Did you know that Manchester's food scene is the fastest growing in the UK? Culinary culture is thriving in England's second city. From restaurants to cafes and from gastropubs to diners, there is an eclectic range of options for foodies.
But where are the best dining options in the city? We've got our knives and forks at the ready, in an effort to source the best joints to grab a bite in Manchester. So, read on and tuck into this guide that details all of the best restaurants in Manchester.
1) Sam's Chop House
One of Manchester's most celebrated restaurants, Sam's Chop House serves a fine selection of fine British cuisine. The atmospheric eatery has more than 140 years of history and is located in the heart of the city centre. Dishes are seasonal, and your mouth will be watering just from reading the menu.
Address: Back Pool Fold, Manchester M2 1HN
2) The Edinburgh Castle
Head to Ancoats to enjoy some seriously good food at The Edinburgh Castle. Set inside a 200-year-old refurbished pub, the restaurant is a hybrid of a traditional watering hole and high-class eatery. Get ready to enjoy a pint followed by high-end British classics.
Address: Henry St &, Blossom St, Manchester M4 5AW
3) Adam Reid at The French
Awarded by BBC's Great British Menu 2016 and 2019, Adam Reid brings tasty cuisine to Adam Reid at The French, which is set in the famous Midland Hotel. There is a range of set menus to try, all of which feature seasonal produce, and it's the most accredited restaurant in the UK not to receive a Michelin star.
Address: 16 Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS
Currently the only restaurant in Manchester with a Michelin star, Mana is a high-end restaurant that serves up great food and wine. Produce is sourced from the British isles but features a Copenhagen influence. Food comes Instagram ready – meaning you can take snaps of expertly curated dishes before tucking into a treat.
Address: 42 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6BF
5) Black Dog Ballroom
The Northern Quarter is known for its fantastic street art, quirky bars and bohemian vibes, and it's also a great place to grab a bite. Black Dog Ballroom is arguably the best of a selection of restaurants in the Northern Quarter with its US-themed dishes that will have you enjoying this little slice of Americana.
Address: 52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW
6) Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill
Be inspired by major Brazilian cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo at Fazenda Rodizio Bar and Grill. Tuck into unique rodizio with succulent tastes from gaucho chefs who cook up a treat with some of the best meat cuts around. Set in Spinningfields, Fazenda is your chance to try the international flavours of Brazil right in the heart of Manchester.
Address: The Avenue, Manchester M3 3AP
7) Bar San Juan
We're keeping the international flavours alive with our next entry, Bar San Juan, a popular tapas spot in Chorlton. The yellow and red tiles will make it feel like you've been transported to a small town in Spain, while the food will leave you wanting more. From croquetas to Almejas en salsa verde, you'll leave Bar San Juan feeling like a Spanish local.
Address: 56 Beech Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9EG
Another Spinningfields gem, Tattu is set over two floors and offers a range of Oriental culinary delights. The independently-run restaurant is a favourite with locals in Manchester and has some of the best dim sum in town.
Address: 3 Hardman Square, Gartside St, Manchester M3 3EB
One of Manchester's most sought-after dining spots, Australasia is a fusion of Australian and Japanese delights. Located in Deansgate you can enjoy your meal in relaxed elegance and laid-back luxe before heading to the classy cocktail bar for a few classic concoctions and a night of dancing.
Address: 1 The Avenue, Deansgate, Manchester M3 3AP
Come dine with Manchester
There are so many wonderful places to eat in Manchester, and these are just a small selection of restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal. Whether you're after a quick bite or a lavish evening out, there are almost endless options in the city for you to discover. And we're sure that you'll keep coming back for more.