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 30th April 2021

El Capo

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A quirky Northern Quarter restaurant with glowing neon signage, modern decor and a menu of innovative Mexican fare, El Capo is one of the best places to eat in Manchester. Fill up on mouthwatering burritos, tacos and mezcal-laced sips to a soundtrack of live DJs at this cool spot. 

The Lawn Club

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One of the best places for outdoor dining in Manchester has to be The Lawn Club. This quirky summer restaurant and bar will keep you fed and watered with handcrafted cocktails and scrumptious light bites, with bookable areas including comfy chairs, cosy greenhouses and private pods.

Located on the corner of Cutting Room Square, Elnecot is serving up some incredible small plates. 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, why not dive into the cocktail selection too?

Colourful, bright and bringing you the best that the Middle East has to offer, Comptoir Libanais 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.

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 its innovative twists on Indian food.

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 weekly menu of goodies, including the likes of dumplings, slow-braised ribs and beetroot gnocchi.

Menagerie is an office block turned beautiful space with flower walls, suspended art and neon signs, making it one of the coolest and pretties restaurants in Manchester. Stopping by for brunch? Make sure your phone is charged as this place is seriously Instagrammable.