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The River Restaurant, Manchester,

The River Restaurant

4.3
4.3
318 Reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European
An incredible dining experience awaits your future visit.

Welcome to our brilliant restaurant. We’ve kept the iconic river views and added even more luxury and light.

The River Restaurant boasts sensational flavours and an excellent five star experience.

Great places are meant to be re-visited.


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2 people

23:00


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Modern European, Afternoon Tea
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea Thu–Sun 12:00–16:00 Sunday Lunch Sun 12:00–20:30 Dinner Mon–Sat 18:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    0161 827 4000
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    There is a separate dining room, which can comfortably seat up to 22 people, with natural daylight views along the river.
  • Private party contact
    Conference and Special Events : 0161 827 4000
  • Area
    Manchester
  • Parking Details
    Parking is complimentary for visitors dining at the hotel based on a minimum £30.00 spend, on production of a receipt and subject to availability.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Tasting Menu at The River Restaurant

    £75.00 per person

    Prepaid

    18 Apr 2024 only
    Experience the vibrant essence of spring at the River Restaurant with our exclusive tasting menus curated by Chef Bartosz Szynaka. Throughout the year this series of tasting menus will embrace the theme “colour” each bringing with it a new take on the season. This first tasting menu, launching April 18th celebrates the colour green, each meticulously crafted dish celebrates the freshness and vitality of the season. We will require 50% of the full payment upon booking
    Tasting Menu at The River Restaurant photo
  • Vegan Afternoon Tea

    £30.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy our vegan scones with fresh cream and a dollop of strawberry jam, vegan pastries and dainty fancies for polite popping into your mouth. And tea, as much as you can drink.
    Vegan Afternoon Tea photo
  • Afternoon Tea

    £30.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Scones with fresh cream and a dollop of strawberry jam. Pastries and dainty fancies for polite popping into your mouth. And tea, as much as you can drink
    Afternoon Tea photo

What 318 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Good for business meals

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Good for business meals

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Good for special occasions

  • Manchester

    Good for business meals

  • Manchester

    Good for business meals

  • Manchester

    Good for special occasions

329 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Afternoon tea was beautiful. Plenty of food and so tasty. The service was brilliant - attentive and pleasant staff. It was a great experience experience.

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  2. Bikerboy

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mainly a very good experience However I had the roast beef that had been cooked just as I requested but for the money I expected a bit more than one small thin slice of beef Good for someone on a diet. Also when booking I asked if I could use one of my Barclaycard £10 rewards cards this was confirmed. On the day nobody had heard of them Roy

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  3. SuzanneC

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Pretty poor for a 5 star hotel, sandwiches were dry, had to send the milk back as it was on the turn. Toilets a disgrace. Attention to detail was lacking. The little vase on the table was dirty, some of the plants as decor were lob sided, the main waiter had stains on his trousers. Very disappointing!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Was good only Fault was the lady who was a front desk how she was saying do you mind paying the amount sounded like she was looking down on us very judgemental

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  5. MalcolmS

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The meal in the River Restaurant was rather disappointing as we had expected excellence. The first negative was that the menu was very short, so we were quite limited in choice. However, we had decided to treat ourselves to a favourite red wine - Amarone (£135) which should go very well with our choice of sirloin steak. Unfortunately, on tasting the wine it was found to be thin, tired and flat rather than opulent, rich and full-bodied as should be expected with Amarone. In fairness, the manager accepted my comments and allowed us to chose an alternative - a Nero D'Avola (£36) which proved to be much more acceptable. We both chose the wild mushroom veloute to start. Whilst this was quite tasty, unfortunately it was not a veloute which is supposed to be 'velvet' smooth; it was a soup containing large pieces of mushroom. We both had sirloin steak which was certainly satisfactory but the whole dining expeerience had been undermined by the issues previously mentioned.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great high tea. Interesting food, excellent staff and a lovely, relax but beautiful atmosphere. I would say the scaffolding does take something away from the view, but this will not always be there. Recommended

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  7. BrianG

    East Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Although disappointed that the restaurant did not honour the original price shown on the website and on the menu (which we would have done in my 4* hospitality environment), the operational team delivered above expectations. We (11 of us) were given the option of a private dining room, which we took, and we were also given a complimentary glass of wine. All three beautifully presented courses of the Sunday Lunch were excellent, and the service was attentive at just the right level. Full marks (5 stars) to the team on the day!

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  8. JodiW

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My sister and I booked the restaurant as a treat to our mother. I had booked the afternoon tea online for the three of us and requested one vegan, one vegetarian and one traditional tea. We arrived early and sat in the bar area where we enjoyed a delicious cocktail each, the ruby, the Long Island and a champagne cocktail. Although the bar service was slow it did not hinder the wonderful experience. Once seated we were given an overview of how the afternoon teas would arrive; confirming one vegan, one vegetarian and one traditional. We upgraded the afternoon tea to the champagne afternoon tea and were presented with the two menus, One vegan and one traditional. I queried where the vegetarian option was to be informed there was no vegetarian option available. The afternoon teas arrived beautifully presented minus a specific item from the menu. We asked for the missing item which came without hesitation. Overall my mother, sister and I had a thoroughly enjoyable experience with a delicious afternoon tea. If there was to be any improvement from a 4 star review to a 5 star, it would be for a plain vegetarian option as originally offered and for the service to have attention to detail.

