Island Vibe Bar & Restaurant

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138 Reviews
£25 and under
Caribbean
Contemporary Caribbean with dishes inspired by the flavours of the islands to serve you Caribbean Cuisine with a twist.
We have vegetarian and vegan options and we also have a kids menu.
Lunchtime offers a choice of dining or bar menu
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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing lovely waitress and stunning vibe

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for by 20th birthday lunch and was recognised by staff as a Returning customer, we were incredibly well looked after and there was even a cake and shot on the house!

I can't recommend the bar enough but more than that I would recommend becoming a returning customer to anyone because the staff are just so friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The customer service is excellent, we were looked after and served quickly. Food came to the table in good time. Overall we had a lovely meal and drinks with an amazing Island Vibe 🏝☀️🍹🍽

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was beautiful and a lovely vibe with great music will definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was booked for 19:00 and we were greeted and diligently looked after by staff. Staff were friendly, smiley and polite. Chefs made excellent food from starter through to dessert, great plating, presentation and quality of food. All round good evening. We were able to conduct business discussion with no distractions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Based on the fact two of my friends had an upset stomach the following day can not recommend this place. I should have stepped in and said don’t eat from the smell of the food and left

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service staff friendly and attentive
Food is amazing crispy prawn starter are a must
Cocktails are yummy
Will be back 👍🏼

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Nena0
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall it was very good we enjoyed it and will return there again.

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NickyJ
Manchester
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I booked a table for two for the 1st date night with my girlfriend after lockdown. The table was grabbed from inside, put down n cleaned but we were seated right the entrance! Not very romantic! I had a word n we were moved accordingly n from that point everything was fine.

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ShelbyE
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really nice as well as the cocktails and friendly staff

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CoraG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

There was no outdoor heating and it was raining heavily so I went next door to North Star cafe instead
No hot drinks also only food and cold drinks

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Kayrod123
Manchester
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

When we visited this restaurant it was absolutely shocking! When we arrived we were the only ones so we’re seated to a table. Food and drink menus were never given to us so we had to ask for them. We then ordered food and drinks after 15 minutes of being there. Food arrived around 30 minutes later however drinks had still not arrived. The waitress came over to tell us that the bar tender hadn’t turned up just before our food had arrived and pretty much laughed in our face. 5 minutes later she came back and said he still hadn’t shown up but the owner had said he was willing to make our cocktails( ordered a pornstar martini, a mojto and a corona beer). We seen at the bar that the owner was in fact training another guy and that’s why our drinks had taken over an hour to come. The drinks eventually came after we’d finished our food and our plates were cleaned up. We weren’t even offered soft drinks on the house to eat with our food. The waitress and owner had no people skills. We won’t be coming back here ! If they’d had just been honest from the start and said they were doing some training then it wouldn’t have been a problem. Spent £50 to sit there and down our drinks after the food!

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ClaireP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was excellent however as the restaurant got busier, the service was poor. We were originally sat on an end table that seemed to have just been shoved on the end of a long table, with minimal room to move. We did ask to be moved and were moved straight away.
We waited at least 10 minutes for drinks, and the 2 tables close to us were waiting over 20 minutes for cocktails as the barman had gone for a break

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LauraM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Lovely set of staff, good location and with a canopy and heaters on as we was seated outside. Great music and great atmosphere. Although the food was warm when delivered to us, it took a very very long time, as well as drinks. Me and my friend wanted our starter and main to arrive at the same time including drinks, but had finished our starter by the time we received our drinks, finished our drinks and waited more before we received our main which put us off wanting to order dessert, our last set of drinks took a very long time that we were able to change our minds 3 times before we received it. Overall it was a lovely experience, just needed to be quicker with table service!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were ace! Service was really good snd the food was excellent. We had the seafood curry snd jerk chicken. Amazing would definitely go there again!

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic bar with a great atmosphere and some of the friendliest staff in Manchester. The food was fantastic and quite unlike what I've had elsewhere!

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Anon
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Second time i went there, my food was cold asked for it to be made hot and it came back luke warm. Portion was a lot smaller from the previous time i was there. It took over 40 minutes to get a drink. The waitress was lovely but stressed as many people were complaining but it was not her fault. Was not impressed at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Customer service wasn’t the best, we had to wait long time to be welcomed, and we waited long time to place an order, without being informed what is not available from the menu, only to find out that what we wanted couldn’t be served. Our drinks took ages to be served and they were mixed up, with order fulfilled incorrectly so we had to wait again for another drink to arrive.
Grilled prawns for a starter were delicious.

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KatherineN
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, lovely atmosphere & good service!

I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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KaraLuanG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food and very reasonably priced, we had a great night and already booked to return in May - thank you x

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MeganJ
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! Lovely cocktails And! And a great atmosphere! It's so nice to go out again for dinner and drinks!

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Lucy
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Very busy and loud. Staff not wearing face masks. Very slow service and items missing from order. One drink round never arrived. Very friendly apologetic staff, I think they had bitten off more than they could chew.

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davidb
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked a table but could not get a seat. Nor could the three tables in front of us waiting in the cue. After waiting for 45 mins the other parties gave up. We did to and went next door who could manage table bookings. No idea what the food is like but the service us pretty bad. It was organised chaos.

