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Higher Ground, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Higher Ground

4.8
4.8
449 Reviews
£41 and over
British
Book for Valentine's Day via the link in our Instagram bio! @highergroundmcr

Higher Ground is a bistro and bar located in Manchester city centre that focuses on seasonality within the North-West using produce sourced from local suppliers and producers.

The restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday at dinnertime and Friday and Saturday lunchtime.

At lunch a £35pp seasonal sharing menu is offered alongside an à la carte menu. At dinner both à la carte and a seasonal sharing menu at £55pp are available.

We often hold space for walk-ins at the kitchen bar counter so pop by and have some plates and a glass of wine!

Reservations of up to ten guests are accepted. For parties of 7x guests and over, the seasonal sharing menu is served.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 24 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British, Bistro, Wine Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:30–14:00 Dinner Wed, Thu 17:30–21:00 Fri, Sat 17:30–21:30 Bar Wed, Thu 17:30–23:30 Fri, Sat 17:30–00:00
  • Phone number
    0161 236 2931
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Joseph Otway
  • Private party facilities
    For larger bookings and for private hire/event enquires, please contact hello@highergroundmcr.co.uk
  • Area
    Manchester
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Manchester Piccadilly Train Station (8min walk),<br />Manchester Victoria Train Station (14min walk), <br />Manchester Piccadilly Tram Stop (3min walk)<br /><br />Parking: NCP Car Park Manchester Piccadilly Plaza, City Tower, New York St, Manchester M1 4AJ (2min walk)
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 449 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Overall

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Service

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Ambience

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Value

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Innovative

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Great for fine wines

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    British

  • Manchester

    Best Overall

  • Manchester

    Best Service

  • Manchester

    Best Ambience

  • Manchester

    Best Value

  • Manchester

    Innovative

  • Manchester

    Great for fine wines

449 Reviews
  1. AndrewM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really excellent experience all round - the service and food (and wine) were all outstanding, without any pretension. My only suggestion would be to turn the lights down a bit, and have candles on the tables - it's all a bit bright at the moment! But that's a minor quibble. I will definitely be back.

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  2. JackR

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Disappointing given how much hype it has received.

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  3. Danny

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We visited for my wife’s birthday and tried the seasonal menu. The food was lovely and I thought the service was brilliant, the team went above and beyond and we had a really great night. Would highly recommend.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant, staff, wine & food was great. Only disappointing thing is that they were already out of sirloin by 6pm on a Saturday which surprised us.

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  5. AliF

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely experience. The food was amazing. Would have like a bit more cheese and another cracker (we asked for the latter), but that's the only little nit pick!

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  6. JohnF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Interesting set lunch menu for £35 added to with oysters and cheese Service was outstanding esp as one of our party is pregnant.

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  7. AndrewP

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visit. Definitely will go again. We had the seasonal sharing menu which was excellent value. We were allowed to add dishes which was also very useful. Service was attentive and friendly.

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  8. Elizabeth

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb and different. Can’t recommend it highly enough

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  9. derekn

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly welcome at the door, and superb attention to detail throughout. The food is exceptional and the staff are 1st class.

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  10. GarethJ

    Derbyshire

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lunch time tasting menu was as interesting as it was delicious. This is definitely a highlight of the Manchester restaurant scene

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb quality food, beautifully prepared and presented. You can really tell that the chefs value their product and are quite rightly proud of what they do. We had the sharing menu which is excellent value and as this was our first visit it gave us a true taste of their best. We will definitely return.

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  12. AdeleM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, good value and great service. Only better if they chucked out the chipped plates (a pet hate of mine). I did mention it and had a laugh about it with our server though.

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  13. ColinM

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for the set menu at lunch with my dad as a birthday treat. Great food, excellent advice on drinks selection, fantastic service and a great atmosphere. Will definitely go again.

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  14. Sarah

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, lovely staff, great value for money for a lunch time tasting menu.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing menu such good vale if you opt for the tasting menu. Will be recommending to everyone!

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  16. EmmaS

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the BEST night! I can’t remember having such a memorable evening. It’s just great food, fantastic wines and perfect service. Everyone who worked there was just so passionate about the food that they buzzed with enthusiasm. Perhaps a little on the pricey side but it was worth it for the quality. And it’s not pretentious in the slightest - just good quality food and the confidence of the team not to overcomplicate it and let the ingredients speak for themselves. The wine list is incredible and so much choice - so we asked our friend from Oregon (we didn’t grab your name, sorry!) who happened to be one of the owners and was a fantastic guide. We strongly recommend checking this place out and try and get a seat at the bar. Fabulous for people watching. We’ll be back ASAP!

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  17. MyriamS

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant, attentive staff. Not your average wine list - very knowledgeable staff to help you out. Food delicious. Menu changes frequently. You can either sit at the counter and watch the chefs at work or sit at a table. Would recommend.

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  18. Paula

    Manchester

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit to Higher Ground but it won’t be our last. Everything was exceptional. The service was spot on, really friendly but not overbearing. The food was outstanding. Everything we ordered was a taste explosion of deliciousness.

