Dukes 92

4.3
417 reviews
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Top tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Dukes 92 was originally a stable block for the horses delivering foods off barges to the Merchants warehouse opposite. From these humble begininngs the building now houses Manchester's original bar and grill which has been refurbished and extended three times since its opening in 1991 the space today is informal and airy with the buildings heritage being reflected in a subtle blend of antique furniture and modern fixed seating.
With its most recent refurbishment Dukes can now properly call itself a venue with two bars, three private events spaces, a grill restaurant, excellent smoking facilities, canalside terrace and balcony overlooking the canal basin. Dukes continued appeal relies on its ability to transform from a relaxed, family friendly environment by day to a vibrant and stylish bar and grill by night.
The space has been extended and refurbished since its opening in 1991 and inside its interior combines contemporary features and its trademark antique furniture.
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M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Good atmosphere, food and drinks are good and value is what I would expect from a Manchester bar. However, although the staff are courteous and friendly the wait time at the bar is always excessive, whether busy or not. The table staff do not check if you need drinks and are often not around when the bill is required. This had been the same on every occasion I have visited.

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PW
Manchester
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place and amazing atmosphere cannot wait to visit again

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OB
Dublin
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always good food and good vibes. Friendly staff, love this place.

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c
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

I have been to Dukes on a number of occasions and normally I would never complain however to say I was disappointed is an understatement. The service was a disgrace. I appreciate the sun was out so it was busy however he staff were rude and unhelpful. The only exception being the bar staff who were friendly and actually provided good customer service.
The food was mediocre
I was very disappointed overall and given the experience would not recommend.

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BF
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent staff, could not fault it. Great atmosphere, will go again.

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PN
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food in a fantastic place. Will definitely be going back to sample more lovely food

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LP
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, steaks were cooked as requested and were delicious with or withour the great accompanying sauces. Great vibe and although we arrived a liitle early for our reservation our table was ready for the 6 of us.

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M
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my 77 year dad fir his birthday with my mum and daughter ...Brilliant service lovely atmosphere food was delicious a really enjoyable experience.

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A
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A very friendly environment with all the waiters welcoming.

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g
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is amazing, staff were amazing, the only downfall I would say is the music is was too loud when having a meal, you end up shouting at each other but overall a really great place to eat x

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SL
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Food was pretty decent for the price, but a lot of the menu options weren’t available. Also the service needs improving. You shouldn’t have to ask twice for the bill and stare at the menu for 20 minutes before getting to order.


However, I would go again on the off chance someone with restaurant experience is working.

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JC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We did have to return 2 of our meals, but the other 2 meals were excellent, the staff was very good considering how busy it was.

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D
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Service was poor. Had to ask multiple times to order drink, food then to pay bill. Appreciate that it was a busy night but it appears the restaurant was poorly managed. The food was enjoyable.

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JL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Was extremely busy being bank holiday weekend but we had booked a table and were happily allowed in past the queues to our table.
Service was good and efficient seeing as it was so busy.
Only one problen in not having the vegan option available that we wanted to order. Maybe have a little more options for vegans

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JJ
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would like to say the girl that served us was exceptional.

She was such a lovely girl and couldn’t do enough for us, a real credit to your team

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TM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

We felt like an after thought for the waiters. We’re not particularly demanding or impatient but it was as if we didn’t exist. Almost ruined the whole night. It’s a shame coz the food and atmosphere had great potential.

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

It was our anniversary and we were seated next to 4 very loud and obnoxious people. We ordered drinks which arrived after our starters did but what we have (the chicken wings) were amazing! We couldn’t fault them. Next our mains were the sirloin steak and a rib eye steak both medium rare which one arrived medium which made the steak somewhat dry. Following on from this we decided against having dessert due to the commotion still coming from the table next to us.

We have been previously and it was fantastic and we couldn’t fault it but this time was different.

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MH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

I booked a table for a family meal, i ordered a beer and a water, despite asking 3 times the water never came. My son arrived a bit late and ordered his drink we had to ask twice for that. There was no attentiveness and we were not asked if we wanted anymore drinks at any point during our meal.

The food is ok, very expensive for what it is.

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KB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I would, but not on busy days.
It's far too noizy, plus I don't think the service and quality of food is as good.
My Sunday lunch was luke warm and was given wrong dssert , waited ages for drinks and bill took forever to come.

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a lovely Mothers Day meal. We arrived 50 minutes early but we were still able to be seated straight away. The service was prompt and though one of the orders was slightly wrong it was corrected straight away resulting in my mother receiving free mash potato!!!
Will definitely be returning.

