Best Restaurants in Manchester

Manchester may not spring to mind when thinking of the superb dining scenes in the world. However, the city's diverse array of dining destinations has been studded with a few of the best treasures in the UK in recent times. Manchester is flourishing, with a fantastic food scene and beautifully refurbished buildings that pay homage to the city's history. Manchester offers alternatives to satisfy any taste, featuring every imaginable cuisine, from sophisticated dining and typical English afternoon tea cafes to pop-up markets and modest street food. The thriving dining scene in Manchester is evidenced by the city bagging its first Michelin Star in 40 years in 2019.

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Restaurants:AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays, BAR SAN JUAN, Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Spinningfields
Price Range:££ - ££
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, British
Neighborhoods:Manchester, Chorlton
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AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays

££££·Mediterranean·
Manchester
27 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Tapas
  • Afternoon Tea

Launched in 2016, the casual on-site restaurant at the chic AC Hotel Manchester offers a personalized dining experience in an inviting atmosphere. Tucked in the heart of Salford Quays, the dining spac...

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BAR SAN JUAN

££££·Tapas / Small Plates·
Chorlton
735 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Tapas
  • Outdoor Eating

BAR SAN JUAN is a Spanish-inspired bar and restaurant nestled in the lovely south Manchester suburb of Charlton. The restaurant offers a vast menu featuring inventive Spanish specialties and local fav...

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Best Overall in Manchester/Greater Manchester
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Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Spinningfields

££££·British·
Manchester
681 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Special Occasions

Established by Sussex greengrocer Bill Collison in 2014, Bill’s is located in the heart of Springfields Manchester. The restaurant serves inventive meals, including breakfast on weekdays, lunch, and d...

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Black Leaf & Alvarium

££££·Vegan·
Manchester
81 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Good for a Date

Opened in 2020, Black Leaf is a vegan dining concept from owner Braddan Quayle and head chef Grace Stubbs, located in the basement of a cocktail bar, Alvarium. The restaurant features a three-course c...

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Bundobust - Manchester

££££·Indian·
United Kingdom
392 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Vegan

Bundobust, an Indian street food and craft beer destination, launched in Manchester Piccadilly in 2016 and quickly became a local favorite. The restaurant features a spacious beer hall offering a wide...

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Evelyn's Cafe Bar

££££·Global, International·
Manchester
1,426 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

Tucked into the Northern Quarter, Evelyn's Café and Bar is a neighborhood restaurant that opened in 2016. Evelyn's boasts a diverse menu helmed by chef Jimmy Carr, serving a unique and compelling comb...

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Brunch in Manchester/Greater Manchester

Fress

££££·International·
Manchester
11 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Brunch

Fress is a family-owned restaurant in the heart of the Northern Quarter. Since its debut in 2017, the restaurant has been committed to providing inventive comfort food. Fress serves brunch, lunch, aft...

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Gaucho Brunch - Manchester

££££·Steak·
Manchester
47 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for Birthdays

Gaucho, located in a renovated church in the heart of Deansgate since 2001, serves exceptional Argentinian dishes in a stylish setting. The restaurant features an elegant, welcoming ambiance, with a m...

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Hawksmoor Manchester

££££·Steakhouse·
Manchester
5,445 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance

Hawksmoor, open since 2015, is a chic steakhouse in Deansgate offering innovative specialties. The restaurant is located in an old courtroom, offering a unique, welcoming atmosphere. Hawksmoor’s inter...

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Notable Wine List in Manchester/Greater Manchester

Hispi

££££·Bistro·
Manchester
1,115 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Hispi is Chef Gary Usher's bistro concept, serving British-inspired meals since 2016. The restaurant has a relaxed, homey vibe, with cabinetry crafted from old Indian window frames and restored yard t...

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Best Overall in Manchester/Greater Manchester

Indique

££££·Indian·
Didsbury
269 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays

Since its debut in 2016, Indique, tucked in West Disbury, has been committed to bringing classic Indian street-food flavors to Manchester. The couple-owned restaurant's name is coined from two words: ...

