Best restaurants in Manchester

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 area’s beloved nickname, for those not in the know). Manchester’s restaurant scene is swiftly catching up with its other big city counterparts too, 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. To help you seek out the best ones on offer, we have put together our pick of the best restaurants in Manchester.

Updated on 01 January 2021

Manchester is one of the largest, busiest and most visited cities in the UK and the reason for its popularity depends on who you ask - maybe it’s because the city is home to two internationally renowned football teams, with many high-profile footie stars owning homes in the ‘Golden Triangle’ at the city’s edge. Or perhaps the attraction of Manchester is its plethora of shopping opportunities, ranging from high-end fashion boutiques to multi-floor high street chains? If you ask us though, there is only one real reason to head up north to Manc - because of the city’s dynamic and varied restaurant scene (and no, we're not just talking about the famous Curry Mile).

So, whether you are a long-time resident of Manchester looking to find something new, or you find yourself here on a city break and in need of a delicious weekend brunch, you will be glad to know that there is almost certainly a restaurant out there to suit your taste and budget.

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 the name of each restaurant to read more and book online.

Mackie Mayor

Mackie Mayor

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

This street food marketplace is so jam-packed with food merchants you’ll struggle to choose just one. It’s housed within Smithfield’s grand Grade II-listed Victorian market - grab a seat, pick a stall and get stuck in.

Under £30
Bars
International
Yang Sing

Yang Sing

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

Cantonese cooking doesn’t come much more authentic than Yang Sing. Serving dim sum for 30 years, the chefs here know what they’re doing, so you’re in for a treat. Check out the good-value banqueting options.

£30 - £49
Chinese
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. This classy joint offers expertly grilled meat, a salad bar and a great lunch deal.

Under £30
South American
Brazilian
Mr Cooper

Mr Cooper's

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

A brasserie housed within the historic Midland Hotel, Mr Cooper’s is all about good food, cooked with flair and imagination. Dishes champion home-grown seasonal produce and cuts of meat carved by Manchester’s only in-house butcher.

£30 - £49
International
The Anthologist One St Peters Square

The Anthologist One St Peters Square

One St Peter's Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3DE

Colourful and with a buzzy atmosphere, The Anthologist is an all-day casual dining joint which can cater to every dining whim. Weekend brunches are particularly popular here, while the pre-theatre menu is a real steal.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Kala

Kala

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

Part of Gary Usher’s mini empire, homely yet high-end Kala is found on King Street and offers up superb fairly priced modern European cuisine, along with a wine list that includes plenty of by-the-glass options.

£30 - £49
Modern European
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 canteen-style with the enticing menu of snacks and sharing plates being equally informal, and entirely vegetarian too.

Under £30
Indian
Hard Rock Café Manchester

Hard Rock Café Manchester

Exchange Square Manchester, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 2BS

Gloriously kitsch, Hard Rock’s impressive rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and menu of indulgent American-style comfort food continues to pull in the crowds all these years later. It is great for a family meal out too.

£30 - £49
North American
Burgers
Australasia

Australasia

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

Ideal for special occasions, this stylish subterranean restaurant exudes luxury. Bathed in the natural tones of the Pacific coastline, Australasia sets a tranquil scene for dining - prices are high, but beautiful presentation justifies the expense.

£30 - £49
Dishoom Manchester

Dishoom Manchester

Manchester Hall, Bridge Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3BT

The popular Manchester outpost of Dishoom comes in-built with the wealth of experience its various sibling sites have amassed. Expect moreish plates of rich curries, carefully spiced snacks and intriguing cocktails, all at reasonable prices.

Under £30
Indian
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. Sweet service too.

£50 - £79
British
Mana

Mana

42 Blossom Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 6BF

The lofty title of Manchester’s only Michelin star restaurant is reason enough to visit Mana, but the accolade is backed up by a stunning menu which showcases only the best of produce from the British Isles.

Modern European
One Michelin star
Sugo Pasta Kitchen

Sugo Pasta Kitchen

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

Sugo is Manchester’s first southern Italian pasta kitchen. The rustic interiors (including an open kitchen) are part of the appeal, while excellent puddings and a considered list of regional Italian wines are a further draw.

