Open from 4pm for late-night eaters, The Deaf Institute is serving up some of the freshest cheap eats in Manchester. With 80% of their menu consisting of vegan grub, patrons can get the chance to try delicious seitan burgers, jambalaya, and jackfruit dogs. And make sure to bring a friend on “F'Wednesdays”, where you can buy any meal and get the second one completely free.
Affordable Restaurants in Manchester
Whether you’re a broke student or just trying your hardest to live the Champagne lifestyle on your lemonade income, dining out hasn't got to break the bank. Fortunately for you, Manchester is home to many cheap eats suitable for any food connoisseur. From a Full English to 100% plant-based meals, here’s a list of some of our favourite affordable restaurants in Manchester.
A traditional British pub, The Waldorf has some of the best cheap eats in Manchester. The spot offers a 4 for £15 snack option, and a fixed-price lunch special can be found during the weekday where you can get a 3-course meal for £12.
Craving barbecue at a bargain? Cane and Grain offers baby back ribs, roast chicken, and burgers fit for the carnivorous of people. And with their bourbon gravy or hot as f*ck sauce, you're in for a lip-smacking treat.
Not only does Honest Burgers promise perfectly cooked burgers and a menu of thirst-quenching drinks, but the city centre favourite is doing it all at affordable prices. Head here for meaty, veggie and vegan options with a stunning rooftop for those warmer days.
Mexican street food and punchy cocktails collide at El Capo in the Northern Quarter. Choose between small plates, burgers, tacos, burritos, nachos and wings, and go vegan on Thursdays; when a selection of meat-free dishes will set you back just £12.50 per person.
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 is just £5 on weekdays from 12-5pm.
Located in the hub of Salford Quays, Lime Restaurant and Bar is a brilliant all-day restaurant that's sure to please everyone and their dog. 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.
Vegan food doesn't always have to be expensive. Sandbar, a popular spot amongst students, is huge on sustainability and making feel good food for low-cost. The restaurant offers about 20 pizza options for no more than £15 for a 14”, making it a great cheap eat in Manchester.
Aching for a taste of some traditional Irish grub? O'Sheas offers all the favourites including a full Irish breakfast or a Guinness pie. And to top it off, every Monday their entire main menu is 50% off, making it a bangin' Manchester restaurant deal.
Fancy a beer and a low-cost meal? At the “number one beer garden” in Manchester, there's loads to choose from to enjoy with a pint – lasagne, wings, and a cheeky surf and turf. But if you have the guts, try the Man v. Food challenge, where your meal is on the house if you finish the entire burger tower with chips and onion rings.
A real taste of India in the heart of Manchester, Mowgli's not afraid to throw in spice even for the smallest of price. Get a sweet and fiery Mowgli paneer, or a tangy Goan fish curry for about £10.
A vegetarian and predominantly gluten-free restaurant, Bundobust is serving some spice with an attitude. For as little as a fiver, you can enjoy a steamy raghda pethis or a warm idli sambhar. And during their express lunch, you can grab any of their two dishes for as low as £7.50.
With fresh and locally sourced ingredients, Trof is bringing quality food like katsu curry and chermoula lamb skewers for reasonable prices. And if you need to something to look forward to on Mondays, their entire menu is 50% off to get you through the day.
Rudy's Peter Street is perfect for any pizza connoisseur on a budget. With 12 different options to choose from including Margherita, Tonno, and Calabrese for less than £9, your belly will be just as full as your wallet.
Late-night and NY-styled, Crazy Pedro's is serving insane flavour at a cost next to nothing. From the hamburger-inspired Mac Daddy, to the spicy Locky Locky Kat, the options are far-fetched, yet executed beautifully. And don't miss happy (four) hour as they offer £10 pizzas and £2 slices.
Offering nothing but the best plant-based eats, this pretty cafe and restaurant just a short walk from Deansgate offers a stunning selection of 100% plant-based breakfasts, lunches and dinners from 7.30am every morning. There's also a nice range of beers and wines for those after-work thirsts.
Located down in Chorlton this Pan-Asian chicken shack offers a stunning selection of sauce-slathered bites, from wings and breasts to tempeh and cauliflower bites - all for less than £11. Head down in the summertime and grab a spot in their front garden for the most budget friendly al fresco dining in the city.
Chow down on fluffy buns, crispy tempura, sashimi and yakitori as Shoryu brings affordable Japanese dining to Piccadilly Gardens. Pair your warming bowls with sake, shochu and imported beers, all without the hefty price tag.
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.
Think you know cheese toasties? You ain't seen nothing until you've sunk your teeth into melting sandos, layers of bacon and lip-smacking pickles at Northern Soul. Located by The Arndale, this casual spot is perfect for a quick bite.