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“Time to close its doors”
Review of Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe
Ranked #110 of 2,261 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
York, United Kingdom
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234 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Time to close its doors”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Like Hard Rock Leeds and Birmingham its time to call it a day and shut it down.

Since our last trip in 2012 which was not fault free we have been a few times since and watched as its gone down hill, I think because I have been coming to Hard Rock,s across the world since 1979 I kept giving Manchester a 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc etc chance, hoping that a miracle would happen, but since Chris left its a sinking ship.

We tried again and ate there, wished we had not wasted our money or part of our night.

Greeted by staff who clearly did not want to be there, long miserable faces not a smile to be seen.

I made a simple request for when we were seated, near a tv please so we could at least watch the bands, I was told by the server you can see one from every seat, I am not sure what planet they were on but three tv,s in the main dinning area you cannot see one from every seat, they have far less than when they opened.

The upstairs is never open, as the staff don't want to wear themselves out walking up the stairs.

The service is just appalling at the tables, you could never get a servers attention as they were more concerned about singing happy birthday to people, it happened 5 times while there taking servers away from their job, if you want this ridiculous spectacle go to Mac Donalds .

The food was horrendous, the worse I have ever eaten not just in Hard Rock but anywhere. Dry overcooked tasteless food . no care no love anymore in the food here.

We could not wait to leave but try and get a server to bring a bill (or even take an order or get extra drinks) Ourselfs and the three tables around us tried on many occasions to get the servers attention without much success, there was a table of Japanese who kept putting their hands up to try and get attention as they are too polite to make a fuss, they didn't manage it.

When he eventually came he left the bill and wondered off to sing happy birthday again, we got fed up of waiting and left to the bar to see if we could pay there. The server took ten minutes to notice we were not at the table and we could have just left without paying, he spotted us at the bar and because the barman had a card machine in his hand he presumed that we were paying him and smiled and walked off, in fact the barman was serving someone else, so again we could have walked out without paying, but its not in us to do that, despite the food not being worth it.

The barman after we explained the poor service was very apologetic and said he hoped it had not put us off, but sadly its been a long slow burn here and although we gave it one last shot, Hard Rock Manchester is now dead to us.

Don't waste your money there are plenty of other places to eat in Manchester that give a damn.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank Mitch2nd
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Ben G, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Dear Mitch2nd

Thanks for taking the time to write a review for Hard Rock Cafe Manchester, it's not such a great read, which is a real shame as we do receive mostly 4 and 5 star reviews.

I'm sorry you feel so disappointed with our offering - I can assure you all of our team are passionate about what we do, a lot of love and care goes into our product and its delivery.

You didn't mention if you spoke to the manager on duty in your review - From our perspective it's key we get face to face feedback, it means issues can be resolved there and then as opposed to wielding a keyboard.....nobody enters this industry to be sat at a computer for several hours a day. Plus we want you to leave our cafe happy and satisfied in your experience.

We love to celebrate special occasions and it's great that our guests want to spend their birthday with us, so why not sing 'Happy Birthday'? Birthday shout outs have been a long standing tradition with Hard Rock Cafe's around the world, but I must say I've never seen it in a McDonalds, the staff are all stuck behind the counter.

It sounds like you didn't have the experience we look to provide each and every guest that arrives at our door, we got it wrong, but we are only human after all. Please contact me if you wish to discuss your visit any further.

Love All - Serve All
Ben Greig
Assistant General Manager
manchester_agm@hardrock.com
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“Another Good Night !”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

Love the Hard Rock Restaurants! We have a thing that we visit them where ever we are in the world to eat and buy a T-shirt to add to our collection, as we have t shirts from many places. Went to the Hard Rock Restaurant, Manchester after our day out at the Granada Tours seeing the Coronation Street Tour. We got there about 6 pm and the place was empty, so had a couple of cocktails at the bar and reserved our table as we were a party of seven. The staff were very helpful and pleasant especially Leroy our waiter, he was great! We had potatoe skins and nachos to share and then had various burgers, fahitas, chicken and pasta dishes were all good. The cocktails and bottle of pinot were good and we had a great night. Well worth a visit.

  • Visited August 2014
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Ben G, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Thanks for such a good review 510christinew, it's awesome to read ones like yours, I will pass your comments back to Leroy.

Next time you pop by make sure you ask the team to sign you up to Hard Rock Rewards, our free loyalty program - you can jump the queue, get special members only offers.....Rock star treatment all the way!

Rock On!
Ben Greig
Assistant General Manager
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“Shop”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

Shop needs to be bigger, only one person servicing so service very slow. Needs more staff and a bigger shop

Visited July 2014
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Ben G, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Thanks for the review Fiona H, I'm sorry if your shopping experience wasn't what you had hoped for, please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss your visit any further.

Take Time to be Kind
Ben Greig
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manchester_agm@hardrock.com
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Southport
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“Watch out for the chocolate brownie!”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Great meal to celebrate a special birthday. All the staff were attentive and friendly.

We had the smokehouse trio combo which was great value for money and plenty of it.

We had the chocolate brownie for dessert - beware it is VERY big and one can feed four people - we had one each way too much!!!

  • Visited August 2014
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2 Thank sclubpooh153
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Ben G, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Hi sclubpooh153,

Awesome review, thanks very much!

The Brownie is impressive, isn't it, my favourite too! Next time if you’re not too full try one of our twisted alcoholic milkshakes, perfect to help wash down that brownie…...

You Rock!
Ben Greig
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“A great meal with atmosphere”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

We dined here before a visit to the Coronation Street Tour. Katie was really friendly and helpful with the menu - the pulled pork was lovely and the portion of onion rings was huge -good VFM compared to similar restaurants.
Good atmosphere in the restaurant - a very enjoyable meal.

  • Visited August 2014
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2 Thank GaryBeck30
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Ben G, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Thanks for the awesome review Gary, we love reading ones like yours, make sure you come back soon!

Have you signed up to Hard Rock Rewards yet? It's our free loyalty program with loads of cool benefits like money back on your spend and exclusive one off events.

Rock On!
Ben Greig
Assistant General Manager
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