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  19. elevendaysinmay

    Manchester

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We booked quite late but managed to get seats at the counter. My wife and I were on a special day out, show at the Palace then dinner. We thoroughly enjoyed this meal. We let the Chef choose the dishes and all of them were so very tasty. There was a pleasing buzz in the kitchen and everyone cooking seemed happy and engaged. The restaurant was full of happy diners. I read a couple of negative reviews but we live on the sunny side of the street and we didn't find anything to moan about. It was simply brilliant and we will recommend and go again - booking seats at the counter!

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  20. AmandaB

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food that we didn’t want to end, a great atmosphere and fabulous service. Can’t wait to come back.

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  21. DavidV

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always. You cannot get a better experience in Manchester.

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  22. CharlesR

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food. Incredible hospitality. Have the tasting menu and every recommendation they give you to add on. Relaxed and unpretentious but with knowledgeable and engaging staff. Everyone working there gave every customer their time and attention. Will definitely go back again!!!

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  23. PhilipH

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was nice but portion size felt quite small for the set menu. One of the courses was a bun and one some very thinly sliced meat; it felt like they were trying to serve the minimum. Can get better value in quite a few places in my opinion!

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  24. AnandP

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great addition to Manchester. Worthy of being in the Michelin Guide. We loved the casual 4 course dining experience and the service staff were great explaining thoroughly.

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  25. RachaelHH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We knew the food was going to be fabulous but the service was second to none! Friendly, attentive and unobtrusive. The food was a delight. The sharing menu was course after course of deliciousness! The stand-outs were the ham, the lamb, the ragu, the pea fritters and the rhubarb. Definitely recommend and definitely will be back! Thank you Higher Ground!

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  26. BenJ

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Definitely worthy of the hype. Service was great. High top seats recommended to observe a calm and exceptionally well-ran kitchen. Potato dumpling best dish of the day

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  27. PaulK

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Deeply average and very expensive for what it gives

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant and very good food - excellent friendly staff would thoroughly recommend recommend

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Firstly, ambience at Higher Ground was really appealing - relaxed and unstuffy, immediately made us at ease. Staff were fabulous, super friendly and accommodating. And finally the food — off-the-charts good — everything we tried was stunning. We’ll definitely be going back…!

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  30. Jared

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant was sensational as always. Staff are extremely attentive and have great drink recommendations.

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  31. Txiki

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It's a very good news for Manchester to have a restaurant like this. The level on quality on the food and service is huge. I highly recommend to visit it.

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  32. Neil

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I Love Higher Ground. The vibe in there is buzzing and with the open kitchen seeing the chefs at work, blazing fire coming from the charcoal oven, and the food they put out is beautiful. The cheese tart is the most stunning tart you’ll ever eat! You can’t get better than this in Manchester in my opinion.

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  33. AzizR

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food - great service- and a wonderful dining experience

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  34. ColeC

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was incredible and service followed suit, we got the tasting menu between 2 and everything we had was delicious. The special red wasn’t to our tasting so they took it back and replaced it with a different wine free of charge. We were skeptical about sitting at the communal seats but this definitely added to the experience as we were able to watch the chefs at work. We didn’t feel cramped at all and actually had a lot of space. Will definitely be returning!

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  35. ADAMG

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really lovely experience ! Started great wioth a really warm hello from a female chef with brunette hair. And then the Food was fantastic and i loved the atmosphere even found ourselves attempting to shazam some of the more niche tunes. Really enjoyed the Georgian wine. If i had one suggestion and its only because im a food nerd, i would love a little bit more explanation when presenting the dish to the table so that we cn understand the dish better. Perhaps a brief couple of bullet points on a table talker if it was made to look not naff. anyway thanks to all for a lovely anniversary meal.

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  36. Paul

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ate from the sharing men. Every dish was superb, service faultless.

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  37. AndrewS

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great restaurant with an open kitchen, friendly and knowledgeable front of house team. Nice ambience, perfect for a Saturday afternoon long lunch with great food. We really enjoyed the experience.

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  38. PennyT

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A first visit after being recommended by friends. Food, ambience, service, knowledge of team- excellent. The lamb dish was a triumph. Will definitely be back

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  39. DanielG

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seasonal tasting menu was excellent value and service great. Very accommodating with young children

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  40. SbMu

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good winelist, all the dishes were super nice. Will go back for sure

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FAQs

Higher Ground is rated 4.8 stars by 449 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Higher Ground

Higher Ground, Faulkner House, New York St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 4DY

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Manchester
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:30–14:00 Dinner Wed, Thu 17:30–21:00 Fri, Sat 17:30–21:30 Bar Wed, Thu 17:30–23:30 Fri, Sat 17:30–00:00
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British, Bistro, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Manchester Piccadilly Train Station (8min walk),Manchester Victoria Train Station (14min walk), Manchester Piccadilly Tram Stop (3min walk)Parking: NCP Car Park Manchester Piccadilly Plaza, City Tower, New York St, Manchester M1 4AJ (2min walk)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Joseph Otway
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    0161 236 2931
  • Private party facilities
    For larger bookings and for private hire/event enquires, please contact hello@highergroundmcr.co.uk
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