Foodie Heaven at 9 of the Best Restaurants in Manchester

Last Updated: April 27, 2021

In a city that is defined by culture, history, sport and regional pride, restaurants play an important part in Manchester’s profile for visitors to the area. These nine restaurants are an indication of the standards and sheer range of cuisine in the northern English capital.

by AGENT Staff
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Manchester is steeped in culture and history. It’s home to such unique landmarks as Chetham’s Library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world; the Bridgewater Canal, the first canal built entirely independent of rivers; and the urban heritage park, Castlefield. Bursting with pride and passion, the city is significantly defined by a football culture, and the rival United and City teams are two of the biggest footballing brands in the world. As well as the National Football Museum, other popular amenities such as Manchester Cathedral, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Art Gallery and Chinatown can also be found throughout the fascinating city. Manchester is also graced with a mouth-watering range of top-class restaurants, which are the ideal destination for a business lunch in the city, or a family meal during down-time. These are just 9 of the best restaurants in Manchester. They’re a must for any visitor.


1. The French, Manchester

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Award-winning chef Simon Rogan presents a choice of six or ten-course tasting menus, showcasing his multi-award winning dishes at The French, located in the Midland Hotel. It has remained The Pride of Manchester‘s “Best Restaurant in Manchester” since opening in February 2013. With a smart, lime-hued theme, combined with wooden decor, this Manchester restaurant is a must-visit.



2. Manchester House, Manchester

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This stunning view is just one of the many features of Manchester House. The breathtaking open area is one of a kind, and the inside layout is just as beautiful. A cream-hued theme mixed with wooden furniture and decor enhance the modern atmosphere presented. Head chef at the age of 22, Aiden Byrne has worked in many other Michelin-starred restaurants including Adlards, Pied A Terre and The Commons, highlighting his class and skill in the profession.



3. Quill, Manchester

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This intricate, sophisticated establishment is a showcase for head chef Curtis Stewart’s modern British menu, with European influences. On the ground floor of Quill is the cocktail bar and terrace.  It boasts a cocktail list combining historical elements of penmanship, quills and scribes to create a sense of theatre, vividly bringing to life the drinks that complement the core flavours from the food menu.



4. James Martin Manchester, Manchester

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BBC Saturday Kitchen celebrity chef James Martin is the man behind the James Martin Manchester restaurant. The restaurant has seen a complete refurbishment with rustic decor throughout and a unique open viewing meat market. The menu is a mixture of Martin’s classic British style of cuisine; locally sourced and natural in its simplicity. Just minutes from Deansgate Rail Station, James Martin Manchester is situated inside the glamorous Manchester235 casino, making it a fantastic and ideal location, away from the busy pace of the city.



5. Mr Cooper’s House & Garden, Manchester

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A multitude of dining settings under one roof, Mr Cooper’s House & Garden has a setting to suit every preference. Guests can dine in the garden amidst the wall of plants and fantastic 30ft tree, enjoy drinks in the library or relax in  luxurious leather booths. Mr Cooper’s boasts great food devised by Simon Rogan, cooked with flair and imagination, and served in unique surroundings by a friendly, professional team. The ambience is one of thoroughness with minimum fuss. Chef Rogan’s menu changes with the seasons, so every time you visit, you will discover something new. A gem.



6. Tattu, Manchester

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Bringing a refreshing concept to Manchester’s best restaurants, Clifton Muil‘s Tattu Restaurant and Bar opened at Gartside Street, Spinningfields in April 2015. The fascinating layout, created by Edwin Pickett, provides customers with a breathtaking atmosphere in which to enjoy their meals. Cocktails, and a premium wine list, enable customers to enjoy the venue as a drinks destination, as well as a restaurant.



7. Vermilion, Manchester

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Thai-influenced, Asian fusion restaurant, Vermilion, is situated near the Etihad Stadium, and it is clearly one of the most eye-poppingly best restaurants and bars in Manchester. The incredibly impressive dining arena in Vermilion was designed by world-renowned Miguel Cancio Martins.



8. Australasia, Manchester

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One of the best restaurants in Manchester for a cultural and dining experience, Australasia is just a stone’s throw from Manchester Opera House. The modern Australian cuisine combines Pacific Rim flavours, underpinned by European cooking tradition, Indonesian, and Southeast Asian influences. The entrance of Australasia is within a triangular glass structure protruding from the cement. The customer is then greeted by a white-washed cavern, a blank canvas effect in which the delicious Asian flavours work their full magic.



9. San Carlo, Manchester

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Award-winning San Carlo, the eatery synonymous with its MD, Marcello Distefano, is situated on the west border of Manchester’s central district. The dining room boasts an open, light, all-white space with yellow hue, and a stylish bar and lounge area perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks. The stylish, modern decor at San Carlo is the perfect setting for intimate evening meals and cocktails with friends, family, informal or formal. It’s also one of the best restaurants for working lunches and corporate events, and can seat up to 200 people.


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