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Best Food in Manchester/Greater Manchester

Ivy Asia, Spinningfields

££££·Contemporary Asian·
Manchester
2,265 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Romance

Since opening the doors of Ivy Asia in 2018, Richard Caring has been serving inventive dishes meant to be shared accompanied by classic and creative cocktails. Located on the second floor of The Pavil...

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Best Ambience in Manchester/Greater Manchester
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Jane Eyre at Escape to Freight Island

££££·International·
Manchester
37 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Group Bookings
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

Jane Eyre is a warm, inviting neighborhood bar serving seasonal fare accompanied by classic cocktails with a twist and local beers. The bar, established by Eyre brothers Joe and Jonny in 2016, is a tr...

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Best Overall in Manchester/Greater Manchester

Kala

££££·Bistro·
Manchester
966 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch

Kala is Chef Gury Usher's bistro concept, open since 2019. Kala is a spacious, exquisite, yet relaxed restaurant, with 55 seats in the dining room and ten at the bar. The restaurant features an open k...

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Best Value in Manchester/Greater Manchester

Kbom Bar & Kitchen

££££·Portuguese·
Manchester
30 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

KBOM is adapted from the Portuguese words “que bom,” meaning delicious, which sums up the Portuguese and Brazilian soul food served at this restaurant. Opening in 2020 in a well-groomed shipping conta...

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Lizhi

££££·Asian·
Manchester
221 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Fit for Foodies

Lizhi is a Chinese and Thai restaurant serving inventive dishes in a chic setting. Located upstairs in Astley Point, it provides quality service in a warm, inviting atmosphere with elegant Chinese-ins...

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Child Friendly in Manchester/Greater Manchester

Peru Perdu at The Cotton Factory

££££·South American·
Manchester
528 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date

Peru Perdu is a South American-inspired dining concept located in the heart of Central Manchester, debuting in 2019. Inventive cuisine from all over South America is served, including Uruguayan wet ag...

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Platzki

££££·Polish·
Manchester
264 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date

Platzki, located in the Great Northern Warehouse, was established in 2018 by two culinary enthusiasts, Lukasz Mazurek and Przemek Marcinkowski. Like its name, the restaurant specializes in platzki, or...

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Best Overall in Manchester/Greater Manchester

Proof Bar & Kitchen

££££·Global, International·
Chorlton
52 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Casual

Since its debut in 2007, Proof has been offering a variety of drinks and inventive dishes, prepared with fresh ingredients from local suppliers. The bar boasts an ambient and relaxed atmosphere, unlik...

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Purezza Manchester

££££·Vegan·
Manchester
369 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Lunch
  • Good Vegetarian Options

Purezza, a vegan pizza chain, opened its Manchester location in 2021, offering a wide selection of inventive vegan-friendly pies. The restaurant's remarkable prominence is undoubtedly due to its homem...

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Child Friendly in Manchester/Greater Manchester

Ramona

££££·Pizzeria·
Manchester
506 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Group Bookings
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

Ramona, opening in 2021, serves Detroit-style pizza, focusing on coal-roasting, blistering, and charring. The restaurant is located in an old warehouse building that has been renovated to look like a ...

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Salvi's Northern Quarter

££££·Italian·
Manchester
192 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic

Salvi's is a classic family-run Italian restaurant named after Maurizio Cecco's father, featuring inventive cuisine inspired by Cecco's mother and fresh ingredients outsourced from their hometown of C...

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Pre/post theatre in Manchester/Greater Manchester
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Seven54

££££·Global, International·
Didsbury
40 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions

Seven54 is a café, bar, and restaurant opened in 2021 by Nikolas Opacic. The restaurant's name was coined from its location at 754 Wilmslow Road. Seven54 offers a vast chef-inspired brasserie-style me...

