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5.3 /6 Excellent 92 Reviews


Handforth Italian ££££ +100
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About Giuliano

Keeping the residents of the suburban town of Handforth, close to Wilmslow, in quality Italian cuisine, Giuliano is a fixture in the community. Giuliano’s location on the corner of Wilmslow Road and Meriton Road is prominent, and unmissable at peak times thanks to the popularity of the restaurant. Family-run and with an experienced Sicilian chef heading up the kitchen, you can expect authentic dishes on the regularly changed a la carte menu, plus bespoke menus, events and promotions spicing things up.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 14:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:30
Giuliano, 121 Wilmslow Road, SK93HX Manchester

Further Information

While Giuliano offers everything you’d expect from an Italian kitchen, the restaurant likes to keep things interesting with a host of special deals and events and it’s this approach that makes Giuliano an important part of the life of Handforth and not just another Italian. There’s live music every week, the chef’s change up their specials on a weekly basis, and deals like discounted bottles of prosecco on Friday nights and a kids-eat-free Sunday afternoon offer make deciding on where to eat easy if you’re in and around this town near Wilmslow.

Giuliano’s menu is curated by a Sicilian chef with over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, a pedigree that means you get to begin your authentic Italian feast at this Handforth institution with stuzzichini as well as antipasti – Tuscan ciabatta, focaccia, and garlic dough balls served with aged balsamic vinegar and aromatic EVO as well as antipasto misto (chef’s selection of Italian cured meats, veggies and more), Sicilian pate, spicy king prawns and so on. Giuliano’s stonebaked pizzas are a family favourite at this Wilmslow Road restaurant, but the real magic happens with the incredibly on point pasta dishes and, moreover, the meat main courses and grilled steaks, poultry and fish.


92 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 92 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: great value
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
08.08.2017 21:23

Visited Giuliano's for the first time on the 3rd August, with my wife and daughter and what a treat it was. My wife who had cancer surgery in 2012 on her sinuses and has suffered with no sense of smell and very little taste for over 5 years, was blown away, as she stated she could taste both her starter of fungi fritillary and main of tagliatelle con salmone e gamberetti. What a success, we have found a restaurant that my wife is happy with. Both myself and my daughter were impressed with our meals as well. I'm easy to please and enjoyed my spare ribs and spaghetti marinara which both well cooked and plenty full. As for my daughter who's a vegetarian was also very impressed with her gamberoni diavola starter and gnocchi dolcelatte mains. I forgot to mention the garlic bread and garlic bread with cheese was were both lovely. The portion sizes were massive, as both my wife and daughter could not finish their main courses and the staff were happy to arrange for them to be put them into take away cartons, so lunch the following day was sorted. We were served by a team of friendly waiters, who were not pushy, but their when you needed them. Be sure we will be back, as my daughter already knows what she's having next time!!!!

1 review so far 6
06.08.2017 12:59

We visited this restaurant with friends and although the restaurant was very busy the food and service were excellent. We had a variety of food and everything was delicious.

1 review so far 6
04.08.2017 08:41

4th visit since May. Once again I Loved it. Food, service and ambiance all great. This time my best friend accompanied me happy to say she loved it too and we will both go back.

1 review so far 6
30.07.2017 07:27

Excellent service excellent food what more could one say for me one of the best itallian meals iv eaten The whole place had a great feel about it

1 review so far 6
20.06.2016 15:15

Delicious Italian food in a family friendly environment. We were a party of 6 adults, a toddler & young baby. The restaurant placed us at a large round table situated in a corner & surrounded by windows. This was both comfortable & bright. The menu is traditional & has a large selection to suit all, from pasta & pizza to meat & fish dishes. Service was prompt & friendly & the food arrived quickly. Bunny-ears pizza for the little one made dining with a toddler more fun. Everyone enjoyed their meals & a good time was had by all. I would highly recommend Giuliano for a family dining experience & look forward to returning again in the near future.

1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 12:42

First time we have visited we had a lovely 3 course meal for 4, 2 grandparents and 2 grandchilden 15 & 21 plenty to eat and reasonable cost. Starter special for grandson of cheese and tomato pitza with requested no garlic wasn't on the menu but made specially for him and the pate we had requested extra toast there was plenty for 2 of us to share. Grandaughter had calamari which we all tried and found delicious Atmosphere great and all staff were very friendly, we will definately go again.