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SamJ
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Really poorly organised and nobody in charge. I had a table booked for 6 people, a group in front and a group behind us all had tables booked too. Because the restaurant was full and nobody was leaving, our tables were not available for us. The girls in front had been waiting 15 mins by the time we got there. After about 15 mins of waiting outselves I had a word with the manager who up until this point had pretended the problem didn’t exist.

The manager told me that people were not leaving and he could not force them to leave, so we must wait until they decide to leave. I asked him what is the point of booking a table for a specified time if we have to wait in a queue until a table came available. He had no response. There was genuinely an elderly man sitting in the restaurant occupying a table of 4 reading a newspaper with a slither of his pint left while this was going on. The manager would not compel him to leave to make room for us 3 groups despite our bookings. There was also an instance where the manager told a table to leave, they proceeded to buy another bottle of wine, and they were allowed to stay. We ended up going next door to a place called North Star Delicatessen, as did the group behind us. That place was spot on, and saved our Friday night.

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JamesB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was great. Loved it. Place was chaotic and slow. Our order took half an hour for some one to come take it and then they lost it so had to wait another hour for food. There were lots of people waiting on tables that they simply couldn't clear fast enough. No doubt there was some teething issues getting back in to the swing of things. They could do with more staff because they are loosing money with all the delays and slow service.

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Sunny
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little place, waiters were so nice and they had some great cocktails. Had a really good time here with some friends would reccomend :)

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UmmarA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prawns and Mac and cheese were amazing would go back anytime.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great food and great drinks. Wonderful island vibes and friendly staff. The staff were super friendly but the service was slow

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Jacq
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely brunch at Island Vibe with my daughter in law and grandson, great food, service was also great and the staff were lovely. Will defo book for an evening meal with the hubby.

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Roberta
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Service from the staff was brilliant, the food was ok. The outside heater wasn't working, and it was quite cold.

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Charlotte
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks, very nice staff! Will definitely be returning

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Sally
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was just excellent and staff were friendly and service was very good
would recommend and definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was decent but the waitress was rude and seemed like she hated her job. The menu shown on open table was totally different from what was on show. The menu was limited and had loads of main dishes missing such as jerk chicken and lamb tagine. The food was quite pricey for what you get but it did taste quite nice.

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Imani
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived for our booking at 1pm, we waited 20 minutes before ordering drinks, we had to ask for the food menus which were dirty reused paper menus and by 2pm we had still not received our drinks nor had our food order taken. There was only 7 tables and there were tables who had came in after us who had been looked after and it felt like we were being avoided. No eye contact from the waitress. We ended up leaving the restaurant as we were hungry and went to the restaurant next door instead. The waitress saw us leave and said nothing. Really disappointed as we were looking forward to our first meal since restrictions easing.

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Foodies
Manchester
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

It was our 1st time at Island Vibe Restaurant. (Five of us). Needless to say I will NEVER return to this restaurant. The service we received was absolutely deplorable and worse still, this poor standard mainly came from the manager of this restaurant!!

Our table was booked for 8pm. We got there at 8.07pm. We waited for nearly 5 mins for anyone to even acknowledge us and in the end I had to get someone's attention to see to us.

Manager came to us at 8.12 to tell us a table leaving which we will get.
8.24 - still no table. Having gone back to the manager she suggested we wait inside until table free. 8.35 - seated inside. We weren't asked to wear masks inside or sanitise and noone else was wearing masks inside as were none of the staff.

Drinks ordered 8.45. We asked if complimentary. Manager denied this stating you have a table now and your indoors and only waited 20 mins. I reiterated. We cannot eat at the table and waiting over 30 mins and technically still no table. Asked if anything she could offer - abruptly told no and that we were ready to leave anyway.

Outside table ready 8.55. Drinks came 25 minutes after ordered (after asking twice). Waitress spilt a drink on friends dress and coat. 2 out of the 5 starters were no longer available. As the other starter I wanted was also not available, I didn't order anything else so didn't eat anything. So 2 out of the party of 5 didn't eat.

When we got the bill at the end, it was incorrect as they left 3 items on, 1 we cancelled and 2 they couldn't fulfill.

VERY poor customer service skills from the manager of all people, who expects customers to spend money at their restaurant. It is one of the worst experiences I've had and made worse by the manager who did not apologise at any point for us having to wait for 50 minutes for our outside table.

I can't even comment on the food as I didn't eat anything. The rum bellini was strong and nice. I only had one drink due to my utter disappointment.

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GraceQ
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Great atmosphere, friendly staff. and nice venue but they forgot about our drinks order and it took 30 mins for us to get them. Drinks finally came out after the food. They also got the food order wrong but we had waited so long we ate it anyway. We were a party of 4.

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Deeeec
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Obviously the bar are only just finding their feet having recently opened their outside area, so there was a little confusion with a few drinks/a bit of a long wait but the actual attitude and friendliness of the staff was top level and the food was superb.

Myself and my friends will definitely be back for that alone, big up.

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Jmhk74
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booking system didn’t work so left without a booking for the evening

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

A rowdy group of men (in a larger group than allowed) were not being kept under control by the staff. Might be just the one unfortunate time but it was still disappointing. Also there wasn’t one beer available on tap.

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JamesR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely the worst service ever had received. Had to leave early before even getting our first order. Terrible.

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Island Vibe Bar & Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Island Vibe Bar & Restaurant is rated 4 stars by 138 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.