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 11th December 2020

Lime Restaurant and Bar

10 user reviews 4

Located in the hub of Salford Quays, Lime Restaurant and Bar is a brilliant all-day affordable 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.

The Waldorf

76 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.

Pho Manchester

170 user reviews 4

Savoury yet healthy, Pho Manchester is serving some flavourful noodle soups, rice entrees and wholesome salads from its home in the city centre. With 2-course lunches for £10.95 and 15% student discounts, you can't get any tastier on a budget than that.


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 pizza options for no more than £15 for a 14”. 

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 beer and a low-cost meal? There's loads to choose from at The Courtyard, think 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.

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, all for less than £11. Heading down in the summertime? Grab a spot in their front garden for budget-friendly al fresco eats. 

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.