Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Greater Manchester
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Greater Manchester restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 373 restaurants in Greater Manchester and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Greater Manchester restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. San Carlo Italian restaurant in Manchester 40 King Street West - M3
“A see-and-be-seen venue” – this “vibrant and longstanding Italian” is one of the most successful in the national chain and one of the city-centre’s key “glitzy” haunts. But whereas fans praise “great food, it at footballer prices”, mere mortals can feel ignored: “staff are disinterested unless your face fits (i.e. you’re a footballer or some other celeb!”).
2. TNQ Restaurant & Bar British, Modern restaurant in Manchester 108 High St - M4
This “excellent, reasonably priced neighbourhood spot in the Northern Quarter always delivers” with its “surprisingly affordable and beautifully presented high-end food” – “everyone should have a reliable, high-quality local like this in their area!”
3. Tattu Chinese restaurant in Manchester 3 Hardman Sq, Gartside St - M3
“A great see-and-be-seen atmosphere” – Adam and Drew Jones’s expanding, Chinese, national chain is characterised by “superb surroundings” and as a result its Manchester branch (the chain’s first, which opened in 2015) is “understandably one of the most popular venues in town”. But there’s a general feeling that “it’s nice looking but could do better” – “surroundings set an excellent first impression but I expected more of the food” (“on our visit, we couldn’t spot anyone Chinese in the kitchen, and it showed”); “and it’s pricey too”. “Overall there are better Chinese restaurants in Manchester… they’re not as striking though”.
5. The White Hart British, Traditional restaurant in Lydgate 51 Stockport Rd - OL4
Located on top o' hill, overlooking Manchester and the Cheshire plain beyond. On a good day we can even peek a view of the Welsh Mountains and Snowdonia. Lydgate is one of many villages collectively known as Saddleworth, nestled on the edge of the Pennines. Grand walking round...
6. Namaste Nepal Tandoori Indian restaurant in Manchester 164-166 Burton Road - M20
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Our aim is to take you on a sensory journey across Nepal and the Indian subcontinent through aromas, spices and a traditional atmosphere.Namaste Nepal is our only establishment in...
7. Mana British, Modern restaurant in Manchester Sawmill Court - M4
“You know as soon as you enter that this is going to be something special”; Simon Martin guaranteed his place in the history books in October 2019 when this dazzling newcomer secured the city’s first Michelin star in 40 years. “In part of Ancoats which has risen from waste ground in recent years, Mana looks like an anonymous office from the outside, with double (triple?) height net curtains over the large windows, and almost imperceptible signage”. The interior itself is “beautifully designed” (by Chester design practice, James Roberts): “light and modern, with a breathtaking, completely open kitchen – you can actually walk between the work stations as the chefs are plating up”. “The chef trained with Rene Redzepi and brings back to Manchester some of his magic” – “Nordic-style” cuisine from a choice of 15-course or 18-course tasting menus that’s “challenging in parts” but little short of “exquisite”. “Contrary to fears that everything might be covered in moss, what’s striking is how many dishes seem like ‘real’ food – there’s a real flow to the menu, enhanced by excellent service, both from the actual front of house, and the chefs who come forward to serve some dishes”.
8. Where The Light Gets In British, Modern restaurant in Stockport 7 Rostron Row - SK1
“Just phenomenal – the tasting menu is sublime and the wine pairing so well matched” at Sam Buckley’s “relaxing but luxurious” set-up in an old, Victorian brick-walled warehouse. There is the odd gripe that the hipster succession of numerous bite-sized dishes – often using produce from their own farm – is on the pricey side, but all reports acknowledge the “amazing tastes and ideas” the experience delivers, while “the service is just wonderful – you’re made to feel important as soon as you walk in the door”.
9. Adam Reid at The French British, Modern restaurant in Manchester Peter St - M60
“Adam has put his stamp on this place now, and it keeps getting better”. This grade II listed chamber – somewhat funked up, with yellow leather banquettes and massive lights, within what is, in essence, a very traditional space – has had many culinary ups and downs over the decades, but, after three years at the helm, Adam Reid is now settling into a “fabulous” stride here, with his selection of “totally desirable” four, six or nine-course menus. The cuisine is “not so challenging that you don’t want to come!” – “flowing wonderfully and generously, with notably well-executed dishes that simply delight”. And you eat to a “terrific soundtrack too (Buddy Holly to Arctic Monkeys to the Beatles)”. Until Mana triumphed at this year’s Michelin awards, The French was the only Manchester restaurant ever to have held a Michelin star (most recently in 1974) and was a hot tip to be the first to regain the prize for the city. “How other places in the region can have a Michelin star and The French doesn’t is utterly inexplicable (apart from Michelin’s pig-headedness of course)”.
10. Wing’s Chinese restaurant in Manchester 1 Lincoln Sq - M2
“High-end traditional Chinese cuisine at its best” and “exceptional service” win a chorus of praise for Wing Shing Chu’s smart city-centre Cantonese, which has welcomed millions of pounds-worth of United and City players, their WAGs and other celebs through its doors over the past two decades.
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