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5.0 /6 Excellent 458 Reviews

Lime Bar & Restaurant

City Centre International ££ +100
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About Lime Bar & Restaurant

Lime is a bar and restaurant in Manchester’s Salford Quays that is consistently delivering excellent locally-sourced food and superior cocktails for Manchester’s trendy young things. Moments from Media City and the city centre on the Quays, this is a unique place to sample internationally-inspired food in the second city. The team here strive to deliver excellence in their dishes, and do so by keeping the focus on the details at the Lowry Outlet Mall.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 01:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 01:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 01:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 01:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 01:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 01:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 00:30
Lime Bar & Restaurant, Unit G1 Lowry Outlet Mall, M50 3AG Manchester

Further Information

Established long before Salford Quays were trendy in 2001 by David Vanderhook, Lime Bar and Restaurant has morphed into a destination bar for visitors to the Quays. Opposite Manchester’s esteemed Lowry Theatre, Lime has made a name for itself as a pre- or post-theatre spot for culture vultures in Manchester hungry for internationally-inspired food and drink. The team at Lime, inside the Lowry Outlet Mall pride themselves on sourcing their ingredients locally and their evolving menu; this is a favourite to Mancunians in Salford.

David Vanderhook is a chef who has cut his teeth in some of the most competitive arenas in the world. He has served as a personal chefs to the Rothschild family as well as to Valentino and the Aga family. To say that he has a formidable CV would be to underestimate him entirely. For Salford Quay diners, this means they can be confident that the food at Lime is up to his hugely exacting standards as well as the scrutiny of head chef Paul Hardman. Find them inside Manchester’s Lowry Outlet Mall for dinner and drinks.


458 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 458 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: delicious
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Noise: quiet
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2 reviews so far 6
12.07.2017 08:33

Pre-Theatre meal at the Lime Bar and Restaurant, lovely food, freshly made, great atmosphere, seated quickly, reasonably priced and very friendly staff, would highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
25.06.2017 19:39

Ate from the Express menu as we were going to the theatre. The staff seated us quickly and took our order swiftly. Choice of 3 tasty starters and mains a vegetarian option in both courses. Food was hot and tasty and well presented and great value. Cocktail menu is quite large with some different choices to be had . LOVED IT return soon

1 review so far 6
25.06.2017 11:22

Friendly staff, pre-theatre menu good value for money and excellent food. Very busy but staff were attentive and service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
24.06.2017 09:10

Excellent service , although one meal was cold it was very quickly rectified, Food was excellent never been to The Lowry before just reminded me of the Fashion Mall in Vegas a very high standard

1 review so far 5
18.10.2015 12:29

We were going to Lime Bar for a Pre-theatre dinner so had a table booked for 6.30pm however due to traffic we were a little late. I had called ahead to let them know and they said they would keep our table. When we arrived ( we were only 10mins late thankfully ) we were shown to our table. This was in 1 of the Fab booths so that started the evening on a high note, we felt very important having a booth for just the 2 of us, We had already decided we would go for the Pre- Theatre menu which is excellent value, my only criticism was that we had to wait over half an hour for our starter and at 1 point I was going to say we only have time for the starter as our performance started at 8. However the main came the instant we finished the starter and the staff apologised for this problem. We were given complementary drinks to make up for the problem and the restaurant manager came over & apologised . We were just in time for the performance to start so it all worked out ok, we were just a little disappointed we did not have more time to enjoy our meal as it was very tasty and we had to rush it a bit and we did not have time to try the desserts. I would defiantly recommend Lime Bar and have been a few times with my girlfriends but this was the first time I had been with my husband. We will be going again I hope. Service is great most of the time we just happened to pick a particularly busy night. I would make sure you book a table as I have also been with my friend and not been able to get a meal but the bar food is still very good. If it wasn't for the long wait for our starter & my husbands steak not being cooked quite as well as he would have liked it I would have given the Lime Bar a 6 but this is a great place to go even if it is just for a few drinks.

