Manhattans

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
  • Special Occasion
Over several decades, manhattans pizza bistro ● music club has matured into one of Guelph’s foremost culinary establishments. Just as the city itself has flourished into a vibrant, expanding community, Manhattans has also changed with the times. Having undergone a number of phases, our distinctive history tells the story.
Executive: Chef Kyle Smith
Sous Chef: Alex Quintieri
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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and a good selection. I was torn about my choice and I have decided that just going back for a different meal is good enough an excuse. To be fair, the main reason that I was there at all was that Steve Koven was playing. However, if I am looking for an excellent meal, and I feel like the drive, I will be at Manhattans. The serving staff was well informed and attentive without being intrusive.

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CM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Impossible noisy. No service. We left after waiting for 25 minutes without having even been served a drink.

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f
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere. Unfortunately service has taken a nosedive in the last year.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent first visit. Food, ambiance & staff lovely. Had a very enjoyable meal & experience. LOVED the live music! Will recommend to others & hope to visit again soon.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Far too loud to have a conversation when the music starts. If that doesn't bother you it should be ok. Would I recommend it? Depends on what you want. Certainly not if you want a nice relaxing unrushed dinner with someone special. If you want no noise you have to show up at 6 BUT when you are seated at 6 you have 1.5 hrs to eat and leave because they do a second reservation on your table. So I was not happy with MY experience and would not return

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A
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great experience at Manhattans celebrating my university graduation. The new owners were very friendly and both came to our table to talk with us! You truly won't get better hospitality at any chain restaurant. Food was delicious. Would recommend to anyone!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Maria & Darren are FANTASTIC hosts!!!

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JT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Doug was fabulous. The food was amazing as usual! Love the ambiance!

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TD
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great entertainment, great atmosphere, great food.
Unique experience.
No cover charge for live entertainment!

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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience start to finish - the music, food, and staff were all incredible

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D
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

New owners. Warmly greeted. Service needs some attention. Food still great.

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l
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance, service, food and experience was wonderful as always. There is a new seasonal menu which offers some terrific options, as well as a top notch servers and bartenders and a great wine list. Add live jazz music and a busy fun atmosphere that you can still carry on a conversation in; what's not to love.

We are devoted fans of Manhattans. New owners Darren and Maria are a treat and are very passionate about the business, the food and their clients.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Manhattans is our regular ‘go to’ date night spot when my husband & I desire adult time. All staff are extremely personable & we receive only the best attention to detail on every level. Given the severity & volume of food allergies I have, the chef never fails to ensure my meal needs are always met & there is never any chance of cross contamination. All staff make it a priority to ensure every aspect of the evening is met above the guests satisfaction.

As the Director of Service Operations & a ‘secret shopper’ for SirCorp for several years, I have high Service standards & expectations of the establishments I frequent & Manhattans never falls short of excellence!

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PR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great ambiance
Great food
Great Live entertainment

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L
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A really quaint interior! The pizza is delicious - a super thin crust that offers the perfect amount of crisp. Our waitress was really great, brought us some wine samplers when we weren't sure which red to choose. Overall, one of my favourite spots in Guelph.

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EJ
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Server was not great, didn’t bring bread and dip, took my empty wine glass and didn’t ask if I wanted another glass, didn’t offer dessert. Otherwise we love Manhattans!

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RR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had mussels for appetizer and that was the star of our dining experience!!
The Lamb saddle meal was cooked to perfection, but could use some greens on the plate.
The striploin was also done the way we asked for, the onion topping was a little over done.....still delicious!

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SN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome! Great jazzy piano and great food. The kind of experience you get in Toronto.

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CR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience, a gem in Guelph!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

We frequent Manhattans, but since changing the menu it just isn't the same. We miss the beef carpaccio and build your own pizza. There are only a few pizzas to choose from now. We used to like some of the main course options, but none of them are that good anymore. We were just there and now the pizza dough has even changed. It no longer has herbs in it and it wasn't the same consistency. We always loved the pizza before.
We do really enjoy the service. We seem to have the same crew each time we go and they are extremely attentive and friendly. I hope the new summer menu is better. Please try any bring back the old dough recipe.

