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The Rivals Bar & Restaurant

££ - £££European, British,
St. Anns Square | The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester M2 7DH, England
+44 161 615 6666
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good18%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Restaurant Hours
European, British, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
St. Anns Square | The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester M2 7DH, England
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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

I was very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food. The beef was very good and the lamb I had was perfectly done, nice and pink. Service excellent by the very efficient and friendly staff, overall a very enjoyable experience, I cannot recommend this...More

Thank davew47
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

We visited this restaurant before a show at the exchange theatre. The meal was the highlight of my night. Three courses each and wine all at a super reasonable price. Thoroughly enjoyed my dick starter and the pork tenderloin with saffron risotto was delightful (albeit...More

1  Thank albart21
Reviewed 29 May 2018

I called in here, without booking, for a snack before an evening performance. I was greeted enthusiastically and given a choice of tables. I ordered a glass of wine and some chickpea fritters with mango chutney. The portion of fritters was very generous and they...More

Thank Sherrydarling
Reviewed 8 May 2018

lovely lunch here at the weekend for a large group, service is super friendly and efficient the main restaurant overlooks St Annes square and is a great vantage point. Starter of poached salmon was full of flavour and a generous portion then followed by the...More

Thank Mark J
Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Great restaurant with friendly staff and delicious food. Each course looked and tasted fantastic. Have recommended this place to everyone as it was so good.

Thank minimanchester79
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

My first review on here, but was compelled to make an account to leave one! Came to The Rivals on the recommendation of a friend, and we weren't disappointed. The food was glorious, we had three courses (unheard of but didn't want to miss out...More

Thank Rebecca D
Reviewed 25 April 2018

I booked a table here on Friday night on the recommendation of a friend. I was not disappointed!!! The service was terrific with our waitress recommending a delicious bottle of red i would have not normally have chosen ( Alma De Forcada Rioja Garnacha Cepas...More

2  Thank MiKi C
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Went along to Rivals for drinks and to try the new menu. Outstanding stuff and excellent value. Service as ever was second to none with helpful and friendly staff. For starters we have Feat Arancini and Crispy Duck salad - both excellent. Mains Braised Beef...More

1  Thank Alidas
Reviewed 16 April 2018

We booked for a meal at 5.30 prior to a performance of Frankenstein. It made the whole evening very enjoyable as we didnt have to rush to arrive in time for the performance. The restaurant is on two levels (3/4 steps) and is long and...More

1  Thank Sue00do
Reviewed 30 March 2018

Service was first class. Food was imaginative, good portions and served piping hot. Can recommend this for a night out or pre or post theatre

Thank zimmerman013
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Average prices
US$7 - US$39
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: St. Anns Square | The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester M2 7DH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +44 161 615 6666
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The Rivals Bar, Restaurant and Cafe is the new catering addition to The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester's City centre. Serving craft beers, cask ales and fine wines alongside excellent modern British cuisine. It's open 12 - 12 Monday to Saturday (Cafe open 9 - 6 on Sundays). The bar/ restaurant is also open during shows as it's completely soundproofed.
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