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5.0 /6 Excellent 479 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.


479 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 479 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: short
Food: delicious
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
15.09.2017 14:23

Spacious restaurant, excellent food, friendly, efficient service. It is the second time I have dined at The Limes, I was so impressed by the first visit, I recommended it to my friends; then kept my fingers crossed that it would be as good as I had said it was - It was. Everyone really liked The Limes and we have now decided to keep it as our regular restaurant.

1 review so far 6
10.09.2017 10:43

Discovered this restaurant when visiting the Lowry theatre. We Always book here when going to the theatre. Consistent great food and excellent service. Good for groups or couples.

1 review so far 6
02.09.2017 22:21

Great night celebrating my birthday 🎉 Good service, free drink and a chorus of happy birthday Good atmosphere Good menu choice Close to Lowry theatre

6 reviews so far 6
30.08.2017 14:25

Great service great food great atmosphere we will definitley keep coming back as this is consistent when ever we visit this excellent bar resturant well done to th team at Lime

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