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Description

Part of the popular Trof family of Manchester bars and venues, this former theatre is one of the finest multi-purpose spaces in Manchester. Bar, restaurant, live venue and nightclub in one, this Whitworth Street gem has fast become one of the coolest hangouts in the city.

Housed in a railway arch underneath Oxford Road Station close to the other Oxford Road bars, the main bar boasts full height windows, minimal sixties inspired decor and a mezzanine area with its own Gin Parlour, offering a great range of gin cocktails and tonic mixes.

Great for after work drinks, Gorilla's excellent cocktails cost just £5 between 5pm and 8pm every day (carafes of wine also only £9). They offer draught, canned and bottled beer as well as a great range of the finest spirits. Gorilla also excels in the food department. With an all-day menu that is home to ‘The Best Burger in Manchester’ (no joke), Gorilla can hit the spot with anything from their in-house baked pastries to a good old Sunday roast. Oh, and don't leave without trying the Deluxe Fries seasoned with parmesan and truffle oil. You can thank us later.

Behind all this sits a 600 capacity live music and club space which hosts regular gigs and top drawer club nights in a uniquely decorated arena. If you’re looking for top night out in Manchester, then look no further than Gorilla. Book your table for food now or hire the mezzanine for your special event using the form above.

Photos: Sebastian Matthes

Info

Varies based on events and nights.
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
Oxford Road
18
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets
None

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
11:30 00:00
11:30 00:00
11:30 00:00
11:30 01:00
11:30 02:00
09:00 02:00
09:00 00:00

Location

Gorilla
54-56 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 5WW

Area:
Central Manchester

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Menus

Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £3.80
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £3.50
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £4.00
Cocktail £6.50
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £4.25
Bottle of House Wine £16.50
Bottle of Champagne £35.00

Menus

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This venue serves Bar Snacks, American and International food.

A word from the chef:
Breakfast is served until 4pm. All other food is served 12pm until late. Choose from royal breakfasts and Sunday roasts, chargrilled burgers and fancy sandwiches. There’s a grilled selection too; choices include steak on the rib (think juicy cuts to share) spatchcocked chicken with lemon and fresh herbs, halloumi and chicken kebabs.

Our Review

Gorilla - Bar Review

Gorilla - Bar Review

As the new Big Daddy of Trof's family of Manchester bars, clubs, diners and gig venues, Gorilla combines all of these various functions in one well thought-out railway arch. Located on the burgeoning Manchester nightlife hotspot of Whitworth Street,...

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Great service. Had the daily special fish finger sandwich and the Gin cocktail of the day. visited Gorilla on 24 Feb 2017
26 Feb 2017 by
5

We enjoyed our meal at Gorilla. The food was good and the service excellent, very friendly and polite Aussie waiter. We also were able to ask for the music to be lowered a little(two of our party being slightly deaf and couldn't engage in conversation). We liked the informal atmosphere too. Good venue for the Palace Theatre and maybe you could advertise for a pre or post dinner theatre deal.Thankyou. visited Gorilla on 23 Feb 2017
25 Feb 2017 by
5

Great food, the chicken kebab and deluxe fries were immense! visited Gorilla on 19 Feb 2017
21 Feb 2017 by
5

Pretty good, limited but sufficient menu choice including healthy and veggie options. It would be good if hostess would tell you soup and specials when she seats you. Staff were friendly and efficient. Will go back visited Gorilla on 18 Feb 2017
20 Feb 2017 by
4

Service spot on and the special fries were even better than usual! visited Gorilla on 16 Feb 2017
20 Feb 2017 by
5

If I could give more than 5 stars I would. My boyfriend and I visited Gorilla on Valentines Day. I picked the restauraunt, which usually does not end well but myself and my boyfriend both thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The food was brilliant, the atmosphere, decor and music were all grest, and importantly every single member of staff we talked to were really friendly and attentive. We will definitely be returning when we come back to Manchester for a second time. Thanks for a lovely Valentines meal guys! visited Gorilla on 14 Feb 2017
16 Feb 2017 by
5

I'm a returning customer to Gorilla who has recommended this bar and eatery to many of my friends. However, when I ate there on Tuesday with my partner and two friends, the place was extremely understaffed and the service was lacking. Our server didn't apologise for the wait on 25 minutes for our first round of drinks and an hour for our food. Simple steps of service such as asking if we needed any more drinks (we had one drink each in the first hour and weren't offered another until we asked) and checking up on us during the extremely long wait were missing. The restaurant didn't seem busy so I'm confused as to why the service was rather neglectful. The food was also lukewarm when it arrived after over an hour. It's a shame as Gorilla was one of my favourite places to eat in Manchester. visited Gorilla on 14 Feb 2017
16 Feb 2017 by
2

Good staff and service. Will be back. visited Gorilla on 14 Feb 2017
16 Feb 2017 by
4

Fantastic food and service as always. visited Gorilla on 09 Feb 2017
14 Feb 2017 by
5

Big thanks to Gorilla for letting us have the studio for a 3 days of training. As always world class service! Thanks to the team we was really well looked after. visited Gorilla on 08 Feb 2017
10 Feb 2017 by
5

Sunday Roast was tasty, staff was friendly and were quick to accommodate our request for a bigger table. Music was a bit loud though, had to shout to speak to our friends... visited Gorilla on 05 Feb 2017
08 Feb 2017 by
4

Great food and great music. visited Gorilla on 04 Feb 2017
06 Feb 2017 by
5

Food was lovely and service was quick and efficient. visited Gorilla on 02 Feb 2017
04 Feb 2017 by
4

Great food, atmosphere and service! visited Gorilla on 01 Feb 2017
03 Feb 2017 by
5

Amazing menu & food. Great atmosphere, love the decor :-) The server forgot to bring the fries with our order, then brought the wrong fries, but did not charge us for either, which we appreciated. It might be an idea to use a pen and paper to take customer orders, so they don't forget things next time. Otherwise all good and will be back :-) visited Gorilla on 31 Jan 2017
02 Feb 2017 by
4

