WOOD – Manchester is somewhere you can enjoy a stylish yet relaxed dining experience.
We aim to offer modern interpretations on traditional flavours focusing on simplicity & purity.
Seasonal inspiration can be found throughout our menu.
Service was good and very thorough in terms of the food on the plate! Restaurant was very quiet but ok! Thought that the place wasn’t as upmarket as I thought it might be! We had a steak on one of the main courses and found a piece of string in it however, if didn’t affect the meal and the restaurant did to their credit remove the price of that meal from the bill without any question from us !
Brilliant ..... and made me leave the place without a sour taste! Good on them !
This restaurant was fantastic, from the greeting at the reception desk to the explanation of all the food that arrived at our table.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a relaxed, cosy and romantic atmosphere whilst being greeted with exceptional fine dining.
All young staff with no senior quality control. Underwhelming food, v poor portions considering it was al la carte and not tasting. Nowhere near a fine dining level experience. Avoid
A lot of fun. The food had a couple of moments that made me shake my head - an over sweet cottage pie should not be a thing. But also there were things that made me smile long after I'd eaten them: a tiny cheese pie; fish served with chicken skin; lamb served on the bone with neck, liver, gravy and sweetbread accompaniments. Service was absolutely brilliant, especially with the added wine pairings which each came with a lengthy introduction (the sort of thing you either love or hate; and I love). Best of all is the price. Yes, the food for me only hit 80% of the time but at £49 for five courses (more like 8 with the various amuse and pre-dessert etc.) and £29 for wine pairing this is stunningly good value and you will leave stuffed. I'd definitely go back next time I'm in Manchester.
It's a shame I can't remember our waitresses name. She was fantastic. Working the floor, but usually behind the bar. Food was excellent as well. Haha.
We had the taster menu with wine , everyone was very knowledgeable in respect of the food and the wine.Staff were very warm and friendly, that with the exceptional food made for an amazing experience, can't wait to return.
We went for the January 2-4-1 tasting offer. It would normally be £50 a head but we would go again and pay full price if it was a special occasion. There wasn’t a single course that either of us didn’t like, the food was all great particularly the fish course with the expertly crispy skin. The service was fantastic, faultless. Overall a great dining experience.
5 course taster menu for lunch. Apart from the goats cheese (yuk, but that’s just me) each course was intricately put together and a taste sensation.
Excellent service !!!
Nothing tasted bad but we couldn’t help feeling totally ripped off. We ordered the tasting menu and the portions were ridiculously small. none of the flavours really stood out or had any serious originality either. And goats cheese for two of the five courses? Hmmm. Maybe I’m being harsh but I would expect more considering each tater worked out at around £10. We went for a burger afterwards. Staff were lovely. Definitely wouldn’t go again though. Forgetable.
Food is out of this world
We had the Tomahawk offer and it was absolutely amazing. Unreal food, atmosphere and friendly staff! Definitely will be back here again soon!
We chose the 5 course tasting menu. I love the lamb as main dish. The service was good! Would go back again.
The food was outstanding and the serving staff were very knowledgeable about the dishes and how they were prepared and presented. We all had the tutti frutti dessert and it is clear to see why Simon won masterchef with such a masterpiece of simplicity and elegance.
Excellent food , staff & venue, so would recommend it warmly.
Table reservation system had over-booked so had to wait 40 mins for our table. My food was good, my companions complained about their fish dishes being ‘over-salted’. Would give it another visit as service was excellent and ambiance good.
Excellent evening, tried the tasting menu and wasn’t disappointed. Our dessert was particularly delicious.
Excellent food. Excellent service. The lamb was a great hit as was the monkfish. Friendly non intrusive service. Will definitely be back.
We went to Woods to celebrate the birthday of my wife. We absolutly loved our visit. The food was absolutly fabulous and the service was outstanding.
We had the 5 course tasting menu and wine flight.
The food was truly delicious and the wines paired beautifully.
Beth served us. She was lovely and very knowledgeable about the food and wine we were served.
The restaurant lacked a little ambiance as it was quiet, but it was Wednesday lunchtime! The music was great though!
We will definitely be back.
Fabulous experience and worth the price.
