting and opulent, the staff were wonderful and the food delicious.
The set menu in the Brasserie was a good option for early diners and I can recommend the Ivy champagne.
It was, however, extremely noisy and busy and I thought our table for 5 was a little cramped. This may be due to refurbishment work upstairs and being a Friday so this could improve.
Would I return? definitely. Everyone has to try this place at least once.
Stunning venue, with such great service. Elegant all round. Food was delicious and the wine was also very nice.
Good food, OK service but the restaurant exudes an aura of chaos .... it’s packed (they seem desperate to squeeze as many covers out of their space at whatever the cost), its noisy. Large scale smashing of glasses / crockery on at least 2 occasions whilst we were there hardly adds to the relaxation and ambience. You really should work on this otherwise it just becomes a regular “chain” which will not attract a regular loyal clientele. I will be eating at another branch of the chain in 3 weeks and so will be keen to see the comparison ..... overall, nice, good at best but certainly nowhere near a great dining experience.
Ambiance lovely service very good , the food good ,,, don’t appreciate the high service charge , there were only two of us , which didn’t warrant a £15 charge,,, plus I will decide how much I tip not the restaurant,,,
This is my second time at The Ivy and I’ll definitely return. The food was delicious couldn’t fault it, everyone in the party commented on how nice the food was. Prices are just what you would expect for any restaurant in that area of town. The only problem I could think of was the noise level it was very busy we were sat in a small quiet booth area however this still was too loud. Even though it was busy service was on point we weren’t waiting long periods to be served.
We are going to return.
Good in all respects
Gregory’s breakfast. Added bacon to a breakfast dish and felt the cost was a lot of two pieces of bacon. Otherwise lovely morning
We though The Ivy was decent, a refreshing change from the San Carlo, nice that somebody has actually managed to open somewhere new in Manchester that serves fairly good food, nice vibe, pleasant doormen very swish interior, would recommend but beware pretty much London prices with a hefty 12.5 % service charge, meal for 2 with a £55 bottle of wine and 2 glasses of champagne (valentines day) total £227 ! Realistically I would never of left a £25 tip based on the service which was very average a tenner would of been plenty, tables that serve 2 are far to close together felt like I was sat with the people on the tables either side of us, 7-10.
The food was good however we felt like we were being rushed to order food. Then when we did order the starter came very quickly and so did the main to follow. While the staff were nice I requested fresh limes for my water twice and they never arrived. The cocktails were lovely as was the recommended IPL.
We really enjoyed our dinner at Ivy Brasserie! The interior is so pretty and welcoming staff is so friendly and helpful. But it’s overpriced for service charge.
Would recommend it and would definitely come back to try The Ivy Asia.
On the whole our Valentine's Day experience at The Ivy was special. The atmosphere was great and the food was excellent. The service was mostly good but just one thing let it down. It took half an hour for a waiter to clear away our plates after we had finished our main course. There was a change of shift during our visit which meant a change of waiter. This seemed to cause the issue. We were sitting right at the back of the brasserie and so couldn't even attract any passing waiting staff's attention. It wouldn't put me off going again but has stopped me giving overall outstanding.
The food was gorgeous and the staff were extremely polite me and my other half had the most amazing night and we would definitely recommend the ivy to friends.
It was quite expensive but we had a good night
Table’s very close together for what is meant to be a top restaurant experience, food just average for the price.
Whilst the setting and decor are impressive , the seating is cramped and the food a mixed bag.
Our waitress spent majority of her shift checking her watch. We didn't realise there were any specials until the couple who sat next to us, or almost on our knees were served by another wauter who listed them. We had already ordered by then. I had yhe valentines cocktail, it was okush, and tiny. My starter was good , tempura prawns and squid, but my better half was really disappointed with his scallops. The main course arrived very quickly, to quickly. My crab linguine had for to much chilli dressing , so the crab was overwhelmed, the Keralan monkfish curry was good. We ordered truffles and coffee and asked for our bill, we explained we had a Christmas voucher to put towards it. The waitress nodded and disappeared. Twenty minutes later I asked what appeared to be a team manager if she had left and got some cock and bull story that she'd go and find her. Then another ten minutes go by and the team manager comes back with a card reader. We explain again we have voucher, she disappeared and returns with the bill from another table minus our £50. Off she goes again until we finally get the correct bill. So dreadful service, charged at 12.5%, completely overcrowded seating, average food and overpriced. Living on its name, things need to pick up or it will soon lose its lustre. There are many better places in Manchester to eat.