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.

Last updated on 9th January 2020

The Deaf Institute

101 user reviews 4

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.

The Waldorf

54 user reviews 5

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.

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, and go vegan on Thursdays; when a selection of meat-free dishes will set you back just £12.50 per person.


1 user review 4

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.

The Courtyard

5 user reviews 5

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 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.

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.

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.