Food and drink
Pizzas and pastas sit next to steaks and fresh fish on the menu and, although prices are higher than Manchester’s average Italian restaurant, the wide choice means that you can go for a reasonably-priced meal or really splurge depending on your mood and wallet. Ingredients are fresh - you can see the day’s fish as you walk in; pizzas are large - I went for a thinner stretched one the last time I ate here and it overhung my plate; and little extras like olives on the table when you arrive and a complimentary plate of biscuits with your coffee are touches that make San Carlo stand out.
Despite being a vast space with room for 200 people, San Carlo manages to fill its red leather seats. The crowd tend to be a well-turned out bunch and look out for celebrities and footballers in the sea of diners.
Service is fast and the staff are friendly. You tend to be served by more than one waiter though and this can sometimes cause confusion - I was given the wrong bottle of wine on a recent visit.
San Carlo is just off Deansgate on King Street West. In the heart of the city centre, the location makes it a perfect place for a lunch while shopping or a dinner before a night out in Manchester.
Mains start at £7.90 (for a Margherita) and go up to £20.95 for steaks.
Tables to book
I like to be in the thick of it so would ask to sit in the main part of the restaurant rather than the raised section on the way to the toilets. However, if you want a quieter meal, this may be for you. The booths are my favourite spot - especially if I am eating with a group of friends.
The group have recently opened [node:174366] opposite. If San Carlo is full, this is a good option as they don’t take bookings.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- People watching
- Special occasions