Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Manchester
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Manchester restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 324 restaurants in Manchester and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Manchester restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Manchester Restaurants
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”.
4. Indique Indian restaurant in Manchester 110-112 Burton Road - M20
An “exquisite menu” of “subtle and refined” Indian dishes goes down well at this “buzzy” modern outfit in West Didsbury. But perhaps they should “ditch the smoke-filled cloche: good theatre, but not sure what it did for flavour!”
5. WOOD Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Manchester Jack Rosenthal Street - M15
MasterChef winner Simon Wood’s debut venture occupies a “loud and buzzy” modern unit, complete with open kitchen; it opened in September 2017, not far from Home Manchester. Fans “love Simon's food – especially the blind tasting menu” (all 10 courses of it), but a fair number of those drawn by his name and early hype felt that “everything was OK, but we were expecting a lot more… especially for the high prices!”
6. Bundobust Indian restaurant in Manchester 61 Piccadilly - M1
“What a feast… you won’t even notice it’s vegetarian!” – “great street food and a cracking selection of craft beers” have won fame for this “atmospheric, slightly studenty haunt”: “essentially a beer hall, but one in a chic post-industrial setting”, and with Indian bites to soak up the brews. Mostly it copes well with its phenomenal popularity, but misfires (“looked better than it tasted”) were a bit more common last year.
7. Habas Middle Eastern restaurant in Manchester 43a Brown Street - M2
Simon Shaw and the team behind El Gato Negro are opening this Middle Eastern in a subterranean spot (previously occupied by Panama Hatty's) underneath a Grade II-listed heritage site; opening Spring 2021.
8. The Blues Kitchen American restaurant in Manchester 13 Quay Street - M3
The three-strong American restaurant group from London branched out to Manchester in Spring 2021.
9. Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Manchester The People's Museum, Left Bank - M3
The new cafe at the People's Museum is zero-waste, mostly vegetarian and vegan, and will "celebrate sustainable and ethical produce with an all-day menu".
10. First Street Bar & Kitchen Mediterranean restaurant in Manchester INNSiDe Manchester, 1 First Street - M15
In the hotel space that was briefly the Hideout Bar & Grill, Gino D'Acampo has launched this new space with large terrace immediately after the 2021 lockdown. The new all-day restaurant is his third in town. There's no shortage of space – it has 200 seats with another 120 on the terrace. The menu leans on its Mediterranean theming. For those looking for a lighter bite, sharing plates and salads are also available.
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