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The 8 Best Restaurants in Manchester

By Neharika Padala

By Zahra Al-Kateb

Although still awaiting its first Michelin star, Manchester hosts some of the most unique and exciting restaurants in the UK. With so many to choose from, our comprehensive guide has covered a range of the best restaurants in Manchester.

Conveniently located at the top of Manchester’s prestigious Kings Street, Rosso, owned by Rio Ferdinand, offers authentic Italian cuisine in a historic Grade II listed building. Or take a break from shopping at Harvey Nichols and stop at its second floor restaurant, a fine dining experience offering a modern European menu. So whether it is the opulence of The French or the intimate setting of The Aumbry, this city’s dining scene caters to everyone.


The youngest ever chef to bag a Michelin star, Aiden Byrne’s latest venture, Manchester House, is a new fine dining establishment. The innovative menu boasts British cuisine with a twist. The restaurant, which featured on BBC One documentary Restaurant Wars, is located over two floors in North Avenue Spinningfields.

The restaurant itself showcases an open kitchen allowing you to witness the centre of the action. The lounge is unusually located on an entirely separate floor and features four covered/heated outside terraces with retractable roofs for summer days. The lounge also offers spectacular views of the Manchester skyline.


First opening its doors in September 1903, The French is one of Britain’s first Michelin-starred restaurants, awarded its first star back in 1974 with the publication of the first guide.

Early 2013 saw Simon Rogan realise his desire to re-establish The French by undertaking a modern revamp incorporating the site’s Grade II listed status. Not only does The French feature in the Waitrose Good Food Guide at Number 14, it is the only restaurant in Greater Manchester to make it into the guide. The French uses only the very best seasonal produce available, with dishes evolving and changing every few days ensuring there are always surprises for regular customers.

Simon Rogan

0161 236 3333

The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS, England


Located just minutes away from Manchester city centre, Aumbry is an intimate dining room situated in a tiny converted Victorian cottage. Opened in 2009 by chefs Laurence Tottingham and Mary Ellen McTague, Aumbry offers short menus designed to reflect the local produce available throughout the seasons.

Just 12 months after opening, Aumbry won Restaurant of the Year at both the Lancashire Life and Manchester Food & Drink Festival.  This award-winning restaurant offers both traditional and modern British cooking.

Laurence Tottingham and Mary Ellen McTague

0161 798 5841

2 Church Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1AJ


Fresh from the success of critically-acclaimed restaurant The French, Simon Rogan set his sights on a brand new venture. Offering a multitude of different dining settings under one roof, Mr Cooper’s offers a unique setting to cater to everyone.

Lounge in the garden among the cascading wall of plants or enjoy drinks in the library. The diverse and flexible menu changes with the seasons and promises great food cooked with flair and imagination.

Simon Rogan

0161 932 4128

The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS.


Located within Harvey Nichols department store, the second floor restaurant offers an unrivaled environment of cutting edge design with a striking color scheme of black, white and gray. The varied menu includes modern European offerings and brings exciting concepts to the Manchester dining scene, including ‘Bento Boxes’ and sharing plates, allowing diners to sample a variety of flavors.

Long after the store has closed, guests can still get a taste of the Harvey Nichols experience by accessing the Second Floor Restaurants via the Cateaton Street entrance.

+44 161 828 8898

21 New Cathedral Street Manchester M1 1AD, United Kingdom.


Rosso Restaurant, owned by footballer Rio Ferdinand, is the home of fine and authentic Italian food. Located in a 114-year-old, Grade II listed building, Rosso is conveniently located at the top of Manchester’s prestigious King Street.

Their latest A La Carte menu boasts Italian favourites including pizzas, pastas and sublime meat and fish dishes. Live music is played from Monday to Thursday.

Steve Hildebrand

0161 832 1400

43 Spring Gardens, Manchester M2 2BG



Located in an atmospheric lower-level dining room, Michael Caines Restaurant serves exciting and innovate European cuisine. The restaurant boasts unique warehouse features creating a relaxed fine dining feel.

Having worked at two Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park, Michael Caine’s experience is clearly evident at his very own eponymous restaurant. The wine list has been carefully selected to compliment the cuisine and features wines from classic European vineyards.

Michael Caines

+44 161 247 7744

ABode Manchester, 107 Piccadilly, M1 2DB, England


A short journey out of Manchester, this restaurant offers modern Chinese cuisine with a traditional but contemporary twist. Dishes are made with only the freshest, finest ingredients and are locally sourced wherever possible.

The family-run business, led by head chef Victor Yu, ensures that the culinary experience is complete by providing an exquisite wine and cocktails menu to complement meals perfectly. Yu and You was recently bestowed with two of the prestigious Legacy of Taste Pagoda accolades, awards which recognize the seal of quality within the increasingly popular world of Chinese cuisine.

Vinny Yu

01254 247111

500 Longsight Road, Copster Green, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 9EU

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