Fine Dining In Manchester

Looking for somewhere to enjoy the most sophisticated of meals? Indulge in the most elegant and luxurious spots right here. Whether it's the breathtaking settings that draw you in or the Michelin-rated food, there are a number of venues that fit the bill for your special occasion. Check out our recommendations for the best fine dining Manchester has to offer. 

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Last updated on 17th May 2024

20 Stories

Manchester's highest restaurant also happens to be one of its finest. 20 Stories is an iconic bar and eatery that can be found on the 19th floor of No.1 Spinningfields. The venue has a phenomenal outdoor terrace boasting leafy foliage and glossy interiors that'll make your draw drop. Look out across the city as you dine on an exquisite menu that showcases ingredients sourced no further than 50 miles from Manchester. Whether you're in the market for a bottomless brunch, a set lunch or dinner affair or simply one of the many a la carte beauties (think seared pigeon or pan-fried roasted cod with fennel and cauliflower), you won't be let down at this gorgeous haunt. 

Gaucho Manchester

Argentinian dishes are aplenty at this edgy restaurant decked out with cow print chairs, an organ and sparkling silver chandeliers. Gaucho Manchester is sure to impress whether you visit for a family meal or book a spot in this converted church for date night. Browse a Southern American menu featuring some of the finest cuts of prime beef. Begin by tantalising your taste buds with some salmon tartare tacos or sea bass ceviche before sharing a chateaubriand or having a ribeye to yourself. Wash it all down with some signature cocktails, like the rum-based Honey Punch or a Lychee Blossom, made with vodka and reconstructed lemon juice.

Don Giovanni

Pre-Theatre Menu | 2 course £23.95 | 3 course £27.95 and 2 other offers

Indulge in a bit of upmarket Italian fare over at Don Giovanni on Oxford Street - a great pick for halal fine dining in Manchester. From fresh pasta and pizza to exquisite seafood, there's something for all tastes. Wash it down with a tipple from their extensive selection of cocktails, wines and beers.

Pier Eight

An extension of The Lowry's Theatre and Gallery, Pier Eight's simple, contemporary restaurant invites guests to relax and indulge in modern British food with a focus on local flavours. Nestled waterside overlooking Salford Quays, the dining room sports large windows where diners can look out and delight in pretty views. Those looking to enjoy an exceptional dinner before a show will not be disappointed here, with two courses for £30 or three for only £5 more. Begin your feast with smoked salmon roulade, before inhaling char siu belly pork or sweet potato and caramelised onion Wellingtons. Then, finish with a strawberry mille-feuille or miso millionaire's torte. 

63 Degrees

Some of the best fine dining Manchester has to offer is available to devour at this gorgeous, French-inspired restaurant that's bringing a modern take to traditional flavours. The name 63 Degrees comes from the eateries' ethos of following the idea that 63° is the ideal temperature for cooking long and low meats, and the menu incorporates this experimental theory accompanied by a list of cocktails, wines, and Champagnes. Tuck into the likes of Dover sole stuffed with tarragon, whole lobster and snails in a garlic and herb dressing in bright, airy surrounds and revel in its chic, Parisian neighbourhood feel while planted firmly in the heart of the Northern Quarter.


After Michelin star restaurants in Manchester? Mana was the first, making it an unmissable city staple. Run by chef Simon Martin, the Ancoats hotspot serves locally-sourced food with an avant-garde menu and fine wine pairings.


A venture from San Carlo, Fumo is the place to go if you're looking for fine dining in Manchester city centre. Upon entry, you'll be met with dazzling interiors: think soft, golden hanging lights reminiscent of delicate petals and grand, marble tables. The space is complete with a terrace as well as private dining rooms for intimate affairs, and more. Italian cuisine is on the menu, with dishes whipped up using a robata charcoal flaming grill to create succulent plates of meat such as lamb cutlets with Barolo red wine and pan-fried chicken breast with spicy 'nduja Calabrian sausage. As for dessert? Tuck into a creamy tiramisu or a classic baked vanilla cheesecake.