Food excellent (2nd visit and both consistently delicious), however, very slow to be served with first drink hence only 4 stars. visited Gorilla on 30 Jan 2017
01 Feb 2017 by
4

Good service and nice food visited Gorilla on 30 Jan 2017
01 Feb 2017 by
5

Drinks and food are always great, love the atmosphere and the staff are fun and helpful. Varied menu, great selection of drinks and never takes long to get served at the bar even if the person in front of you is ordering 20 cocktails. visited Gorilla on 30 Jan 2017
01 Feb 2017 by
5

Had a fantastic time at gorilla. Booked a table with 50% off which I didn't need to remind them of... they rang me on the day aso my special instructions were I was disabled and couldn't stand for long and I was also attending the concert after they got me seating for the concert. Which is perfect for me... as I could sit and still see Alex Clare and my other half could stay with me and stand up when he wanted and get us drinks from below. Price of the meal was brilliant and drink prices were really good... fantastic all round thanks to all the staff.. you were all fantactic visited Gorilla on 30 Jan 2017
01 Feb 2017 by
5

We went on a Friday night in January, pre Trentemoller gig (Also in Gorilla). This was a 1/2 price offer night so incredibly busy. Food was great, but service was slow for both drinks and food. When the bill arrived the 50% discount had not been applied, so it had to be recalculated. Nice restaurant and what we needed as we were going to the Trentemoller gig. Just needed more staff. PS the beer was also very good. visited Gorilla on 27 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017 by
3

Good service, tasty food at a reasonable price and so handy for. Oxford Road Railway Station and the O2Ritz. Will definitely go there again. visited Gorilla on 27 Jan 2017
29 Jan 2017 by
4

Great food. Great service. Great night! visited Gorilla on 27 Jan 2017
29 Jan 2017 by
5

Friendly staff! Great food!! Just shame for 2nd time dessert i wanted wasn't available visited Gorilla on 27 Jan 2017
29 Jan 2017 by
5

Great service. Great food. Thanks a lot guys! visited Gorilla on 27 Jan 2017
29 Jan 2017 by
5

great food, service and atmosphere - will definitely be coming back! visited Gorilla on 25 Jan 2017
29 Jan 2017 by
5

Went to Gorilla on Thursday and had a great night. The staff were fantastic and food good. Glad they finally have proper wine glasses. Only thing stopping me gives a 5* review is that the burgers were a bit dry. visited Gorilla on 26 Jan 2017
28 Jan 2017 by
4

Amazing as always 😊 Pleasure to eat there will be back soon visited Gorilla on 26 Jan 2017
28 Jan 2017 by
5

The mains were excellent. We had the aubergine and halloumi burgers with fries. The desserts were disappointing and let the whole meal down. They didn't match the quality of the mains. The service was great - some delay but it was a busy evening so understandable. Lady apologised for the delay twice and didn't charge for the desserts which was a very kind gesture. Nonetheless the desserts were of poor quality the evening we attended and Gorilla should aim to improve these. visited Gorilla on 26 Jan 2017
28 Jan 2017 by
3

The food was not tasty, the meat in the burger was over cooked. The table was not nice. Waitresses were still nice and helpful. visited Gorilla on 25 Jan 2017
27 Jan 2017 by
1

Great experience with excellent food and atmosphere. Staff great too ..... service with a smile 👍 visited Gorilla on 25 Jan 2017
27 Jan 2017 by
5

Great food, tasty and well presented! Great atmosphere! The 50% Jan discount made it even better! visited Gorilla on 25 Jan 2017
27 Jan 2017 by
4

Great bar with good food at reasonable prices. The playlist is good and at a volume you can still have a conversation visited Gorilla on 25 Jan 2017
27 Jan 2017 by
5

Great visit, we had pre ordered due to being a large group and going to the theatre after. All the food was delicious and we were served very promptly. visited Gorilla on 25 Jan 2017
27 Jan 2017 by
5

Great service ,good food, nice feel to the place also liked the decor. And Probably not your target age group customer. visited Gorilla on 25 Jan 2017
27 Jan 2017 by
4

didn't know what to expect when we went pre theatre - it was brilliant. Loved the decor.Loved the food. Friendly helpful staff. Particularly loved the fact that cold carafe of water quietly replaced when needed. Would highly recommend. visited Gorilla on 24 Jan 2017
26 Jan 2017 by
5

Professional friendly staff good service. Great food visited Gorilla on 24 Jan 2017
26 Jan 2017 by
4

Food was fab thank you visited Gorilla on 23 Jan 2017
25 Jan 2017 by
5

Wonderful staff.. very attentive and polite visited Gorilla on 22 Jan 2017
24 Jan 2017 by
5

I would love to be able to review but our table was given away as we were slightly late. The booking process doesn't allow for any discussion, I did say that we were at the theatre and so our arrival would depend on the time that the show finished. We checked with the theatre and they said it would finish between 5 and 5.15 however it was later than that and we didn't get to you until 5.45pm . I do understand but there appeared to be a lot of empty tables that could have been put close together to accommodate us. We had chosen your restaurant as one of our party had a problem walking so this was then an inconvenience for us having to try and find an alternative place to eat. I have given 1 star as the girl on the door was pleasant even though nothing could be done. visited Gorilla on 21 Jan 2017
23 Jan 2017 by
1

Great service. Only minor point was happy hour cocktails we were not told which you could have in the offer. Will come back again as great enviroment visited Gorilla on 21 Jan 2017
23 Jan 2017 by
4

Always a great night at Gorilla. Our reserved table was there on arrival, the service was great and the drinks tasty. visited Gorilla on 21 Jan 2017
23 Jan 2017 by
5