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P
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was our first time it will not be our last even it's just for a drink at the bar...however it will be hard to just order a drink as the food is 5 star in taste and presentation. A definate place for us to visit again

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MB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal. Only slight little thing was that our table was wobbly! We put a napkin under it and that helped! So minor - as the rest of the evening was great!

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Really cute place! Loved the live piano!

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RS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance with service to match. The food was well presented and the taste...AMAZING! The musicians made the experience even more enjoyable. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed our evening. Food, drink, service, live entertainment ...all was excellent!
Very accommodating and worth a visit.

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JC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We’ve been to Manhattans many times in the past but this was our first visit since the restaurant changed ownership. Any fears that we had about how things would have changed were quickly allayed: Manhattans is just as good as it’s always been. It’s true that the menu has shrunk slightly but that’s not a bad thing in my opinion as it was a little sprawling before. Food and service were both excellent and the new owners came around and chatted with each table. We’ll definitely be back.

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JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quality and quantity of food is excellent! Add the live Jazz music and great service and you cannot beat this restaurant! Local owned with owners on site most nights and a very friendly and attentive team that know their products extremely well.

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KW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never a disappointment! Always terrific food, atmosphere and service.

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KC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Manhattans is s lovely upscale restaurant with great food, nice jazz music and awesome service.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

The food is excellent. The service was very poor. I will be contacting the restaurant to discuss my concerns.

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H
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The wait staff was very attentive to our table's needs. The wine was perfect. The food was very good. I miss the roasted garlic bulb platter though. Wish it hadn't been taken off the menu - it was one of the reasons I come back often to eat here.

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SG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Want to start by saying I have been going here for years. I used to love it, but I don’t know if new ownership has taken over or what happened. Menu prices have gone up and food quality down, we had 4 different servers throughout our dinner which just ended up leading to confusion when it came time to pay. The worst part, not even 5 minutes after paying our bill we were asked to move to the bar if we weren’t ready to leave because there was a “line” at the door. There were multiple open tables at this point and only one group of four waiting for a table. I guess they had them reserved to take our table and couldn’t stray and move them to one of the open tables for 4 that were readily available. I have served for many years and we would NEVER ask a table to leave or move, let alone one who has paid their bill just minutes before. SO SO disappointed, I loved this place.

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SD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing live music! Quiet enough that we could still chat but good enough that we often just sat and listened.

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RW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We have always enjoyed Manhattans in the past and we were sadly disappointed this time. The menu changed and our favourite dishes were unavailable. Our favourite dessert, still available was not as good as it had been at all in the past. We are unsure if we will return due to the disappointment with the food. However the entertainment and ambience remained the same. It was truly the food that disappointed us but we did enjoy the service.

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AT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing!!! Great service, great food, great drinks, great music! Our server was lovely, all of my friends loved their drinks and food. Southbound Soul was outstanding!! Love the live music, Lauren Roy and her trio killed it!

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T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It’s not amazing Italian food but thin crust pizza is good

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AL
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed my experience at Manhattan’s - the food, service and ambiance was great!

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TR
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The restaurant was very busy the evening we went. The problem was that there was insufficient staff to properly cater to the guests. Service was extremely slow but the worst part was the way the meals came to our table. Two of us received our main course about 10 minutes before the other two which made for a poor dining experience.

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MP
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful place for enjoying great food and drinks. It is one of the very few places where you can enjoy excellent entertainment while dining. No exact cover charge but most people gladly make a contribution to the tip jar when they exit.

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m
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were very pleased with our experience at Manhattans. The food was excellent and the service was great.
Cara Matthews was fantastic and I will definitely be back to see her again

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