1 review so far 4
28.08.2016 11:05

We booked a table for 6.15 on a Saturday evening, prior to attending a show at the nearby Lowry Theatre. However, the website does not make it clear that this is almost a 'sports bar'. When we arrived I had mixed emotions (I am a MU season Ticket holder!) as Hull v Man Utd was on a large screen and other smaller screens also. So our pre-theatre meal was not quite as cozy as it might have been. When I asked for the fixed price pre-theatre menu I was told it was not available - no other explanation was given. Whether the restaurant was treating this as a 'match day' I dont know. There is no mention of 'non availabilty' on their website however. Nevertheless we ordered our meal, starting with Bread & Oil + Olives. Large chunks of soft bread and an oli/ balsamic vinegar dip were good value at £3. Olives were extra (also £3) and plenty for two. My wife rated her main course of Mushroom Risotto as one of the best she had ever tasted! My own main - King Prawn & Mango salad was also delicious. To sum up - great food - but website needs to be clearer on the style they are trying to acheive. I would hav e given 5/6 if not for the TVs & the unexplained lack of availability of the pre-theatre menu - supposedly available Tuesday to Saturday..

1 review so far 6
23.01.2016 18:49

We had a great meal with friends last night in the Lime Bar & Restaurant,all the staff were very helpful once we had arrived,we ate prior to a show at the Lowry, our order was taken promptly and the food arrived in good time for the show.All the staff were very helpful during our meal and the food was of a very good standard I would highly recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 4
29.01.2017 12:59

Very good food but the service was slow and inattentive. We'd booked for a pre theatre meal, luckily at 5:00 pm for a 7:30 performance and arrived early but were still in the restaurant at 7:00. The waitresses walked past numerous time when we had obviously finished but didn't offer to take away our plates until we pointed out that we had finished. We ordered one sweet & one coffee but the coffee arrived a good 5 minutes before the sweet. We asked for the bill but had to ask the duty manager again 10 minutes later - the bill was brought quickly then. A couple next to us who were also attending the theatre had booked for 6:00 but were still waiting for their main course when we left. The restaurant didn't seem particularly busy and although the waiting staff were slow they were polite. We had used Lime a few years ago but didn't like a change in the menu so had not visited for a while, this was our first return and unfortunately it was disappointing

1 review so far 6
13.01.2016 14:34

We had a fantastic meal at Lime Bar & Restaurant on Saturday evening. The food was excellent and good value for money. The staff were a credit to the restaurant, from taking our order to delivering food but above all their attitude was first class. Customer service at its best. I would highly recommend this to anyone

1 review so far 4
15.01.2016 08:57

We arrived on time for a reserved table and were received quickly and efficiently. We ordered some cocktails as it was still "Happy Hour" and could have them at half price. We were going to the theatre and wanted to have a meal within an hour, which we thought would be sufficient. The cocktails were delayed due to a rush on the bar, so our waitress said that they would be free. The meals were ordered from both the pre-theatre menu and the a la carte menu. The food arrived and was well presented about 40 minutes after we arrived - we realised that the main course was going to be a rush. We felt that many people had chosen the restaurant as a pre-show venue and so the kitchen and bar were overwhelmed for a brief period of time. The food was excellent and very good value, we just regret leaving just an hour to enjoy the experience.

1 review so far 5
26.10.2016 00:18

We wanted to go somewhere where we could watch football before going to the Lowry, so Lime Bar was ideal. Very easy to book a table online. Some of us turned up early but were able to sit at the table and have a drink watching the match. When we'd all arrived they took our order for food. Service was very attentive. Food was delivered pretty quickly and all was good and reasonable value. Only downside was Chicken salad with uncooked chicken. It was taken away, replaced pretty quickly with a fully cooked version (and it was different chicken), manager came to the table to apologise and offer free drink as an apology. Dealt with very well. Would not hesitate to return

1 review so far 6
20.01.2016 12:11

Excellent from start to finish, pleasantly greeted and showed to our table, offered drinks straight away by one of many helpful staff. The selection of food was very good and our choices did not disappoint. Food was very well presented and of excellent quality, served will a smile. Lime is a lovely place to eat and drink, with a very good atmosphere, went back later after we had seen a show and the place was buzzing, the cocktails are to die for. Cannot wait to return, next show in June.

1 review so far 5
04.10.2015 14:56

My husband and I ate there just before going to a gig at the Lowry. The minute we walked in we were welcomed and the service proved to be good from beginning to end even though the place was pretty full. In fact the staff were lovely, none of this aloof "you are privileged to eat here" kind of nonsense! The food was good too - we had pulled pork pancakes and calamari to start, then mushroom risotto and burger for the mains. The wine was nicely served too, properly chilled in an ice bucket. We would definitely eat there again

3 reviews so far 6
05.03.2017 10:09

Been here before and really enjoyed it which is why we chose it again after a matinee show at the Lowry. Being a Sat evening and there were 5 of us I prebooked a table online a few days ago. We got shown to a booth which I'm guessing seats 6 so the 5 of us sat very comfortably. The menu is varied with something for everyone. The service was attentive but not too much. We all enjoyed our food and would come back.

