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The Restaurant at The Refuge, Manchester,

The Restaurant at The Refuge

4.2
4.2
1492 Reviews
£25 and under
Global, International
From small plates to Sunday roast, our Dining Room menus take their influences from all over the globe. An informal, but informed setting for a weekly catch-up or a gathering of your nearest and dearest. Sleeves up, dig in.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 24 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 13:00–21:00 Sat 13:00–22:00 Sun 13:00–20:00
  • Phone number
    0161 233 5151
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Manchester
  • Cross Street
    Whitworth Street and Oxford Street
  • Parking Details
    NCP, Manchester PalaceEuro Car Parks, Pritchard Street
  • Public Transit
    Two-minute walk from Oxford Road Station. 15-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly & Manchester Victoria.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,492 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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1,492 Reviews
  1. CatherineE

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A really lovely overall experience, friendly, helpful staff and delicious food.

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  2. MatildaW

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was some of the nicest I’ve had in Manchester. Every single dish was perfect, delicious and so full of flavour. We were just in awe of every dish and the quality of the food. We could not fault any of the food and will definitely be coming back because of how amazing the food was. It was so so cold! There was a really cold strong draft coming from the central heating but they said it just wasn’t working properly.

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  3. KellyM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic building, great attentive staff lovely food really nice atmosphere

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  4. EmilyG

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food with good service - but we were given the wrong bill at the end

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  5. HelenM

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stunning building, wonderful restaurant space. Atmosphere is relaxed, service is attentive and friendly. Good spacing between tables and despite high ceilings the restaurant isn't noisy. Sunday roasts are fantastic (we had 3 different roast options and all were good).

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  6. NickD

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about this place is awesome! Teh room, the staff, the food, all awesome.

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  7. AndyP

    London

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely location and good tapas except for the fussy and messy shrimps!!

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  8. Charlotte

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to have a Sunday evening roast with a friend and the entire evening was absolutely lovely. The food is incredible! The service was quick and efficient. It was my third time eating there, and The Refuge never disappoints!

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  9. MaryT

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jake our server was amazing - super friendly and helpful! Food was delicious - not a single bad plate Drinks were lovely! Fabulous time

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  10. KerryH

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff were brilliant. Lovely food only problem was all came at once

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  11. KathrynU

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The environment and the food were fabulous. It’s our second visit and the food was just as tasty as our first visit. My only criticism was there was a 10% service charge on the bill ( no issues) but then I was asked to leave an optional tip when paying. I asked the server who informed that the service charge is shared for all staff but the tip was just for the server. So I paid both the charge and left a tip, but it did leave me uncomfortable. Perhaps there should be information given when the bill arrives. We will still come back!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was incredibly poor, given we ordered a Sunday roast and they forgot to add Beef to the meat platter! Once this finally arrived at our table, all the other food had gone cold. Overall, a very disappointing experience.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food! Friendly and helpful staff! One of my favourite places to eat!

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  14. Nefyn24

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the pre- theatre menu. Lots of dishes & good value for money. Felt a bit rushed at times though & waitress clearing plates while we were still eating.

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  15. LynnH

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I adore this historic building. Food was lovely. I think our table was caught in the middle of a staff change and the service or to a degree lack of it was noticed.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing sunday roast for mothers day, some changes from the menu which weren't expected but the meal was very good nonetheless

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  17. CarenA

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Not very busy & the waiting staff were sparse. Only 1 bartender so waited a while to be served.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu was limited and quite an odd mix, not to my personal liking, more of a tapas style. Funky and well cooked and well presented as it was, I’d have thought a restaurant of this quality in a bizarrely exceptional hotel such as this would have had some extra options, even a steak meal etc a couple of simple options for those not in the mood or liking tapas style. Still, that’s only my personal opinion. Wouldn’t go back whilst that menu is on but the service etc was faultless.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for making my birthday special. I definitely think you could do with a few more waiting on staff though!

