Fine dining in Manchester

Zopaash Iqbal | Date posted - 29 Oct 2018
Manchester, a mecca for cool new restaurant openings, street food marvels, and not to mention a vast selection of bars. So it comes as no surprise that Manchester also knows a thing or two about fine dining establishments. Find out where we rate as the top places to enjoy some fine dining in Manchester.

El Gato Negro

An award-winning tapas restaurant and bar, you can find El Gato Negro in the heart of Manchester city centre. Borne from chef Simon Shaw’s love of Spanish food, they serve up delicious dishes in a relaxed but classy atmosphere. Their main menu features dishes you’ll be familiar with like cod pil pil, and patatas bravas, alongside fresh charcuteries and delicious desserts. If you’re there on a nice day, head up to their roof terrace and grab a lovely cocktail at the end of your meal.


Indian food is not always associated with fine dining in Manchester, but at Arnero, they’re turning this idea on its head. With a brightly coloured, welcoming exterior, Arnero is welcoming from the minute you enter, add in huge windows overlooking the leafy outdoors and friendly staff and it’s a great place to head for dinner. They focus on traditional Indian cuisine, with a tandoori section, and a street food menu to liven things up.


This classy Thai restaurant has branches in a few major cities across the country and focuses on serving delicious food in an opulent environment. Featuring buddha statues, gold lighting, and sweeping staircases, you’ll really feel like (Thai) royalty when you dine here. Their pad thai is “one of the best outside of Thailand” (this writer’s friend, October 2018) and there are plenty of veggie options if you’re heading along with non-meat eaters.


Another upmarket Indian restaurant, Vermillion rivals Chaophraya for all-out opulence. Their venue is a complete feast on the eyes, with balconies overlooking the dining area, huge booths in their bar, an an absolute riot of colour. Trust us if you’re looking for fine dining in Manchester with a twist, this is the place to head. With a great selection of food including chaats, classic curries, and fusion stir fries, you’re bound to find something great on the menu.


No prizes for guessing where you’ll find this restaurant. TNQ, The Northern Quarter Restaurant and Bar, has been turning out high quality food in a relaxed environment for many years and it shows no sign of stopping. They serve up classic British dishes like pan-fried fillet of hake, and fish stew, all with more than a touch of refinement. Get booking!
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