We've compiled our list of the best restaurants in Manchester from the reviews submitted by our Trusted Reviewers.
Unlike other websites offering Manchester restaurant reviews, our questionnaire is more complex with each restaurant being reviewed on 100 different criteria.
Of course, all reviews are only a reflection of individual experiences and specific visits and we're always looking for more Trusted Reviewers to ensure our list of Best Manchester Restaurants remains reflective.
Simon Rogan's Mancunian baby sister to his 2 Michelin Star L'Enclume in Cartmel, housed in the heavily revamped historic dining room of The French at The Midland Hotel. A choice of six or ten course Tasting Menus showcase his multi-award winning British dishes with most ingredients grown on the farm at L'Enclume. Opened in February 2013
~ 7 mins walk to Prestwich Metrolink (16 mins journey from Manchester Victoria) ~
Fantastic intimate fine dining restaurant in a converted Victorian cottage. The menu is inspired by historical British dishes, created using modern techniques which husband and wife chefs, Laurence Tottingham & 'Great British Menu 2013' star Mary-Ellen McTague, perfected whilst working for Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck, during the period it was crowned 'The Best Restaurant In The World'.
A multitude of different dining settings under one roof, this incredible value-for-money casual fine dining restaurant from 2 Star Michelin chef Simon Rogan offers a unique setting inside the plush Midland Hotel with an inside garden, a cascading wall of plants and a 30ft tree. Opened in September 2013
Stylish yet relaxed fine dining restaurant from 2 Star Michelin celebrity chef Michael Caines, in the basement of the Abode Hotel near Piccadilly Station. Winner of Pride Of Manchester Awards "Best Restaurant in Manchester" 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012. Technically superb.
Living Ventures' £3m Michelin Star hopeful from Great British Menu winning celebrity chef Aiden Byrne. Located on the second floor of an office block in Spinnigfields, this is Mancunian influenced Informal, funky fine dining with entertaining dishes and over 24 chefs for just 76 covers. Opened September 2013
~ 1 minute walk to MediaCityUK Metrolink (15 mins journey from Manchester Deansgate) ~
The fantastic sister restaurant to Steve Pilling and SImon Stanley's multi-award winning restaurant in Heaton Moor, this 140 cover British fine-dining restaurant at Media City offers great views of The Lowry and Imperial War Museum North, next door, with Old Trafford just a short walk over the footbridge
The excellent fine-dining restaurant at Harvey Nichols Manchester, next to the Manchester Arena, offers fantastic views over Shambles Square, The Corn Exchange, Manchester Cathedral and The Printworks. The AA Rosette-accredited multi-award winning restaurant is also popular for afternoon teas
2 AA Rosette accredited restaurant, set in the grand surroundings of the former Reform Club, which offers classic British dishes, all produced with a unique contemporary twist. This is one of the most spectacular restaurants in Manchester with an eclectic mix of antique furniture, statues and huge retro lampshades, it's close to the shops and Royal Exchange Theatre.
Very stylish Pacific Rim restaurant from Knutsford's Living Ventures group with a fantastic choice of sushi, sashimi and tempura dishes. The menu combines modern Australian cuisine with Pacific Rim flavours underpinned by European cooking tradition, a blend of Indonesian, Southeast Asian influences and Australia's strong ties with Japan are reflected. Located underneath the Armani store in Spinningfields, you enter via a glass pyramid on Deansgate.
~ 12 mins walk to Etihad Campus Metrolink (8 mins journey from Manchester Piccadilly) ~
The out-of-this-world £4.5 million Thai influenced Asian fusion restaurant near the City Of Manchester Stadium in Miles Platting, just 10 mins taxi ride from Piccadilly Station, is the most spectacular restaurant and bar to have ever opened in Manchester. Like something out of a Bond movie, the incredibly impressive dining arena is without doubt one of the best in Europe and was designed by Miguel Cancio Martins, the design house behind the famous Buddha Bar in Paris, the Alain Ducasse Crystal restaurant in Marrakech and Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, John Malkovich and Mick Hucknall's Man Ray in Paris.
Family ran restaurant in the Northern Quarter, where the food is an expression of modern French cuisine, using only locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Head Chef Eric Moreau's unique technique, which he perfected after many years of experimentation working at 2 star Michelin restaurants in Paris, involves cooking meats long and low at 63°, meaning poultry tastes like you've never tasted it before, incomparably tender and full of flavour.
The outstanding Chinese restaurant inside the Great Northern Warehouse, on the ground floor of Manchester 235 casino, has won rave reviews since opening its doors in December 2009. It boasts a largely Cantonese menu, influenced by the principals of healthy-eating, with exceptional dim sums, seafood and vegetarian options, Widely regarded as the best Chinese restaurant in Manchester.
A stunning restaurant from one of Britain’s top celebrity chefs, James Martin Manchester invites diners to enjoy his delicious British dishes. The new Manchester restaurant replaces the award-winning Linen. James’ signature style is evident throughout the menu and each meal is carefully crafted using only the finest seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
Rio Ferdinand's plush Italian restaurant and celebrity haunt stands proudly at the top of Manchester's prestigious King Street in a stunning 116-year-old Grade II listed building. The reasonably priced a la carte menu has a wide selection of favourite dishes including pizzas, pastas, steaks and freshly prepared fish dishes, including some named after the Manchester United star himself.
This light, bright and luxurious Italian trattoria just off Albert Square specialises in fish and seafood courses. Classic Italian dishes are given a modern twist with influences from across the Mediterranean and from modern British cuisine. Two private dining VIP rooms and a downstairs bar and club offer added exclusivity whilst being close to the theatres makes it ideal for pre-theatre dining.
47 King Street West restaurant in Manchester opened its doors in early December 2011 and rapidly established itself on the Manchester food and drink scene. Sandwiched between Manchester's famous San Carlo and Cicchetti restaurants, it has completed a triangle of top eateries, whilst retaining its own distinctive style and offering incredible food with bold flavours and beautiful plates.
The fantastic informal fine dining restaurant at the Hilton by DoubleTree Piccadilly, opposite the station and next to the Gay Village, offers some of the best food in the city. Ethically and locally sourced ingredients are used to produce innovative dishes. The terrace is also arguably the best suntrap in town for al fresco dining and their popular afternoon teas on those rare Manchester summer days.
Stylish time-honoured family restaurant & charcoal pit on the Curry Mile that serves authentic Mughlai-cuisine from the northern regions of India and Pakistan. The menu focuses on freshly prepared traditional and contemporary dishes and features an extensive range of vegetarian, meat and sea-food dishes. Open until 1am during the week and 2am at weekends.
The plush £1million Indian restaurant just off Oxford Road and close to the Palace Theatre boasts an amazing menu which includes incredible fish dishes, chargrilled steaks & burgers, vegetarian options and many healthy choices. Taking influences from Pakistan, India and North Africa, there's Punjab, Lahore, Deli and Mughlai specialities as well as Egyptian Shishas.
Intimate 19 seat Japanese sushi bar next to Manchester Arena. The menu changes daily and features a great selection of seafood, Nigiri and Maki shushi alongside Chirashizushi, tempura and traditional hot plates such as Homemade Kimchi, Crispy Wakame and Sous Vide Belly Pork. Japanese Koshu wines are also available.
Multi-award winning Thai restaurant on Chapel Walks in the city centre, consistently rated as the best Thai restaurant in Manchester since it first opened in 2006. The menu has also been recognised for its vegetarian options by being named 'The Times Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Britain' whilst a recent expensive refurbishment includes the installation of a stunning £10,000 jelly fish tank.