Casual Restaurants in Manchester
Fancy something a little laid back? Swap the sky-high spots and boujee bars for something of the chilled out variety. From slick picks touting bare brick walls and simple menus to vegan diners adorned with quirky posters and cosy booths, here's our pick of the best casual restaurants in Manchester.
Looking for a light bite in Manchester's Northern Quarter? Look no further than BAB, a light and airy space serving up uber-luxe kebabs and delicious cocktails. The menu here is made up of both traditional lamb and halloumi offerings, as well as a few quirky dishes like the swordfish souvlaki.
Get your foodie fix as Pho brings classic Vietnamese cooking to the iconic Manchester Corn Exchange. From crispy spring rolls to crispy chicken wings and wok-fried noodles alongside the signature steaming bowls of rice noodle soup, you won't go hungry here.
Another London fave, Shoryu Ramen has headed north, bringing their refreshing take on Japanese cooking along for the ride. Whether you're after spicy veggie tonkotsu or meaty street food, you'll find it all paired with sake flights and creative cocktails.
Located in the heart of Spinningfields, Comptoir Libanais is the go-to for impressive Lebanese cooking. The first outpost in the city, this Middle Eastern restaurant is bringing you the likes of flatbreads, mezze and burgers finished off with baklawa and mango cheesecake.
Escape the hustle and bustle of city living with a visit to this botanical-led hideaway. With stunning surroundings offering an extensive gin list and seasonal British dishes, Allotment Bar is a top choice if you're after a casual restaurant in Manchester.
Plant-powered scran is on the menu here, as The Deaf Institute serves a meat-free feast each and every day. When you aren't catching a live music show, head here for loaded nachos, mac n cheese, seitan burgers and dairy-free ice cream.
It doesn't get much more straightforward than this Asian-inspired hotspot. Holed up on Oldham Street, Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun does exactly what it says on the tin. Think neon-lights on the walls, Asian beers on tap, and delectable bites by the bun-ful.
After-work drinks? Chilled out dining? Make your way to this Northern Quarter restaurant where breakfast is served until 4pm and signature cocktails include French Martinis and Bermuda Swizzles. There's even a huge selection of beers; from craft cans to tap tipples.
Head to the Northern Quarter where this chilled out pizzeria has got you covered for some authentic Neapolitan eats six days a week. From the classic Margherita to the sausage and broccoli-laden Vesuvio and plenty of vegan options, they're one of the top spots in the city to get your slice on.