The Top 9 Restaurants With Insanely Stunning Views In Manchester
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1. Cloud 23
Cloud 23 is a unique, contemporary cocktail bar and restaurant located at the highest point in Manchester. You can indulge in champagne, Cloud 23's signature cocktails, afternoon tea and their elegant and innovative food menu with panoramic city views.
Cloud 23's craft cuisine has a heavy British influence using local and seasonal ingredients from around the Isles, bringing them together using culinary styles from around the world.
You can enjoy snacks such as salted caramel popcorn, peanut satay popcorn and wasabi green peas. Cloud 23 also serve a selection of mains including coriander & cumin spiced rump of lamb with Moroccan couscous salad & apricot salsa, and for vegetarians they serve roasted flat mushrooms topped with Applewood rarebit & caramelised red onion with toasted vine tomatoes and wilted greens.
Cloud 23 is open from 11am-1am Monday-Thursday, 11am-2am on Fridays and Saturdays and 11am-1am on Sunday. Their Food Menu is served 12pm - 8pm and Nibbles from 12pm -12am.
2. The Wharf
The Wharf Pub is located just a 7 minute walk away from Cloud 23, but in complete contrast it's Castlefield location by Bridgewater Canal gives it that country-pub feel. It's cosy rooms and alcoves make it a favourite for local residents and those a little further afield.
Their beautiful outdoor courtyard looks onto the canal, and you can spot the Beetham tower looking over Manchester in the distance.
The Wharf caters for every mood, providing intimate rooms and alcoves and dynamic areas with more buzz.
Their 12 (yes 12!) chefs have been busy working on a menu of hearty British classics including deep fried haddock in beer batter with chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce for £13.95 and braised shoulder of lamb with dauphinoise potatoes, seasonal vegetables and red wine jus for £17.25.
Their wine list features some 50 options so you can find the perfect accompaniment to your dish, whilst they also serve six different cask ales and over a hundred malts. They also serve Sunday Roasts starting at around £12.95.
The Wharf is open from 10:30am until 11pm Monday-Saturday and 10:30am-10:30pm on Sundays. Food is served from 12noon to 10pm Monday to Saturday and to 9:30pm on Sundays.
Barca is a stylish and vibrant bar located nearby The Wharf. A popular hangout with lots of outdoor seating and a contemporary bar area.
Barca is also the only bar in Castlefield that currently has Sky Sports (go figure) so you can watch live sporting action in their trendy, modern bar area whilst enjoying drinks and mains such as 'The Monster' burger, a 6oz beef burger served on hash browns, a pile of smoked streaky bacon, onion rings and beef chilli topped with Pepper Jack cheese, served with crispy seasoned fries and salad.
From here you'll benefit from the picturesque views of the Bridgewater canal with an outdoor bar, barbecue and music in the summer.
Barca is open from 11am-1am Monday-Thursday, 11am-3am Friday and Saturday and 11am-1am on Sundays.
4. The River Restaurant
The Lowry Hotel's River Restaurant serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Their popular Sunday lunch menu costs just £22.50 per person and is always accompanied by live music.
The layout of the dining room allows for an intimate and private dining experience whether you are dining as a couple or as a group. The Lowry Hotel's afternoon tea brings a British classic into a contemporary atmosphere in their sun-soaked, light, airy restaurant with views of the canal and bustling walkway below.
Finger sandwiches are served alongside scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, pastries and dainty fancies with teas served for £22.50 per person, or £30 per person with Champagne.
The River Bar & Grill open from 7am until 10:30pm every day.
5. Harvey Nichols Second Floor Restaurant
Harvey Nichols Second Floor Brasserie offers a stylish and relaxed environment in which their patrons can enjoy all-day dining. They describe it as being "for those who want to see and be seen."
Their fashionable modern-European style menu includes small plates such as their Charcuterie board for £15 and bacon-wrapped medjool dates with goats cheese for £5, their grill menu is served with a choice of sauces and hand-cut chips or French fries and includes Rump and Chateaubriand steak.
Their floor to ceiling windows allow you to view the bustling streets below.
Harvey Nichols Second Floor Brasserie open from 10am-8pm on Mondays, 10am-10pm Tuesday-Friday, 9am-10pm on Saturdays and 11am-6pm on Sunday with last drinks orders at 5:30pm.
6. Rain Bar
Rain Bar are a multi-award winning bar and restaurant located by the canal on Great Bridgewater Street, just a short walk from Deansgate, they are named after Manchester’s notorious rainy weather.
This beautiful Victorian building started life as a canal side warehouse, it has a large canal side terrace with stunning views of the lock. Every day, Rain Bar serve freshly-prepared British pub food with a selection of quality cask ales and fine wines.
The menu includes classics such as fish and chips, a selection of pies, burgers and steaks, with mains starting at around £10. From the 28th November, as well as their roaring open fire, Rain Bar will have mulled wine, cider, boozy hot chocolate and hot toddies ready to help you escape the weather and warm up in the comfort of the bar area, or blankets and hot water bottles to keep you nice and cosy if you'd like to sit outside on their terrace.
Rain Bar open 12pm - 11pm Monday-Thursday and 12pm-12am Friday-Saturday, serving food between 12pm-9pm, on Sundays they open 12pm-8pm and serve food between 12pm-6pm.
7. San Carlo
Stylish restaurant, cocktail and champagne bar practically unrivalled in the city.
Their solid marble bar provides the perfect spot to sip on a glass of champagne or your favourite cocktail whilst taking a break from shopping!
Here you can also enjoy pasta, pizza, seafood and salad dishes from San Carlo's seasonal menu.
San Carlo Bottega open 10am-8pm Monay-Friday, 9am-8pm Saturday and 11am-5:30pm Sundays.
8. Restaurant Bar & Grill
The Restaurant Bar and Grill is located on John Dalton Street, just off Deansgate. Popular for their beautiful roof terrace, which now has a retractable roof, allowing guests to dine alfresco whatever the weather. The Restaurant Bar & Grill takes over three floors, providing the ultimate dining space to enjoy their classic and inspired seasonal cooking, steaks and cocktails.
They only serve the very best British beef, naturally reared on farms that they select. Their passion for providing the finest ingredients and their list full of discovery and popular wine styles alongside classic cocktails make The Restaurant Bar & Grill a true dining experience.
Restaurant Bar & Grill open from 12-11pm Monday-Saturday and 12-10:30pm on Sundays.
9. Manchester House
Manchester House restaurant in Spinningfields is home to Chef Patron Aiden Byrne and his long-serving team. Known for his unique and unexpected creations, Aidan became a Head Chef by the age of 22.
He has worked in many Michelin-Starred establishments mastering his skills and focusing on his passion. Aidan opened Manchester House with Living Ventures in 2013, a passion project which has won him both critical acclaim and a loyal fan base. You can see Aidan preparing food in the kitchen in Manchester House’s photo below.
Manchester House is an excellent spot for a romantic dinner, celebrating a special occasion and experiencing Aiden Byrne's fabulous menu. Offering views of Manchester to die for and outdoor seating if you fancy dining alfresco.
Manchester House open 12-2:30 pm and 7-9:30pm Tuesday-Thursday, 12-2:30pm and 6pm-10pm on Friday and Saturday.