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Velvet Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.velvetmanchester.com
  • Email: Info@velvetmanchester.com
  • Phone: 0161 236 9003
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Friday: 7am - 11am; Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays: 8am - 11am

    Lunch & Dinner:
    Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Tom Parkin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Piccadilly Train station
    Piccadilly Bus station
    Piccadilly Tram
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details:
    Street parking to rear
A word from Velvet
Established in 1996 and located only a couple of minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly, at the heart of Canal Street, Velvet restaurant offers a relaxed & informal dining experience in newly refurbished, exquisite surroundings.
Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch & dinner, the modern British menu offers a diverse range of small plates, light meals & main dishes with Mediterranean influences, for the discerning diner.
The lively dining room is complimented by a sumptuous lounge bar with an upbeat crowd & extensive cocktail menu & an award winning, 19 bedroom Boutique hotel.
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Awards voted by toptable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Value
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
Diner Reviews
  • "Went with a friend for. Meal for 2, the place is amazing!! Down the staircase and across the fish tank awaits a calm warm and welcoming host and an amazing shabby chic interior! Hosts were very attentive and checked on us regularly ( and even timed it so we didn't have a mouthful of food!!!) food came in good time and perfect time left in between starter and main. nothing was too much trouble for the staff even with my slightly fussy order everything was perfect will Deffo be returning in the future :)"
    dined on 07/04/2014
  • "This was my first booking with Velvet (found through Google) for my friend's birthday. On the online booking form I requested "sparkle" for the table to make it a little more special. The restaurant did not disappoint. Lovely glittery table, fantastic service, gorgeous food and even a cake and candle at the end. Would most definitely recommend this restaurant."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Lovely food, nice atmosphere. Only one thing that slightly let the restaurant down was the staff interaction., although the place was full of diners, a little more time should have been spare for customer banter."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "As usual the food was excellent, with interesting mixtures of taste which succeed."
    dined on 02/04/2014
  • "Dined at velvet with work friends and had a nice bite to eat and a drink, the menu had just been updated and there is choice for everyone. Great value in a lovely setting. Staff were attentive and friendly."
    dined on 02/04/2014
  • "The beef sunday roast we had was cooked perfectly, served with a plate of freshly cooked green beans, cauliflower and carrots, with some roast potatoes and lots of thick gravy- perfect !!"
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "Very good ambience, we had a bit of a wait so the manageress offered us free drinks for the wait. Very nice good and would definitely recommend."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "We had a lovely late lunch at Velvet. It was also my birthday so we felt it was a great opportunity to take our friend who had never been before. She really enjoyed the whole experience. Velvet has become a particular favourite of ours on Canal Street. We will definitely go back soon."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "I took my mother here before 7pm on a Friday evening (to take advantage of their special deals) and we received excellent service, in nice surroundings with well cooked and presented food. They were even helpful enough to slightly change the menu for us by putting another type of fish with the delicious lemon rissotto my mother ordered. I had the excellent Lamb nicose after a tasty piri piri prawn and cajun Hallumi cheese starters. Good sized portions and with drinks a bill of around £40 with tip, this was excellent value for money."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "We wanted to eat in town and after previously visiting Velvet we decided to return. The staff provided excellent service and the food Prawns and Mushroom to start were very tasty. This was then followed by the Fillet steak which was cooked perfectly. All washed down with a bottle of red, resulted in a very nice dining experience to which we will return. Thank you Velvet!"
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Had dinner here with 8 colleagues. All food was great..except for my main and friends side (both halloumi), which were inedible due to overspicing. Staff very good at dealing with this though. puddings very good. Toilets a bit smelly and dissapointing compared to rest of venue. good atmosphere!"
    dined on 26/02/2014
  • "Lovely meal yet again and great service and ambience. Extremely good value on the early evening menu! Top food, top venue!"
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "Large portion , quick service chilled atmosphere and excellent friendly service."
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "This was the first time we have eaten at Velvet for about 4 years after a not so good meal. However, things have changed and we really enjoyed the evening, with good food and service and will definitely be back!!"
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "great meal, with good variety. Cooked to a lovely standard and even better because was 50% off"
    dined on 12/02/2014
  • "Waiter friendly, food was excellent, steak fillet was cooked perfectly, best in years. Will be going again, and highly recommend."
    dined on 30/01/2014
  • "Food was excellent as usual! Had a great night. Highly recommended!"
    dined on 28/01/2014
  • "We've not long moved to manchester but we have already found our favourite restaurant. We've been here a number of times and each time was amazing. You arrive by going down some steps and walk over a beautiful fish tank. You are then met by friendly staff. The decor of the restaurant is amazing. Beautiful brick walls with gorgeous maps and luxurious furniture. The prices are really good for manchester. And the food is incredible... So much so that we had to order 3 meals between 2 of us because we couldn't choose! It really is a lovely place to be. It is down canal street so is quite hidden but it is worth the hunt! I plan to recommend it to everyone!"
    dined on 25/01/2014
  • "What can I say but fantastic, fantastic food, fantastic staff, fantastic night."
    dined on 16/01/2014
  • "Once again I default to Velvet as it never dissappoints and is great value especially in January with 50% off all food! Really good atmosphere not pretentious and great solid and dependable food."
    dined on 21/01/2014
  • "We have visited the restaurant on a number of occasions and the food, service and environment have been excellent. Whether we have gone as a couple or taken the family and children, we have thoroughly enjoyed the experience."
    dined on 19/01/2014
  • "First night out on canal street and Velvet was great for dinner and cocktails in the bar afterwards. Menu was varied and food was tasty and good value. There were lots of parties when we were there which gave a good vibe, but not if you're looking for more private evening."
