When it comes to selecting a venue for a special meal, it’s pretty common to ask a friend for recommendations.
If not a friend you know, then a friend online.
Which is why TripAdvisor’s so bloody popular – and successful.
It’s the online friend everyone has who has eaten EVERYWHERE.
So we decided they’d better tell us the top 10 restaurants across the most popular types of food in Greater Manchester.
1. When you feel like… fine dining
The top spot for fine dining goes to Tattu.
What: Modern Chinese cuisine and cocktails in sophisticated, dark wood bar and restaurant with carved screens.
What does TripAdvisor say: “Everything was flawless,” “The whole atmosphere of the restaurant was buzzing and great!”
Where: 3 Hardman Square, Gartside Street, Spinningfields M3 3EB, website
2. When you feel like… Indian food
Indique’s unique Indian cuisine is top of the Mancunian list.
What: Offering a modern twist to traditional curries.
What does TripAdvisor say: “The food was delicious and presented beautifully and the service was fantastic,” “Couldn’t recommend this place enough.”
Where: 110-112 Burton Rd, Didsbury M20 1LP, website
3. When you feel like… cheap eats
It’s a toastie, but not as you know it – as Northern Soul’s topping the money-conscious picks.
What: Lively, fast food-style joint known for its inventive, elevated grilled cheese sandwiches.
What does TripAdvisor say: “It’s teeny tiny, but staff is great and food is awesome.. and really reasonable,” “Called in for tea which certainly hit the spot.”
Where: 10 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN, website
4. When you feel like… Chinese food
The Rice Bowl’s a favourite with those who know their Chinese restos.
What: Buzzy modern space for a menu of dim sum and Chinese staples, including plenty of veggie options.
What does TripAdvisor say: “Been to quite a few Chinese restaurant in the area and this one is always a cut above the rest,” “The food is lovingly prepared with high quality ingredients and is served professionally.”
Where: 33A Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL, website
5. When you feel like… Italian food
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It might be a surprise to see a chain on here, but the people of Manchester have selected – and it’s Veeno.
What: Italian wine café in the UK serving family-produced Sicilian wines and authentic Italian spuntini.
What does TripAdvisor say: “Something of a hidden gem,” “The food options are delightful, as are the staff that serves it up.”
Where: 14 Brazennose St, Manchester M2 6LW, website
6. When you feel like… Steak
It’s another chain – welcome to Hawksmoor, top of the crop for meat.
What: Award-winning British steakhouse and cocktail bar, serving British grass-fed, dry- aged beef and sustainably sourced seafood.
What does TripAdvisor say: “Excellent food – scallops, burger, handmade rolos,” “Food was flawless in well designed comfortable surroundings.”
Where: 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB, website
7. When you feel like… Spanish food
Head out to the South Manchester suburbs, it’s Bar San Juan at the top of the list.
What: Tiled tapas bar with traditional decor, serving authentic dishes and imported beer and wine.
What does TripAdvisor say: “We love this place infact we try getting here at least once a month,” “Authentic, well made and very very tasty.”
Where: 56 Beech Road, Manchester M21 9EG, website
8. When you feel like… Thai food
Look, Try Thai – we mean it, the clue’s in the name for the diners at Manchester’s number one.
What: Bright modern restaurant with Thai-style canopy bar and decor as well as an extensive cocktail menu.
What does TripAdvisor say: “The food and service is always excellent,” “beautiful Thai food and atmosphere”.
Where: 52-54 Faulkner Street, Manchester M1 4F
9. When you feel like… Vietnamese food
Head south again, for Mi and Pho is sweeping the board in Northenden.
What: Vietnamese family run restaurant serving authentic food and drink just as they know it from home.
What does TripAdvisor say: “Wonderful atmosphere topped with a service with a smile has always greeted us,” “Probably one of the best food places in Manchester.”
Where: 384 Palatine Road, Northenden M22 4F, website
10. When you feel like… Japanese food
When it comes to Asian cuisine, it’s off to Chinatown for Teppanyaki – the Japanese top pick.
What: The original teppanyaki in the North West since 1987.
What does TripAdvisor say: “Great atmosphere, very unique and fun,” The food just gets better and better.”
Where: 58/60 George Street, Chinatown, M1 4HF, website