Under £30
Italian
Tattu

Tattu

Gartside Street,3 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3EB


Instagram-friendly interiors are bolstered by a delectable menu of dim sum and Asian-inspired small plates at this ever popular restaurant and cocktail bar. Don’t forget to snap a pic underneath the pink cherry blossom tree.

£50 - £79
Chinese
Bars
63 Degrees

63 Degrees

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

Coffee lovers know that 63 degrees is the perfect temperature at which to serve it, but chef-proprietor Eric Moreau applies the rule to poultry and cake as well. Don’t miss the set weekday lunch either.

French
Hawksmoor Manchester

Hawksmoor Manchester

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

You know the Hawksmoor drill: great steaks, banging cocktails, friendly staff and the epic dessert that must not be called a giant Ferrero Rocher. This Manchester outpost also boasts a separate bar for pre-prandial sips.

£50 - £79
Steak
British
Yuzu Manchester

Yuzu Manchester

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

On the fringes of Chinatown, Yuzu is something of a stalwart on Manchester’s dining scene. The décor may be minimalist, but Yuzu continues to seduce those looking to sample some of the best Japanese in town.

Under £30
Japanese
20 Stories

20 Stories

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

Sky high 20 Stories is the first Manchester project from D&D London. The glamorous restaurant and casual grill offer distinct menus, alongside a cocktail bar and roof terrace boasting 360-degree views of the city.

£30 - £49
British
Second Floor Bar and Brasserie

Second Floor Bar and Brasserie

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

Views of Exchange Square and all-day dining make this Harvey Nics restaurant a solid choice for shoppers. Whether you’re stopping for a light lunch, afternoon tea or an evening meal, there’s something for everyone here.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Erst

Erst

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

This chic restaurant focuses on seasonal food, natural wines and craft beers. The pared-down menu relies on bold flavour combinations to deliver superb dishes such as salt cod with blood orange, olives, capers and oregano.

£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 Indian. Snacks such as pau bhaji are the warm-up act for mains like dum biryani and dhal makhni that promise intense flavours.

Indian
Albert

Albert's Schloss

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

Manchester's first Bavarian bier palace, cook haus and bakery is a cavernous space which sees Pilsner Urquell served straight from huge shiny tanks, while meat comes in the form of steak, schnitzel, curry or bratwurst.

Under £30
Bars
International
Solita NQ

Solita NQ

Turner StreeT, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1DW

A must-visit for burger enthusiasts, this American restaurant serves up just the kind of comfort-rich stalwarts you’d expect - think mac ‘n’ cheese, or the ‘Big Manc’ burger that comes with a belt-busting four patties.

£30 - £49
North American
Burgers
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 and concise menu of European fare. Superb-value lunch and early-evening offers also attract locals.

£30 - £49
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Refuge by Volta

Refuge by Volta

Oxford Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 7HA

This stunning space includes a restaurant with a globe-trotting menu, elegant granite bar, and a sparkling winter atrium that serves up afternoon tea and superb cocktails. Ideal for anyone looking for elegance at reasonable prices.

£30 - £49
International
Adam Reid at The French

Adam Reid at The French

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

Adam Reid has kept The French at the top of Manchester’s restaurant tree for many years, and while the grand dining room is opulent, the vibe feels less formal and the food continues to impress.

Over £80
British
Wood Manchester

Wood Manchester

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

Opened by former MasterChef winner Simon Wood, this is a large, welcoming venue. Whether you opt for the fine-dining a la carte, good-value set lunch or tasting menu, the kitchen allows fresh ingredients to shine.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza

Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza

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

Found in Manchester’s Little Italy, Rudy’s 14-inch pizzas are made from fresh dough (prepared twice daily), liberally covered in a range of delicious toppings, before being cooked for just 60 seconds in the wood-fired pizza oven.

Under £30
Pizza
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 loft-style space with views across the rooftops. Diners eat small plates inspired by what has been foraged, fermented and butchered by the team - thrilling combinations abound.

£50 - £79
British
El Gato Negro

El Gato Negro

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

At this stylish tapas bar, you are treated to top-flight charcuterie, cheeses and a cavalcade of flawless plates. Make sure to visit the Black Cat upstairs too, a beautiful cocktail bar with a retractable roof.

Under £30
Tapas

Looking for a great cup of coffee and a spot of brunch in the city? Check out our list of the best Manchester cafes.