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 23rd November 2022


74 user reviews 4

Fronting pizza at just £4 a slice and tasty vegan kebabs, the resident kitchens at YES are really delivering the goods when it comes to cheap meals. Better yet, this bustling live music venue is bound to have some entertainment for you to enjoy after your meal too.

Turing Tap Manchester

61 user reviews 4

One of the best student restaurants in Manchester, Turing Tap is the perfect place for keeping a close tabs on those pennies. Fronting a range of small plates and sharers, plus pizzas, burgers and pubs mains, this pocket-friendly watering hole caters to all cravings.

Yates Manchester

54 user reviews 3

Sandwiched right between Chinatown and the Gay Village is Yates Manchester, offering up pub grub and plenty of booze at rock-bottom prices. For brekkie, you can chow down on a full English or breakfast wraps. While the main menu includes Thai red curry, katsu curry chicken 'n' chips and a range of pies.

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.

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. 


1 user review 4

Vegan food doesn't always have to be expensive, as Sandbar, a popular spot for cheap grub, 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. 

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.

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 drool-worthy cheesy pizza. If you're keeping costs low, all their burgers come in at under a tenner, with cheap pints to boot.