Best restaurants in Manchester

Looking for a great restaurant in Manchester? We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to. Manchester is bursting with fantastic restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes, so whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re bound to find a restaurant you love in our round-up of the best restaurants in Manchester below.

Updated on 30 September 2019

With its world-famous football teams, rejuvenated central district and a glut of fantastic Indian restaurants on its aptly named ‘curry mile’, Manchester has more than earned its place as England’s Second City. The restaurant scene is swiftly catching up with outstanding venues opening all the time to join the myriad fine and casual dining restaurants that make the city such a cosmopolitan place to eat out.

We’ve picked our favourite restaurants in Manchester and compiled them all in the handy list below to make it easier for you to choose one (or two, or ten) to try. Most are recipients of our coveted Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, so you can rest assured that these really are the best restaurants Manchester has to offer, with more being added all the time. Click on each restaurant to read more and book online.

Second Floor Bar and Brasserie

Second Floor Bar and Brasserie

Harvey Nichols, 21 New Cathedral Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 1AD

Expansive views of Exchange Square and all-day dining make this Harvey Nics restaurant a solid choice for shoppers in particular. Whether you’re stopping for a light lunch (with or without the kids), afternoon tea or a relaxed evening meal, there’s something for everyone on the European style brasserie menu.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Mughli

Mughli

30 Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M14 5TQ

Street-inspired comfort food is the order of the day at this popular Curry Mile Indian restaurant, and it certainly delivers. Snacks such as pau bhaji, pani puri and skewers seared over the charcoal pit are the warm-up act for mains like dum biriyani and dhal makhni that promise intense flavours. There are plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, plus a drinks menu that includes ‘twisted cocktails’ and a selection of gins.

Indian
20 Stories

20 Stories

No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3EB

Occupying a 19th-floor rooftop, 20 Stories is the first Manchester project from D&D London. The glamorous restaurant and casual grill offer distinct menus, with a cocktail bar and roof terrace boasting 360-degree views. Luxury ingredients feature on the restaurant menu where squab pigeon with cherries might precede John Dory with foamy langoustine velouté. A stunning venue, with service to match.

£30 - £49
British
Adam Reid at The French

Adam Reid at The French

The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 2DS

Since taking over from Simon Rogan, Adam Reid has kept The French at the top of Manchester’s restaurant tree. Though the decor within The Midland’s grand dining room remains opulent, the vibe now feels less formal – but the food continues to impress. Thrilling encounters have ranged from tempura-style sprouting broccoli dipped into oozing Tunworth cheese with truffle shavings, to a superb dish of heather-smoked duck and preserved-cherry sauce.

Over £80
British
El Gato Negro

El Gato Negro

52 King Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 4LY

Chef-patron Simon Shaw has relaunched this stylish tapas bar-restaurant in a historic three-storey building, where floor-to-ceiling windows and an open kitchen grace the first-floor dining room. Here you’re treated to top-flight charcuterie, cheeses and a cavalcade of flawless plates: ‘hot and cold’ sugar-cured mackerel with salt-baked celeriac and grapefruit salad, say, or onglet steaks from the Josper. Make sure to visit the Black Cat upstairs, a beautiful cocktail bar with a retractable roof.

Under £30
Tapas
Australasia

Australasia

1 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3AP

Ideal for special occasion lunches and dinners, this stylish subterranean restaurant and buzzy bar exudes luxury. Bathed in the natural tones of the Pacific coastline, Australasia sets a tranquil scene for drinking and dining, whether you choose to nibble on small plates while sampling the interactive wine and cocktails menu or opt for a full-on meal. Prices are high, but the beautifully-presented dishes justify the expense.

£30 - £49
Lunya - Manchester

Lunya - Manchester

Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 2BB

Spread over two floors with a deli and bar on the ground floor and restaurant and kitchen on the first floor, Lunya is a true taste of Spain in the heart of Manchester. This Catalan restaurant has a variety of Spanish produce on offer, including hams on the bone, over 40 Spanish cheeses and the UK’s largest array of Spanish gins, beers, wines and spirits.

Under £30
Spanish
Hispi

Hispi

1c School Lane, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 6RD

The Didsbury bistro of barnstorming chef Gary Usher has a relaxed, homely feel. It’s a convivial place for sampling the confident, concise menu – perhaps starting with char-grilled duck hearts with green sauce and brioche. Pan-roasted lamb rump with braised celery and pearl barley might follow, though vegetarians do well too (char-grilled Tenderstem broccoli with swede and walnut vinaigrette, say). Superb-value lunch and early-evening offers also attract locals.