1 review so far 6
29.01.2016 08:09

A great restaurant, subtle lighting, friendly and ever present staff catering for all needs. The service was prompt and the food was also very good. A very satisfied group upon leaving, I would recommend Lime Bar & Restaurant to anyone.

1 review so far 4
27.05.2017 12:26

For starter I had the Thai salmon fish cakes with the sweet chilli sauce, these were excellent, and unlike other fish cakes, you could actually taste the salmon. The main course which was the honey and soy duck (which was meant to be served pink as stated on the menu) was well presented however was overcooked, the staff did offer to cook another one but I politely declined. As I had barely touched the duck, they did take 10% off the food bill, which was kind of them however the meal in itself was not worth the £18. Overall this was a pleasant experience which I would attend again however I would choose a different main course

1 review so far 5
15.06.2016 19:36

Both the food and service were very good. We did struggle to actually find something appealing on the menu though but what we did choose was extremely good. I had the pulled pork pancakes & mushroom risotto which was very tasty. We did feel that the atmosphere was very lacking but it was very quiet when we dined at 6pm. The 5 star rating is based on the quality of the food we did have but I don't think it would be our first choice for a pre theatre meal next time.

1 review so far 5
22.02.2017 12:30

We received a really warm welcome from front of house staff. The food quality was very good although I found my mash potatoes a little over salted that evening. We had a lovely meal and the Staff were very friendly. I had requested a booth in my on- line booking and they failed to read the notes again until it was too late. It won't put me off returning as it is a lovely venue and it would be nice to be allocated a booth in the future.

1 review so far 3
03.04.2016 09:34

Tasty food but service was very slow and staff weren't very attentive. We had to ask them to take away our glasses (even though the staff walked by our table a million and one times). We had to tell them we were ready to place our order etc. If the service was better, I would go back but because it was slow, I won't be. For example, I ordered garlic bread (which was delicious) and after we had finished it, I left my empty glass on the bread board to prompt them to take it and the bread board away but when the waitress came around, she lifted up the glass and put it back down on the table and then took away the bread board! Why didn't she just take both? Our food took a while to arrive, longer than the usual 15 minutes (ish).

1 review so far 5
18.02.2017 16:03

We ate off the pre-theatre menu, which had 3 starters,mains and desserts to chose from for £18.95 each. Food was lovely and presented in a pretty way. For a Friday evening the place was very quiet, but that meant we weren't rushed out which was lovely too. Lemonade was reasonably priced, beer and cocktails I suppose were city centre prices £5 for a pint and £7 for a cocktail There were tiny TVs dotted around showing Friday night live footy, which was cool

1 review so far 4
29.09.2015 11:44

Unfortunately there was a 'situation' in the kitchen while we were there. So our pre theatre meal had to be rushed as our food was delayed. Having asked twice why are food was delayed and got no reply, we eventually talked to a waitress (supervisor?) who explained, apologised for the delay and offered us all a complementary drink. It was a textbook display of how to treat clients. Most people will understand that problems do happen but saying nothing is not an option! Well done. We have been to the restaurant several times and have always enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

1 review so far 5
04.11.2016 08:56

This was the first time we (a group of 8) eat at Lime and we did not know what to expect. We chose to book with lime based on the wide variation of dishes available on the A LA Carte menu. Lime was easy to find at teh Lowry. On entering we noticed the lovely atmosphere and decor. We all had starters and mains. The food was wonderful and catered to our differnet preferences. The service was excellent!

4 reviews so far 6
18.10.2016 19:59

Just had a main course pre-theatre. Good choices on the menu. Gluten free dishes available as well. Both the belly pork and the duck were nicely cooked and presented. Slightly disappointed that there was no Malbec in stock from the wine list but the Chilean Merlot was fine. Staff were very friendly and efficient. Not our first visit to Lime and certainly not our last.

1 review so far 5
27.03.2017 09:09

On arrival we had a friendly and cheerful welcome. Service for the food was slow but the staff did their best and albeit belatedly explained that one of our choices took longer to prepare. When the food did arrive is was tasty and good quality. The veg especially the broccoli was al dente, which I like but others find it too hard for their liking. All in all it was an enjoyable visit and will come again

1 review so far 6
09.08.2016 18:18

We had a lovely meal at Lime. It was a celebration for two birthday girls and we were each presented with a glass of prosecco, a very nice touch. Food was fabulous, but portions are very large, not really a complaint, just a warning. Menu was good and food and wine was all reasonably priced. If we visit Salford Quays again we will return.

