Looking for places locals love to eat in Manchester? Let us provide you with a few good pointers, below. The city is often referred to as the 2nd capital of the UK, and for good reason. Its cultural significance is felt throughout the United Kingdom and beyond, as this city has been influential throughout the region since it began as a Roman fort in the 1st century. 

    Throughout its history, many different cultures have left their mark on the region, and that can be seen in its restaurant scene. Local food specializes in authenticity without feeling outdated, so you're in for a treat no matter what kind of tasty treats you're interested in, and whether you're looking for fine dining or a relaxing pub. Read on to find Manchester's best local food scenes.

    Where are the best places to eat in Manchester?



    Try traditional Indian food

    Dishoom Manchester is where you'll find some of the best Indian food – one of the most popular kinds of cuisine in the UK. Paying homage to traditional Indian cafes and the city of Mumbai, this restaurant offers delicious meals all day long with a welcoming atmosphere and authentic Indian decor. 

    Not only can you find traditional and authentic Indian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but Dishoom also has a meal-for-a-meal policy. For every meal they serve, another meal will be gifted to a hungry child in the UK or India.

    Location: 32 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BT, UK

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 8 am to 11 pm, Friday from 8 am to midnight, Saturday from 9 am to midnight, Sunday from 9 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1615 373737



    Sample succulent meats

    Take a trip to Baratxuri if you're looking for delicious meats that are superbly cooked. Located in Ramsbottom, this restaurant offers a colourful atmosphere that will make you feel like you're in Spain. The dining experience here is fairly casual despite the high-end quality of the food. 

    Meat is the focus here, with massive cuts brought directly to your table to be shared among your entire group. This includes pork, lamb and Spanish txuleton beef, the latter of which caused this restaurant to skyrocket on local foodies' favourites lists.

    Location: 1 Smithy Street, Ramsbottom BL0 9AT, UK

    Open: Wednesday from 5 pm to 11 pm, Thursday–Sunday from 12 pm until late

    Phone: +44 (0)1706 559090


    The French at the Midland

    Try creative, modern British cuisine with a twist

    The French at the Midland Hotel is where patrons longing for a premium fine-dining experience can find just that. With chef Adam Reid at the helm, you can enjoy a premier fine-dining experience that showcases the talents of this Michelin-starred chef. 

    The food here shows off Adam's culinary capabilities by taking modern British food and crafting a flavourful twist that will leave you satisfied no matter what you order. You can opt for a 4-course menu, a 6-course menu or a 9-course menu, depending on how fast you want your service to be.

    Location: The French at The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Wednesday from 5 pm to 9 pm, Thursday–Friday from 12 pm to 1 pm and from 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturday from 12 pm to 1 pm and from 5 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1612 354780



    Indulge with upscale dining at a steakhouse

    At Hawksmoor, you'll find the ultimate combination of a fine-dining experience and a steakhouse. The steaks here are sourced from ethically reared cattle from local British farms, and they're cooked to perfection by expertly trained chefs. You can even enjoy high-end seafood from sustainable sources around the British coast. You'll also find a bar with plenty of craft brews and signature cocktails available. 

    The restaurant is wheelchair accessible, making it easy to access for just about everyone. Even the decor is appealing, as this restaurant is housed within an old Victorian courthouse.

    Location: 184 – 186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 12 pm to 3 pm and from 5 pm to 10.30 pm, Saturday from 12 pm to 3 pm and from 4 pm to 10.30 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1618 366980


    Honest Crust

    Enjoy top-notch pizza

    Honest Crust is where you can enjoy a satisfying pizza from their wood-burning pizza ovens. They are able to produce some of the best pizza in the Manchester area, but that's only because of the care the local chefs put into the work. 

    For example, they allow their sourdough to ferment for at least 36 hours before use, and they restrict the basic ingredients to water, salt and flour for a more authentic taste. The toppings are ethically sourced as well, so you can always expect unrelenting quality.

    Location: Altrincham Market House, 26 Market Street, Altrincham WA14 1PF, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 11 am to 9.30 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1612 345678


    The Creameries

    Explore inspired bakery dishes

    The Creameries in Chorlton is where you should go if you have a sweet tooth. While it was originally a bakery with just a couple of items for sale, this establishment has grown into a full restaurant offering a 3-course lunch and a 5-course dinner full of sweet treats and savoury baked goods that are changed regularly. 

    While meat is somewhat rare here, you'll find other food including a variety of veggies and starches. Additionally, you'll find a comprehensive wine list with staff eager to suggest ones that will complement your meal the best.

    Location: 406 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0SD, UK

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 12 pm to 2.30 pm and from 5 pm to 11 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 2.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1613 128328


    Where the Light Gets In

    A Victorian coffee warehouse for something different

    Where The Light Gets In is a restaurant settled in what used to be a Victorian coffee warehouse on the outskirts of Manchester. The first thing you'll notice is that this restaurant is fairly small. In fact, its dining room can only fit about 30 guests, so make sure you reserve your spot ahead of time. 

    Once you're seated, you'll find that there's no menu, though you can specify whether you want vegetarian or pescatarian food. Instead, you'll be served whatever the restaurant managed to locally source. Rest assured, however, that every dish seems to be more delicious than the last, with meats, veggies and other food brilliantly cooked with a professional touch that you'd normally find in a downtown fine-dining restaurant.

    Location: 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport SK1 1JY, UK

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1614 775744



    Enjoy farm-to-table British dining

    At Mana, you'll find farm-to-table British dining complete with a Michelin star. In fact, Mana was the first restaurant in all of Manchester to be awarded the coveted star in 1977. In this restaurant, you can enjoy a quick succession of courses that make the most of delicious local ingredients cooked to perfection in traditional but not dated British style. 

    The menu is constantly changing, so don't expect to eat the same meal twice, as the kitchen evolves with more and more creativity. This happens thanks to the kitchen's extensive testing process, as refinement and evolution are always a priority.

    Location: 42 Blossom Street, Manchester M4 6BF, UK

    Open: Wednesday from 7 pm until late, Thursday–Saturday from midday to 1.30 pm and from 7 pm until late

    Phone: +44 (0)1613 927294



    Have a Sunday roast

    Hispi offers a bit of elegance without the formal environment in the face of so many fancy fine-dining restaurants in Manchester. You can enjoy top-quality traditional British cuisine in a casual and relaxed setting. 

    The roast is particularly appealing, but the menu is more diverse than you might think. In fact, the standard, a la carte and Sunday lunch menus all offer incredible dishes that can solidify your satisfaction with any meal. There are even fancy drinks available in addition to local and imported brews.

    Location: 406 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0SD, UK

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from midday to 2.30 pm and from 5 pm to 11 pm, Sunday from midday to 2.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1613 128328



    Bring the kids

    At Porta, you'll find a satisfying mix of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine that includes quite a few options that are vegetarian. You'll find plenty of tapas on offer, including menu items suitable for kids who are a bit pickier about their food, so you can bring the whole family along to dine here for lunch or dinner. 

    While the restaurant is family-friendly, you can still enjoy an extensive drink list featuring local and imported brews along with quality wines. It's also important to note that Porta opens early for dinner, so it's the ideal destination for a pre-theatre meal.

    Location: 216 Chapel Street, Salford, Manchester M3 6BY, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Wednesday from 5 pm to 10.30 pm, Thursday–Sunday from 12 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1614 597854


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