Perfect for date night or out with friends and great to taste Simons food as its delicious. Plus staff service was great and added to while experience. 5/5 for me.
Great food and service.
Classy restaurant. We loved the foragers soup in particular. A lovely place for a special occasion.
Absolutely divine steak, amazing wine and great atmosphere - would recommend !
Absolutely average. The portions were small, too salty and expensive.
Good look ok but didn’t taste better than average, real shame as the potential is there.
We had a fabulous evening celebrating my birthday in 26th April from start to finish our experience was excellent. The mushroom ravioli was the standout dish of the night. We will definitely be going back.
Fantastic, the food was wonderful, atmosphere great, staff on hand and knowledgeable about the food. Will certainly be returning.
Excellent service will definitely dine again
We had the theatre menu the food was very good. I Had the pork chop, which was the biggest chop I've ever seen!
The were staff very attentive
Took my mum for a pre-theatre meal and everything was lovely!
All in all I would recommend 100% to family & friends.
One of the best in manchester
All boxes were ticked, food lovely , service spot on and chairs very comfy what’s not to like , will be back!
AMAZING!!!!! Great service, unbelievable food
Absolutely fantastic- food was excellent, service was spot on - we had the 7 course tasting menu with matching wine flight and it was delicious.
We had the tasting menu, which at half price in the January offer was reasonable cost-wise.
There was nothing wrong with the food but nothing amazing either. Since a taster menu usually showcases fine and exciting points of a menu, one expects to be blown away by the dishes on offer but they were no better than food we have had in plenty of places and certainly not outstanding.
The atmosphere is lively and decor was really stylish.
Unfortunately, the service wasn't too impressive. For example one of the courses was forgotten and served out of sync in 5th place, not 2nd. There was no apology when the error was discovered. The waiter merely blamed the kitchen!
Added to this, the time lapse between courses was too long, about 20-30 minutes between each small portion of the taster menu. I am all in favour of breaks between courses but that was rather too long!
Our second time at WOOD, where we’d previously had an excellent meal, this time for our wedding anniversary.
Great seat in a booth overlooking the kitchen area which is a very nice experience. Good cocktail aperitifs.
We had a pleasant and attentive waitress, but the white wines we ordered with the starters were mixed up, and whilst the scallop starter was well cooked and beautifully seasoned, the belly pork was pretty tasteless aside from the lift of the compressed apple balls. I told our waitress the pork was under seasoned, and she said “oh ok”.
The Tomahawk steak was a beauty to behold and a great thing to share. We were asked if we would like it cooked medium, and we agreed, but it arrived rare. Fine for us but others may be disappointed. The peppercorn sauce was overpowered with pink peppercorns. There are some great red wines on the menu, and ours was brought over by the sommelier, but he couldn’t say much about it, and to be honest he was notable only for the fact that he spent most of the evening leaning against the main bar...
The lemon soufflé was excellent, and we had a couple of glasses of good dessert wines.
Overall, the food was reasonably enjoyable, the wine was good, and the service was ok. The ambience is excellent, but I don’t really think that the ambience alone justifies nearly £300 for a meal for two.
Hawksmoor represents a better proposition for an expensive, fancy steak meal. Hispi in Didsbury represents a better quality dinner of the sort that Simon Wood offers, and at much better value (I have no affiliation to either).
Sadly WOOD joins 21 Stories in my opinion as restaurants in Manchester that get the style right, but fall down on the substance.
We had the 7 course tasting menu which was excellent. Value is hard to judge as it was in the Jan sale. Would definitely return anyway to try the A La Carte menu.
Very good tasting menu , good friendly staff in a comfortable contemporary restaurant. The restaurant did not have a record of my booking but seated us very quickly with a complementary glass of bubbly. This may have been an issue with OpenTable ?
Three of us had lunch at Wood the other day. Each of us chose the 5 course tasting menu at £49 per person, although we each had a Manchester Confidential voucher (£50 of food for £25) so it worked out at 5 courses for around £25 which was incredibly good value for such exceptional food. It was all wonderful but the highlight was the Scallop dish (best any of us has ever tasted) closely followed by the Brisket and the Tutti-frutti desert.
WOOD Manchester is rated 4.7 stars by 88 OpenTable diners.
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