Browns Brasserie & Bar - Manchester

(83 Reviews)
1 York Street, Manchester, North West England, M2 2AW
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Main course: £13
Food spend: £30

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 09:00 - 23:00
Friday & Saturday: 09:00 - 00:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 22:30.

Restaurant description

Housed in the converted Athenaeum, Browns Brasserie & Bar – Manchester serves a delicious menu of hearty European food and thirst-quenching cocktails in a vibrant, contemporary atmosphere. Designed in 1902, the building incorporates Edwardian baroque architecture with eye-catching art-nouveau detailing, such as intricate wrought-iron work.

Spanning from breakfast through to lunch and dinner, the Browns menu offers all-day brasserie dining. Indulgent plats du jour and Sunday roasts are staple favourites, while sumptuous European flavours include lobster tagliatelle, the wild boar & chorizo burger, or steak pie with buttered mash and broad beans. A sophisticated children’s menu at Browns offers tempting favourites with a grown-up twist.

Showcasing a penchant for cocktails, the Browns bar offers an array of classic mixes, signature concoctions and thirst-quenching mocktails, as well as fine world wines, and smoothies. Enjoy Browns’ afternoon tea and cake accompanied freshly-roasted coffee from an independent supplier, or a warming pot of loose leaf tea.

Browns Brasserie & Bar - Manchester is a 15-minute walk from Salford Central Rail Station. Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre is just a 5-minute walk away.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for Browns Brasserie & Bar - Manchester
(based on 83 reviews)

of diners recommend this restaurant

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  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Value
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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (46)
  • al fresco (3)
  • breakfast (7)
  • business (13)
  • child friendly (5)
  • dinner (49)
  • entertainment (6)
  • large parties (16)
  • lunch (39)
  • luxury (19)
  • private dining (18)
  • romantic (15)
  • trendy (19)
  • value (26)
  • views (1)
  • By Samantha R from Manchester
    14 March 2020

    Staff team were excellent as was the food

  • By Angela S from Conwy
    21 February 2020

    I read some mixed reviews but we had the early menu and couldn’t fault any of the dishes we had. We chose the Duck Parfait and mushrooms on brioche for starters. Steak and chicken and ham pie for mains. Excellent quality and served perfectly. Staff were friendly. Lovely surroundings to enjoy a late afternoon meal.

  • By Steve R from Jersey
    9 November 2019

    Had a fantastic dinner here on Saturday 9th November 2019. Had the roast belly pork as a main and it was superb. Service was great. Drinks in the bar was bit pricey, £13 for a cider & G&T but lovely vibrant atmosphere. Bottle of Merlot was £23 which is not bad.

  • By Jeff B from Manchester
    6 September 2019

    Excellent food, service & atmosphere! ??????????

  • By Lisa Y from Manchester
    9 August 2019

    Lovely food. Friendly attentive staff

  • By Mike C from Manchester
    17 May 2019

    Excellent ambience and service, interior decor is warm and classy.

  • By Hayley C from Manchester
    9 December 2018

    Friendly staff, nice food.

  • By Kath P from Manchester
    27 July 2018

    We had a really nice meal however there were 4 of us chose the meatballs to be told there were only 2 portions left so a bit disappointing

  • By Brian H from Manchester
    26 July 2018

    Nice meal enjoyed the experience lovely setting no complaints

  • By Jane S from Leeds
    13 April 2018

    Disappointing. Its a gorgeous building and we were given a quiet table as requested. Service was good but I would say the food was average. I’ve had the same meal in the past at Leeds and Manchester and it was much better in the past. The fish cake stater was very small, there was too much potato and it was soggy. Not worth the money. The chicken & ham pie was also disappointing, felt like it was tinned! We had to pay extra for vegetables which were ok but again pricey for what they were. I’m really sad because I have always thought Browns was reliable.

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Browns Brasserie & Bar - Manchester
1 York Street, Manchester, North West England, M2 2AW

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