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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Manchester/Greater Manchester

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 STERLING BAR restaurant
4.8 (163)
£26 to £40
Cocktail Bar
About the restaurant
STERLING is a luxurious bar located underneath the historic Stock Exchange
Hotel. You can expect live music, vintage spirits, rare wine and elegant cocktails all
served alongside bar snacks.

Please note that we only able to accept a certain amount of reservations each day as we leave a lot of tables for walk-ins, so please do not be put off visiting us if you are unable to reserve.

We have a 15 minute grace period for each booking.

We are a seated venue only and all reservations are guaranteed 2 hours at the table.

We are an over 18's only venue and do not accept cash.
Top review
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
We love Sterling it’s the best place to in Manchester for drinks
A photo of Hungamaa restaurant
4.8 (129)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
Welcome to Hungamaa, the home of delicious Indian cuisine in Manchester. Our expert chefs have mastered the art of creating authentic Indian dishes with various vegetarian twists, meaning no matter your dietary requirements, you can enjoy a range of delectable options.

Hungamaa is a delightful Indian restaurant in Chorlton offering a wide range of vegetarian and meat Indian dishes alike, from traditional favourites like samosas, daal makhani and butter chicken, small bite street food such as Pani Puri and Papadi Chaat to more exotic dishes like palak paneer and malvani fish curry. We also have an extensive selection of naan bread, roti, and other accompaniments to pair with your meal. Our talented chefs create these dishes with fresh and locally sourced ingredients, guaranteeing you a truly enjoyable experience.
Top review
Dined on May 4, 2024
Enjoyed Good food and friendly staff with bonus of live music in a pleasant ambience
A photo of The Blues Kitchen - Manchester restaurant
4.7 (2361)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
The home of blues and soul in Manchester, serving up delicious burgers, wings and southern style barbecue.

The Blues Kitchen has the largest selection of whiskey and rye in the city.

Expect live shows every night with club nights every Friday and Saturday.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
First time. Will be back. Really tasty food. Good portions
A photo of The Old School BBQ Bus restaurant
4.7 (611)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
In 2016 the Old School BBQ was born, using a freshly imported 1982 Bluebird International American school bus from Arizona as a mobile kitchen.

The bus was converted from a traditional seated bus to a fully functional kitchen, with smokers and griddles to cook low and slow BBQ food.  The OSB journey had begun, trading from humble beginnings on a local pub car park in Failsworth. 

Our little yellow bus soon became a familiar landmark and we became more and more popular with lunch goers who wanted freshly prepared, appetising food served with a smile.  Soon demand meant that we would be more often than not greeting our customers with a "sold out" sign, so it was time to expand.

So here we are, with a covered seated area serving our firm favourites, complemented with a fully licenced bar and WC facilities... did we mention the stage?  That's right, we also provide live music from various acts from near and far - we are sure you will find our eatery to be like no other! 
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
Great little venue, music and food tip top. Fast attentive service without feeling rushed! The opentable interface is a bit hard to use but everything else excellent. Please pass on compliments to waiting staff, due to my error paying by card I paid a very low tip, apologies this was an accident !
A photo of Sexy Fish Manchester restaurant
4.5 (129)
£41 and over
Contemporary Asian
About the restaurant
Welcome to Sexy Fish, where culinary artistry and electric nightlife intertwine, creating an unforgettable experience. Our exquisite cuisine showcases the finest flavours from the depths of the ocean and beyond. Delight in a fusion of Japanese-inspired dishes including sushi, sashimi, seafood, fish, and meat cooked on a Robata grill. But the allure of Sexy Fish doesn't stop at the table. As the night unfolds, our venue transforms into a playground of entertainment and revelry. Lose yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as our energetic staff, talented musicians, and dynamic DJs create an experience to remember. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, enjoying a sophisticated night out, or simply seeking an extraordinary culinary adventure. Prepare to be seduced by the irresistible charm of Sexy Fish.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Absolutely fabulous food and outstanding service. Highly recommended
A photo of Menagerie Restaurant restaurant
4.4 (2279)
£41 and over
About the restaurant
A Contemporary American restaurant & bar indulging guests in a mi casa es su casa ambience with luxury finishes and flavours.

Our menu features a US’ interpretation of international dishes, favouring social dining tapas style as well as bottomless brunch, afternoon tea & events.

Please note, 48 hours noticed is required for afternoon tea bookings.

When making your reservation please indicate whether you will be dining or joining us for drinks only.

Tables are allocated two hours.

For parties of 7 or more, guests dine from our set menu or bottomless brunch menu and a pre-order is required.

We require a £15pp deposit for all Friday and Saturday bookings, this can be paid via our website.

Please note - if your party size changes less than 48 hours before you reservation, the £15 paid will not be deducted from the final bill.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Amazing service, brunch was 10/10 the drinks were flowing our waitress was attentive and overall a very pleasant brunch Will recommend and most certainly will be back!
A photo of 20 Stories Restaurant restaurant
4.3 (1435)
£41 and over
About the restaurant
The 20 Stories restaurant is an iconic venue in the heart of Spinningfields which sits at the forefront of the Manchester dining scene with Modern British menus.

The rooftop terrace has trees scaling two storeys high and unparalleled views of Manchester, it embodies the electricity of an international restaurant against the backdrop of this dynamic city.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Great service, even though I turns up during a a busy lunch, Elena managed to squeeze me at a table with great city views. The food was overall good, but the mackerel and salmon in the set lunch menu were fairly overcooked
A photo of Nam Ploy Authentic Thai Dining restaurant
4.2 (365)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
Nam Ploy is an authentic Thai restaurant on the Middlebrook Retail Park in Bolton, offering an unforgettable dining experience, which will exceed your expectations and intrigue your imagination. Filled with luscious tropical plants, captivating smells and magnificent fruit carvings. Nam Ploy is the best place to indulge in traditional Thai food.

Our food is freshly prepared to order and is famous for our enthusiastic use and twist of fresh herbs and spices. All of our dishes possess their own character, whether it be, spicy, sweet, sour or mild - we have dishes that cater for everyone’s individual tastes.

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent food for a lunchtime meet up for myself and my friend.
A photo of The Broadway ' Musical Dining ' restaurant
4 (482)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
The Broadway ' Musical Dining ' experience is designed to be interactive and engaging. At times, performers may invite diners to participate in sing-alongs or even join them on stage for memorable moments of audience interaction. It’s a chance to feel like a part of the show, creating cherished memories that will stay with you long after you leave the diner.

The immersive musical theatre experience at The Broadway ' Musical Dining ' is a celebration of the art form, combining delectable cuisine, extraordinary talent, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It’s a place where food, music, and the magic of Broadway converge to create an unforgettable dining experience that will leave you yearning for an encore.

For our menu please click the link here - https://www.officialbroadwaydiner.co.uk/_files/ugd/4730ff_ad5bea4dce41460dbca5cc7af572298b.pdf
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
We had booked in January for my daughter’s birthday after visiting when The Broadway had just opened. When we arrived the table was at the back but the receptionist/hostess managed to get the kids sorted right near the stage. They were so happy. We didn’t realise that me and my husband would have to stay due to age restrictions but we could sit in the bar area and the kids got that bit of independence they like when being teenagers. The hostess again offered to get us some food and was great in running round making sure we had everything. The kids also had an amazing time and loved the songs that were performed live. Thank you for another lovely experience
A photo of Escape to Freight Island restaurant
3.6 (3227)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
You can’t go wrong with an evening at Freight Island. We absolutely loved the atmosphere watching the Champions League final, with delicious food and good drinks. The drinks are a bit pricey though, but on balance it is worth it!
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