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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Manchester/Greater Manchester

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Manchester/Greater Manchester? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of ERST restaurant
4.9
4.9 (264)
£26 to £40
European
Manchester
About the restaurant
A casual restaurant and wine bar in Ancoats, Manchester
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
I never usually leave reviews but we had such a brilliant lunch here after my graduation so I just had to! The food was beautiful - a lovely waiter explained the entire menu to us which really helped us when it came to ordering. The Hake and cuttlefish was AMAZING and the beetroot was delicious. The wine also went so well with all our dishes. The ambience was so relaxed and we felt well looked after. All the staff were so friendly and were passionate about the food! It was the perfect place to celebrate my graduation and I hope to come back here in the future! Thank you to everyone at Erst !!
A photo of Fold Bistro & Bottle Shop restaurant
4.8
4.8 (325)
£26 to £40
British
Marple
About the restaurant
Fold is a neighbourhood Bistro and Bottle Shop with community at its heart.

A menu of delicious British seasonal sharing plates, with multi-cultural influences and a touch of North West nostalgia throughout.

Our drinks list includes carefully curated natural, organic, and classic wines from our favourite producers, as well as the best beers and hand-crafted cocktails to enjoy in the bistro at the bar or to go.

We responsibly source all our ingredients, supporting communities and using local suppliers where possible.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
The food was excellent but the service was a little slow it was 30 minutes before we received our first dish
A photo of Higher Ground restaurant
4.8
4.8 (607)
£41 and over
British
Manchester
About the restaurant
Higher Ground is a bistro and bar located in Manchester city centre that focuses on seasonality within the North-West using produce sourced from local suppliers and producers.

The restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday at dinnertime and Friday and Saturday lunchtime.

At lunch a £38pp seasonal sharing menu is offered alongside an à la carte menu. At dinner, both an à la carte and a seasonal sharing menu at £58pp are available. Both menus are available when sat at the kitchen bar counter.

We often hold space for walk-ins at the kitchen bar counter so pop by and have some plates and a glass of wine! Both menu options are available at the kitchen bar counter.

Reservations of up to twelve guests are accepted. For parties of 7x guests and over, the seasonal sharing menu is served.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Sharing menu was incredible - had the vegetarian as one person in our group was vegetarian and didn't miss out on the meat at all
A photo of Purezza Manchester restaurant
4.7
4.7 (818)
£25 and under
Vegan
Manchester
About the restaurant
Obsessive about ingredients, meticulous about preparation, and passionate about impact. Purezza started with a simple question: how do we do pizza better? Several years later, we’re the answer.

