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 11th April 2018

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Cane and Grain

3 user reviews

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 and dive bar inspired restaurant for burgers and ribs before trying their tiki bar and speakeasy on other floors.

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

Dog Bowl

5 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Oxford Road

Albert's Schloss

1 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable
Albert Square

Cabana Manchester

18 user reviews
Cabana Manchester
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Some people want luxury when it comes to dinner in Manchester, but some people know it's all about colour and culture. Join Cabana for just that as you not only enjoy Brasil's finest flavours, there's hammocks, lashings of interesting art and neons aplenty.

Happily Affordable
Central Manchester

The Deaf Institute

99 user reviews

When it comes to The Deaf Institute, we all know it's the live entertainment that keeps coming back for more, so what about their dining space? Lodge inspired with plenty of taxidermy to keep you company, try this quirky restaurant in Manchester before hitting the dancefloor.

Drinkonomical £
Oxford Road

Cottonopolis Food & Liquor

561 user reviews

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 whacky selection of cocktails down to their artistic sushi plates and copper flecks, it's special and it's totally unique.

Happily Affordable
Northern Quarter

Coyote Ugly Manchester

0 user reviews

No, this isn’t an American frat boy fever-dream: Coyote Ugly Saloon is in Manchester, bringing their world-famous dancing Coyote bartenders. Expect girls dancing on the bar, big platters of BBQ food, whiskey and cocktails, and music bringing the party every day.

Happily Affordable
Deansgate Locks

Impossible

100 user reviews

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, you can seek out the hidden gin palace.

Central Manchester

Love Thy Neighbour Chorlton is cool and quirky Manchester restaurant for those in two minds on how to behave. In the day, they serve health conscious food like Buddha Bowls. By night, the lights go low, the neon goes on, and the cocktails come out in full force, for you to really unleash that naughty side.

Happily Affordable
Chorlton

With a name like 'crazy' in the title, Crazy Pedro's Pizza Parlour is doing it utmost to keep things cool and quirky. The Deansgate joint makes wacky pizzas, has incredible slushy cocktails and is always up for a late one.

Happily Affordable ££
Deansgate

Bunny Jacksons 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. This quirky industrial venue is completed by the stage, too, with that’s surrounded by a chain-link fence and plays host to a variety of great bands.

Drinkonomical
Deansgate

Rabbit in the Moon is one of the craziest restaurants in Manchester. Utilising Asian ingredients and dishes, come here and expect a whole range of wonderfully creative and futuristic plates, all while surrounded by a space-age venue complete with mini-moons.

Splash the Cash
Central Manchester

Grand Pacific is a quirky restaurant in Manchester purely for the sheer opulence of it all. Taking inspiration from the age of exploration, you’ll discover a bold menu of global treats, accompanied by an interior posh enough to hold a duke.

Happily Affordable
Central Manchester

Allotment Bar

2 user reviews

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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Northern Quarter

When it comes to Americans, we know it's go big or go home, and this quirky Manchester restaurant promises the very same mantra. Join Infamous Diner for the ultimate in Stateside inspired dining as you enjoy mammoth burgers and hunking great hot dogs in a cool, diner setting.

Happily Affordable
Northern Quarter

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.

Happily Affordable
Spinningfields

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.

Happily Affordable
Salford

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