21 Restaurants Around Manchester Every Foodie Needs To Visit In 2018

If you think you've been everywhere that's worth going, we have news for you...

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With such a booming foodie scene in Manchester, it seems there is always a new spot to dine in. But if you think you've been everywhere that's worth going, we have news for you.

Here are the 21 major spots you have to visit this year in no particular order.


21. Randall and Aubin

The Anglo-French brasserie Randall and Aubin ha long been a London favourite, but this year Manchester got to sample the seafood - and steak - delights that make it a go-to. Try oysters, rotisserie beef and some of the seafood specials and feel very luxe.

64 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BN

20. The Boundary

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The very cool interiors of this Heaton Mersey joint opened around six months ago, and if you're looking for a new hangout, their amazing menu will definitely sway you in their direction. They opened with flatbreads and steaks, and have now launched a new autumn menu with spicy tomato mussels and vegan aubergine curry.

464 Didsbury Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport SK4 3BS

19. Wood

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The MasterChef 2015 winner Simon Wood's given us some incredible feasts in his stylish eatery - squid, chorizo, aged sherry, brunoise and frisse, anyone? Or maybe you want citrus tutti-frutti and lime air? It's all here, and we want to try it.

Jack Rosenthal Street, Manchester M15 4RA

18. El Taquero

A taco restaurant - Manchester's first Taqueria - opened by the successful Solita brand, with its own frozen maquerita machine and a nice line in tequila.

42 Back Turner Street, Northern Quarter M4

17. Elnecot

Neighbourhood kitchen with a nod to the traditions of the area? Yes please - and we'll take a tasty menu of nibbles, balls, meat, fish, veg and afters. Mmmm.

Cutting Room Square, Ancoats

16. Scene

Away from the Curry Mile, Spinningfields now has its own amazing Indian food following the opening of Scene, Indian Street Kitchen. 

Authentic down to the drinks selection, the restaurant also opens onto the river for dinner with a view of Manchester’s newest foodie hotspot. They also do tiffin boxes, which makes for a great office lunch and they do north Indian dishes such as Khatti Rolls and Momos.

4 Left Bank, Manchester M3 3AN

15. Real Junk Food

Hoisin Glazed Chicken on a Pea and Celery Salad @thekoffeepot

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Manchester's first permanent pay-as-you-feel restaurant is now officially open. Real Junk Food Project has been in the works for the best part of a year, and now it's welcoming people at its new venue on 85 Oxford Road. You won't know what's coming, but we guarantee it'll be a treat - open for brekkie and lunch just now.

85 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6EQ

14. The Gallery Cafe

The Gallery Café is a space to enjoy great quality British food in a welcoming setting - as whipped up by award-winning chef, Mary-Ellen McTague, best known for her success at Aumbry in Prestwich. Sure, it's a cafe, but you can dine later on Thursday - until 9pm. Try the Breville toastie, Bury black pudding, bread and pastries baked on site, Derbyshire oatcakes and Manchester tarts.

The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER

13. The Rivals

An indoor beer garden at one of the city's most important cultural spots is good enough. But The Rivals has the most incredible menu in its new home at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Featherblade of beef, cauliflower risotto, Bourbon glazed pork belly - sooo good.

St Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7DH

12. Rudy's

Weekend Vibes 🙌 Open 12:00-22:00 Saturdays! x

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Affordable eats venue of the year at Manchester Food and Drink Festival, Rudy's is the ideal place for pizza lovers who want a good dough, well made with quality ingredients.

9 Cotton Street, Ancoats, M4 5BF

11. Allotment

Allotment has taken the veggie world by a storm, even winning an award for its efforts at Manchester Food and Drink Festival. Even if you're not a vegan, this is a must-dine for 2017.

6 Vernon Street, Stockport SK1 1TY

10. Baratxuri

Tapas is still having a moment after all this time, and Baratxuri is one of the awesome Greater Manchester venues doing it so well. It even bagged the out of town venue of the year award as well as the one for casual restaurant of the year at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival awards.

1 Smithy Street, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AT

9. Where The Light Gets In

Shakshuka Saturday

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Where The Light Gets In doesn't have a menu and likes diners to pay when they book - but the newcomer of the year at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival awards is putting Stockport on the map with its gorgeous venue and incredible food - all produced in its open kitchen.

7 Rostron Brow, Stockport SK1 1JY

8. El Gato Negro

Where tapas is king, King Street boasts the MFDF winner of premium and fine dining restaurant of the year - El Gato Negro. One visit and you'll find out why it's so highly regarded.

52 King Street, Manchester M2 4LY

7. BEASTro

OK, so it seems like it's been part of the foodie scene forever, but it's actually not been around too long. in its permanent form. Check it out for yourself and find out why people can't get enough of their meaty feasts.

Irwell Square, Leftbank, Manchester M3 3AG

6. Impossible

It's a gin palace, with lickable champagne bubbles and a cryogenic freezer. But there's also a lush line in mad snacks - think truffle mac'n'cheese, cajun monkfish... and kangaroo tacos? Oh, you betcha.

The Pavilion at The Great Northern Warehouse, 36 Peter Street, Manchester M2 5QR

5. Bock Biere Cafe

This European café in the heart of Manchester serves the best of a lowlands inspired menu which includes sharing boards, fondue and a lunchtime express menu - and the legendary gravy fondue.

10 Tib Lane, Manchester M2 4JB

4. Buca Di Pizza

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The new Italian opening from over the Pennines in Leeds, with the classics - margherita, fungi, marinara - all accounted for, as well as the Pizza Buca: the more unique choices, with definite hints of India with Goan curry, onion bhajis and fragrant lamb added to the top of the house specialities.

16 Lloyd Street, Manchester M2 5ND

3. Bundobust

Veggies are very well catered for in Manchester, and nowhere more so then Bundobust - the Indian street food spot that's reasonable, friendly and bearer of the award for restaurant of the year at MFDF. Truly it's something special - it's even made the Michelin guide.

2. Grand Pacific

The luxurious restaurant and bar on 81 King Street has hints of the colonial and boasts plenty of pineapples. Our advice? Turn up with a full wallet and an empty schedule on a wet Manchester day and you'll reap the rewards.

1. Hispi

It’s Sunday so the chicken terrine is back

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We have lost track of the number of times that Hispi has been given awards for its brilliance. Just last month, Gary Usher's unassuming spot in Didsbury bagged 'best newcomer' at the Food & Travel Magazine 2017 Reader Awards. But it's not exaggeration - it really is a special place to dine.

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