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101 Portland Street, M1 6DF
City Centre, Manchester
The newly revamped, award-winning 101 Brasserie can be found in the Grade listed Townhouse Hotel Manchester on Portland Street. Inside, you will find a stylish, split-level dining space. The comfortable seating and a soft colour scheme of creams, lemons and caramels make this a great spot for a relaxing meal. The brasserie itself serves seasonal British cuisine while the adjoining 101 Bar offers light lunches, tapas and nibbles. 101
Brasserie would be a good option for a smart lunch stop while shopping, business meal or dinner before a show. Afternoon tea is also served.
Cathedral Street, M4 3TR
Cuisine: Traditional, Steaks & Grill, Bistros & Brasseries
Alston Bar & Beef is a stylish steak & gin hangout on Cathedral Street, secluded beneath The Corn Exchange. Boasting ‘the best steak & gin in Manchester’, this is the only restaurant that serves up the top 1% of Scottish beef from the Tweed Valley, plus plenty of the juniper-based tipple. In fact, the bar offers over 60 gins in total, each uniquely garnished and served to perfection. The space is enhanced by tasteful neon lightning, creating a chic atmosphere. Alston Bar & Beef would be ideal for a relaxed dinner date followed by drinks, or for a meal with friends before hitting the town.
14 Radcliffe New Road, M45 7GY
Cuisine: British, Italian, Modern
Amore Cucina serves contemporary Italian food in an airy, elegant restaurant space.
Situated north of Manchester city centre in Whitefield, this is the ideal spot for dining that balances chic with relaxed. The restaurant showcases chef Jacques Hilton’s take on classic Italian dishes, both via the main menus and the ‘Venetian tapas’ (cicchetti) menu.
While dining, you can enjoy the view from the curved floor-to-ceiling windows or watch waiters shake cocktails in the central bar.
The Corn Exchange, M4 3TR
Cuisine: British, Modern, Traditional
Banyan is a bistro-style restaurant and bar serving all day meals. It prides itself on its range of draft ales and cocktails, which can be enjoyed in a stylish, listed building setting. Original features such as a grand staircase, bricked walls and floor-to-ceiling windows are combined with contemporary additions like a long bar, copper beer pumps and minimalist furnishings. In warmer weather, you can relax in the large al fresco area. Banyan is ideal for casual dining, business lunches or even a place to stop for coffee and cake while shopping.
8-12 John Dalton St, M2 6JP
Cuisine: British, Modern
The Manchester branch of Bill’s, situated in the heart of the city centre, has the same features known to fans of the restaurant chain: a casual but stylish decor with soft leather sofas, cosy booths, larger sharing tables, and an outdoor terrace. Their extensive menu serves contemporary European food with breakfast, afternoon tea, lunch and dinner available. Options include grilled sea bass fillets, slow cooked barbecue style pork ribs, and avocado, bacon and spinach salad.
88 Princess Street, M1 6NG
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean, Tapas
Bouzouki by Night is an authentic Greek restaurant with live music on Princess Street in Manchester city centre. Decked out like a traditional taverna, it has white-washed walls, checked tablecloths and soft candlelight. Catering for couples, families and large groups, it is perfect for romantic dinners and big nights out. After dinner, the musicians get going and the waiters show off their dance moves. Participation is encouraged. Later on, the disco cranks into action with current and classic chart hits.
107 Piccadilly, M1 2DB
Northern Quarter, Manchester
Cuisine: British, European, Bistros & Brasseries
Cool by day and chic by night, Brasserie Abode is a stylish hotel restaurant that moves effortlessly from breakfast through to nightcaps. The décor is contemporary and refined, but generous servings and value characterise the kitchen’s style. Locals and travellers love the classic brasserie plats du jour on the all-day menu, while Sunday lunches with all the trimmings are popular for family get-togethers.
Blackfriars Street, M3 2EQ
Cuisine: British, Gastro Pub
Overlooking the Irwell, the Cast Iron Bar & Grill is the signature restaurant of the Renaissance Marriott hotel. Inside you can enjoy a range of hearty dishes and light bites in a casual fine dining setting of chic decor, comfy chairs and intimate lighting. This would be great spot for dinner before heading to a show in the city centre.
1 Gore Street, M1 3AQ
Part of Malmaison hotel on Piccadilly, Chez Mal is a cool brasserie in the heart of Manchester. Storm lamps, exposed piping, steel joists and reclaimed wood give it a relaxed, funky feel. The dining room has an open kitchen giving diners a view of one of the city’s only Josper Grills – a charcoal barbecue oven that cooks steaks to smoky perfection. The Ember Lounge offers private dining facilities while bar staff offer a selection of nifty cocktails.
Liverpool Road, M3 4NW
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Cibo is a new Italian restaurant situated on Liverpool Road in the heart of Castlefield. Formerly Per Tutti, the restaurant has enjoyed an £180,000 revamp, including the installation of a huge glittering disco ball, funky modern art and quirky mirrors. Live music every weekend adds to the overall buzz. Cibo is the sister restaurant to the award-winning Don Giovanni, Manchester’s oldest Italian dining spot. The focus is on bringing high quality, tasteful Italian food to the table, including fresh fish dishes. This would make a great spot for dinner with friends or for a relaxed date.