With restaurants in Brighton, Hove, London and Bristol, and a delivery branch in Brixton, we look forward to feeding you soon.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 7, 2024
The pizza was brilliant, special mention for the draft beer, Fierce… by name and nature! A great place to eat without a doubt if you’re in Manchester
A photo of Peter Street Kitchen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1510)
£26 to £40
Japanese
Manchester
About the restaurant
Exquisitely presented and beautifully balanced, the menu at Peter Street Kitchen explores fine contemporary Japanese cuisine matched with the heat and zing from a selection of contemporary Mexican dishes, all complemented with the finest wines, sake and signature cocktails.
Set inside the iconic Free Trade Hall, award-winning Peter Street Kitchen captures an atmosphere that breathes modernity and naturalism through its high ceilings with pendant lighting, wooden features, Stella Works marble tables and stacked sake barrels in the bar.
Experience a curated Omakase, where the essence of Peter Street Kitchen’s cuisine is presented in a six-course tasting menu created on the day by our talented chefs. For an intimate dinner, you can also book a Hibachi Experience, where a 6-seater table and fire pit provide memorable ambience for a semi-private event.
In 2019, Peter Street Kitchen was awarded the prestigious ‘Best Luxury Restaurant in the UK’ at the British Restaurant Awards.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
It was my partners birthday and it was the best experience we have ever had, we are definitely coming back again, The fried rice and steak tacos were amazing and the calamari was the best we have ever had, the staff were so polite and food was out of this world…. 10/10 try again, the bar staff were also super chill and also made our night great
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4.6
4.6 (1913)
£26 to £40
Bistro
Manchester
About the restaurant
Welcome to Kala, from the team behind Sticky Walnut, Burnt Truffle, Hispi, Wreckfish and Pinion. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Top review
Squirel1605
Dined 4 days ago
Menu had something for everyone. Very interesting, flavoursome starters and mains. Focaccia must be tried! Dessert was very ice cream focused but interesting flavours/sauces. Great choice for graduation dinner.
A photo of Peru Perdu at The Cotton Factory restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1206)
£41 and over
South American
Manchester
About the restaurant
“Colourful and vibrant Peruvian-inspired restaurant in the heart of central Manchester offering all the right ingredients for a memorable culinary experience. Peru Perdu champions the best of U.W.A (Uruguayan Wet Aged) steaks, only butchering on demand for a mindful approach to sustainability and environmental impact. The Ceviche Bar marries Peruvian authenticity with Manchester’s appetite for globally-influenced food trends. The Plant Based offering is inspired by the peri-urban agriculture in Lima and is designed using only the most seasonal of produce from local suppliers.”
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Delicious meal, great service, and a good vibe overall. The place is dog friendly too, which is a plus!
A photo of Climat restaurant
4.6
4.6 (602)
£41 and over
Modern European
Manchester
About the restaurant
A relaxed wine-led rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of Manchester City Centre, a daily changing menu, and a cellar with more than 400 different wines to choose from.

Climat is the second site from the team behind Covino, who set up shop in Chester's historic city centre back in 2016. The team has since forged a reputation both regionally & nationally as a fiercely passionate wine-led restaurant with exciting daily changing menus.

Head Chef Luke Richardson best describes his style of cooking as 'Parisian ex-pat food' - a nod to his time spent cooking in the cosmopolitan kitchens of Paris.

As the name 'Climat' might suggest, our cellar of more than 400 different wines has a slight lean toward our favourite region of all - Burgundy. Outside of Burgundy you’ll find a healthy selection of other favourites from around the world, with wines from small producers, to the more iconic, and all the top vignerons that sit between.

Top review
Wildyvip
Dined 2 days ago
Impressive location and view Amazing food and drinks list … some of the best dishes we’ve had Really helpful and knowledgeable staff Minimalist setting and get like a secret venue … a real treat
A photo of WOOD Manchester restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1150)
£41 and over
British
Manchester
About the restaurant
WOOD Restaurants offers a unique style of dining. We will be bringing complexity using various culinary influences while retaining our classic seasonal flavour combinations giving our guests an elegant, contemporary dining experience with a strong balance of flavours, textures and temperatures.


The Menu at WOOD will be served by the entire Kitchen and Restaurant Team led by Chef Patron Simon.
All bookings cancelled on the day will be subject to the full menu charge per person.
Bookings cancelled within 48 hours before the date of the reservation will be subject to a £30 charge per person.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Stayed in Manchester from Scotland last weekend and booked Wood for dinner on our first night. Absolutely outstanding from the service, the setting, the food! Literally couldn’t fault a thing.. loved it so much we contemplated going back on the 2nd evening but ended up with other plans too far away from the restaurant to go. Will definitely be going every time we visit Manchester!
A photo of Escape to Freight Island restaurant
3.6
3.6 (3238)
£25 and under
International
Manchester
About the restaurant
IN THE HEART OF THE DEPOT, MAYFIELD. AMONGST THE HISTORICAL INDUSTRIAL ARCHITECTURE LIES A CULTURAL HUB OF FOOD, DRINK & ENTERTAINMENT.
MULTI-VENDOR, MULTIFACETED & MULTIDIMENSIONAL WHERE PEOPLE MEET TO FORM NEW MEMORIES & EXPLORE NEW POSSIBILITIES

Top review
SteveR
Dined 6 days ago
We ate from several outlets, all food was fantastic, really tasty, quick service and reasonably priced.
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