The overall experience of gorilla was exceptional. From the food to the service there was nothing to fault. There was a slight wait on the food however it was Friday night and the waitress did give us 2 cocktails on the house, in particular the Spanish waitress and the barman upstairs were so accommodating for myself and my girlfriend. Gorilla is on of our favourites visited Gorilla on 20 Jan 2017
22 Jan 2017 by
5

Excellent service,Staff were so helpful and friendly. The food was high quality and main course was substantial. Will definitely be back. visited Gorilla on 19 Jan 2017
22 Jan 2017 by
4

Disappointing portion sizes for the price. Waffle stacks with only one waffle does notta make a stack people! visited Gorilla on 19 Jan 2017
21 Jan 2017 by
2

We went before a show at the palace theatre. The food was fantastic and service was good. Would definitely dine here agsin visited Gorilla on 19 Jan 2017
21 Jan 2017 by
5

Keep it up the way it is visited Gorilla on 17 Jan 2017
19 Jan 2017 by
5

GORILLA is ideally placed for the theatre and the atmosphere and staff were great. The variety of food was good and I had three courses. My starter of salt and pepper wings was novelly presented but was slightly overcooked and would have benefited from a dip. My main of steak and frites was again good value but only because there was a 50% offer. I say this as it was slightly spoilt by the peppercorn sauce which was watery and more like gravy with pepper but it lacked actual peppercorns. The redeeming feature was the dessert the sticky toffee pudding with ice cream was outstanding. I have been previously and enjoyed my food so hope that this was just a one off. visited Gorilla on 16 Jan 2017
18 Jan 2017 by
3

I attempted to book online, as there was an offer for 50% off food for reserving online. However the website was having some issues. I decided to phone up instead. Spoke with Emily who booked me in for 3 people and confirmed that 50% off would still be valid despite not booking online. We arrived to find that our reservation had not been put down anywhere. However, the staff member available was very accommodating for us anyway. The interior of Gorilla was brilliant. Food came (2 burgers and Steak). It all looked, smelt and tasty lovely. Staff were always available should we need anything, and they were always very polite and friendly. The bill came, however 50% had not been taken off. I explained the situation to the staff member and happily validated the offer. Price wise it was very reasonable for the meal we had. I think I would only eat here again should there be any more offers (especially 50% off food). The standard price is a bit much for a lunchtime snack. Overall very nice and would definitely recommend coming here in January thanks to that 50% off deal! visited Gorilla on 16 Jan 2017
18 Jan 2017 by
4

Drinks are great. Service was a little slow and the food quite greasy when it did arrive. But 50% off food for booking online is fantastic. visited Gorilla on 16 Jan 2017
18 Jan 2017 by
3

Lovely food, very friendly service. I'd definitely go back! visited Gorilla on 15 Jan 2017
17 Jan 2017 by
5

Although the food took a long time to arrive at our table, the quality and servings were very good. The service staff was even better !! Personable and pleasant young lady! visited Gorilla on 15 Jan 2017
17 Jan 2017 by
4

We were going to the Palace Theatre and arrange to have lunch before the show, we were seated immediately, the waiter was very friendly and pleasant and looked after us well. We had various meals but the general opinion was that the food was very good, nothing fancy but extremely tasty and well presented. Would defo go again visited Gorilla on 14 Jan 2017
16 Jan 2017 by
5

I love this place, great food & lovely service. Will definitely be going back. visited Gorilla on 14 Jan 2017
16 Jan 2017 by
5

Food and service INCREDIBLE. Love the place. visited Gorilla on 14 Jan 2017
16 Jan 2017 by
5

Staff, food, ambiance all 2nd to non...... fab, fab, fab !!!! I had been before, my friend's first visit and she was delighted with everything too. We will both be back asap. Advise you book before you go, so you are not disappointed. visited Gorilla on 14 Jan 2017
16 Jan 2017 by
5

Tasty food, friendly stuff, a place with character - we had a good time. visited Gorilla on 14 Jan 2017
16 Jan 2017 by
4

The food was lovely and the staff were great. visited Gorilla on 13 Jan 2017
16 Jan 2017 by
5

Excellent venue and good choice of food. visited Gorilla on 13 Jan 2017
15 Jan 2017 by
5

Had a really lovely time. Accommodated all 13 of us very well. Staff very friendly and made the overall process easy, from booking To the night itself. Thankyou! visited Gorilla on 13 Jan 2017
15 Jan 2017 by
5

Fantastic place, food was brilliant, cocktails to die for and nice friendly waitress. Will definitely be back. Try the G&T cocktail 🍸 mandiesykes visited Gorilla on 13 Jan 2017
15 Jan 2017 by
5

Food and service were excellent. Steak was cooked perfectly rare and the hake was beautiful although the skin could've been crispier. We had a really lovely meal, thanks. visited Gorilla on 13 Jan 2017
15 Jan 2017 by
4

Went for birthday dinner on own unfortunately as friend had been unwell but thought would still go out anyway. Couldn't have been made to feel more welcome. Very nervous experience going out for dinner for one but the staff really looked after me. Couldn't have done more. Made to feel very welcome and not frowned upon for taking up a table to myself. Food was amazing service was excellent and atmosphere was really nice. Really recommend this place. Couldn't thank the staff more. Made my day. Thankyou. visited Gorilla on 12 Jan 2017
14 Jan 2017 by
5

Like the venue atmosphere and staff. Two steaks were ordered, one rare and the other medium. They were identical when they arrived and my knife wasn't sharp enough. However tasted great anyway so not an issue ultimately. Disappointed with the first bill which was full price when it should have been 50% off having booked the table online. Good job one of our party noticed after which the error was rectified. Notwithstanding our review we wouldn't hesitate to go again. visited Gorilla on 12 Jan 2017
14 Jan 2017 by
4

Food good, service good, seating comfy! visited Gorilla on 12 Jan 2017
14 Jan 2017 by
5

very happy with service and food, am a regular visitor and happy recommend Gorilla often to friends visited Gorilla on 11 Jan 2017
13 Jan 2017 by
4

