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Manchester restaurants: 2023’s biggest new openings

3 months ago

Every year brings a bunch of new openings (and inevitable closures) on the Manchester food and drink scene. Here we’ve picked out some of the biggest launches to hit the city and its neighbouring towns in 2023. Which ones have you been to? And which are on your list for next year?

And if you like to keep up-to-date with all the goings-on on the Manchester restaurant scene, check out the monthly food and drink news on Confidentials.com. It gives you the full picture of what’s new, what’s gone, and what’s changed.


  • A dish from 4 of Us in Didsbury, Manchester.

    4 of Us

    Restaurant - European

    4 of Us is a restaurant and wine shop in Didsbury serving European seasonal dishes, and with a focus on local produce. It’s the work of four friends; co-owners Joanna and Magdalena look after the front-of-house, while chefs Szymon and Piotr take care of the cooking.

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  • Roast dinner and a pint at 11 Central in Mediacity Manchester.
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    11 Central


    11 Central is another venture for Seven Bro7hers, only this time their Sis4ers are on board too so the bar is a fantastic mix of craft beer and craft gin.

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  • A burger at Almost Famous Withington
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    Almost Famous Withington


    Almost Famous is a legend in its own lunchtime. Manchester’s original purveyor of OTT stacked dirty burgers and in-your-face attitude has now opened a fifth outpost in Withington.

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  • Book Now Sale

    Canteena Bar & Grill


    Based in the unit of Stanley Square that was once home to Sale Food Hall, Canteena Bar & Grill is serving up hearty Modern British meals in a food hall-style setting.

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  • Sunday lunch at Diecast. Manchester City Centre.


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    Diecast is a party venue and ‘creative neighbourhood’ five-minutes’ walk from Manchester Piccadilly station.

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  • Meal at Fenix, a restaurant in Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Fenix Restaurant and Bar


    Fenix is a simple, rustic Greek restaurant as re-imagined by World of Interiors. The palette of creams and neutral stones is minimalist and sophisticated. It’s rather pared back considering Fenix is from the team behind Tattu but still a sense of opulence prevails.

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  • Chinatown (Manchester)

    Higher Ground

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Exciting news for foodies in Manchester as Higher Ground, the permanent restaurant from the team behind Flawd, opened its doors in February 2023.

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  • Ramen at House of Fu Manchester, a Japanese restaurant with karaoke booths on Portland Street.
    Manchester City Centre

    House of Fu Manchester


    Beloved Leeds ramen hotspot House of Fu opened on Portland Street in October 2023. This Japanese restaurant and bar is renowned for its nourishing bowls of ramen, its small plates – and its karaoke booths.

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  • Ethiopian food at Kargo MKT, a food hall at Salford Quays
    Salford Quays

    Kargo MKT


    Kargo MKT is a huge food hall in Salford Quays where 20 different street food traders ply their trade. With a waterfront terrace and a party atmosphere, it’s one of the most popular places in the neighbourhood which, until recently, has never exactly been spoilt for choice with dining destinations.

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  • Sushi from Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay, Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre

    Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay


    Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay is the first restaurant that the famed TV chef has decided to open in the city of Manchester, despite already having opened Bread Street Kitchen & Bar in Liverpool last year. 

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  • Inside Madre Manchester, a contemporary Mexican restaurant near Piccadilly Station.
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    Madre Manchester

    Restaurant - Mexican

    You’ll find Manchester’s Madre near KAMPUS on the Chorlton Street side of the complex. It’s the kind of place you’d visit with a groups of friends to enjoy good Mexican food, music and mezcal.

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  • A dish from Maki & Ramen in Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre

    Maki & Ramen


    Born in Edinburgh and now in Glasgow and Manchester, Maki & Ramen is a high-quality, quick-eats-style place that easily holds its own amongst the plethora of Japanese restaurants that have opened in the city centre recently.

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  • A bowl of ramen at New Wave Ramen in Manchester.
  • The terrace at San Carlo Alderley Edge, Cheshire.
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    San Carlo Alderley Edge


    The latest addition to the San Carlo family is the impressive £3 million Alderley Edge restaurant, boasting a sunlit dining terrace with a retractable roof and open flame fireplace. 

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  • Cocktail at Sexy Fish, a restaurant in Manchester

    Sexy Fish


    Sexy Fish is no mere minnow in the UK dining scene. It’s brought to you by Caprice Holdings, the group behind some of London’s most glam dining spots. Think of it as more of a humongous mermaid – beautiful and ever so slightly improbable.

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  • A dish from Six by Nico Deansgate, a fine-dining restaurant in Manchester.

    Six by Nico Deansgate

    Restaurant - Global

    Six by Nico Deansgate is the second Manchester opening for the hit fine-dining concept from Scottish-Italian chef and owner Nico Simeone.

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  • Stretford

    Stretford Canteen

    Restaurant - French

    Stretford Canteen, on Chester Road at the front of Stretford Mall, is a beloved local restaurant known for its classic French and traditional British cuisine.

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