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2 Waterside Plaza, Sale M33 7BS, England
+44 161 962 6666
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I'll start on the positive. The New Zealand waitress was excellent. Friendly, chatty and efficient. The food so, so poor. I can honestly say I've never seen or eaten such a poor standard of food. We sent back the risotto and the manager informed me that it was supposed to be sloppy???? The wild boar pasta dish consisted of 5,... More 

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Thank dm2161
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Phoned at 6.20 to book a table and was told nothing was available until 7.30 so booked a table for 4 at 7.30. Turned up to the restaurant to be told that they had no record of our booking so obviously complained as we had two very hungry children with us and had already put of eating by an hour.... More 

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Thank Maria D
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to eat was not to busy went early afternoon Sunday before to rush so service was good parking just around the corner to.also a kids menu

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Thank Denis B
Rossendale, United Kingdom
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35 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited a weekday evening quite early so the atmosphere was a little chilly, though staff were friendly and the decor modern. We hadn't booked and were shown to a nice comfy sofa'd raised table. Food was very tasty and waitress happily arranged for a doggy box so I could take out what I couldn't finish. Nice selection of cocktails too!... More 

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Thank Sue L
Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Slow service, staff blamed it on the fact we'd walked in not booked, yet restaurant 1/4 full. Poor attitude & had to recheck order twice. Child's dessert portion of fruit was ONE strawberry cut into 4, and 2 blueberries over squirts cream,& manager hasn't had the courtesy to reply to our email. Very disappointing again.

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Thank Rachybaby6031
Manchester
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75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Took my son and 5 of his friends for a birthday meal before the theatre. Had a really good experience despite the fact it was very busy. Reasonably priced with good staff/service and nice food.Not haute cuisine but much better than average. Makes a welcome change from Pizza Express.

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Thank Cheshie
South Shields, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Decent menu. Good wine and friendly staff. I really enjoyed my pasta dish. Will definitely go back again next time I am in Sale.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

I've visited VAO a number of times over the years and I've never been disappointed. The food is always great.. my personal favourite is the rib starter and duck pizza. On top of this the service is always very friendly and the staff are helpful. Looking forward to returning for another lovely meal soon.

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Thank Sophie S
VAO_SALE, General Manager at Vao, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your great review Sophie, we look forward to your next visit! Kind Regards Team VAO. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

My cousin got married here on New Year's Eve, great venue & they couldn't do enough for them. I know she was very happy with the whole process or organising and the night capped off the wedding brilliantly. Food was a mini menu and was really good, taster board to start so you get a proper feel for the menu... More 

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Thank Michael H
VAO_SALE, General Manager at Vao, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your fantastic review. it was a pleasure to host the Moore wedding and we are glad to hear that the event was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We hope to see you again in the near future! Team VAO. More 

Sale, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Our daughters wedding was held there on New Years eve and everything went perfectly. Despite have a larger than expected number to sit down (175!) we were all served with out choice of meal, on time and cooked to perfection. A larger number came at night and the atmosphere just got better. A fabulous location for a private party.

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Thank martinfwhyte
VAO_SALE, General Manager at Vao, responded to this review

Huge thanks for such a great review, we had a lot of fun hosting the wedding for you and your family! We hope to welcome you all again in future for another large celebration. Many thanks, Team VAO. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, View, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Waterside Plaza, Sale M33 7BS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Sale
  • Phone Number: +44 161 962 6666
Description
VAO is a stylish a la carte restaurant in Sale delivering high standards of classic and seasonal dishes, coupled with attentive service in desirable, contemporary surroundings with affordable customer value in mind. Indoor and both covered and uncovered 'al-fresco' dining are available at our bustling waterside location.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?