Spanish Restaurants in Manchester
1. Bar San Juan Spanish restaurant in Manchester 56 Beech Rd - M21
“Tiny, cramped and you always have to queue but that’s all part of the fun” at this “brilliant” tapas joint on Chorlton’s back streets, which feels “like being in Spain”. “Unusual” specials are “worth looking out for” – it’s all good and “very affordable” too.
2. El Gato Negro Spanish restaurant in Manchester 52 King Street - M2
“Still smashing it” – this “throbbing and bustling” operation remains the most commented-on place in town, and “feels like it’s been around for years” even though it only made the move from Ripponden two years ago. The “stylish and splendid” interior “shows what a big budget will deliver, and the buzzy atmosphere is ensured by the droves of customers”. On the menu: “Spanish small plates with a North African influence”, which provide “an excellent tapas feast – not quite the magical heights that modern tapas can sometimes soar too, but terrifically good nevertheless”. “If you’re lucky enough to get a table on the open-roofed top floor on a pleasant evening you’re in for a treat”.
3. Evuna Spanish restaurant in Manchester 277 â€“ 279 Deansgate - M3
“It may not be the best place for tapas in Manchester any more (that crown’s been stolen by El Gato Negro)”, but this fifteen-year-old Deansgate bar and wine merchant is still “way above” many other “much-hyped” local pretenders, certainly amongst oenophiles. A fourth branch is due to open in Altrincham on the old site of EAT:kaizen in January 2019.
4. Tapeo & Wine Spanish restaurant in Manchester 209 Deansgate - M3
“Fantastic small Spanish plates and a brilliant wine list” are on the team sheet at this Deansgate two-year-old which has a following among Manchester’s Iberian football elite, led by Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, managers of City and United. (Hardly surprising: the place is owned by former United (now Arsenal) star Juan Mata and his father, Juan Manuel). But it’s fair to say that while it’s “good, however it’s not up to the super-high standards of some other tapas-joints in the city”.
5. Ibérica, Spinningfields Spanish restaurant in Manchester 14-15 The Avenue - M3
This vivid Spinningfields spin-off of the hit national chain continues to garner mixed feedback, not least because Manchester has a fiesta of Spanish competitors; but, despite the odd criticism of food and service (less since portions grew), there continue to be fans, for whom the oft-changing menu is “always excellent”.
6. Lunya Spanish restaurant in Manchester Barton Arcade, Deansgate - M3
“Wonderful tapas” (“pleasant, but not on the same level as El Gato Negro, etc”) is the main attraction at this “very busy” Manc branch of Liverpool’s successful Spanish/Catalan outfit. Downstairs is a bar and “beautiful deli, well-stocked with tempting delicacies”, while the main restaurant is on the first floor.
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