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The Restaurant at The Refuge, Manchester,

The Restaurant at The Refuge

4.4
4.4
692 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

10:00 PM


Booked 57 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    0161 233 5151

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    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, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 692 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Good for Groups

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Manchester

    Good for Groups

  • Manchester

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time I brought there some friends. Lovely place and ambience. Food is amazing
  2. r

    ryanr

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around! Great atmosphere, great staff and the food was outstanding. Definitely be going again soon.
  3. BP

    BeckyP

    Liverpool

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great place and super service the but range in price for tapas style food seemed a bit extreme and so different depending what you ordered. The fish dishes seemed very over priced for what you got!
  4. S

    Scotdoc

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The venue is brilliant - preserved victorian building. Good drinks menu but the food lets it down; based on Spanish style small plates but the preparation was poor ie; small piece of warm cod in butter sauce for £15, the beef was similarly tepid as was the chicken thighs. Sending them back didn't see them any hotter second time around. Either the dishes are sitting too long on the serving counter or they aren't heated up enough - very strange? Sweets didn't fare much better; the sticky toffee wasdry and stodgy with strange sauce, the coffee in the affogato and cortado was very strong and bitter. we have eaten tapas a lot and this ranks in the lower range of quality. We got 50% off the food bill but it won't persuade us to eat there again - unless the chef improves
  5. JC

    JadeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food/cocktails and great service. Got our little dog a bed which was a lovely touch
  6. BT

    BarbaraT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quite simply one of the best Sunday lunches we've had. Attentive service, interesting surroundings, lively but not overwhelming ambience.
  7. n

    nelehlouise

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful building. Very helpful staff. Food was delicious, although was a bit of a wait. Only disappointed by the mussels which were gritty, but was kindly not charged for these. The other food was amazing. Had a lovely time and enjoyed the setting and feel of the restaurant. Would recommend for a special occasion.
  8. GH

    GaryH

    Liverpool

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pergect night !! Food excellent and service perfect !!! Thank you !!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cumbria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Father’s Day Table location was good as we had a small dog which was catered for at a late request. The room was quite busy due to Fathers Day and Sunday Roast. Service was rather slow. When the food came it was not really hot but acceptable. One of the sides didn’t arrive and I had to go and ask. Apparently there was none and
  10. S

    Sam13

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Lovely food and atmosphere. Staff were friendly and polite. Just long delays waiting for food. 45 minutes for starter to arrive then another 40 minutes for the main to arrive after that.
  11. EK

    EKA93

    Yorkshire

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best roast I’ve had in years - easy - we shared the roast platter and there was SO much, all cooked perfectly. We also got the stuffing balls (insane) and pigs in blankets, will defo be returning 🤤🤤
  12. LG

    LizG

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always amazing friendly service and the best Sunday lunch you can get
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a lovely time. The venue itself was fabulous, and the food was delicious. Would highly recommend to anyone.
  14. MA

    MarynaA

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre concert birthday meal. Ordered a selection of small plates, all were delicious. As we were on a time limit they brought our food quickly as requested and even deducted cocktails from our bill as a birthday treat. Gorgeous building as well. Will definitely go again.
  15. j

    janem

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Staff were attentive and food was good and well presented

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 19, 2022Hello Jane, We're so glad you enjoyed your experience at The Refuge and thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback! We hope to welcome you back again soon.

  16. AB

    AlisonB

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very welcoming and treated us like royalty very impressed

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 18, 2022Thank you for your review! we hope to see you again soon!

  17. PM

    PoppyM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere, amazing food and top service, would highly recommend - can’t wait to come back!

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 18, 2022Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon!

  18. l

    lucy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent dinner and service, delightful staff and a very special place to celebrate a birthday

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 19, 2022Hello Lucy, We're so glad you had a great birthday experience, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We hope to welcome you back for another special occasion.

  19. RC

    RachelC

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, we had 8 tapas dishes between two which was enough and both full. The service was excellent from start to finish. We were even asked if we had anywhere else to go after so they were aware of how long we had. Lovely place which exceeded my expectation. We have had the Sunday roast a few years ago which was also amazing. I will be going back again and would love to try the sharing Sunday roast.

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 18, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review after your visit with us and we hope to see you again for sunday roast soon!

  20. CO

    COBreview

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Disappointing - paid £250 for a meal and was told we couldn’t order more food when the place was half empty and it was still within 30 minutes of our 2 hour cover.

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 18, 2022Thank you for visiting and leaving a review, all feedback is shared with our team to ensure a consistent high standard of service is met and delivered. All reviews are welcomed and comments shared as learning opportunities. We sincerely hope to see you again in the future!

