Restaurants For A Special Occasion In Manchester

From birthdays with bottomless bubbles through to an anniversary overlooking the city’s skyline, the city is one hell of a hottie when it comes to celebrating. And no matter what your special occasion in Manchester, these bars and restaurants are pros at making a fuss. Ditch the petrol shop flowers and get ready to go all out at our picks of Manchester’s best fine dining and aesthetically appealing restaurants for a special occasion.

This stylish European brasserie is one of Manchester's more relaxed dining spots for a celebratory meal, whether that be a graduation or anniversary date. The restaurant serves goodies such as truffle macaroni, fried halibut and crab bisque, or push the boat out with Sunday Social: unlimited prosecco and a roast.

This fine-dining Manchester spot is one for the foodies. Located within a beautiful Grade II listed building, the kitchen is run by Adam Reid - one of the city's top chefs and winner of the Great British Menu 2019. Celebrate in the ultra luxe dining room whilst enjoying one of the three available tasting menus - including the exclusive 2019 GBM winning menu.

This award-winning vegan eatery, named the best vegetarian restaurant in Britain by The Times, features delicious and innovative dishes such as beer battered banana blossom, cauliflower hot wings and parsley and cornichon cream cheese. The frequently-changing menu also ensures that guests are only experiencing the best, locally-sourced produce.

If El Gato Negro's critically-acclaimed tapas wasn't reason enough to visit, the venue's top floor bar will win you over. Featuring a sun terrace with a retractable roof to reveal views of the city skyline, this is the perfect place to toast with friends over a glass or two of Iberian wine. 

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Widely considered one of the best Spanish restaurants in Manchester, this authentic tapas bar provides an intimate and relaxed setting for those looking for a more low-key celebration. With over 100 fine Spanish wines and great banquet deals, we'd recommend visiting with the family or friends.

Decked out with blue velvet seats, pink neon signs and wall hanging paper cranes, this Insta-worthy venue has also been visited by Justin Timberlake, Kevin Hart and Tyson Fury. The aesthetic spot makes a great choice for birthday bottomless brunches or a classy afternoon tea.

Created by Simon Martin, a former chef of world-class Danish restaurant NOMA, Mana offers a new approach to fine-dining. The restaurant uses some of the best culinary techniques to showcase the best of British cuisine and create a frequently-changing tasting menu of 12 to 18 plates, all served in quick succession.