WOOD Manchester

4.8
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82 reviews
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£26 to £40
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The concept of WOOD – Manchester is unintimidating high end dining. We will bring together passion and creativity with powerful flavours – delivered with playful authenticity.



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.
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4.9
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4.6
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C
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 !!!

JL
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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.

JF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is out of this world

OT
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Tomahawk offer and it was absolutely amazing. Unreal food, atmosphere and friendly staff! Definitely will be back here again soon!

MY
Manchester
14 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose the 5 course tasting menu. I love the lamb as main dish. The service was good! Would go back again.

RK
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

BM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food , staff & venue, so would recommend it warmly.

J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

CT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening, tried the tasting menu and wasn’t disappointed. Our dessert was particularly delicious.

a
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Excellent service. The lamb was a great hit as was the monkfish. Friendly non intrusive service. Will definitely be back.

NB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Lancashire
5 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

a
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Manchester
11 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

s
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy restaurant. We loved the foragers soup in particular. A lovely place for a special occasion.

SS
Yorkshire
9 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely divine steak, amazing wine and great atmosphere - would recommend !

JD
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Absolutely average. The portions were small, too salty and expensive.

b
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good look ok but didn’t taste better than average, real shame as the potential is there.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

DH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, the food was wonderful, atmosphere great, staff on hand and knowledgeable about the food. Will certainly be returning.

PB
Manchester
8 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service will definitely dine again

TS
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

JW
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mum for a pre-theatre meal and everything was lovely!

EM
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food
Lovely service
Amazing wine
All in all I would recommend 100% to family & friends.

T
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food
Excellent service
One of the best in manchester

LF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All boxes were ticked, food lovely , service spot on and chairs very comfy what’s not to like , will be back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

AMAZING!!!!! Great service, unbelievable food

k
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic- food was excellent, service was spot on - we had the 7 course tasting menu with matching wine flight and it was delicious.

W
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

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!

OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

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.

J
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

MH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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 ?

JG
Shropshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

RB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent, open kitchen looks entertained and trustworthy, too loud to talk to each other, food portion was a bit truth to be told in general was really nice experience

NH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food for a special occasion. The food is really well presented and service is excellent. My partner was also given a free birthday woodland desert which was a really nice touch. Would highly recommend.

CE
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Decent service. Scallops were fab! As was the salted caramel dessert.

WC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wood has a very airy and open feel to it. The food is creative and very well priced for fine dining. The kitchen is 'open' so you can see the chefs in action. Service was friendly and efficient.

KC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Beautiful restaurant but the meal was slightly uncomfortable due to being sat next to the double doors near the wine counter that let in an very cold chill. I had to swap seats with my partner as they were extremely cold. The couples on the 2 tables next to us also said they were cold, this unfortunately lead to our food cooling rather quickly. Our waitress was amazing, had only been there 3 days but was fantastic, friendly and knew her food and wine. Again it was unfortunate that another 2 members of staff could be heard dissing her skills after she chose the wrong glass to serve our wine in. Over all we would come back but would not have the taster menu again, we would prefer to go for a full on meal next time as the Tomohawk steak has been highly recommended to us since our visit.

TD
London
13 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time dining, 1st time was lunch taster menu, this time 7 course dinner tasting menu with the wine flight. Can’t fault a single aspect of the evening, food was outstanding, wine match was interesting without being pretentious and really worked with the food.

Wait staff were excellent and Simon was front and centre at the pass, was mor than happy to chat with the diners when he wasn’t at work cooking.

Go there, you will not regret it!