Quirky Restaurants in Manchester

Sucker for the weird and the wonderful? Got hankerings for the unusual? Hungry on top of all that? Then it's Manchester's best quirky restaurants that can sort you right out. From hidden eateries and basement burgers to Stateside inspired joints, there's no shortage when it comes to unique places to eat in the city, and we're here to show you where to find them. 

Last updated on 21st January 2020


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Impossible is one of the weirder things dreamt up by Manchester. Spread across three floors, this is a part-bar, part-restaurant, and part-immersive theatre nightlife experience. When you're not being dazzled by performers or drinking molecular cocktails from their laboratory, you can feast on delicious grill food in their restaurant. Afterwards, see if you can find the hidden gin palace.

With stained glass windows and bright yellow booths, Dishoom Manchester is a snazzy spot that combines the city's history with the culture of Bombay's Irani cafes. Set in a Grade-II listed hall, the restaurant has got a loyal following thanks to twists on Indian food - get up early for their legendary bacon naan.

Bunny Jackson's is definitely a quirky place to eat in Manchester – they've got a motorbike over the entrance covered in fairy lights. Their food is all extraordinarily comforting, while the bar serves up bourbon and whiskey. When you're not munching through a whopping American menu, check out the live bands.

One of Manchester's most ambitious projects is also one of its coolest restaurants. Menagerie is an office block turned beautiful space with flower walls, suspended art and neon signs, making brunch a seriously Instagrammable affair.

Located on the corner of Cutting Room Square Elnecot is serving up some seriously special plates of food. From a Manchester egg to a spiced cabbage that might just change your life, the food should be enough to get you down, but while you're there we'd recommend you get a look at the lavs.

Bringing a slice of sunny LA to Manchester, FoodWell is a concept restaurant based in Salford. The large warehouse space isn't just about food - through with all-day menus and an ethos on healthy eating, it's a large part - but also runs unique wellbeing events; think reggae yoga supper clubs and sensory high teas.

Colourful, bright and bringing you the best that Lebanon has to offer, this unique Manchester restaurant shines in the casual dining department. Head on down for luscious Lebanese dining with a twist as you can also purchase plenty of dining and commercial products from within the restaurant itself.

Starting life as a street food stall, Platzki is a slick Polish restaurant that has gone from strength to strength. Expect queues at this Spinningfields spot, which serves up a menu that changes weekly, with past goodies including the likes of dumplings, slow braised ribs and potato and beetroot gnocchi.