Wow. Amazing food great atmosphere and I have to say the nicest and hardest working staff I've seen in any restaurant. Couldn't have been made to feel more welcome. Honestly well done guys food amazing. Definitely going again. Thankyou visited Gorilla on 10 Jan 2017
12 Jan 2017 by
5

Really lovely servers / wait staff visited Gorilla on 10 Jan 2017
12 Jan 2017 by
5

Good food, quick friendly service, great value, will go back visited Gorilla on 10 Jan 2017
12 Jan 2017 by
5

Really friendly staff and lovely food :) visited Gorilla on 10 Jan 2017
12 Jan 2017 by
5

Lovely staff, great atmosphere, delious food.. shame I was driving so couldn't take up the cocktail offer but will be back without the car visited Gorilla on 09 Jan 2017
11 Jan 2017 by
5

I never went. No-one responded despite my "e-booking", and leaving messages on the answering machine and with a member of staff. I tried to call on a number of occasions to chase, but the phone wasn't answered. I gave up in the end. visited Gorilla on 07 Jan 2017
09 Jan 2017 by
1

First visit to Gorilla , good food, good atmosphere , very pleasant staff. Don't seem to have any "down south" which is a pity visited Gorilla on 06 Jan 2017
09 Jan 2017 by
4

Diggy place, good food, tasty cocktails, friendly staff. visited Gorilla on 06 Jan 2017
08 Jan 2017 by
5

We had a great night :-) * Friendly staff * Well prepared and tasty food * Good value * Lovely atmosphere We look forward to returning :-) visited Gorilla on 06 Jan 2017
08 Jan 2017 by
4

Staff were very pleasant and hard working - great food and great service. Private room with no disturbances. Only one small point - bar shut a lot earlier than I anticipated, so my guests had to go elsewhere for the last hour or two. Not a major problem, but I would have liked to go a little longer visited Gorilla on 04 Jan 2017
06 Jan 2017 by
5

Noone welcomed us when we arrived and we just hung by the door for a while which was a shame but our waitress service was brilliant and the food was lovely. Shame there were no roasted parsnips despite them being on the menu visited Gorilla on 04 Jan 2017
06 Jan 2017 by
4

Good food (portions are a bit small though), easy on the salt next time but really friendly staff. overall would go again :) visited Gorilla on 02 Jan 2017
05 Jan 2017 by
3

It was a great way to see in the New Year, as always the staff were lovely! visited Gorilla on 31 Dec 2016
03 Jan 2017 by
5

Delicious food, friendly and efficient service from the staff. Very enjoyable night. visited Gorilla on 31 Dec 2016
02 Jan 2017 by
5

Splendid night out! Would go back in a heartbeat 💜 visited Gorilla on 31 Dec 2016
02 Jan 2017 by
5

Always excellant...keep up the good work...!!!!! visited Gorilla on 21 Dec 2016
02 Jan 2017 by
5

Great food, great atmosphere, lovely staff! visited Gorilla on 22 Dec 2016
30 Dec 2016 by
5

Love it always my favourite place, great atmosphere, great good and lovely staff visited Gorilla on 23 Dec 2016
27 Dec 2016 by
5

Always beautiful food.. Fantastic service, never disappointed visited Gorilla on 22 Dec 2016
24 Dec 2016 by
5

Both the staff and the food were fantastic. Couldn't have asked for anything more. Amazing venue. visited Gorilla on 21 Dec 2016
24 Dec 2016 by
5

Great service and wonderful food, will definitely book again. Really good veggie food!! visited Gorilla on 21 Dec 2016
24 Dec 2016 by
5

We chose Gorilla Restaurant in Manchester because on our first visit before our theatre show we were really looked after with excellent food and service and got to our show in good time. This time was for my wife's 60th birthday. She really enjoyed it, especially with the free range chicken, very tasty! Thanks so much for the bubbly and making it so personal. See you again soon. Love Mike and Rachel x visited Gorilla on 20 Dec 2016
23 Dec 2016 by
5

Had a great meal, Friendly staff, nothing was too much trouble...😃 visited Gorilla on 17 Dec 2016
22 Dec 2016 by
5

Excellent food great value and the staff were amazing. A member of staff asked my mum what her plans were for the day and she explained it was her 78 th birthday and I was talking her to the theatre to which after our meal they bought out cupcakes with candles on for her totally unaware to us. This kind of service doesn't go un noticed and we shall definitely return again and pass on our experience to friends and family.Thank you visited Gorilla on 20 Dec 2016
22 Dec 2016 by
5

It was a brilliant meal, as we were a big group and we were in a room where we could all mingle and hear each other around the table. We preordered which made it easier on the day however trying to get information about the menu and the way it all worked before hand was a bit tricky. One of the meals was forgotten but we were given a drink on the house to compensate. I would definitely recommend it. visited Gorilla on 17 Dec 2016
19 Dec 2016 by
4

Excellent service. Kind staff. Loved the chicken skewer starter. visited Gorilla on 17 Dec 2016
19 Dec 2016 by
5

Came for dinner with friends ahead of a concert. Great atmosphere and food was delicious (as were the cocktails). Only niggle (& reason for 4 stars not 5) is that our food took a while to come (it was heaving in there) and we ended up cancelling our desserts because we needed to leave. All in all we had a great time though and it remains one of my favourite places to eat this side of town. Alison visited Gorilla on 17 Dec 2016
19 Dec 2016 by
4

Nice venue and great to have a private room (the Studio). Good food from the 2-course Christmas menu. The staff were efficient and helpful throughout. Would definitely recommend for a company Christmas meal/party. visited Gorilla on 15 Dec 2016
19 Dec 2016 by
5

Faultless service, excellent food. Consistently brilliant visited Gorilla on 15 Dec 2016
18 Dec 2016 by
5

hi gorilla - we had a great time thank you - and thanks for bearing with our speeches.. really organised in planning and confirmation of meals / amounts etc and lovely food. the only comment I had from a diner was that they felt the cheeseboard didn't feel it should have been extra money ... they felt there were just 2 cheeses and it could have been part of the set menu price... Many thanks once again though! X Sue visited Gorilla on 14 Dec 2016
16 Dec 2016 by
4