3 reviews so far 6
08.11.2015 12:27

Although we were 45 mins late for our booked table due to a motorway accident our table was kept reserved and as we had to eat quickly due to performance starting at nearby Lowry theatre the staff were excellent in accommodating our meal requirements in double quick time.As we only had time for a mains it was perfectly done and would definitely go again

1 review so far 3
29.01.2016 23:33

The good bits - the food was lovely. We had the meze platter to start with. Very nice and generous portion. Main course- king prawn & chorizo risotto - tasty with lots of King prawns. The staff were friendly and polite. The bad bits - we booked our table for 5.45pm. Some of the party were a bit early and ordered their cocktails at around 5.35pm. They didn't get them until 6.20pm! We didn't get to order our food until 6.15pm which, by the time it arrived, we virtually had to throw down our necks because we had tickets for the theatre. One of the waitresses said " it's like this every Fri because of the theatre". Well, here's an idea .... don't book as many in!!!

1 review so far 5
12.12.2016 11:08

Great place for pre theatre dinner. Excellent food, good service and very energetic atmosphere from the cocktail bar area. Not the place for a quiet meal for two - can be a bit rowdy on matchdays apparently. Our 9 yr old daughter thought it was a very grown up place to go and our 6 yr old enjoyed it too - child's menu was good value too (and they served the children first - well done!).

1 review so far 6
19.09.2016 09:36

We had a lovely pre theatre drink and meal. The service food and general feeling of Lime Bar was fantastic. The staff are a credit to the restaurant very helpful and happy. The food was exceptional ( The best fish and chips ever) hubby had Sunday lunch and he said it was the nicest he had had Well done Lime Bar xx

1 review so far 5
21.03.2017 17:36

We had a great evening here, with great food and service. I loved the ambience and the styling. Only let down was 4 of our party of 7 ordered a salmon dish from the main menu and we were then told that they had run out. Not great early on a Friday evening. The waitress dealt with it really well and offered us a round of free drinks. We would all definitely go back.

1 review so far 6
01.01.2016 10:44

We had a terrific time on New Year's Eve. We had a group of 25 for a late supper and then staying for the midnight celebrations. The food was fantastic, the staff were lovely, the music was great. We never felt crowded, and were thankful to have our tables to retreat to when we weren't dancing. It was a brilliant evening.

1 review so far 4
08.01.2017 15:14

The food was very tasty when it eventually arrived. It took 10 minutes for a drinks order to be taken, a further 15 minutes for the drinks to arrive - even though they were ready and sitting on the bar waiting to be delivered to the table. Food was delivered 45 minutes after arriving at the restaurant. Not very helpful. The restaurant is just across from a theatre and at that time on a Friday night service should have been much slicker and efficient to accommodate pre theatre diners

1 review so far 5
23.02.2017 07:52

We have visited a few times before the theatre & enjoyed it each time. Good food selection. Good service & well priced. It was packed out on our recent visit but the food quality & service was still really good. Only slight niggle was that we were forgotten about once we had eaten our main course & it took a while to get someone's attention. However they were particularly busy.

1 review so far 5
08.03.2017 10:31

Really tasty food. Lovely choices of freshly cooked, well presented cusine. Perfect service, even though it was very busy. One mark lost for the coffee, which neither I nor my mother could finish - too strong and a bit bitter. Very lively, perhaps more lively than I would have wanted with my mum, but it was Friday night and not a deal breaker by any means. If definely go again.

1 review so far 6
28.10.2015 12:47

Very lively and busy place. We always book because we're travelling in so want to make sure. Also you can get one of the booth tables if you do sometimes. Food was excellent and went for the pre-theatre menu. Reasonably priced and plenty to eat. Good service. One of our favourite places to eat at The Lowry.

6 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 09:34

We went to Lime last Sunday before our trip to the cinema, and loved it! We had requested a booth if possible, and although it was busy, they found us one! The food was delicious and the service excellent. Love the ambience at Lime, and it's great value for money. We will be back soon! Thanks Lime!

