Affordable Restaurants in Manchester

Whether you’re a broke student or just trying your hardest to live the Champagne lifestyle on a lemonade income, dining out hasn't got to break the bank. Fortunately for you, our city is home to many cheap eats suitable for any food connoisseur. From budget-friendly breakfasts to bottomless pizza slices and regular meal deals, here are some of our favourite affordable restaurants in Manchester.

Last updated on 10th May 2021

Mowgli Corn Exchange

400 user reviews 5

A real taste of India in the heart of Manchester, Mowgli is not afraid to throw in spice even for the smallest of prices. Their tiffin boxes are a firm fave, giving you four tiers of meat or veggie specials chosen by the chef, with rice or bread included for £14 or £16. 

El Capo

2 user reviews 4

Mexican street food and punchy cocktails collide at El Capo in the Northern Quarter. Choose between small plates, burgers, tacos, burritos, nachos and wings for the ultimate affordable spice fix, while signature concoctions all start at £7 a pop. 

Pho Manchester

210 user reviews 4

Wholesome and healthy, Pho Manchester is serving some seriously flavourful noodle soups, rice entrees and fresh salads from its home in Manchester city centre. With most of the menu under a tenner and 15% student discounts, you can't get any tastier on a budget than that.

Lime Restaurant and Bar

61 user reviews 4

Located in the hub of Salford Quays, Lime Restaurant and Bar is a brilliant all-day affordable restaurant in Manchester that's sure to satisfy any hunger pangs. Whether you're looking for a light bite, lunchtime dish, dinner feast or pre-theatre plate, you'll find it all at this vibrant spot.

Yard & Coop Manchester

507 user reviews 5

Build your own feast at Yard & Coop, where you'll be treated to chicken (or halloumi nuggets) slathered in your choice of sauce and paired with fries, salad or pickles. Better yet, the lunch menu of a hoagie with chips and a drink is just £10 on Wednesday to Friday from 12-5pm.

Shoryu Ramen

1 user review 5

Chow down on fluffy buns, crispy tempura, sashimi, yakitori and plenty more at Shoryu. With deals that range from NHS and student discounts to two for one buns on a Monday and takoyaki for just £4.95 on Tuesdays, it's one of our favourite affordable restaurants in Manchester. 

A vegetarian and predominantly gluten-free restaurant, Bundobust is serving some of Manchester's best cheap eats. For just £6, you can munch on a bhaji butty, vada pav veggie burger and raghda pethis mushy pea cakes, with a wide choice of cocktails to top it off. 

The Courtyard

5 user reviews 5

Fancy a cold brew and a hearty meal? There's loads to choose from at The Courtyard, from dirty loaded fries to droolworthy cheesy pizza. If you're keeping costs low, make the most of their burger and beer deal which comes in at just under a tenner. 

Think you know cheese toasties? You ain't seen nothing until you've sunk your teeth into melting sarnies, stuffed with layers of bacon and lip-smacking pickles at Northern Soul. Located by The Arndale, this casual spot is perfect for a quick budget-friendly bite.

Located in Chorlton, this Pan-Asian chicken shack offers a stunning selection of sauce-slathered faves, from wings and breasts to tempeh and cauliflower bites. Heading down in the summer? Grab a spot in their front garden for budget-friendly alfresco eats. 


1 user review 4

Vegan food doesn't always have to be expensive as Sandbar, a popular spot for cheap eats in Manchester, proves. The restaurant is huge on sustainability and making feel-good dishes for a low cost, with around 20 options priced at no more than £15 for a 14-inch pizza. 

Home Sweet Home

1 user review 5

Home Sweet Home is a go-to for cheap breakfast in Manchester, offering an all-American take on the classic meal. Chomp away on juicy fried chicken and waffles, eggs Benedict and stacks of pancakes all washed down with fresh coffee, shakes and brunch cocktails.  

It's all about small plates and pared-back interiors as chef-owner Michael Clay whips up a pocket-friendly menu in the heart of Ancoats. Out with the whole family? You're in luck, because not only is Elnecot dog-friendly, but kids under 12 can eat for free. You're welcome.