Love this place - great for pre theatre food & drinks. Particular thanks to Amy who went out of her way to accommodate our party - very much appreciated! Emma x visited Gorilla on 05 Dec 2016
15 Dec 2016 by
5

Lovely Christmas dinner! Efficient email communication to sort out booking and special requests (vegan options) and fast and excellent service on the day. visited Gorilla on 13 Dec 2016
15 Dec 2016 by
4

The atmosphere was amazing. The food so good were coming back again with our partners. The only one tiny bug bear was that the dipping gravy on the christmas burger was just a bit thinner than we would have liked it to be. visited Gorilla on 13 Dec 2016
15 Dec 2016 by
5

Food is great but really bad communication between staff i asked if they could decorate a table for a birthday party 2 weeks before i rang x32 times and no answer when i got there they said someone knew of this but never resolved the matter or the decorations for the table, overall food is very nice and cosy atmosphere visited Gorilla on 12 Dec 2016
14 Dec 2016 by
3

Thanks for the great hospitality! The studio was perfect for our Christmas party. Thanks again, Chris Mattison visited Gorilla on 12 Dec 2016
14 Dec 2016 by
5

Amzing staff amazing venue amazing night! visited Gorilla on 10 Dec 2016
12 Dec 2016 by
5

Excellent venue with great staff visited Gorilla on 08 Dec 2016
12 Dec 2016 by
4

As always great food & great service. Perfect start to our evening visited Gorilla on 07 Dec 2016
09 Dec 2016 by
5

This is a difficult review to write so please bear with me. Me and my partner booked a table for 5.30pm on Saturday, it was very busy in Gorilla- our first time and was a pre theatre meal so we had to be gone by 7pm. We ordered quickly and was told the chicken main would take 30mins, we had no problem with that. However, the starters were still not with us by 6.30pm, I was about to enquire when a very polite, friendly and sincere waitress came and couldn't have apologised more, offering a free round of drinks, which we appreciated, then shortly after the starters arrived, though the chicken skewers were not cooked, raw on the inside, we were stressed over the time by now, I told another waitress and she was so polite again and apologetic, another waitress then came to apologise for such a disastrous evening and said that we would not have to pay a penny for the meal, the food was lovely when it came, yet if it hadn't have been for the sincerity of the lovely staff I'd have never eaten here again, but it was genuine, very busy and really tried to put things right so we will visit again visited Gorilla on 03 Dec 2016
06 Dec 2016 by
4

Really enjoyed my visit, and was perfect for what was needed (meeting 5 friends for a meet up, and a chat). The food was excellent. I'd like to give a special mention to the staff. They were brilliant, and a credit to Gorilla. Recommend highly! visited Gorilla on 03 Dec 2016
05 Dec 2016 by
5

They had run out of the following: steak, fish, chicken and hotdogs. It was only 6.30 when we arrived. We went there to eat. It was OK but I wouldn't book again. visited Gorilla on 03 Dec 2016
05 Dec 2016 by
1

Excellent food (and smoothies), great service, cool vibe. Loved it visited Gorilla on 03 Dec 2016
05 Dec 2016 by
5

Perfect venue for our wrap party. Great atmosphere in the Gin Parlour, food excellent and the events and bar staff were fabulous. We'll definitely return for future parties. visited Gorilla on 01 Dec 2016
05 Dec 2016 by
5

We had our office Christmas dinner at Gorilla. Overall we enjoyed the ambience of the place, and the food and drinks were also quite good. We got some extra side dishes with our Christmas dinner, and it was happy hour for cocktails, so we enjoyed that. Also they had reserved us a table in the upstairs area, and we had it to ourselves, so that was great for an office Christmas do. However, there were some issues with our booking that we were not happy about. We had booked for 6pm (in writing, and more than 2 months in advance), but the booking was made for 5:30 instead. I spotted the error 2 weeks before the booking and asked them to change it, which they said was fine, but then about 3 days before they emailed and said it couldn't be changed. Also, at 7:30 they told us that we needed to leave the table as they were closing the upstairs area. Considering we made our booking so far in advance, I really would have expected that they would be able to accommodate our time preferences, and not just change it just 3 days in advance. Also I would have liked to be told in advance that we would need to leave our table so early. visited Gorilla on 28 Nov 2016
30 Nov 2016 by
3

Enjoyed v v v v v v v v much init. visited Gorilla on 27 Nov 2016
29 Nov 2016 by
4

Charging extra for scrambled eggs instead of fried seems a bit tight but, apart from that, top notch. visited Gorilla on 26 Nov 2016
28 Nov 2016 by
4

Really delicious food, great service & atmosphere visited Gorilla on 26 Nov 2016
28 Nov 2016 by
5

Lovely food, lovely cocktails, cracking service. visited Gorilla on 25 Nov 2016
28 Nov 2016 by
4

Great food and drink with charismatic staff. Amazing gig with Anne-Marie and Dan Caplen. We enjoyed the evening that much we are keeping a look out for our next gig 😀 visited Gorilla on 25 Nov 2016
27 Nov 2016 by
5

We really enjoyed our visit, our only complaint was we were in a draught but the waitress did try to increase the temperature visited Gorilla on 24 Nov 2016
26 Nov 2016 by
3

Great food, great service, great place. visited Gorilla on 20 Nov 2016
22 Nov 2016 by
5

Great staff,very accommodating, food top notch despite no cauliflower cheese and chocolate brownies, wouldn't put us off a return visit ................ visited Gorilla on 20 Nov 2016
22 Nov 2016 by
4

Great atmosphere, good service and delicious food. Only room for improvement would be to increase portion sizes as far too small in everything but the Sunday roasts. visited Gorilla on 20 Nov 2016
22 Nov 2016 by
4