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Sicilian NQ

££££·Italian·
Manchester
99 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Since launching in the Northern Quarter in 2020, Sicilian has been committed to bringing the flavors of Sicily to Manchester. This inviting neighborhood bistro and bar serves inventive Italian-inspire...

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Handcrafted Cocktails in Manchester/Greater Manchester

The Allotment Vegan Eatery

££££·Vegetarian / Vegan·
Manchester
1,035 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies

The Allotment, opened in 2016 by award-winning chef Matthew Nutter, is committed to offering creative vegan and gluten-free dishes right in Mancester’s city center. The restaurant uses fresh, engaging...

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The Blues Kitchen - Manchester

££££·American·
Manchester
530 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Group Bookings
  • Live Music

The Blues Kitchen, opening in 2021, serves inventive Texan BBQ accompanied by blues music, offering a touch of Southern soul in Manchester. Diners can enjoy the live background music, from classic blu...

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Group Bookings in Manchester/Greater Manchester
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The Daisy at Evelyn's

££££·Cocktail Bar·
Manchester
30 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

The Daisy, tucked in the basement of Evelyn's, is a Paris-inspired cocktail bar lounge that debuted in 2017. Drawing meticulous influence from Parisian bar culture, The Daisy features a relaxed and co...

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Late Night Find in Manchester/Greater Manchester

The Ivy Brasserie, Spinningfields

££££·Contemporary British·
Manchester
7,057 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Romance

Located on the ground floor of The Ivy Spinningfields, The Ivy Brasserie, which debuted in 2019, offers inventive British-inspired dishes for dinner, lunch, brunch, and breakfast throughout the week. ...

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The Jane Eyre

££££·British·
Manchester
126 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch
  • Casual

Two brothers own The Jane Eyre, a friendly and inviting neighborhood pub named after their mother that opened in 2018. The bar serves traditional drinks with a twist, a varied selection of keg and bot...

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Best Overall in Manchester/Greater Manchester
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The Jolly Hatters

££££·Pub·
Manchester
4 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Late-night Find

The Jolly Hatters is a family-friendly neighborhood bar located in Haughton Green. The bar features friendly staff providing high-quality service in a warm, relaxed setting. Jolly Hatters offers a wid...

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The Koffee Pot

££££·Cafe Dining·
Manchester
95 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Since its debut in 1976, Koffee Pot has been offering inventive, quality British staples. The restaurant is famous for its outstanding brekkies and inventive homemade pies. The Koffee Pot boasts a coz...

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The Post Room

££££·International·
Hyde
95 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

The Post Room, located in Denton, is a casual dining restaurant boasting a diverse menu of inventive cuisine. The restaurant is dedicated to providing a cozy, inviting atmosphere and quality service. ...

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The Restaurant at The Refuge

££££·Global, International·
Manchester
510 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch

The Refuge is located in one of Manchester's historic landmarks, the old Refuge Assurance offices on Oxford Street, and features four areas: the relaxed dining room, the scenic winter garden, the chic...

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Vertigo First Street

££££·Vegan·
Manchester
152 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Lunch
  • Good Vegetarian Options

Vertigo First Street, which debuted in 2019, is Michael Jebelli's plant-powered concept, serving inventive vegan specials. The restaurant and coffee bar features a charmingly inviting atmosphere, with...

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Best Overall in Manchester/Greater Manchester
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Volta

££££·Tapas / Small Plates·
Didsbury
190 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Outdoor Eating

Volta is a friendly neighborhood restaurant and pub in West Didsbury. Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford, popularly known as DJs the Unabombers, operate this award-winning restaurant. The restaurant exu...

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Best Overall in Manchester/Greater Manchester

WOOD Manchester

££££·British·
Manchester
460 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu

WOOD Manchester, open since 2017, is award-winning chef Simon Wood's concept, demonstrating his unimposing upscale dining style with an emphasis on purity and simplicity. This chic restaurant, tucked ...

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