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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
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Sun - Thu 12:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The place was packed with Chinese people when we arrived which is always a good sign. We had skewers and dim sum for starters and lamb, pork and prawn dishes for main. Everything was delicious. Lamb and pork very tender and juicy prawns. Would definitely go back the next time I'm in Manchester.

Thank ElaineE64
Stamford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

every time we go to Manchester we visit the rice bowl. food is very good. However the staff are a little abrupt they want to in and out as quick as possible to clear your table to set it again, which is a shame because we love the food. As soon as you have finished the bill is in front... More 

Thank Siobhan W
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been coming here for a fair few years. Their mango duck kept bringing me back. My partner and I went on Saturday.... yes it was busy but the service was not good, very abrupt and no smiles and gone are the prawn crackers that i always thought was a nice touch. The mango seems to habe also changed... More 

Thank Alicewonderland04
Reykjavik, Iceland
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very good Chinese food at good price but the place was packed and a bit noisy. I got mango duck and it was awesome, totally recommend it and for reasonable price. Also loved to have tingtao chinese beer with the duck. I will be back.

Thank AsgeirHaukur
Level Contributor
56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks 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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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Cheap Eats
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?