Absolutely amazing food! Friendly and welcoming staff, fast service and great music, defiantly will be returning and would highy recommend! visited Gorilla on 12 Nov 2016
17 Nov 2016 by
5

Great night, we arrived 20 minutes late but we were still able to keep our booking. Food was great and service was equally good. Much better than going up to the northern quarter which has become garbage!! visited Gorilla on 12 Nov 2016
14 Nov 2016 by
5

FIRST VISIT - LOVED BOTH VENUE AND BAND 'WHITBY' visited Gorilla on 08 Nov 2016
10 Nov 2016 by
5

Food,drinks,atmosphere and especially staff all great ! visited Gorilla on 05 Nov 2016
07 Nov 2016 by
5

Nice atmosphere, great service. However, my Rib eye steak was overpriced, at £19 it didn't even come with chips, I had to order them as a side. The steak was not the best quality I've ever had either , being gristlely . All in all? a tad expensive. visited Gorilla on 05 Nov 2016
07 Nov 2016 by
3

Food was fantastic as usual but the music was so loud it was pretty much impossible to have a conversation, we all left early with sore throats. A shame as Gorilla is one of my favourite places in Manchester. Still big love though. visited Gorilla on 04 Nov 2016
07 Nov 2016 by
4

We booked a table for four at 6pm on a Friday, so the bar was buzzing. Fortunately our table was in the quieter area to the left of the bar, so we didn't have to shout at each other. Starters, mains and desserts were very tasty and well cooked (wings, zucchini, halloumi, salmon, chicken and burgers). Our waitress (Hope) was lovely...very smiley, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. She is a definite asset to the place. The wine was reasonably priced for Manchester and the cocktails were only a fiver each - result! Gorilla is a very lively bar, especially at the weekend and there was a DJ on the night we went - so don't expect tinkling pianos, subdued lighting and suited-up waiters. The dining room (snug?) to the left of the bar is the best place to eat if you want conversation - or upstairs in the gin palace is also nice. The only (small) criticism I have, is that the tables are squeezed in too tightly and it's not easy to spread out and relax on the 'secondary school' chairs. Otherwise - a great night - followed by the amazing Lovely Eggs in the music venue behind!! visited Gorilla on 04 Nov 2016
06 Nov 2016 by
4

Great bar, fantastic cocktails. Just don't bother with the food...our order was 'lost' and we therefore waited 1hr15mins to receive our food. When it came it was distinctly average and a bit cold. Disappointing. We'll still go back but just for drinks and atmosphere. visited Gorilla on 03 Nov 2016
05 Nov 2016 by
3

Food was lovely, service excellent. The only negative was the music was far too loud in the eating area, especially for a Sunday afternoon. I appreciate it is also a bar but most people go out for dinner together in order to hold conversations. visited Gorilla on 30 Oct 2016
01 Nov 2016 by
4

Always have an amazing meal here! visited Gorilla on 30 Oct 2016
01 Nov 2016 by
5

I did not receive a confirmation email following on from the email that stated the request was received but not confirmed. I emailed to ask 48 hours later and rang about 10 times through the day - could not get through on the phone. I have no idea how a restaurant can be so uncontactable! Terrible service which resulted in a lot of stress having to find another place to eat on Saturday evening. visited Gorilla on 29 Oct 2016
31 Oct 2016 by
1

Great service and good food. Nice atmosphere and the perf visited Gorilla on 27 Oct 2016
29 Oct 2016 by
5

Hey,we've eaten our dinner in Gorilla on Thursday night, there was 4 of us, we've booked so the table was available for us which was great. The first round of drinks from ordering took about 15 minutes to arrive.. The second round took just as long.. Then we finally got to order our food and we've waited another 45 minutes for the food. There was a lot of waiting overall.. The staff are nice, polite, but they were rushing off their feet, sweating.. clearly seemed overwhelmed with how busy it was and how short of staff they were. Seems like you definitely need more waiters. The food overall was good however chips did come in cold. Overall we liked the place, the decor and vibe however the service was too slow. We were worried if our order was received, each time we felt like we needed to remind some other members of staff about our order as we didn't know if it was being processed. That's my honest review, hope it helps. visited Gorilla on 25 Oct 2016
28 Oct 2016 by
1

Great service and room to facilitate 20 odd friends for a birthday. visited Gorilla on 15 Oct 2016
27 Oct 2016 by
4

as always good customer service, pleasant and friendly staff and great food visited Gorilla on 23 Oct 2016
25 Oct 2016 by
4

Amazing atmosphere on a Sunday. visited Gorilla on 23 Oct 2016
25 Oct 2016 by
5

Sub standard this time. Gave sausages with glutton in to someone who is severely intolerant and who had asked the day before the visit and again on the day! our table was booked for 9am, it was gone 10 before some of us got our breakfast, mixed up 4 orders. Had 3 different members of staff dithering around asking what the orders were, the staff that had originally taken our orders, disappeared when they realized they messed up, leaving a 4th waitress of to try and sort it out and apologize to us. visited Gorilla on 22 Oct 2016
24 Oct 2016 by
1

Great service, friendly very helpful staff, lovely food and amazing cocktails !! Thank you we will be back ! visited Gorilla on 14 Oct 2016
17 Oct 2016 by
5

Great food and very helpful staff! visited Gorilla on 14 Oct 2016
16 Oct 2016 by
5

Outstanding venue excellent staff would recommend to anyone visited Gorilla on 14 Oct 2016
16 Oct 2016 by
5

Absolutely amazing as per usual visited Gorilla on 12 Oct 2016
14 Oct 2016 by
5

Good friendly service, delicious food and decent music. visited Gorilla on 09 Oct 2016
11 Oct 2016 by
4

Lovely Sunday roast served by friendly, attentive staff. visited Gorilla on 09 Oct 2016
11 Oct 2016 by
5