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  9. LouiseK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were 5 star as you would expect from the Lowry. A really lovely afternoon tea and experience that I would recommend to anyone.
    The River RestaurantResponded on 22 February 2024
    Good morning Louise I'm so happy to hear your had a lovely time, and grateful for you taking the time to leave us a review! Hope to see you again in the near future Kind regards Ellie

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  10. NurdanT

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an afternoon tea for four, service and drinks were really lovely. However the savoury part of the tea was very poor, bread was steal and fillings were extremely poor. Very disappointing unfortunately.
    The River RestaurantResponded on 22 February 2024
    Good Morning Thank you so much for taking your time to give us feedback. I'm sorry to hear the savoury dishes weren't up to our usual standard, I have made sure the kitchen have been made aware of this Hopefully we see you another time for a better experience! Kind regards Ellie

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  11. Smith

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely weekend for my partners 60th birthday. Couldn't felt anything . Definitely recommend and can't wait to go again. Thank you to a the staff. Made it special.

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  12. michaelw

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First class service. 5 star food and treatment throughout

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  13. Mancons1

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The three courses we had were an outstanding tasting experience. The mushroom veloute starter tasted amazing - really deliciously mushroomy! The burnt leeks and duck mains we had were an explosion of different tastes in our mouths. The desserts, bramley apples mousse and chocolate peanut butter flavoured log, were also absolutely delicious. A first class dining experience.

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  14. whatelse1

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Despite the staff having their Xmas party that night, everything was absolutely fine, food drink service all exemplery!

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  15. NatalieS

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loud wedding going on at our time of dining which I see is nobody's fault but a bit annoying all the same. Food was nice, could have been better but think that was my poor choices.

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  16. IanO

    London

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was average at best. The food was nice but the beef was not cooked pink which was requested and two ingredients from two different meals were missing.
    The River RestaurantResponded on 24 January 2024
    Hi Ian Thank you for taking your time to give us some feedback. We're sorry to hear about the issues with the food and the service not being up to our usual standards, the restaurant and kitchen have been made aware of these for future Hopefully we will see you again another time Kind regards Ellie

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I love the Lowry hotel and go quite a few times to the River Restaurant. We did a family Sunday lunch and I was shocked to see the price per person for the 3 course had gone up by £5 pp within the last couple of weeks. I asked why and was just told cost of food. I thought that was a big increase. We were also put in the breakfast side which I do not like the feel off. I prefer the actual restaurant side ( the orange side) it just feels much cozier in there. Staff friendly as usual.

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  18. RuthG

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointed by our afternoon tea at the Lowry. Has to be said we had high expectations of an afternoon tea in a 5star hotel. Restaurant half empty but shown to a table directly next to another couple. Told a section of the restaurant was being set up for dinner service (@4pm) therefore advised we couldn’t sit here - later another couple having afternoon tea in that area!! One member of staff particularly unfriendly. What was good: gluten free scone was very tasty and other gluten free sweet options nice. What was not good: all Sandwiches made with white plain bread! (Both gluten free and normal option made with white bread!) Is that the best you can do? What cud be better: for heavens sake use loose leaf tea! Who makes afternoon tea with teabags - even if they are high end ones? Mainly lovely Elia cutlery except for my tea spoon - horrible canteen style stainless steel! When I asked for a flat white coffee (which was good) but this was again served with a similar stainless steel spoon. What was really bad: toilet cleanliness - cubicle doors that don’t lock, hair and several days of dirt and dust behind cubicle doors, soap dispensers hanging off and Restaurant ambience - open shelves with A4 ring bind folders visible to all diners . Also cabinet doors hanging off! Can’t believe it’s a 5 star hotel!
    The River RestaurantResponded on 18 January 2024
    Hi Ruth I’m so sorry to hear your recent visit with us wasn’t what you expected and thank you for taking your time to write us feedback, please know we take all criticism seriously to ensure we can prevent these issues for the future. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the gluten free options we served, however I will be sure to pass on your concerns about the bread, teabags and cutlery to the restaurant and kitchen. In regards to the cleanliness of the toilets, thank you for bringing this to our attention. These are not our usual standards and your comments have been passed on to our cleaning team to been seen to straight away. Again, thank you for taking time to leave us a review and hopefully we can welcome you on other occasion Kind regards, Ellie

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  19. AlisonG

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bought for my daughter and partner for Christmas. Words used were Amazing, Delicious, Stunning .. Thank you so much.
    The River RestaurantResponded on 18 January 2024
    Hi Alison I'm so happy to hear your daughter and her partner enjoyed their visit! Thank you for taking your time to let us know, it's greatly appreciated. Hopefully you can all join us at some point in the near future Kind regards, Ellie