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  20. ScarlettB

    London

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cant fault this place! Beautiful surroundings and ambiance. Amazing food. Highly recommend

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  21. JeanT

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice restaurant in the centre of Manchester.We attended before a Peter Kay show at the arena. The staff were professional and pleasant.We requested the pre show set menu.This was the perfect choice for us. Enjoyed the food and the whole experience. I’m sure we will book again in the future.

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  22. SophieR

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    A bit of a shambles really. We ordered four cocktails before our food, only three arrived. We asked for the fourth and were told it would be done. The food arrived and still no fourth cocktail so one of our party just sat without a drink. In the end, we cancelled the cocktail order, the moment kind of past and the cocktail not really matching a roast dinner anyway, ordering a glass of wine instead. With every stage of ordering the waiter didn't seem confident and returned to our table a once to check if what she'd written down was correct. The roast was decent (apart from the roast potatoes which had obviously been reheated and were tricky to cut), but one of our plates was missing the hips cabbage. When our server asked if everything was alright with our food, we mentioned the cabbage and she said it didn't come with the chicken roast. We said that's not what the menu says and she laughed and walked away. It was quite odd! Towards the end of the meal, the fourth cocktail arrived. Dessert was a real mixed bag. They took a long time to arrive. Two of us shared the chocolate delice which was delicious, and two shared the sticky toffee pudding which was dry and burnt. The restaurant wasn't especially busy and there were much nicer tables available but we were sat by the bar in what felt like a thoroughfare. We entertained ourselves at least by watching countless staff walking around a whole passionfruit that had fallen on the floor. It took some time before anyone just picked it up. It's a lovely building, great decor, but the service just wasn't good enough.

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  23. CalumH

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Sunday roasts in Manchester. Delicious food and lots of it!

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  24. RichardW

    Staffordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolute superb evening meal tapas style, wouldn't recommend more than 3 dishes each. Service, food quality brilliant.

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  25. ClaireW

    Amsterdam

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Expensive small plates and not great value for money or quality. Service was slow and our second selection of food was cold and felt like it had been sitting around for a while before being brought to the table.

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  26. Bart

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Avoid. Total waste of money. Food has no flavour at all but bill will leave you wondering what you actually have paid for? The Refuge restaurant is clearly well advertised. It operates in a beautiful and historical venue, which sells to customer an expectation of an interesting culinary experience. Unfortunately, expectation is where this ends as reality is not very satisfying. There are many issues but key ones are: Dinner menu has around 6 starters and 10 mains to choose from all quite basic and we have been advised by your waiting staff, that for dinner for 2 usually they would recommend 6 to 8 dishes as they are small and tapas style. There is not much to choose from. Secondly the dishes are quite big, they are not at all tapas style, but bigger. so we ended up wasting quite a lot and ordered much more then needed, as we followed the staff recommendation. Taste is the biggest issue as there was not a single dish with any flavour. Lastly staff does not know much about the food, does not advise well. Waiting staff was not able to tell us bit more about the sirloin beef steak, when we asked. Advised us wrongly on sizes of portion sizes and we have ended up wasting food, overpaying and having a terrible anniversary experience. The venue is glamourous and very interesting. The bill for the dinner was £95 for 2, which was expected from such good looking venue. However, as we come there to eat not to look at the building, it is very disappointing that food was tasting like cardboard. There was not a single dish that had any sophistication or proper flavouring. Best wishes, Bart and Moaz

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  27. williamm

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food in amazing surroundings and well looked after by the staff.

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  28. VincentM

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and staff were lovely...The food was just very average, no real flavours or anything that stood out. It felt a little reheated almost. For example the chicken wings, lamb koftas and potatoes were cold in the middle. All-round a bit disappointed by the food after being so impressed by the Sunday lunch a couple of years ago. The service staff were absolutely lovely and couldn't have been more helpful and dint raise anything at the restaurant because of this as we were there for a birthday. The space is amazing but sadly wouldn't recommend to have food again.

