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 February 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

50 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.

Footage, Manchester

44 user reviews 4

One of many student spots in Manchester, Footage stands out from the crowd thanks to quirky interiors, low price cocktail pitchers and their range of mouthwatering grub. From the all-day brunch to loaded burgers and dogs, there's plenty of crowd-pleasing favourites to choose from.

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.


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. 

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. 

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. 

Home Sweet Home

1 user review 5

Home Sweet Home is a go-to for cheap brekkie, 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.  

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. 

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.