Coming top of the list out of the best affordable restaurants in Manchester is Indian eatery, Mowgli. Tucked away in the Corn Exchange, this mecca of curries and cocktails guarantees a filling, flavourful meal, with plenty of bang for your buck.
Best Restaurants In Manchester
Who's hungry? It's not just crafty cocktails that this industrial metropolis boasts, as our city is swimming with dining dens, tasty retreats and flavourful hideaways. Scouring this maze of urban haunts is a daunting task. Luckily, we've created a guide to the best restaurants in Manchester. Get your knife and fork ready; you're in for a feast.
Banyan brings a superbly stylish and relaxed venue for drinking and dining to the Corn Exchange. A lovely little restaurant, it's the perfect place for a coffee pick-me-up, a dinner date of homely cooking or late-night cocktails in their beautiful bar.
Looking for the best restaurants in Manchester's Northern Quarter? Thanks to their bottomless brunches, juicy burgers and pizzas fronting a variety of toppings, from carbonara to nduja, Foundry Project should be on your list. Better yet, their affordable cocktails are perfect for washing down all that grub.
Set in a former Victorian courthouse, Hawksmoor is one of the most stunning places to eat in Manchester. The Spinningfields restaurant has received national praise for its massive Sunday roast sharing boards. Though dinner is just as delicious, with plenty of meaty cuts to choose from.
It's not just the gorgeous vaulted ceiling and opulent chandeliers that make Grand Pacific one of the best restaurants in Manchester city centre. They're also serving up a variety of international and pan-Asian plates for you to tuck into.
Led by chef Ben Chaplin, the kitchen at The Black Friar Salford rustles up some of the best food around. Championing British ingredients and flavours to a tee, this joint offers upmarket pub grub. Expect the best pie and mash you ever had, as well as dishes like white miso-marinated black cod.
From the signature hanging kebabs to the other international dishes and its famous herb-packed cocktails, The Botanist really ticks all the boxes. Aside from the menus, you can also expect the usual garden-inspired interiors and a gorgeous terrace at the MediaCity venue. For neighbourhood vibes, head to the Didsbury branch.
Peter Street Kitchen is the only one out of the fancy restaurants in Manchester that's fusing Japanese dishes with Mexican flavours. Set in the grand Grade-II listed Free Trade Hall, its interiors are a mix of white furnishings, lanterns and big stone pillars, meaning they're as beaut as the food.
Named in The Sunday Times' Top 100 Restaurants, James Martin Manchester combines expertly crafted British fare with plush interiors. Expect industrial touches, a vintage feel and a varied menu using fresh produce or local ingredients.
Among the most romantic restaurants in Manchester is Australasia, who are fronting sushi, pan-Asian dishes and some pretty swoon-worthy interiors. From snapping pics in the gorgeous space to tucking into decadent desserts, it's one of the best dining experiences on offer.
With 35 years under its belt, Don Giovanni is surely one of the best Italian restaurants in Manchester. This Oxford Street stalwart offers a fine dining experience; dishing up exquisite plates of pasta, beautiful steaks and artisan booze.
A popular live music joint and late-night bar, The Blues Kitchen also brings a taste of America's Deep South to its food menu. Think Cajun-spiced buttermilk chicken and 'the big boss burger' (a grass-fed ribeye and bone marrow patty topped with brisket and cheese), all washed down by bourbon.
This renowned international steak brand is delivering the goods in their swanky Manchester location, which features cowhide decor in a renovated church. If that hasn't grabbed your attention, the Argentine menu certainly will, with cuts of steak, vegan options and cocktails all done superbly at Gaucho.
Rooftop restaurant 20 Stories is an absolute beauty and well deserving of a place in our guide. Whether you fancy boozy afternoon teas, dinner with live music or just to stare out across the city while you eat, this Spinningfields venue has you covered.
Winner of the Great British Menu 2019 and with experience in various Michelin-starred kitchens, Adam Reid now has his eponymous restaurant in The French. Set in a stunning old dining room, the space is geared towards special occasions, including a tasting menu that pays homage to the chef's Northern roots.
From afternoon tea in their indoor garden to a range of small plates inspired by international cuisine, The Refuge by Volta is one of the most popular places in town. Think chimichurri pork chop with grilled pineapple, salt cod croquettes and chickpea daal, all ready to be wolfed down in their opulent space.
It's long been a student favourite and even had Ed Sheeran visit; 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.
Found just shy of Newton Street, Cottonopolis is a must for those after excellent pan-Asian cuisine. Serving everything from teriyaki mushrooms on toast for brunch to seafood-stuffed bao buns at dinner, this warehouse space is one of the city's coolest eateries - and that's before we've even started on the cocktails.
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 tablecloths.
One of the best restaurants in Manchester for 2022, Cote is delivering on both flavour and flair when it comes to French cuisine. We recommend going for classic steak frites or a sumptuous charcuterie board to split. As ever, pair with a glass of vino.
A rooftop bar, pan-Asian restaurant and British brasserie all-in-one, The Ivy Spinningfields is a hot dining destination. From its opulent interiors with botanical detailing to the tasty fare on offer, this swish spot is delivering the goods for the 'Gram and your belly.
A previous winner of the 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. It proves you don't need to spend a small fortune for excellent dining.
As our top pick of Michelin star restaurants in Manchester (well, it is the only one), it's safe to say that Mana should be on everyone's foodie bucket list. Chef Simon Martin has used his experience at world-famous Noma to create a seasonal British tasting menu, which promises diners some of the best cooking the city can offer.
From that roof terrace through to its Catalan influences, El Gato Negro is one of this city's top restaurants for all sorts of reasons. While the brand has now rolled out across the North, its first home in Manchester is still our favourite, with sharing plates and fresh seafood galore.
Tattu is famous across the UK for its lush interiors and modern Chinese cuisine - their Manchester venue is no exception. Settle down among the blossoms and Art Deco decor, where you'll enjoy an indulgent meal washed down with their unique list of handcrafted cocktails.