Manchester Restaurants

Manchester is a city well known for its thriving entertainment and nightlife. Manchester restaurants like much of the city are in the midst of enjoying good times, the city is enjoying a renaissance having had redevelopment projects over the past few years with the promise of plenty more still to come. It city has to an extent been transformed and has become synonymous with the terms urban development and regeneration.

This legacy means both locals to the city and visitors to the city are greeted with a self confident city with an entertainment mix ahead of most cities. Visitors will find a plethora of thriving Manchester Bars and clubs with plenty of choice to choose from modestly priced ones to smart and chic. The restaurants in Manchester serve traditional British food including specialities from the area and county and the cosmopolitan nature of the city means should diners wish to experience cosmopolitan mix of cuisines that is well catered for.

Below is our list of Restaurants in Manchester you may wish to consider when looking for dining options in the city, included are restaurants to suit different budgets and include places to find varying cuisines:

British Cuisine

Choice Restaurant is located in Castlefield in Manchester. The multi award winning restaurant is a firm favourite among diners, taking its place in the up and coming Manchester dining scene. Opened back in 2001 the restaurant has gone on to establish a fine reputation, set in a fine location close to the city centre there is a relaxing atmosphere where diners can relax and enjoy their meal. There is an extensive wine list to choose from including wines from across the world. Choice has become well known for its use of local ingredients highlighting local produce and giving diners the chance to experience fine British cuisine. Diners can expect a warm greeting and friendly service at the restaurant. Dishes include starters such as, seasonal soups and salads, herring and king scallops. For mains there are mushroom tartlets, pheasant, duck, monkfish, sea bass and cote de boeuf among others. For dessert there are chocolate and whisky tart, English cheeses, crème brulee and cinnamon bread and butter pudding to try.

Chinese Cuisine

Yang Sing is an established Chinese restaurant located in Manchester's Chinatown. Over the years it has been highly acclaimed for the quality of the Chinese cuisine on offer, the restaurant has also won several awards. The restaurant is set over several floors it makes for a great place for a meal for 2 and for larger groups. This is one of the most famous and well known Chinese restaurants in the UK and its reputation is spread far wider than in just the local Manchester area. The cuisine is Cantonese with some elements of fusion being introduced too. The menu includes Steamed Seafood Dumpling with Chinese Chives, Deep Fried Battered White Bait Tossed With Salted Egg Yolk, Sizzling Fillet of Chicken in Blackcurrant & Blackberry Sauce and King Prawn with Saffron Sauce Vegetable Fried Rice, these are just some of the 200 varies of dishes on offer. Diners can enjoy a wide variety of dishes here in a lively atmosphere with good service.

Greek Cuisine

Diners looking for Greek cuisine in Manchester can try Dimitris restaurant. It is located in Deansgate, Manchester, here diners can enjoy a range of Greek dishes with influences from around the Mediterranean. The menu varies from grilled halloumi to mussels to chicken, there are a wide range of dishes for fans of meat, those that prefer seafood and there are choices for vegetarians too, the menu has sections that include meaty, fishy, cheesy and veggy. For a quick lunch there are a range of baguettes with soup to try. Mezes can be ordered to share choices include the party meze and the mega meze for those wanting to try a range of dishes. The restaurant has a lively and friendly atmosphere.

Indian Cuisine

For those wishing to experience Indian cuisine in Manchester, there is Swadesh restaurant. Located in Manchester city centre, has a relaxed environment for diners to enjoy their meals in and a good standard of service. The restaurant has a contemporary design, there is a bar area along with the main dining area. The menu is extensive with plenty of choice in dishes, starters include, spiced potatoes and garlic mushrooms and a mixed grill that has an interesting mix of kebabs, chicken and vegetables. For mains there are tandoori king prawns and keema muttar (minced lamb with peas and cooked with onions and tomatoes garnished with aromatic spices. For vegetarians there are options for starters and mains.

Italian Cuisine

Diners seeking to experience an authentic Italian restaurant in Manchester can try the San Carlo restaurant. Located in King Street West in Manchester, San Carlo is part of a small chain that includes branches in Leicester, Birmingham and Bristol. The restaurant opened back in 2004 and has since built up a good reputation and has become a popular place to go to experience good Italian cuisine. There is great importance on fish in the menu, with a range of dishes sure to please seafood connoisseur including monkfish and king prawn kebab. There are favourites on the menu such as antipasti, pizzas and a range of pastas, the pizzas are cooked in the wood burning oven that diners can see with the open kitchen. There are over 100 different dishes to choose from meaning plenty of choice for just about anyone. The restaurant has built up a loyal following among diners who appreciate quality Italian food in comfortable and smart surroundings, yet the restaurant is good value for money too. Much of the ingredients are imported from Italy to get that authentic taste and flavour, the wine list is from Italy too. Service is good meaning diners can sit back relax and enjoy the experience.

Modern Eclectic Cuisine

Obisidian restaurant is located in Princess Street, Manchester, a fine range of modern eclectic cuisine is available to diners here. When entering diners can see the marble and leather and wood interior with good use of lighting, this creates a stylish place. There is a chic, cool and contemporary feel to the restaurant, inspiration has been taken from some stylish establishments from New York to create a desirable place to relax and enjoy a meal. The menu includes Grilled bury black pudding, poached hens eggs & baby spinach salad for starters, Roasted sea bass, aubergine caviar with sauce vierge and Rack of lamb with red pepper couscous & ratatouille for mains with Chocolate toffee brioche pudding with pouring cream for dessert.


If seafood is the cuisine of choice then diners may wish to consider LiveBait restaurant and grill located in Lloyd Street, Manchester. The restaurant gives seafood fans the chance to taste dishes such as atlantic shell-on prawns with mayonnaise, Livebait platter that includes Canadian lobster, crab claws, shell on prawns and rock oysters. Others dishes roasted cod fillet served on mild curried lentils and spinach and braised monkfish wrapped in parma ham. There are established favourites such as fish and chips with a twist as well as more exotic fare. The restaurant has a friendly atmosphere and nice surroundings that helps to enhance the experience for diners. The restaurant is a seafood lover's paradise, where diners can be conservative with their choices with the established favourites on the menu or more adventurous and try some of the exotic seafood dishes.

Vegetarian Cuisine

Greenhouse Restaurant offers vegetarians a wide array of dishes to choose from. The restaurant is located in Rusholme, Manchester, the menu takes its inspiration from various vegetarian cuisines and starters include Hot Breaded Fingers of Mozzarella and stuffed vine leaves, while mains include Organic Chestnut Cassoulet Pie and Deep Fried 'Scampi', Chips & Mushy Peas that uses soya protein instead of scampi. The desserts include Traditional Apple Strudel and Dairy Free Chocolate Fudge Cake. There is plenty on the menu for diners to enjoy and with dishes influenced and using ingredients from cuisines from around the world, the cosmopolitan nature of the food means most people can find something they enjoy. GM free ingredients are used as far is possible. The restaurant is a cosy one with a good atmosphere in which to dine.

Our tour of restaurants in Manchester has highlighted some great places to dine that you may wish to consider when looking for a place to eat. The guide has noted restaurants catering for different budgets and included restaurants for a range of popular cuisines in the UK. There are many other restaurants in Manchester area that diners may wish to try, with new restaurants opening up, it is little wonder Manchester is viewed by many as very much an up and coming contender on the restaurants scene in the UK. The thriving and ever expanding bars/restaurants and club scene in Manchester makes it an interesting place to visit.

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