£30 - £49
British
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Kala

Kala

55 King Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 7AT

Like Chef Gary Usher’s other restaurants, Kala was crowdfunded, and we’re very glad it was. Homely yet high-end, this smart restaurant on King Street offers up superb modern European fare at fair prices along with a wine list that includes plenty by-the-glass options. Don’t miss out on dessert, which promises to be exceptional.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Hawksmoor Manchester

Hawksmoor Manchester

184-186 Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3WB

You know the Hawksmoor drill: great steaks, banging cocktails and the epic dessert that mustn’t be called a giant Ferrero Rocher. The dining space is in several cosy sections thanks to the layout of the old courthouse. A separate bar is ideal for pre-prandial sips. To eat, start with gooey bone marrow or plump scallops with tarragon and garlic. Friendly staff then explain the steak cuts; if you’re hungry choose the 1kg chateaubriand.

£50 - £79
Steak
British
Mr Cooper

Mr Cooper's

The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 2DS

An international brasserie housed within the historic Midland Hotel, Mr Cooper’s is all about good food, cooked with flair and imagination. The interior is a little stark, but dishes are made with the very best ingredients, including home-grown seasonal produce and cuts of meat carved by Manchester’s only in-house butcher.

£30 - £49
International
Ibérica Manchester

Ibérica Manchester

14-15 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3HF

Always a safe bet, Ibérica provides comfortable and pretty surroundings and plenty of choice for tapas enthusiasts. Set menus and sharing dishes, including various paellas, are ideal for groups, and drinks cover the spectrum of Spanish tipples from beer, cider and sangria to spirits, countless sherries and cava by the glass. With plenty of space, there’s always a good chance you’ll get a table at short notice here.

£30 - £49
Tapas
Spanish
Bakchich

Bakchich

Unit 4 The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 5QS

Lebanese street food with a French twist is this restaurant’s USP, and we can vouch that they really own it. Perfectly executed Lebanese classics such as shawarma, crispy falafel, grilled meats and wraps join the likes of grilled aubergines dressed in garlicky tomato sauce with cumin and chickpeas, making Bakchich an appealing choice for a healthy Mediterranean lunch. It’s an alcohol-free restaurant but fat-free frozen yoghurt smoothies make up for the lack of booze.

Under £30
Lebanese
James Martin Manchester

James Martin Manchester

Manchester 235 , Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 4LP

The seasonal menus served up by Martin’s team are made up of carefully-sourced ingredients from renowned UK butchers, fishmongers, game dealers, farmers and cheese makers, resulting in some very fine food indeed. If strong, seasonal cooking in comfortable surroundings is the order of the day, James Martin Manchester is a firm bet.

£50 - £79
British
Bundobust Manchester

Bundobust Manchester

61 Piccadilly, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 2AQ

Indian street-food specialists Bundobust have ventured across The Pennines to open this spacious Piccadilly branch. Inside, seating is at booths or canteen-style. The menu of snacks and sharing plates is equally informal, and entirely vegetarian: the likes of okra fries seasoned with black salt and mango powder, or a special of pav bhaji (a robust veg curry). To drink, 14 keg beers appear alongside two cask lines showcasing local brewers.

Under £30
Indian
Sugo Pasta Kitchen

Sugo Pasta Kitchen

22 Shaws Road, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 1QU

Situated in the foodie market town of Altrincham, Sugo is Manchester’s first southern Italian pasta kitchen. The interior is small and cosy, with rustic wooden sharing tables and an open kitchen from which the appetising aromas of simple and well-executed pasta dishes waft. Excellent puds are another draw, as is the short but considered list of regional Italian wines.

Under £30
Italian
Yuzu Manchester

Yuzu Manchester

39 Faulkner Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 4EE

This petite restaurant on the fringes of Chinatown has changed little since opening in 2010, which is probably why it remains so popular. The décor comprises little more than origami figures and saké bottles, but Yuzu continues to quietly seduce umami seekers looking to sample some of the best Japanese food in town. Keep an eye out for interesting Japanese beers on the drinks list.

Under £30
Japanese
Mackie Mayor

Mackie Mayor

1 Eagle Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 5BU

This street-food marketplace is so jam-packed with high-class food and drink merchants you’ll struggle to choose just one. Housed within Smithfield’s Grade II-listed Victorian market in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, Mackie Mayor Manchester can hold almost 500 people, making it an excellent place for a catch-up with all your mates. Grab a seat on a communal bench, pick a stall and get stuck in.

Under £30
Bars
International
The Ivy Spinningfields

The Ivy Spinningfields

The Pavilion, Byrom Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3HG

This gargantuan Ivy brasserie in Manchester serves up the same dependably good food in its ground floor brasserie, but it’s the second floor Asian bar and restaurant and top floor roof garden that steal the show here. Luxurious décor and exquisite (though pricy) food make it a special occasion dining destination when you’re after the full works.

£50 - £79
British
Afternoon tea
Solita NQ

Solita NQ

Turner StreeT, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1DW

A must-visit for burger enthusiasts, this American restaurant serves up the kind of comfort-rich stalwarts you’d expect, from mac ‘n’ cheese to the ‘Big Manc’ burger that comes with four patties. The interior is unremarkable, except for the fact that it’s always packed, so it’s well worth booking a table if you’re determined to try that burger.

