Spanish Restaurants in Manchester
1. Bar San Juan Spanish restaurant in Manchester 56 Beech Rd - M21
This “consistently fab, tiny tapas bar” on a Chorlton backstreet provides “a top, authentic Spanish experience” – and “attracts diners from Manchester and beyond”. “The long queue to get in is all part of the fun!”
2. El Gato Negro Spanish restaurant in Manchester 52 King Street - M2
“Deservedly Manchester’s top destination” – this “vibrant” operation (which made the move into town from Ripponden three years ago) delivers a superb all-round experience. “It’s the buzzing ambience of this multi-level townhouse and the great cocktails that really seal its appeal” though: “their sherry-tinged takes on an Old Fashioned and Espresso Martini make for a heady evening and the bar operation is slick, further boosting the vibe”. Quibbles? – service under pressure can be “slightly chaotic”. And although many diners say the tapas “is to die for”, one or two reporters feel its repertoire is “classic” rather than utterly inspirational.
3. Evuna Spanish restaurant in Manchester 277 - 279 Deansgate - M3
“Tapas as it should be” still gets a firm nod for this pioneer of Spanish food and wine in Manchester, a fixture on Deansgate for the past two decades. “The perfect setting for a romantic get-together or date”, it “gets very busy” at times. A fourth branch opened in Altrincham in early 2019.
4. Tast Cuina Catalana Spanish restaurant in Manchester 20-22 King Street - M2
“A fantastic addition to Manchester’s burgeoning Spanish scene” – chef Paco Perez opened this Catalonian newcomer with a bit of help from Pep Guardiola and other Man City grandees. “It’s a few doors down from El Gato Negro and must be giving it a run for its money, although it could certainly be argued that they’re so different in both style and food that, apart from both being restaurants, they’re hardly direct competitors”. Reports mostly are enthusiastic about its “modern and flavoursome” Catalan small plates (‘Tastets’ – ‘more complex than tapas but smaller than a plate’), but also note that they’re “not cheap”. There’s also an “interesting, if surprisingly brief Catalan wine list, with prices that accelerate nearly as fast as a Manchester City player’s Lamborghini!”
5. Tapeo & Wine Spanish restaurant in Manchester 209 Deansgate - M3
“Delicious tapas but a great wine list as well, with loads by the glass” are the draw to this three-year-old operation, on Deansgate, which lures the local football VIPs (it’s run by United’s Juan Mata and his padre, Juan Manuel, no less).
6. Ibérica, Spinningfields Spanish restaurant in Manchester 14-15 The Avenue - M3
Every dish is “somewhere between good and very good” at the Spinningfields link in an eight-strong national chain that “remains competitive with the other top-end Manchester tapas joints”.
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