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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Manchester/Greater Manchester

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 BAR SAN JUAN restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1537)
£25 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Chorlton
About the restaurant
FOR QUERIES PLEASE:
Call or preferably WhatsApp US.

Hola!
Welcome to Bar San Juan.

​We are a Tapas Bar and Restaurant located in the beautiful South Manchester suburb of Chorlton.

Pick a spot, order a drink and enjoy the vibes whilst you wait to be seated.

​Bar San Juan is not just a restaurant with proper Spanish food, it s a place to relax and enjoy with the Spanish way of life: eat some tapas, drink cerveza and have some fun!

​San Juan is a tiled tapas bar with traditional decor, serving authentic dishes and imported beer and wine. We aim to provide a little piece of Spain in Manchester.

​Buen provecho!

Top review
KiaT
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food. Friendly and great service. Repeat customer. It’s great to be able to speak Spanish as well 😊
A photo of The Jane Eyre - Chorlton restaurant
4.9
4.9 (41)
£25 and under
European
Chorlton
About the restaurant
We are a neighbourhood bar and small plate restaurant based on Beech Road, Chorlton.
Top review
StewartR
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Great food. Nice to watch the people pass by on beech road. Not too hot as the big doors were open. All in all a very pleasant experience. Service was attentive but not intrusive. My friend has a lactose allergy and staff were helpful and accommodating to this too. We really enjoyed it.
A photo of Volta restaurant
4.8
4.8 (561)
£26 to £40
Tapas / Small Plates
Didsbury
About the restaurant
Volta is a neighbourhood restaurant and bar located at the heart of Burton Road in West Didsbury. We serve a menu of small plates inspired by our international travels. You can eat & drink on our cosy terrace to the front or enjoy the chic decor and vintage bistro style ambience inside.

Please note that bookings for Sunday are for our delicious Small Plates menu!

Our outside covered terrace offers heaters and a covered canopy. Hosting the full range of drinks and small plates.

Top review
annem
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent meal at Volta, always have a great time!! The team are really informative yet very chilled and the cocktails were fantastic. I've never had a bad meal and last night's food was fantastic, can't recommend highly enough x
A photo of The Jane Eyre - Ancoats restaurant
4.8
4.8 (168)
£25 and under
British
Manchester
About the restaurant
Built and named in memory of our mum, we’re two brothers running a warm and welcoming neighbourhood bar. Serving classic cocktails with a twist, an eclectic range of keg and bottled beers and simple, great tasting food using the highest quality ingredients.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
First visit and was absolutely superb, the staff were very attentive and we had the Sunday Lunch was delicious and very reasonable in price . Would highly recommend.
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 3 days ago
The food was excellent but the service was a little slow it was 30 minutes before we received our first dish
A photo of Hispi restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1955)
£26 to £40
Bistro
Manchester
About the restaurant
Welcome to Hispi Bistro Didsbury, from the team behind Sticky Walnut, Burnt Truffle, Wreckfish, Pinion and Kala. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
I booked here for my birthday after a recommendation from a friend. The food was gorgeous and the service was fantastic. One of the meals was a couple of minutes late coming out then all of the others so they knocked it off the bill which they really didn’t need to do. My little boy also knocked a drink over on the table and they replaced this free of charge even though he still had half left in the first bottle. I would definitely recommend and return in the future.
A photo of Dish Bar and Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (822)
£25 and under
Mediterranean
Standish
About the restaurant
Welcome to Dish Bar and Restaurant.
Serving the highest quality dishes from around the Mediterranean.
We have a small covered outside area for Al Fresco dining.
Please note on a Sunday we serve a set 2 or 3 course Sunday special menu, alongside our wood oven pizzas.
Open Wednesday & Thursday from 5pm
Friday - Sunday from 12pm
Walk-ins welcome, booking advised.
Bar drinking area.
We look forward to welcoming you.

Top review
Kirstybutterfly78
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
The customer service was excellent, they couldn’t do enough, very attentive and friendly. The beef roast dinner was delicious that one member of the party was lovely. The pizza unfortunately was sloppy and didn’t hold at all when trying to eat and was a mess on the plate by the end. The hanging Kebabs were tasty, some more seasoning on the meat would have been nice but they were lovely. We would go again and try some different dishes.
A photo of BAB restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1182)
£25 and under
Middle Eastern
Manchester
About the restaurant
We’re all about vibrant flavours, locally-sourced ingredients and homemade marinades and sauces. Watch our team of creative chefs make fresh flatbreads, from scratch, in our open theatre-style kitchen. We cook all of our breads on a robata grill, giving each kebab that lovely charcoal flavour.

We also offer a selection of tasty non-babs, meze dishes and desserts. Our drinks list includes freshly made iced teas and a variety of beers, wines and soft drinks. We have recently expanded and now offer an amazing choice of cocktails, from savoury to sweet and everything in between.

So, come hungry, pull up a chair and enjoy a kebab worth sitting down for.

At peak times tables will have a maximum sitting time for 1hr 30mins from the start of the booking time. The host inform you on arrival.

Top review
JohnR
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic venue. Great value, food and service. Dog friendly.
A photo of The Old Boathouse restaurant
4.2
4.2 (365)
£25 and under
Pub
Wigan
About the restaurant
Soak up our friendly service and homely charm when nestled in the heart of the Astley village. Here at The Old Boat House, we are the perfect canalside retreat to sit back, relax and indulge in our delicious food with the perfect drink in hand. Our traditional pub classics are expertly crafted from our seasonal menus and the bar is crammed with local ales and tipples to tempt any taste buds. Using the most seasonal ingredients and decadent flavours, there's a dish for every desire.
Top review
ColinDvip
Dined on Jun 22, 2024
Made it our local go to for pub grub & a beer. Great service, nice quality food & great location. Hope they keep up the service level’s 🌞
A photo of The Pen and Pencil restaurant
3.9
3.9 (827)
£25 and under
American
Manchester
About the restaurant
Sitting on the corner of Hilton and Tariff street in Manchester’s lively Northern Quarter, The Pen and Pencil takes its name and inspiration from the infamous mid-20th Century bar on East 45th Street in New York, which was popular with newspaper journalists and ad men – the original ‘Mad Men’.

Open seven days a week from 10am until late, the restaurant and bar not only offers a variety of beverages including cocktails, beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks, but focuses on its strong day time offering with great breakfast, brunch and lunch options as well as quality coffee and freshly blended smoothies.

The Pencil and Pencil has an array of events throughout the month with a resident DJ to get the party started every weekend, a weekly quiz night on a Tuesday, and its sell-out Bottomless Brunches! It also offers of rooms for private hire for networking meetings, private parties and launch events.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Friendly staff. Lovely food. Decent sized portions. Will be back.
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