Restaurants in Manchester
Manchester has a rich and thriving food scene. South Asian cuisine is a big draw, especially along the curry mile in Rusholme. But beyond budget staples, you’ll find a city centre booming with excellent modern British options, some which have received Michelin recognition. Manchester isn’t the culinary backwater many used to insist.
The restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over £30)
Moderate (£20 to £30)
Cheap (up to £20)
These prices are for a three-course meal for one, including half a bottle of house wine or equivalent, tax and service. A service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill in most restaurants. If service is not included, 10% tipping is customary.
Housed in a former tool shed belonging to the owner's uncle, this quality restaurant in the heart of trendy Castlefield triumphs when it comes to the delivery of hearty cuisine. Expect everything from fish stew and Italian penne to Lancashire cheese and onion pie to be on the menu.Address: , 18-20 Castle Street, Manchester, M3 4LZ
Telephone: +44 161 839 9818.
This popular Thai restaurant enjoys an incredible setting with an open kitchen and sunken seats. Combine this with top-of-the-notch cuisine and an extensive menu and you simply can't go wrong.Address: , 19 Chapel Walks, off Cross Street, Manchester, M2 1HN
Telephone: +44 161 832 8342.
Manchester HouseCuisine: Modern British
Aiden Byrne, the youngest chef to ever win a Michelin star, runs the kitchen at Manchester House. The food is fancy without being pretentious, with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. If you're after a long lunch, the tasting menu is not to be missed.Address: , Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ
Telephone: +44 161 835 2557.
Akbars is the place to find a curry with class. It sets itself apart from the rest of Curry Mile (a long strip of Indian restaurants along and around Wilmslow Road in Rusholme) with contemporary furniture and an interior flush with bright colours - and that's before you even taste the delicious food.Address: , 73-83 Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4NQ
Telephone: +44 161 834 7222.
AubaineCuisine: Modern British
Relaxed and sophisticated, Aubaine sits within the Selfridges department store. A light and airy French brasserie, it boasts unforgettable views of the city via floor-to-ceiling windows. A great lunch time treat for shoppers or for those who want to dine in elegant surroundings on confidently-prepared food.Address: , 1 Exchange Square, Manchester, M3 1BD
Telephone: +44 161 838 0571.
Lucha LibreCuisine: Mexican
Manchester has seen an unlikely rise in Mexican and Tex-Mex joints and Lucha Libre is its leading light. Its menu is based on Guadalajaran street food, but you'll find all the usual Mexican suspects here like thickly stuffed tacos and fully filled burritos.Address: , 4 Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, Manchester,
Telephone: +44 161 850 0629.
HomeCuisine: Mediterranean, Salads
Picking up where the one-time Cornerhouse Cafe left off, Home is three cafes in the Manchester Arts Centre that offer the same light lunches as its predecessor. With a selection of filling salads and decent pizzas, this is the ideal spot to grab a bite before catching a play or an art house flick in the centre itself.Address: , 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN
Telephone: +44 161 200 1500.
This bustling little deli offers friendly, efficient service and serves up reasonably priced sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries and cakes. Lilting towards Greek and Mediterranean favourites, the beef sizzler and paella are both top choices.Address: , 113 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BQ
Telephone: +44 161 937 0010.
Seoul KimchiCuisine: Korean
With legions of regular customers, this restaurant offers stylish but unpretentious Korean food, including noodle soups, dumplings and Korean specialities such as kimchi itself - spicy pickled cabbage.Address: , 275 Upper Brook Street, Manchester, M13 0HR
Telephone: +44 161 273 5556.