The coolest kid on the dining block, Cane and Grain stands in food favour with everyone in the city. One of the most unique restaurants in Manchester, hunker down in a stripped back dive bar for burgers and ribs before trying their tiki bar and speakeasy on other floors.
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.
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.
When it comes to The Deaf Institute, we all know it's the live entertainment that keeps us coming back for more, so what about their dining space? With a largely vegan menu, the kitchen churns out healthy comfort food at affordable prices; think loaded nachos and heaped hot dogs.
One of the wildest restaurants in Manchester, Albert's Schloss doesn't slow down for anyone or anything. Not only can you hunker down for big meat and even bigger Bavarian beer, expect table dancing, entertainment, in-house bands and more crazy antics almost every night.
Boasting pizzas by the paddle, alcoholic slushies and one of the best darts experiences in the country, this tech-savvy gaming bar is one of Manchester's quirkiest restaurants.
While we know that many would suggest you don't play with your food, this place does. One of the most fun places to eat in Manchester, Dog Bowl not only come at you with burgers and American inspired bites aplenty, you can close dinner with a go on their bowling lanes.
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.
From the upside-down canoe suspended from the ceiling through to the abundance of small plates, Wolf at the Door might be a new addition to the city's dining scene, but its delicious small plates are already making a splash. Tucked away in the Northern Quarter, this is one for the foodies, with the likes of IPA onions and pickled green strawberries gracing the menu.
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.
Littered with golden interiors, not only is Cottonopolis one of the coolest places to eat in the city, it's one of the most unique. From their wacky selection of cocktails down to their artistic sushi plates and copper flecks, this former warehouse has had a real glow-up.
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.
When was the last time you went to a garden themed restaurant in Manchester? We're thinking likely never. Join Allotment for just that as you enjoy botanical inspired cocktails and rustic British plates in amongst foliage, wooden plots and plenty of gardening tools.
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.
The first English opening from Scottish chef Nico Simeone, Six by Nico is his unusual concept restaurant. From American diner through to eating by the seaside, the space's theme changes every six weeks, meaning that multiple visits are a must.