£30 - £49
North American
Burgers
Alston Bar & Beef

Alston Bar & Beef

Cathedral Street, Corn Exchange, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 3TR

Quality steak and gin are the main reasons to visit this northern English branch of Alston’s award-winning Glaswegian restaurant, though the warehouse-chic décor adds to its allure. Choose one of eight cuts selected from the top one per cent of Scottish beef and pair it with one of Alston Bar’s own cold-compound gins for an experience to remember.

£30 - £49
Steak
British
Umezushi

Umezushi

Unit 4, Mirabel Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 1PJ

Tucked away under the arches right next door to the Manchester Arena, this intimate sushi bar is all about freshness and quality. Discerning diners on the hunt for imaginative Japanese fare can sample a wide selection of made-to-order sashimi and sushi, daily changing specials, and hot dishes such as Japanese Wagyu beef accompanied by a glass of sake or Japanese Koshu wine. Prices aren’t low, but the quality really is excellent.

£30 - £49
Japanese
Refuge by Volta

Refuge by Volta

Oxford Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 7HA

This stunning late-Victorian space includes a restaurant with open kitchen, an elegant granite bar, and a sparkling winter atrium that serves up afternoon tea and superb cocktails. The globe-trotting menu features small and large plates such as crispy lamb shawarma with harissa and yoghurt, while desserts such as white chocolate and cardamom brûlée bring up the rear. A top spot for anyone looking for elegance, comfort and excellent food at reasonable prices.

£30 - £49
International
Where the Light Gets In

Where the Light Gets In

7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK1 1JY

Ex-L’Enclume chef Sam Buckley’s curiously named gaff is a bright, loft-style space with views across the rooftops. There’s no regular menu; instead, diners are offered various small plates inspired by what has been foraged, fermented and butchered by the kitchen team. Thrilling combinations abound: delicate langoustine carpaccio with rose, plum and lavender, for instance; or slowly roasted pigeon breast and leg accompanied by sweet salt and nutty morels. Electrifying cooking – and a revelation for Stockport.

£50 - £79
British
Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza

Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza

9 Cotton Street, Ancoats, Greater Manchester, M4 5BF

If you’re looking for authentic Neapolitan pizza in Manchester’s Little Italy, Rudy’s is an excellent shout. The 14-inch pizzas are made from fresh dough (prepared twice daily), liberally covered in a range of great toppings such as Tuscan sausage and friarielli, before being cooked for just 60 seconds in the wood-fired pizza oven. It’s walk-ins only, but if you pop your name on the waiting list, they’ll text you when a table’s available.

Under £30
Pizza
Erst

Erst

9 Murray Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 6HS

This chic restaurant from the people behind Trove bakery focuses on simple seasonal food, natural wines and craft beers. Concrete floors, abstract artworks on the walls and a stainless steel-topped bar with an open kitchen mirror the pared-down menu, which relies on bold flavour combinations to deliver superb dishes such as salt cod with blood orange, olives, capers and oregano.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Yang Sing

Yang Sing

34 Princess Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 4JY

Cantonese cooking in Manchester doesn’t come much more authentic than at Yang Sing. Having served up dim sum for over 30 years, the chefs here know what they’re doing, so whether you like meat or vegetable fillings, you’re in for a treat. Large tables and good-value banqueting options make Yang Sing particularly well-suited to groups.

£30 - £49
Chinese
Albert

Albert's Schloss

27 Peter Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5QR

This cavernous spot is Manchester's first Bavarian bier palace, cook haus and bakery, so if beer and bratwurst is your bag, you’d better book pronto. Here, Pilsner Urquell is served straight from huge shiny tanks and meat comes in the form of steak, schnitzel, curry- or bratwurst, and crispy Bavarian pork knuckle. For veggies and/or carb lovers, bread, pretzels and cakes arrive fresh from the in-house bakery.

Under £30
Bars
International
Wood Manchester

Wood Manchester

Jack Rosenthal Street, First Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 4RA

Opened by former MasterChef winner Simon Wood in the flourishing First Street development, Wood is a large, welcoming venue. Whether you opt for the fine-dining a la carte, the good-value set lunch or the tasting menu, the kitchen allows fresh ingredients to shine. Fancy something casual? Try the lounge menu.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill

Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill

The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3AP

Banish your preconceptions of what a rodizio grill ought to be and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with Fazenda. As smart as its businessy Spinningfields location, this classy joint offers expertly grilled meat and a salad bar that provides everything from elegant canapés to wholesome salads, feijoada and a mighty wheel of Grana Padano cheese. Prices are lowest on weekday lunchtimes.

Under £30
South American
Brazilian
63 Degrees

63 Degrees

20 Church Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1PN

If you’re looking for a taste of Paris in the heart of Manchester, you need to head to 63 Degrees. Coffee lovers will know that 63 degrees is supposedly the perfect temperature at which to serve it, but Chef-Proprietor Eric Moreau applies the rule to poultry and cake as well. The set weekday lunch is particularly good value at £16 for two courses or £20 for three.

French

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