Sarah and her team at Gorilla hosted our post show party for the premiere of Giselle at the Palace Theatre - Manchester International Festival were very happy with the service and level of detail the team put in to making the party such a wonderful one for the Company of the English National Ballet. Everyone had a ball!
11 Oct 2016 by
5

Hi, A group of 10 of us went to Gorilla for lunch before the theatre on Saturday and had a splendid time. As always the service was exceptional from the person who greeted us at the door to the lovely staff who waited on our table with such warmth, courtesy and efficiency. The food was great and everyone enjoyed it. Thank you very much. wendymac visited Gorilla on 24 Sep 2016
26 Sep 2016 by
5

Walked past lots of times and decided to try after evening at HOME. A really pleasant surprise. Had one of the specials and didn't expect food this good from this venue. Would definitely recommend. clairebridgeman visited Gorilla on 15 Jun 2016
17 Jun 2016 by
5

Brilliant place had our meal there before a gig. Amazing food great place the staff in the restaurant very friendly. Staff at the gig helpfull and friendly . had an amazing night highly recommend. Alan visited Gorilla on 15 Jun 2016
17 Jun 2016 by
5

Great food, menu choice, service and cocktails to die for.... especially the espresso martinis!!! And for a fiver each, even better! Definitely will be making a return visit in the near future! samdhal visited Gorilla on 27 May 2016
30 May 2016 by
5

We booked in at the Gin Parlour recently with all our staff. The food was amazing, especially the Gorilla Dog and the Halloumi Burgers. Excellent cocktails and really friendly staff. I would definitely recommend the space for a staff do. thebinarybox visited Gorilla on 19 May 2016
24 May 2016 by
5

Gorilla great as always, staff always helpful and friendly food hot, well prepared, presented and tasty. Great selection of starters and mains. Lamb burger very nice indeed as was the Tuna special. stb4jab visited Gorilla on 11 May 2016
13 May 2016 by
5

Booked Gorilla's Gin Parlour for a 50 person work social. Was a great location for the event; good atmosphere and our own bar. Sarah, the lady I booked with was great and very accommodating considering we had to change the date of the event at short notice! We benefitted from the £5 cocktails at happy hour, and bar staff were good, We didn't see much of other staff, but that was because we had booked in advance and it was a private function. The room comfortable fit our party, but would be a squeeze for anymore. We ordered the £20 buffet which had a good variety and came out hot. The only thing I would say is we didn't feel the amount of food was worth what we paid, however that being said we were all full and didn't finish everything. I would definitely recommend for a private function and will be visiting again!
21 Apr 2016 by
4

First time at gorilla for food. We regularly go for drinks and decided to invite two of our friend along for food on Saturday night. Love the atmosphere of gorilla and really enjoy the food. However the staff were hard to get hold of and very forgetful, I had to ask twice for a rose and lemonde to recieve lemonade and then to ask again to recieve lemonade and lime to finally recieve my drink third time. Tasha0518 visited Gorilla on 02 Apr 2016
05 Apr 2016 by
3

We had dinner for 7 at 7pm it was lovely! Great menu and tasty cocktails. My only complaint was I asked for my lamb burger medium rare and it was well done. The house rose is definitely to be avoided. Megan88 visited Gorilla on 24 Mar 2016
26 Mar 2016 by
4

Here on Thursday at 5ish,quiet before then but then became busier due to cocktail offers no doubt. Food great and piping hot, pudding with custard to die for. Great start to the night!! stb4jab visited Gorilla on 24 Mar 2016
26 Mar 2016 by
5

Are here on Sunday, It wasn't very busy so the atmosphere was relaxing. The service was fast and friendly. The food arrived at a good time, presented well and tasted delicious!! The chocolate brownie was amazing, still craving it now! Would definitely recommend and will be returning!! chelseaharwood visited Gorilla on 17 Jan 2016
19 Jan 2016 by
5

Me and 3 friends went for Sunday dinner on the 6th Dec and it was the best I have had in Manchester. We then had dessert and this also was amazing, 2 of my friends have already booked again for next week. Staff cannot do enough for you and the atmosphere was great, cosy and relaxed. Definitely be coming again. Thanks. kelly_cakes visited Gorilla on 06 Dec 2015
08 Dec 2015 by
5

The food was amazing (the half chicken was actually the best chicken I've ever had), the service was fine (but not brilliant, hence the 4 stars not 5) and the atmosphere was fab. Great location too, directly opposite The Ritz where we were going later. allisonellaway visited Gorilla on 31 Oct 2015
04 Nov 2015 by
4

I was late but my friends were seated at a lovely table and the service / food were great. One star lost because I don't think you could come here for 3 courses...the menu choice is eclectic 😀 anniefrosty visited Gorilla on 14 Oct 2015
16 Oct 2015 by
4

Food awesome as ever - particularly the cheeseburger! We had made a booking, but our table wasn't ready when we arrived. First time something like this happens; and we got a table not 2 min later... Love it there! pau_dmn1 visited Gorilla on 17 Sep 2015
19 Sep 2015 by
4

Well I made a online booking request and no one got back to me....I have today received an email asking if I wanted to write about my experience..... sorry didn't even get chance to experience anything!!!! made another booking at another restaurant instead
14 Sep 2015 by
1
1 person people found this helpful

Thanks Gorilla for a great birthday party. We love your service, cocktails and delicious food so it was a joy to share it all that Gorilla goodness with our best friends
07 Sep 2015 by
5

Love, love, love this place. Perfect place for a bite to eat at lunch with friends. The Bacon butty is immense - the best ever and is huge like a door step!. Staff always really helpful. Would eat here every day if I could! :)
21 Aug 2015 by
5

Gorilla is one of the best places I have ever been to for Brunch and that is no exaggeration. The staff are fantastic, the food is unbelievably good and there is just a great atmosphere. Plus a bloody Mary Spice option of 1-10? Hell yeah! Can't recommend it enough.
11 Aug 2015 by
5