1 review so far 5
13.01.2017 18:25

Had the lunchtime special, excellent value so long as you don't want alcohol. Coffee after was extra. Food very good, we had pasta. Only slight complaint we felt like we were being hurried, we were there at 12.30, until a couple came in quite near the end of lunchtime service and the staff realised they were going to have to stay. Would eat there again.

1 review so far 5
21.06.2017 08:37

Didn't ask our name when we arrived although we did make a reservation so we could have just walked in off the road and been given someone else's table. But that said, regarding the service, meal and staff it was very good and if we are in the area again I would definitely book a table here as I can see why It's so popular.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 03:55

The place was packed out for Valentines Day but this didn't detract in any way from the quality of the food or the efficient and happy service. Really great evening with all 4 pasta dishes being polished off with gusto. Well done team we will be back soon for more of the same!

1 review so far 6
20.05.2017 07:31

The salmon and asparagus salad was delicious and the baked limoncello cheesecake with candied lemon was divine. The restaurant is immaculate with white linen table cloths and napkins as well as a red rose on each table, and the Romanian waitress was most attentive and charming. Already planning a next visit!

1 review so far 6
20.12.2016 18:26

This was our first visit to Giuliano. Visited for lunch. Good value, excellent food and service. Good range of menu choices. Will definitely go again.

1 review so far 6
22.05.2016 20:13

Giuliano had a really nice atmosphere,the staff were attentive,the food was amazing and the prices were reasonable,I am hoping to go back for my birthday.

1 review so far 6
08.02.2016 00:22

Beautiful service and amazing food as usual. One of the best places I ever eatI recommend to everyone to eat at Giuliano's at least once.

1 review so far 6
20.12.2016 09:01

As always, made to feel very welcome. The ambience was great, and we enjoyed an excellent wine, and a delicious seafood pasta dish. We were not rushed, and could relax, with both the neal, and our wine. Good value for money, and a pleasant evening. Will be back!

1 review so far 5
29.07.2016 06:55

I had booked our table on line but when we got to the restaurant they did not have the booking so that was bad start. The food and service was very nice will go again. They also had life singer on every last Thursday of the month some people was dancing. We had very good evening.

1 review so far 6
03.09.2016 23:02

excellent meal excellent service food really outstanding very clean and very reasonably priced highly recommended we had the olives and bruschetta starters as well as some of the home made pate followed by traditional pasta dishes, we will be using this place again for sure

1 review so far 5
11.01.2017 09:09

I've visited the restaurant at lunchtime a few times in the past but this was only my second evening meal. There were 5 in our party and I had pre-booked with Quandoo. Table was waiting upon arrival and courses were served promptly. This is a nice local Italian restaurant that I would recommend.

1 review so far 4
27.03.2017 09:09

Very nice atmosphere in the restaurant which was full. Waiters very attentive and friendly. Only downside was that the fillet of beef was not cooked as requested......it was over done. We asked for another one but they had run out so had the ribeye instead, which although cooked better was not a good piece of meat. Would definitely go again though.

1 review so far 6
20.03.2017 06:46

The restaurant was light and airy. Food was top class, the service friendly and efficient. Our friends were very impressed. We had to change the time of our reservation and the restaurant coped with this admirably.

1 review so far 6
16.02.2016 10:39

We use this resreraunt quite a lot , the food is always good , and the staff first rate and very attentive , they make you feel welcome , and the house Merlot is absolutely A1

1 review so far 6
12.07.2017 21:51

First time at this restaurant and will definitely be returning. From the moment we arrived we felt welcome and the food was really authentic Italian not like Bella Pasta! Good food at a good price. Bellissimo!

1 review so far 5
21.05.2016 22:05

The food was delicious, and the service was very good, possibly became a little too attentive which interfered with our conversation at times. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and the menu had a fantastic choice of meals, we were definitely spoilt for choice.

1 review so far 5
19.06.2016 22:13

Fabulous food had a lovely night service was a little slow but they were very busy . Would definitely recommend it we had a pasta , pizza and a chicken dish between the 9 of us and everyone enjoyed their meals .

2 reviews so far 6
21.07.2017 16:42

The restaurant was lovely, clean and well lit, the food was excellent and at very reasonable prices, and the staff are very efficient and friendly, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and will definitely be returning.

1 review so far 6
10.04.2017 13:12

Great food quality and excellent value for money. Staff really friendly and let us pre-order so our food was ready when we got there at lunchtime as we were short on time. Will definitely return!