  21. MM

    MaryM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and attentive staff. Would highly recommend.

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 19, 2022Hello Mary, Thank you for your feedback, we will pass on your kind words to the team. We hope to see you again soon.

  22. Z

    Zelda

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great small plates, we had 3 each which was a good amount. Lovely staff!

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 19, 2022Hello Zelda Thank you for sharing your experience and we hope to welcome you back again soon for some more small plates!

  23. MB

    MasB

    Cheshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was very nice but a little pricey for some items and service was quite slow. Out waitress looked after us very well. Would recommend

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 18, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us a kind review, we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

  24. T

    Tricia1

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great for some food before the theatre. Fantastic building

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 19, 2022Thank you for leaving a review, we're so glad that you enjoyed your pre-show meal. We hope to welcome you back soon!

  25. MN

    MarkN

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding from start to finish. Was such good value for money.
  26. D

    David

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Was really looking forward to the Refuge as hadn't eaten there before- nor had my friend from Lancaster who had wanted to try it. Amazing interior and the restaraunt is very stylish. Took a while to be seated despite it being quiet for the bank holiday. Despite that the waitresses were very nice. However, I was dissapointed by the food - mainly the "octopus". When it was brought over i was shocked by the small size and look. I raised this with the waitress who spoke to the chef and was told i could have a diff portion but the size would be the same. As i didn't want to make a fuss as it was a special occasion However i realised as i was eating it that it wasn't octopus- which is always served in thick tentacled pieces covered in suckers but two of the thin long tentacles of a squid. I am irritated that i was missold what i believe to be squid. I simply would not have ordered it if i had known it wasn't actual octopus. The radicchio salad was a bit over charred- essentially burned and the chips were limp- not crispy at all.
  27. ET

    EmmaT

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Just ok - beautiful building but average food and slow service even though it wasn’t busy. Time ran out on our table before we’d even been offered a dessert menu…
  28. RS

    RebeccaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit to The Refuge, and loved it just as much as the first! Great food great service set in a beautiful building. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone 👍🏻
  29. SC

    SggC

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Absolutely excellent food. Brilliant space. Could be quicker on service times and have more ambient music, but overall - great!!
  30. CB

    CristianoB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I was hoping to give 5 starts, but I can't ignore my disappointment in having to pay £5 for 'local sourdough' that is not even a sourdough. Basically two slices of shop bought bread from Sainsbury's around the corner (that's what it felt). With so many good bakery's around Manchester a restaurant like yours should not serve something like it. Also, the bread portion served to the table next to ours was way bigger. Can't understand the rationale for the size difference. On the other hand all the food was delicious. Having been at Volta before I think the standard was equal. But in this instance the negative aspect is what it stays when you are a 'bread lover'.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and a lovely night out
  32. JH

    JessicaH

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect service, delicious food and great atmosphere
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous meal and cocktails made even better by outstanding service.

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 4, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we appreciate and welcome all feedback! Look forward to welcoming you again to The Refuge!

  34. T

    Tracey

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and very attentive staff. Would highly recommend

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 4, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we appreciate and welcome all feedback! Look forward to welcoming you again to The Refuge!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice place. Food was so good. Nice attended
  36. SF

    SharronF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and food was gorgeous. Will definitely be going back and bringing family with us.

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 4, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we appreciate and welcome all feedback! Look forward to welcoming you again to The Refuge with your family!

  37. HJ

    HelenJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Excellent value for money (Sunday dinner) We will return!

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 4, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we appreciate and welcome all feedback! Look forward to welcoming you again to The Refuge!

  38. KA

    KeithA

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Food was OK but service was poor due to waiters not concentrating on what they were doing and being simply inattentive.

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 4, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we take all feedback and comments on board and pass on to the team in the interest of awareness. We hope your visit does not discourage you from visiting us again soon.

  39. PS

    PaulS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t fault it at all. I really respect the decision not to pack the restaurants with tables. The waiters weren’t rushed or harassed. The food was spectacular. The drinks were timely. We were already planning our next visit before we left!

    The Restaurant at The RefugeResponded on June 4, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we appreciate and welcome all feedback! Look forward to welcoming you again to The Refuge!

  40. KL

    KarenL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food although some dishes are a bit expensive for what they are. Be aware a service charge is already added to the bill, we unwittingly‘tipped’ twice !!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Restaurant at The Refuge is rated 4.4 stars by 692 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 57 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

  • Neighborhood

    Manchester

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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