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The Rice Bowl

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33A Cross Street | City Centre, Manchester M2 1NL, England (Formerly Golden Rice Bowl)
+44 161 832 9033
12:00 - 00:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 12:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Been several times before and the food didn't disappoint. The staff are a little abrupt, the restaurant was busy late afternoon and we were shown to a 'waiting table' where menus were dropped in front of us! We were not told it was just a holding area but we were moved quickly enough. The ceilings are very low and the... More 

Thank CNSG4
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Tried to book a table but couldn't, my call went straight to an answer machine. Walked to the restaurant and stood in a queue for 20 minutes. Waitress saw us and we requested a table for 2. Waited another 15 minutes. Then a waitress thrust menus into our hands along waiting in the queue. It was a set Christmas menu... More 

Thank Annie B
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A colleague and I made the mistake of heading to a restaurant in Chinatown first, but were disappointed by the service, menu selections and general ambience in our chosen place. Fortunately we made the call to leave before ordering, and headed to the Rice Bowl instead. What an excellent decision it was too! This place was a complete contrast to... More 

Thank Andrew O
Manchester, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This Chinese restaurant, situated away from the masses in Chinatown, is something of a Manchester institution, having been around for so long and barely getting noticed or mentioned amongst the hype that surrounds other eateries. It's not flash, it's not trendy, but it serves great food at good prices. The range of banquets is good, although their insistence that they... More 

Thank jeff1894
Chorley, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We met with my son and daughter in law last Saturday evening and went round the markets. Saturday evening, no booking yet we got straight in. As usual great food, great service, great atmosphere. Well done Rice Bowl.

Thank Geoff D
Manchester, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Six of us went for dinner after work tonight. Excellent food and friendly service. Continues to set a very high standard for Chinese food in Manchester. Thank you.

Thank Michael W
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were going to go to chinatown itself, however on reading the reviews we thought wed give this place a try.We had early supper, so were in time for the meal deal.£8.95 for two courses. We added a crispy platter at £7.95 and were not disappointed.The food was fantastic! My only criticism would be that I felt the spring roll... More 

Thank kirsty d
Halifax, United Kingdom
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383 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the fixed price lunch, costing £8.95. There was a reasonable choice of soups to start, and then a very broad selection of mains - all cooked to order. I had a crispy beef dish with egg fried rice. It was very good and the portion large. Melon and orange segments were served for dessert. Service was good, and... More 

Thank missdixon
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60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the Rice Bowl after reading the reviews, well we were not disappointed. The restaurant is roomy and has a welcoming feel to it. The food was excellent, good size portions and tasty. The staff were very attentive and helpful when we asked for directions. Can't wait to go back.

Thank LancashireJas
Manchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been coming to this restaurant for the last few years and it never lets me down The food is great and so is the service On our last visit earlier this month we had the sweetcorn and chicken soup then the seafood dim sum for our mains we had the duck in plum sauce and the king prawn... More 

Thank 514ronnie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33A Cross Street | City Centre, Manchester M2 1NL, England (Formerly Golden Rice Bowl)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +44 161 832 9033

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?