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "The food we ordered was not as we had requested. Two of our party had to send theirs back as it had not been cooked properly. We spoke to the manager to point all this out and he took immediate offence and was very confrontational. As the paying customer we had ever right to complain about the poor quality of the food. We most certainly will not be returning, which is a real shame as we have eaten there on many occasions and have never been spoken to the way Stuart spoke to us. Stuart seemed to take our complaint very personally as Velvet is his "New business venture", but I most certainly do not accept his complete and utter disrespectful demeanour towards myself and my guests."
    dined on 17/01/2014
  • "terrific place for an illicit afternoon rendezvous."
    dined on 17/01/2014
  • "Having eaten here just over a week ago I was keen to come back a second time to try a different choice on the menu! I found the food and service were top rate and the prices extremely good. On this, my second visit, I was here for a romantic date and once again the ambience and the food lived up to expectations! Highly recommended!"
    dined on 14/01/2014
  • "We had our Civil partnership meal at Velvet and My Birthday celebration, we aim to go at least once a month and more in the summertime. I Love the place, guaranteed a lovely meal in a classy place with delightful staff. Can't fault it."
    dined on 11/01/2014
  • "I've only usually gone here during summer months and had a light snack or coffee sat outside, but had always wanted to try the downstairs restaurant as looked quite classy from the outside. I've since been twice during the last 3 months, for my own birthday in September and again last night. The food was totally amazing yet again! The medium rare fillet steak is to die for as melts in your mouth:) The first time we ate downstairs we actually had to go home early on my birthday because we had eaten that much, even tho we had planned an all nighter in the village. We also felt the same last night, even tho we said we wouldn't do that again! The service was great, also with some pretty hot waiters. Will definitely be booking again;)"
    dined on 04/01/2014
  • "what a nice meal,and the staff were gr8 toooo!! go again sooon"
    dined on 02/01/2014
  • "Would recommend this place to all. Great happy hour cocktails in the bar upstairs too!"
    dined on 27/12/2013
  • "Having not eaten at this establishment for years we decided to give it a whirl on Boxing Day. Overall the experience was very good. The restaurant was quiet, the service was excellent. Very pleasant waiter, had a nice manner, knowledgeable, friendly and genuine. The food was pleasing. Starters were excellent, fishcakes and deviled mushrooms, both a cut above the usual fair. The mains were not quiet as good, but still yummy. Delicious cocktails as well This comes from two choosy dinners. Fully recommend"
    dined on 26/12/2013
  • "Yet another fabulous dining experience - fabulous food, great atmosphere. Took a friend who hadn't been before and she really enjoyed it too."
    dined on 30/11/2013
  • "fabulous restaurant which i found on the net....reviews were great so that's why i went a head and booked....we planned our day Christmas markers then dinner which is why we booked for 5 O'clock.....we were not disappointed they had a really good early bird menu with to much to choose from and even better happy hour on drinks!! food and staff were amazing!! we all had a great evening and will hopefully be returning soon."
    dined on 30/11/2013
  • "Great atmosphere and friendly staff, beautiful restaurant for a romantic dinner but sadly the food is average and menu is small and lacks personality. A forgetful meal in a memorable venue."
    dined on 29/11/2013
  • "Seated quite promptly after arriving. Service quite slow, waiter arrived and was uninterested and had no product knowledge, also asked if we wanted white or red rioja?? half way through meal my chair broke and i asked waiter for a new chair, he just looked at me no apology nothing. Food was excellent however spirits were dampened from truly awful service would not return for that reason."
    dined on 23/11/2013
  • "We had a great time at Velvet Canal Street. Things have really improved since our last visit and everything was just right, from the warm and friendly welcome, the cocktails, through to the food of course AND the cosy artmosphere. The main dish portions are pretty big and with our our 3 course meal we couldn't clear the plates, but if popping in just for a main you're onto a winner here so can't complain! For mains we had grilled hake and lamb nicoise, both were delicious. Can't wait to try Velvet Central some time soon! Thanks to Zuzanna our lovely hostess! Good stuff. :)"
    dined on 19/11/2013
  • "We were a group of 8 celebrating a birthday and the evening was superb. Staff were attentive but not intrusive but the highlight of the evening was the food. It is always difficult when you are a fairly large group to satisfy everyones needs but Velvet managed it and then some. Amongst the group were real foodies, those who like plain food and those who do not eat red meat. No one was disappointed. All the food tasted wonderful with the best course being dessert. If you like chocolate you must try the chocolate selva."
    dined on 19/11/2013
  • "Been here before and really enjoyed it, the food was always top notch if a little over priced with small portions. The food wasn't as good, portion sizes had improved but the prices were still quite high but haven't increased. Overall okay and still a good place to go."
    dined on 16/11/2013
  • "I have been here a number of times with my husband but on this last occasion with a friend. Arriving early, we were seated in time to get a special early dining deal which was a great benefit. I ordered the lamb which was very tender and came cooked with black olives, an egg and new potatoes sliced with french beans; It was very flavoursome. My friend opted for the fried chicken and there was plenty of it and she said it was lovely but could not eat all of that as she wanted to save herself for dessert! Key lime pie with ice cream was the favoured option. The bill was a pleasant surprise too. The service was excellent, considered but not over the top! The ambience as always was good and it was lively but amenable to conversation!"
    dined on 16/11/2013
  • "place was very busy when we arrived.,great atmosphere.good background music,but not too loud.food was very good.would definately come here again.so convenient for canal street after.velvet bar upstairs is brilliant."
    dined on 16/11/2013
  • "We enjoyed an absoluely wonderful time at Velvet. The table and service were excellent, the food far superior to expectations and an unhurried relaxing evening with a great atmosphere was experienced! Compliments to the chef and the waiting staff."
    dined on 14/11/2013