1 review so far 5
16.07.2016 08:21

Staff were excellent. Fish and chips on the small size but well presented and very tasty. Meals are average restaurant prices. Sadly add too much chorizo to their fish dishes for pescatarians but that is a common fad amongst chefs at the moment. Something a little more upmarket at the Quays compared to all the chains but not quite in the league (or price range ) of Damson.

1 review so far 5
11.07.2017 13:53

Booked for a Sunday 12 noon pre theatre show - but didn't really need to as it was quiet. Lovely dining environment. We were offered a booth. Staff were very pleasant and attentive to both myself and young granddaughter. Food was well presented and tasty. We shared a Greek meze, garlic bread and olives. I would definitely pay a return visit to sample something else from the menu.

2 reviews so far 5
26.06.2016 09:03

Warm welcome, staff very pleasant, presented me with a glass of prosecco and fruit cup for my birthday. Food lovely. Bit noisy when the disco man came. Plus the Tv on at the same time very distracting. Lost the conversation at that point due to the loud noise in the background. Have eaten there before and would go again, bit earlier maybe to avoid the music man.

1 review so far 4
07.12.2015 19:18

Good service and good food, although a little disappointed in the choice on the "Sunday Menu" and the "Gluten Free" menu, which is not a gluten free menu, its the main menu that are gluten free already plus those options on the main menu where they just remove the gluten item (burger without the bun / soup and a roll, without the roll), instead of having gluten free buns / gluten free bread? The staff were helpful and did assist where they could.

1 review so far 6
26.08.2016 08:44

Well received and looked after by an excellent staff. The menu choice was extensive and the food we ordered was very good although the soup could have been hotter and the lovely accompanying bread could have been served with more butter but that was no problem. It was good value and we enjoyed our evening!

1 review so far 5
10.06.2017 10:39

Booked to eat from the pre-theatre menu (5-8pm). We were running 15 mins late for our reservation time and only had 45 mini before the show started. Lime were great and made sure we were served and out in time to make the show. Food was delicious, hot and well presented. Good value for two course too. Will certainly go for the pre-theatre dinner again

1 review so far 5
19.04.2016 09:53

We enjoyed our meal and the service was good. The only downside was that the venue was slightly noisy but it was Saturday tea-time! We were glad that we were there early as, as can be expected, it got quite busy later. We would go again, when visiting for a pre-theatre meal. It was in a great location for access to the theatre.

1 review so far 6
05.12.2015 10:51

Very noisy when we first arrived but after theatre crowd had gone it settled down. Original table was small and next to entrance but we were then offered a booth. Food was great, only gripe was they forgot our desserts but after a reminder they were most apologetic and didn't charge us.

1 review so far 4
17.04.2016 08:24

Garlic bread was cold in the middle. So sent it back. The table was not the best. Was like sitting in a corridor. The chocolate brownie had nuts in and my daughter can't eat nuts so sent it back for a replacement of ice cream which took so long we gave up and cancelled it. I know it was Saturday night and busy but you should expect that and ensure enough staff to cope with the demands.

1 review so far 6
27.05.2016 23:10

This is a really nice and trendy restaurant on The Quays. Our waitress was really helpful and friendly and the food was very good, especially the Belly Pork which was delicious! It was a bit quiet when we went but on a weekend eve I am sure it would really buzz.

1 review so far 6
30.10.2016 08:19

We enjoyed our visit to Lime Bar very much. We went prior to a match at MUFC so we ensure we booked as it can get quite busy. The food and service was good along with the atmosphere. Little on the pricey side but nothing out of the ordinary these days!

1 review so far 5
04.01.2016 08:36

Food was excellent but rather slow to arrive. It was very busy/noisy due to a few football fans in and a match being screened but we knew this would be the case as had read the reviews and knew it was a match day. However as we had booked the theatre it was very handy being just across the road 😊

1 review so far 3
11.01.2016 17:07

It was a booking for 9 food was good. Although service was slow took nearly an hour for main meal to arrive. Which gave us time to chat but it was a pre-theatre meal so felt rushed towards the end of meal. When I raised it with staff they were very polite and dealt with it promptly. Two of the burgers were blood red in middle even though asked for them welldone. Staff dealt with it efficiently and the manager came and apologised also giving a discount. I would try it again if going to theatre because my meal was nice.

1 review so far 5
25.01.2016 09:59

Good buzz and atmosphere on Match Day - booked a table for 4 and we were attended to promptly. Great staff and nice food. it took a while for the food to appear so at busy times such as pre-football make sure you allow plenty of time. Nice home made burgers, club sandwich, fish and chips. Will definitely go back!