19 reviews of San Carlo in English
This is one of my favourite restaurants of all time. Lobster Tagliolini is absolutely amazing. I can’t praise this restaurant enough, I have been maybe 10/12 times and have never had a bad meal. The waiters are brilliant and the restaurant seems to have a life of its own.
This is the restaurant I take all of my visitors to and each time it becomes their favourite restaurant. At the minute its dressed for christmas and looks fab, with all the red lighting and the massive flower arrangements.
The menu is huge it takes ages just to decide what your having. The Lobster Ravioli, Lamb Chops and Veal are all excellent.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. But book in advance its a nightmare getting a table, especially at Christmas.
Perhaps the most delightful Italian in the whole country. The food is beyond reproach - the best starter is their seafood platter (the name is italian, but you'll know it on the menu as the one that serves 2 minimum), which has simply the best fried scallops and calamari and prawns you'll find anywhere. Many pastas can be ordered at starter sizes as well as mains sizes, which is excellent for those who love a lot of choice. They have a Carbonara beyond reproach, and though their 'special menu' has not changed in years, I hope it never does, because the Lobster Taglioni should never be replaced! They have a variety of types of pizza - an attraction that footballers have been known to brave parking fines for (though given their salaries I guess it's really just a service charge they feel their paying).
Lastly, the waiters always make an effort to be friendly. Young ladies, beware some may get quite cheeky. They used to have some really stunning waitresses as well, but it seems their hiring policy has changed in recent times and its an almost all-male crew. Though the front desk is well-(wo)manned by an ex-gymnast. enjoy!
I've been here a few times over the last few years and the quality of food and service has never changed, always excellent. It is rather dear but nice as a treat (or if someone else is paying, I discovered the place on a work lunch!). They used to do an amazing garlic and rosemary focaccia, which I'd follow with a rich pasta dish, though I've also tried the pizzas which are also worth it if you're feeling a little flush.
Fabulous food. I really really enjoyed our night here, although they loose a star for making us wait after we had booked.
We had a booth and whilst private you could people watch, and with many a minor celeb and anumber of footballers there's quite a bit to see!
Staff where very attentive and prices although expensive where competative to other restaurants in the city.
Would definately go back as the food was fantastic and lets face it thats the main reason your there.
Lovely food, nice setting, perfect location for lunch as it is right at the side of Kendall’s.
The only criticism I have is that the 'specials’, whilst extensive, haven’t changed for almost 5 years since they opened!!!!
The best dish is the Lobster Tagliolini- huge portion, half a lobster and great value at £15.
The wine is always lovely, and the service is good.
However if you happen to be dressed wrong, I have noticed that you get relegated to second class, and put in the far right corner where scruffs and children usually end up.
Their other restaurants in Birmingham and Leicester are also fantastic, but the Manchester one just seems more alive.
Great italian food with a huge menu & lots of waiters!
I usually go here at lunchtime & it seems busy even at lunchtime on random days like tuesday, but the service is still good & there’s a always a nice buzz about the place. They seem to be able to accommodate groups pretty easily too.
San Carlo is without doubt my favourite restaurant in Manchester, the atmosphere is bustly, the food is delicious and the service is attentive. I have never seen so many waiters in any other restaurant, they are constantly walking around the floor making sure that no one is waiting for service.
I find San Carlo to be slightly more expensive that other Italian restaurants in the city centre but worth every penny.
Book early if you want a table at the weekend and although there is no dress code i’d recommend you dress to impress if you don’t want to feel out of place. You’ll quite often find footballers and minor celebs in here at a weekend.
San carlo is a lovely italian resturaunt in manchester and i don’t think it has been here very long but already it has such a good reputation. The menu is very long and it is hard to decide what to have because everything sounds so tasty! Everytime i have come in here in the past the food has been delicious and always made fresh. You don’t have to wait to long for your order either. The restaurant is kept very clean and to a high standard. It is a little bit expensive but i don’t mind paying a bit extra to eat here. My favourite dish in here is the classic spaghetti bolognese! The chef is brilliant and he always pays extra attention to detail! I really cannot fault this restaurant at all!
San Carlo is a fairly new restaurant in central Manchester, I actually went hear last week to eat with a group of friends and found it very nice. The restaurant/bar looks quite bit from the outside and when you get it is obvious to see that it is much bigger in reality. The restaurant itself offers a huge variety of Italian dishes, in my opinions this is one of the best Italian restaurants in Manchester. Although it has not been open for long it has a great reputation for the quality of the food and surprisingly the cost is not too great. I understand this is a chain restaurant with a few other in major other UK cities. This is the first one I have eaten at and I would definitely go again.
Manchester has many new restaurants popping up, and a few (like this) have stayed the course of time and become 'institutions’ in their own right with regular customers, regular staff, and consistent delivery of excellent food and service.
Set just off deansgate, a throw from Kendals, this restaurant has a lot more personality than many of its branded counterparts, and contrary to other reviews here, the quality of the food and experience is significantly beyond other 'chain’ eateries (as mentioned in the other review here).
The restaurant certainly isn’t cheap, but no good dining venue is.
Book in advance for fri/sat for sure.
San Carlo is a pleasant Italian restaurant on King Street.
The menu is a little bit safe, with nothing too daring on there. Having said that the quality of the food is good and portion sizes are decent. Prices aren’t ridiculous but are a little on the expensive side.
The restaurant itself is well designed, bright and modern. Service is attentive, perhaps too much so - one of my female friends was offered a lift home from the waiter after he realised she’d missed the last train home!
In another town I would praise this place more highly, however with stiff local competition from Piccolino’s, Croma and Felicini’s, San Carlo could do more to deliver a winning experience.
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