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  20. DawnB

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were highly personable. Stemware is much improved.
    The River RestaurantResponded on 18 January 2024
    Hi Dawn Thank you for your feedback, I will be make sure to pass it along to the rest of the team! Kind regards, Ellie

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  21. BrandonS

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Bland food, very small menu. Hoped for an A La Carte menu as shown at time of booking but was presented with a Sunday Menu which was small and hard to pick from - with prior warning of our menu, we wouldn’t have booked. Drinks took 15 minutes to make, only 2 ordered. Table booked for 18:45, we arrived at 18:30 and checked in, waited at the bar and was still waiting for our table at 18:55, with plenty of seating area available.

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  22. JoanneM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Couldn’t do enough for me and my mother who is slightly disabled and has lots of dietary requirements they really went of the menu and brought out two superb meals with completely staters as we had to wait a little longer the food is exceptionally quality and the service is definitely to match luv it👍😊
    The River RestaurantResponded on 18 January 2024
    Hi Joanne Thank you for your lovely comments, we're so glad you and your brother had a nice time and enjoyed the food as well We hope you had a lovely Christmas and New year, hopefully we will be seeing you again soon! Kind regards, Ellie

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  23. NigelM

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely festive treat as a surprise for my Mum for Christmas. Many thanks for the warm welcome.

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  24. LindaJ

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the Christmas afternoon tea it was absolutely delicious lovely and fresh and tasty. The cocktails were lovely too if anything the service was a little slow but friendly.

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  25. Gibmini

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Xmas menu was very disappointing. Two thin slivers of processed turkey roll, no condiments etc. like something from 1990. Gave dietary restrictions in advance which they lost so the person with restrictions really struggled with the festive menu. Service was really great though and the server did her best despite the issues.

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  26. LornaK

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Sub standard compared to other 5 * hotels. No yea choices, ordinary sandwiches and a distinct lack of service

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  27. MarilynR

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food, service etc all good. We had a pleasant afternoon.

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  28. MariaB

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service , food cooked to perfection and presented with Michelin star finesse.

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  29. Linda

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent afternoon tea. Will definitely be back.

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  30. BobT

    Dorset

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very pleasurable experience. Excellent food wine and service Would recommend to friends

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  31. JudyS

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Well the duck and one of our guinea fowl were very tough - despite asking for steak knives we still could not cut them properly. Also the helpings were so small that we needed extra vegetables - but apart from spinach there was no further green vegetable. We were very pleased to be given complimentary onion soups which were very tasty however. Very limited GF choice. Overall disappointing.

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  32. DOTM

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stunning and delicious afternoon tea with warm and friendly service and comfortable and beautiful surroundings

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  33. Debbab

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely place for Sunday lunch , food was delicious, staff were very friendly would highly recommend.

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  34. ZoeP

    County Durham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, excellent service, an all round brilliant experience.

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  35. EricH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were very friendly and the service excellent. I would definitely recommend anyone to experience the afternoon tea.

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  36. VikkiM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Welcoming & friendly staff who were very attentive. Food was beautifully served and tasted fantastic. Would definitely recommend and visit again.

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  37. LynH

    Cumbria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My fish was beautifully cooked but would have been improved with a sauce.

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  38. NeillL

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit. The staff were friendly and helpful and making us feel welcome. I asked if we could sit at a table earlier than we had booked and they made arrangements for this to happen. The food, afternoon tea, consisting of Sandwiches and Cakes, arrived on platters and were well presented. They tasted as good as they looked. We were approached to see if everything was alright but in an unobtrusive way. I would recommend a visit.

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  39. Adrianna

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I received a voucher for a 3 course meal at this restaurant. The booking was an easy process on the OpenTable website, confirmed day before through text. Arrived 15 minutes ahead of time, parking was easy to access and free if you're dining in the restaurant. We were sat down and had to wait around 30 minutes before the first meals arrived which we were warned about beforehand by a lovely waiter. The food was really nice, but the sides that were paid extra did not match the mains. The dessert was definitely the highlight of the meal, incredible flavours and textures! Overall a great experience and a lovely place for celebration.

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  40. NeilF

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant was closed. We were seated in the bar with a very limited menu. I should have been told when I booked and I would have taken my guests elsewhere.

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The River Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 318 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

23:00


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The River Restaurant

The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Manchester, M3 5LH

Additional information

  • Area
    Manchester
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea Thu–Sun 12:00–16:00 Sunday Lunch Sun 12:00–20:30 Dinner Mon–Sat 18:00–22:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Modern European, Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Parking is complimentary for visitors dining at the hotel based on a minimum £30.00 spend, on production of a receipt and subject to availability.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    0161 827 4000
  • Private party facilities
    There is a separate dining room, which can comfortably seat up to 22 people, with natural daylight views along the river.
  • Private party contact
    Conference and Special Events : 0161 827 4000
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