Excellent service and food for twenty of us for a birthday. Only flaw was that there was no vegetarian roast dinner by 4pm. Shame. They did a slight alternative which was greatly received. Kids were looked after too. Nothing too much trouble. Would highly recommend.
28 Jul 2015 by
4
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We booked to have food at Gorilla. The bar is nice and the drinks are good. However, we were really looking forward to the steak. Neither steaks were available that night. You would think on a Saturday night that they would be prepared. We then asked for the pork. They told us this would take 30 minutes to cook. So we were limited to the burgers. They were okay but were not steak.
20 Jul 2015 by
2

We booked the Gin Parlour for our wedding reception,we wanted a busy party atmosphere and that's exactly what we got!All the staff and managers we're amazing can't rate highly enough!
21 Jun 2015 by
5

I booked you for my boyfriends 30th birthday on Saturday and you were absolutely brilliant, so much so we came back on the Sunday for a drink and a snack! We couldn't have been more impressed with you your establishment, your staff are friendly & helpful and the service was fantastic. Food and drinks are the best we have had (we would like to steal the chef who is responsible for your chocolate chip brownie ha) & there is a great atmosphere, you certainly helped make his birthday meal a success, so thank you! We will definitely be back to see you :) Many thanks Becky
22 Dec 2014 by
5
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I organised the events well in advance. I found the organisation, communication with Gorilla very disappointing in the later stages. I was contacted on the wrong date to say that I had a reservation and they were waiting for me! On the day of our Christmas party, the service was very slow and the payment of the bill was a nightmare. They had forgotten to take of deposit off the bill. We were over charged for items we did not order. The manner in which it was dealt with was not the way I would expect the establishment to behave in. However, I have to compliment the catering staff for the great food. I have had great experiences at Gorilla but this soured things as it was our xmas team meal.
22 Dec 2014 by
3

Food at Gorilla were amazing! Especially the Eggs Benedict and Eggs Royale. Besides that, staff were friendly and patient too. Always a great place to come for brunch. Definitely would recommend anyone who comes to Manchester.
15 Dec 2014 by
5

Hired out the Studio for our works Christmas party. It was a great night, staff were in and out and we never felt ignored. We had drinks pre-ordered and they were brought in as and when we wanted them. We never had to ask where anything was and everything went without a hitch. I would definitely recommend it for a party and would go again.(You can also play your own music and hook it up to the speakers which I feel is a nice touch for the end of the night) Cheers Gorilla : )
15 Dec 2014 by
5

I had the most fabulous night celebrating my 30th Birthday at Gorilla with 20 of my good friends. Great food, catering for dietary requirements with ease and fabulous cocktails. Everyone commented on how cool the venue was, without feeling pretentious or try hard. The night was topped off with some fun dancing under the shiny ceilinged bar. Best night out in a v long time! Thanks Gorilla!
08 Dec 2014 by
5

I hired the Gin Parlour for a private party and not only did we have 5 star service from all the staff, (especially Steve who looked after us at the bar all night) But the buffet was also outstanding and well worth the money. I would highly recommend the gin parlour for any parties... the Monkey 47 gin went down a treat all night! Thank you all so much.
01 Dec 2014 by
5

Hired out the Studio for a party and ordered the buffet. While it was not the cheapest option available it was definitely a case of getting what I paid for. The management were efficient and helpful at sorting out my booking and were always able to answer any questions I had. On the night the staff were really helpful, directing people to the side room as they arrived, answering my technical questions and ensuring we were having a good time. The buffet was really good, well worth what we paid for it - everyone was very complimentary about the food. The Studio was the perfect size and the sound system was great. I would highly recommend this place for parties and other events.
03 Nov 2014 by
5

Great night, lovely atmosphere and delicious food. The offer on cocktails was brilliant especially given it was a Saturday night. Our waitress was fantastic, really friendly and helpful. Great service.
13 Oct 2014 by
5

Always great "posh bar food" and really friendly service, one of mannchester a truly great bars! Dining upstairs is a delight, the decor brilliant and the food is great. The deluxe chips divide opinion but I absolutely love them, the beef shin, lamb burger, chicken kebab and the gorilla dog are all fantastic for meat lovers; while there's enough on the menu to keep vegans and veggies occupied for many visits. Sarah the booking manager is also worth mention, very helpful and accommodating! :)
07 Oct 2014 by
5

Brilliant as ever. Lovely atmosphere – especially in upstairs seating area, very good food, excellent cocktails and great service from the hostess/waitress who looks after everyone upstairs. Thanks for another great night!
04 Oct 2014 by
5

Great place! Food was amazing! Deluxe chips were delish! Cocktails too. Think they need more staff making cocktails as we had to wait ages. I will definitely return, maybe try out the club? You won't be disappointed with this place, book a table now
04 Oct 2014 by
5

Love the food here. Great choice for veggies / vegans as well. Can be a bit of a nightmare if you can't find anywhere to sit so worth getting in early at the weekends. Perfect that they have a club attached as well if you decide to put on your dancing shoes :)
24 Dec 2013 by
5

Love this place! Amazing food - the burger is the best! The bar looks like the sort of place you'd find in New York. Go here for cocktails & raucus fun after work. its packed whenever i've been. espresso martinis all the way!
16 Aug 2013 by
5

one of the sickest venues manchester has to offer at the moment.. main room bangin, food hall bangin, club vibe BANGIN!... defiantly something worth check out.. x
10 Jun 2013 by
5

Food is seriously good. Just wanna live here so I can eat their burgers over and over again!
09 May 2013 by
4

Went to a club night for a mate's 21st; had never been before so wasn't sure but fab once we got in. Cheap drinks prices. Great music and a huge space. Definitely recommended!
22 Feb 2013 by
4
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I absolutely love Gorilla. Great variety of drinks and their Gin Parlour is amazing. Came on a club night and it was such a good crowd. Had to que for a little bit but wasnt too long and worth it!
18 Feb 2013 by
4

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