Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecôte

a true Parisian Eatery comes to King Street Manchester and I for one can't wait.

By Lee Isherwood | 9 February 2012

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Manchester’s climate may not be conducive to the al fresco dining culture of our continental neighbours in Paris but that doesn’t mean a traditional and fabulous French culinary experience cannot be enjoyed in our very own city. Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte, the epitome of French charm and a true Parisian bistro in style, is set to open on King Street in Spring 2012.When Monsieur Gineste de Saurs founded the original Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte in Paris 52 years ago, little did he know that his Parisian eatery would be replicated in London, New York and now Manchester.This convivial restaurant boasts a unique dining experience in that there is no menu and a no reservations policy. Diners are invited to come and enjoy one simple dish – a green salad starter tossed with mustard vinaigrette and sprinkled with walnuts, followed by the restaurant’s signature steak-frites, with an accompanying secret sauce.

The steak, which is cooked blue/rare/medium or well done, is brought to the table in two stages (with one half held back to keep it warm) so it can be enjoyed at its best and is served with more freshly prepared frites, hand chipped in-house to the identical dimensions as those in Paris. A small selection of hand-picked wines accompany the meal and there is a selection of cheeses and a dessert list with profiteroles, meringue and other ice cream confections, all freshly made on the premises.

Customers can be in and out within the hour – perfect for lunch time diners – and although you might find a queue at busier times, the queue never lasts long and is all part of the restaurant’s unique dining experience.

The interior echoes every aspect of the original Paris venue, with the same classic French brasserie interior including banquette seating, cheerful paintings of Venetian market scenes, closely spaced wooden tables covered in colourful cloths and topped with white paper, mirrored walls and low lighting.

The menu (the salad and steak-frites) has a fixed price of £21 which includes VAT.

With a simple offering, prompt service and informal atmosphere, Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte is an ideal place to enjoy a quick, inexpensive and quality meal with friends, family and colleagues.


The key to the success of Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte is the quality of the ingredients and the great care that is taken in its consistent preparation and service. The steaks are carefully sourced from British suppliers specialising in grass fed, traditionally matured beef reared by farmers who care about their animals. The meat is aged for a minimum of four weeks before cooking.




84-86 King Street, Manchester, M2 4WQ

Opening Hours:

Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10.45pm

Lunch:  12pm – 2.45pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10.45pm

Lunch: 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.45pm

Lunch: 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm –10.30pm


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