1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 15:26

Wonderful meal. Can't recommend this restaurant enough. The staff were courteous and the food was extremely tasty. Even though it was Mother's Day, it was the normal menu and no price hike 😀

1 review so far 6
01.01.2017 11:14

Very enjoyable meal, staff were attentive and pleasant considering it was New Years Eve and the restaurant was extremely busy. The set menu was well balanced and the food cooked to perfection.

1 review so far 6
14.05.2016 09:07

Fantastic restaurant, very friendly. Food is superb and portions generous. Good wine list. The lunchtime offer is a gem and brilliant value for money. You really really need to try this place!

1 review so far 6
20.07.2017 11:22

we went for a family meal and had a really lovely time. Staff are friendly and attentive. The food was fantastic, especially the steaks ! I definately recommend people to go.

1 review so far 6
07.04.2017 10:21

Very reasonable price, £5 for a main and a soft drink so great value. Food excellent and great service. Recommend highly. They have an early bird ,menu that looks good too.

1 review so far 6
13.01.2017 07:48

Service first class, food matched service. My husband's steak was cooked to perfection and my pasta dish was yummy. Lovely pleasant restaurant. Our second visit and will not be our last.

1 review so far 6
19.05.2016 07:22

Brilliant service and great food. Had a lovely evening and would definitely recommend. All the food arrived quickly (especially given there was 12 of us) and was hot and absolutely delicious.

3 reviews so far 5
11.02.2017 06:34

This was our second visit, this time a family party of 4. We cannot fault the food which was excellent .The service was slow, particularly the dessert where it took a long time to be offered menus.

1 review so far 5
01.08.2016 10:56

A very enjoyable evening. The food was served correctly and within expected time for a kitchen that prepares the food from scratch. The staff were very helpful having a good understanding of their menu and wines.

1 review so far 6
12.04.2017 23:16

The service and the food were first rate. The atmosphere was warm and friendly, reassuringly professional. The restaurant and table linen were spotless, the chairs and spacing between tables excellent.

1 review so far 6
01.05.2016 17:08

Fabulous restaurant ,best one outside of London, where you can have a dance, a great meal and great service. This independent restaurant is far superior to any of you chains.

1 review so far 5
24.12.2016 08:51

The staff were welcoming and helpful and the wine waiter recommended an excellent wine. The food was very good overall but I've rated 5 rather than 6 because the cheese board was a little uninspiring.

1 review so far 6
01.03.2016 06:18

Lovely food and excellent service. Had a great evening with family and the atmosphere was great. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a lovely Italian meal

1 review so far 6
27.05.2017 15:45

we really enjoyed it. Lovely tasty food, well served and piping hot. good atmosphere as singer was on. we will definitely go back and would recommend it to others.

1 review so far 6
25.04.2017 14:55

Brilliant restaurant go here a lot, food always first class and the service is always excellent. We are always looked after very well. Best restaurant near to our home.

1 review so far 6
31.07.2016 09:30

Top notch service. Even did a pizza for our young grandson with ears on it. The veal was so moist and flavoursome and the Tiramisu was soft and tasty.

2 reviews so far 6
03.06.2016 11:34

Good food, good staff, good decor, all round a really good evening. Its good to say, we will be returning. I guess it was VERY good don't you!

1 review so far 6
28.06.2016 19:25

Lovely relaxed atmosphere and wonderful food. The waiters were all very pleasant and attentive but did not rush us with our meal. Very good value for money

3 reviews so far 6
19.02.2017 13:19

Lovely place and plenty of tables. Staff friendly and very professional. Great food and lots of choice. Would highly recommend. Will be returning with friends and family.

1 review so far 6
31.05.2016 08:14

Had a lovely evening. Both the food and service were great and excellent value for money. Will definitely visit again and would recommend to friends and family.

1 review so far 6
05.04.2016 17:48

Excellent food, excellent service and extremely excellent value for money. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Italian food. The lunchtime special is great value.

2 reviews so far 6
12.10.2016 22:28

Great value and good selection of dishes on the Special Lunch menu. More people should know about this and take the opportunity to sample good Italian food.

3 reviews so far 5
24.04.2017 17:02

A great night. The restaurant was busy, with a good atmosphere. The staff were very attentive and added to the night when they all joined in singing Happy Birthday to my wife.

2 reviews so far 4
08.02.2017 08:21

Couldnt find our reservation until I showed them the email and the waiter was rude sitting us down. However we thought the food was very good, nice atmosphere for a Sat night and the service did improve throughout the meal.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 10:46

lovely food and atmosphere.friendly staff but book for a Saturday as it gets very busy.excellent choice on menu and very reasonably priced.definately recommend it.would go again