Best For Lunch in Manchester

With its wealth of bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes, there's no shortage of places to enjoy a spot of lunch in Manchester. Whether you're looking for a sophisticated business lunch in a smart Spinningfields bar, a leisurely ladies lunch or afternoon tea, a gourmet burger in a cool Northern Quarter hang-out or a good old Sunday roast, you'll be spoilt for choice for lunch options in Manchester.

Last updated on 2nd July 2019




Conveniently located a stone's throw from the shops and offices and neighbouring bars of Deansgate, this popular Manchester restaurant bar brings a slice of Cuban spice to Manchester city centre with a great selection of food, drink and Latin flava. The cantina menu of small, tapas style sharer plates is ideal for a relaxed lunchtime, or check out the great selection of South American classics such as burritos, enchiladas and Chimichangas. The restaurant offers plenty of seating over two floors, meaning that you shouldn't struggle to find a table - even on busy weekends.  

Banyan Corn Exchange

765 user reviews 4

Fizz Friday - £20 Prosecco all day and 1 other offer

Their food photography isn't trying to fool you, Banyan's grub really is that delicious. A great place to have lunch in Manchester, not only can Banyan in the corn exchange churn out charming plates of internationally loved chow, there's stunning cocktails and beers to boot. 

Bottomless Brunch and 3 other offers

Set in a sleek, glass-fronted building, The Refinery in Spinningfields is the perfect place to grab a spot of lunch. If you need something substantial, try one of their epic burgers which includes fillings such as Wagyu beef and buttermilk chicken, or for something lighter, you can't beat the selection of small plates and salads.

Gorilla

346 user reviews 4

Located close to the bars of Oxford Road and handy for the Universities, Gorilla is a great option for a relaxed lunch in Manchester city centre. Floor to ceiling windows flood the bar's two storeys with light - not to mention providing great people watching opportunities while you graze. The menu is extensive, with a great selection of sandwiches, gourmet burgers and dogs (the Gorilla Dog will change your life), as well as imaginative salads, create-your-own platters and Gorilla's speciality kebabs. There's also a good selection of breakfast options served until 4pm, and loads of choice for vegetarians - give it a go, book a table for free here!

Rosso

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Housed under one of the most impressive domed ceilings in the city, Rosso houses one of the chicest bars in Manchester and combines stunning neo-classical architecture with a modern Italian menu for a chic, vibrant lunchtime atmosphere. The restaurant is owned by Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand so expect to see the odd celebrity diner; though despite its famous associations the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming to all. Find out more and book online here