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l
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

took my family here for mother’s day, we had a lovely time. food was great, service was amazing. i’d recommend this to anyone.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food and drinks were great as usual, the only issue was the service was a bit slow. However it was very busy because of Mother’s Day and we were having lots of fun catching up so it wasn’t really an issue and won’t stop us coming back again.

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AH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic food. Brilliant atmosphere. Fantastic value for money.

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RP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A nice bar restaurant but cold seated at a table near the door every time someone went in and out!
The music was very loud making it difficult to have a nice lunchtime family conversation. Staff waiting were friendly and helpful and the food was good.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would recommend dukes as the food is incredible as well as the cocktails and our waiter was very attentive and helped when our drinks order got mixed up

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

We had an awful experience at Dukes 92. From a piece of glass in someone’s drink to a huge delay in getting main courses and finishing with a waiter with a bad attitude towards us (pulling faces behind our backs etc.). Spoke to the manager who apologised and offered to buy us a round of drinks but we were in a rush as they already knew. He said he would speak to the waiter involved and get back to me but we’re still waiting. I’ve seen a few reviews complaining about the service, where staff are standing around chatting or spending too much time at the bigger tables. You need to look after and respect all your customers if you expect return visitors.

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LW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

The halloumi cheese was missing from my meal. We waited absolutely ages for our meal, and all i seemed to have on my plate was lettuce
Really disappointing

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went here for Sunday lunch on Sunday with my parents for their birthdays

Food was excellent. One of the best roasts in Manchester. Service was excellent too

Would have rated 5 stars except for their being no acknowledgement of their birthdays even though I wrote that on the online booking form

Still an excellent lunch though and would go back

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CS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been here a few times and the food is lovely, we were sat a little earlier than The time We booked which was lovely. Food and service was quick and the food was lovely.

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JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Dukes 92 is a glitzy stylish bar and restaurant right by the canal, so perfect on bright sunny days for al fresco dining and drinks.

When we visited it was unseasonably warm and sunny so outside was packed. We had booked a table for lunch and first impressions did not disappoint. However, service was incredibly slow - needed at least one extra person behind the bar as we waited 15 mins for our initial drinks.

Staff were helpful, friendly and as efficient as they could be but the bar and kitchen were clearly struggling with the service. At times the wait was borderline unacceptable.

Food however was delicious, beautifully presented and good value for money. Starters were excellent - chowder, tempura prawns, tostadas and duck. The Sunday roast option went down a storm as did the pork ribs and the lamb kofta! Puddings were also delicious with a lot of sighs of delight...

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O
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our waiter was lovely and friendly. The food was great! Will certainly be returning.

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TT
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

There was some issues with the food; the wrong cheese was brought out for the starters. The steak for the main was cooked medium when I had asked for it to be cooked blue. One of the drinks took 20minutes to arrive. The waitress Jess was very accommodating and did everything she could to make mine and my partners anniversary enjoyable. Regardless of the mistakes made, they were not major and were dealt with immediately to accommodate our needs. The high quality of service made up for the mistakes made. I would visit again and would recommend to friends.

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F
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

We booked for 7pm and arrived on time. The table was ready and we sat straight down, our order was taken for drinks and food within 5 minutes, so far very good. The drinks arrived within a couple of minutes though the water was missing. The Bruschetta arrived some 10 minutes later and had obviously been prepared much earlier as the bread base was wet indeed soggy. After a further 35 minutes we were still sat with the empty plates in front of us, drinks drunk and still no water. Other tables were being served.
After 50 minutes we decided enough was enough, with no sign of the main course we decided to leave.
On the way out we were approached by one of the managers who apologised and took our email address to followup our complaint about poor service and food. We have not had any email from him or Dukes92.

I have to say that we eat regularly at Dukes and have held a birthday party for over 80 people when the food and service was excellent. I sincerely hope that this was a one off and that normal service can be resumed.

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OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for a special occasion an engagement meal on Saturday and it got off to a rocky start in the restaurant with the waitress writing down the wrong meal but the manager danny was outstanding and very professional we will definatley be going back :)

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CQ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, food and atmosphere. Always a really good experience.

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TW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently brilliant restaurant. Great atmosphere and superb location on the outskirts of the city making it easy to arrive and park. Staff are very good without being fussy and always smiling.

Have been many times before and will continue to use Dukes 92 with family and friends

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J
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cracking place loved it! Lovely food

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s
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Too noisy for my usual meal for 2 but would be interested to see what it's like on a weekday

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CR
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, lovely gin and friendly staff. Overall a fab lunch

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, great service. Enjoyed the live music (3pm-5pm on a Saturday)

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