Best Restaurants In Manchester

Who's hungry? It's not just crafty cocktails that this industrial metropolis boasts. Manchester is swimming with dining dens, tasty retreats and flavourful hideaways. Scouring this maze of urban haunts is a daunting task, even for those comfortable city folk who tend to paddle in their nearest shores. Luckily, we've created a hand picked list of the best eateries and foodie destinations to grace Manchester's streets. Tuck in to our list of the hot to trot restaurants and get your knife and fork ready - you're in for a feast!

Last updated on 24th July 2020




The official 2019 winner of best restaurant in Manchester at the British Restaurant Awards, this charming eatery on Canal Street offers a slick range of international eats, alongside a stunning cocktail menu that never fails please - proving you don't need to spend a small fortune for excellent dining.

It's long been a student favourite and even Ed Sheeran has visited; Mughli in Rushulme is the go-to for chargrilled Indian cuisine. Based on India's tiffin box culture, the restaurant serves affordable meals, with dishes including the likes of butter chicken, saagwala, and bhuna.

Polished concrete floors, an open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows give Ancoats' Elnecot a lively, communal feel - something which extends to its menu. Watch the chefs sizzle away in the kitchen, knocking up a delicious range of sharing plates, including our favourite: disco cabbage.

This couldn't be a list of the best restaurants in Manchester without making note of one of the best, high-end restaurants in the city. Known for their stunning presentation skills and top notch service, 63 Degrees is prime for date nights and special occasions aplenty.

Scouse chef Gary Usher is the man of  the moment, and having gained notoriety thanks to Tripadvisor responses and Crowdfunding campaigns, it's worth checking out just what his culinary offering brings. Hipsi in Didsbury is a great place to start, as the laidback bistro has a long list of crowd-pleasing, British plates.

From that roof terrace through to its Catalan influences, El Gato Negro is one of Manchester's best restaurants for all sorts of reasons. While the brand has now rolled out across the North, its first home in MCR is still our favourite, with sharing plates and plenty of fresh seafood.

Almost Famous

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For one of Manchester's best - and most rated - restaurants, leave the knife and fork at home. Almost Famous is a cultural institution to this city, serving up meat patties with some of the most tasty toppings in the business; the namesake Famous Burger is always a winner, with their secret sauce dolloped all over.

Rosso

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Exuding a sleek finesse, Rosso takes pride of place on King's Street. Decadent dining is the tone here with an appreciation for those lustrous Italian flavours in authentic pizzas, homemade pastas and fresh seafood. And it's not just the food; interiors are a beautiful blend of frosted mirror walls and starched white table clothes, in other word: fancy.

Having been awarded the first Michelin star in Manchester in 40 years, it's safe to say that Mana should be on everyone's foodie list. Chef Simon Martin has used his experience at world-famous Noma to create a seasonal, British tasting menu that promises diners some of the best cooking in the city.