57 Whitworth St West , M1 5WW
Cuisine: Bar Food, American
Housed in an arch on Whitworth Street West, Dog Bowl is an American style diner, bar and ten pin bowling centre. The five, full length, ten pin bowling lanes are the main attraction but there are plenty of visitors who come solely for the Tex-Mex menus. With its red booth seating and exposed piping, the decor is a mix of classic American diner and post industrial chic. As well as bowling, Dog Bowl offers screenings of all the big sporting events.
52 King Street, M2 4LY
Known for its distinctive black cat frontage, El Gato Negro Tapas is an award-winning dining spot on King Street. The restaurant is situated in a historic three storey townhouse with an open kitchen and excellent street views, with dining on all three floors, each with their own individual style & atmosphere. Food is complemented by a carefully chosen range of Spanish wines, sherries, spirits, tonics, beers and cocktails. The restaurant also boasts a unique retractable roof, perfect for making the most of the sun and stars when the weather permits.
21 Dickinson Street, M1 4LX
Exchange Food and Drink Lounge at Novotel hotel is a casual dining setting where you can enjoy both local and international cuisine. The chic, quirky decor includes plenty of wooden surfaces, exposed stonework and even a gleaming piano in the corner. Because of the central location, this would be a great spot for a business lunch, bite to eat while shopping or relaxed dinner before a film or concert.
The Printworks, M4 2BS
Cuisine: British, American, Burgers
Hard Rock Cafe Manchester is on Exchange Square in the heart of the city. The American style diner is packed with rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia ranging from John Lennon’s tea set and Ray Charles’ jacket to Izzy Stradlin’s guitar and a Bowie set list. As well as memorabilia, the hugely successful Hard Rock Cafe brand is founded on polished service which is as warm and welcoming as it is efficient. Regular live music keeps the joint jumping.
25 Aytoun Street, M1 3AE
The restaurant at the Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre offers a colourful, contemporary space for relaxed dining. Playful decor touches such as the brightly coloured chairs, quirky figures and Manchester street signs all help to create a welcoming feel. You can either dine in the airy main area, perhaps beside the floor-length windows, or tuck yourself away in the cosy corner beside the kick knack-lined bookcase. Food is cooked fresh and served all day long, meaning you can visit for a leisurely breakfast, afternoon tea, business lunch or dinner with friends.
14-15 Hardman Street, M3 3HF
Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas
Ibérica is a bright, spacious Spanish restaurant and bar, with a vibrant colour scheme, distinctive prints and contemporary décor. It’s a versatile venue, popular with tapas grazers, drinkers snacking on authentic pinchos, or wine aficionados enjoying bottles from boutique regional wineries. Two outdoors terraces, open all year round, aim for that Mediterranean vibe, if the weather allows.
190-194 Bury New Road, M45 6QF
Cuisine: European, Pan-Asian
Ivory Bar and Grill’s mission is to take the stuffiness out of the traditional fine dining experience. If you want to sample contemporary, creative food in a lounge bar-style setting, this is the place for you.
Based in Whitefield, north of central Manchester, Ivory Bar and Grill blurs the lines between the bar and restaurant experiences. The result is a chic eating space of chilled music, minimalist decors and comfortable booths.
310 Deansgate , M3 4HE
Lal Qila is in the heart of Rusholme’s Curry Mile on Wilmslow Road. All of the dishes are made to order, meaning you can choose your level of spiciness. Inside, you will find 300 seats spread over two floors, with bright, cheerful decor and vibrant splashes of red.
Lal Qila takes its inspiration from the famous Mogul emperors who made sure that all of their dinner guests got the best possible treatment. It was founded by Mussarat Ali, who dreamt of opening a restaurant when he was just a child in a remote village in Pakistan. Since then, he has won a 2013 English Curry Award and Lal Qila has even featured in a BBC documentary.
86 Princess Street, M1 6NG
Gay Village, Manchester
Middle Kingdom is a popular Chinese restaurant on Princess Street. A big hit with the local Asian community, Middle Kingdom is brightly decorated with intricately carved screens and a vibrant red colour scheme that echoes the Chinese flag. The warm welcome from the staff is a recurring theme in reviews.
53 Church St, M4 1PD
Cuisine: British, Vegetarian/Vegan, Modern
The first Manchester branch of the Pieminister family, this pie-oneer opened on Church Street, in the heart of the Northern Quarter, in 2013. Featuring a ground floor and mezzanine level, it is simply decorated with bare brick walls, tongue and groove panelling, white tiles and fashionably retro industrial lighting. It has a friendly, laidback vibe and visitors are as welcome to pop in for a daytime pie and a read of the papers as they are to drop by for a full evening meal, perhaps with a couple of ciders or a craft beer. The staff are happy to recommend pie and pint pairings.
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