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  29. EmilyH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So lovely!! All the staff were super friendly (wish I'd got names so I could leave them a mention) The vegan roast was so delish and my family couldn't praise the sharing platter enough! They even gave me a complementary birthday treat ♥️

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  30. JohnT

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding, got the roast platter and very happy with it. There was 2 of us and it was plenty of food. The setting is really nice and service was very good.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Firstly let me say overall it was very good and would probably go again but there are better places in Manchester for Sunday lunch I think as couple things that just stopped it being excellent but some would probably say it’s just me. Beef was far too pink border line red (while I like pink beef others may not like it this pink waitress probably should have said how it was served or asked how we wanted it). The fact was soo pink or red was probably the cause of the meet being stringy and difficult to cut in places which was a disappointment cooked slightly more and you wouldn’t have had this, but it was very tasty. Obviously they want you to buy more gravy. while I don’t want it swimming in gravy and would rather pour it on myself what came with it was a dribble presumably to get you to buy a jug feels like penny pinching. Pudding sticky toffee pudding v nice but lacking portion on the sauce and ice cream. For me little things just took the shine off it.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was nice. Service started off good but went downhill After finishing our food we said didn’t want to see the dessert menu and then never saw the waitress again. Asked for the bill twice and it never came. Sat for an hour with not a single member of staff coming to our table. Had to go to the bar to ask for the bill and again 20 minutes later to ask to pay. Shame as it ruined a good night

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  33. AdrianS

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really disappointed with the food. Pita was cold and chewy, 18 pounds for about 50g of sea bream is scandalous. Very expensive for what you get

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  34. Toptraveller

    London

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice food but took 50 minutes to arrive. Think we had been forgotten about.

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  35. Andy

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, lovely venue. Would recommend. Thank you

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  36. PaulG

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well presented tapas style dishes. Very tasty. The staff \are very pleasant and efficient. The show menu is good value

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been wanting to dine here on a Sunday for quite a while. We had a table booked for 4 p.m. and arrived at 4.09 p.m. As we checked in, we were immediately told the kitchen was closing for “maintenance” and he would need to check with the kitchen to see if they would accommodate us! In the meantime, we were shown to our table with menus, but we were unsure if we could order or not, as no one came to say if it was a yes or no from the kitchen. Eventually another waiter came to say we wouldn’t be able to order the individual Sunday roasts, as they had run out of chicken and beef, but we could order the sharing roast platters. I don’t fully understand why that was, only that it was more money to order this. We had to have a mix-up of meats as they had run out. Some items on the sharing platter were missing. Also, in the meantime, other people were being refused entry, and what turned out to be “maintenance” turned out to be an event. I couldn’t believe we had been lied to. Luckily, the food was outstanding, and our waitress, Lucy, was equally amazing. If it wasn’t for her, we would have walked out. I won’t let it put me off coming again, but the attitude of a couple of the staff needs attention. Particularly the male who checked us in and showed us to the table.

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  38. PaulL

    Brighton

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Really noisy, snooty staff to greet us, no bread available, food came before the drinks, table left uncleared for a long time after we finished. Food was pretty good.

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  39. Hamfay

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food, wine and over all experience. Waiting staff took their time when we wanted to get the bill which was annoying because it wasn’t busy.

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  40. VivL

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    food excellent staff went out of their way to try to sort a ' quiet 'table out. expensive but guess you are paying to eat in a stunning backdrop

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2 people

19:00


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for The Restaurant at The Refuge

Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Whitworth Street and Oxford Street
  • Area
    Manchester
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 13:00–21:00 Sat 13:00–22:00 Sun 13:00–20:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    NCP, Manchester PalaceEuro Car Parks, Pritchard Street
  • Public Transit
    Two-minute walk from Oxford Road Station. 15-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly & Manchester Victoria.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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