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Food to fall in love over: 10 great date night restaurants in Manchester

2 months ago

Manchester’s not short of options when it comes to show-stopping restaurants for a romantic meal. From dinner in the clouds at Climat, to the Michelin starred menu at Mana, to deluxe sushi and cocktails at MUSU, these places know how to make an impression.

Add them to your date night list. They’re sure to be smitten.

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  • The view from 20 Stories, Manchester.

    20 Stories

    Restaurant - European

    Manchester’s highest – and possibly finest – restaurant, bar and terrace. D&D London’s flagship Manchester restaurant, 20 Stories was the opening of 2018. Floor to ceiling windows (and a huge, outdoor terrace, the same size as the entire restaurant floor), afford breathtaking views of the city and surrounding countryside, while the menu offers modern British, seasonal dishes. 

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  • Oysters from Climat, Manchester.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre


    Restaurant - Modern British

    On the rooftop of Blackfriars House, Climat is a simply exceptional dining experience owned and operated by the team behind Covino in Chester, who have established a reputation as a wine-led restaurant with a focus on changing menus and a passion for wine.

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  • The terrace at San Carlo Fumo in Manchester city centre
    Book Now Oxford Road



    With its terrace overlooking Oxford Road and its much-photographed spiral staircase, Fumo is a favourite spot in Manchester for dinner and drinks with friends.

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  • Gusto is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Gusto Manchester


    Gusto Manchester may be the jewel in ever-expanding chain’s crown, even if the menu is the same everywhere from Heswall to Edinburgh. It’s a very polished affair with a definite Art Deco feel. This is a place that seems designed for good times and the service is slick.

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  • A dish from Hawksmoor, Manchester.


    Restaurant - British

    The best steakhouse in the North. Opening on Deansgate in 2015, the first Hawksmoor steakhouse outside of London is a confident affair. Well sourced steak and attention to detail have created a place like no other.

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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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  • A seafood dish from Mana, Manchester.
    Book Now Ancoats


    Restaurant - Modern British

    Michelin-starred restaurant Mana is the brainchild of chef patron Simon Martin who mastered his trade at the renowned Noma in Copenhagen. In his first few years at Mana, Martin has succeeded in carving his own path – one which confuses and delights people in equal measure.

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  • A dish from MUSU, Manchester.
    Book Now Spinningfields


    Restaurant - Japanese

    The Japanese word MUSU translates as ‘infinite possibilities’ and while Chef Patron Michael Shaw’s quartet of menus may not be infinite they are certainly unique for Manchester at least. With a combination of Japanese and more locally-sourced ingredients, the guest is invited to choose the way they prefer to dine at MUSU.

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  • Piccolino Caffe Grande is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

    Restaurant - Italian

    With its terrace overlooking Albert Square and Manchester Town Hall, and a beautiful interior featuring a 40-seater private dining room, an open kitchen, and an oyster bar, Piccolino Caffé Grande Manchester is a real destination restaurant. (And, notably, it’s one that doesn’t price people out of the experience.)

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  • Tast Restaurant Manchester
    Book Now Manchester City Centre


    Restaurant - Spanish

    Catalan restaurant Tast brings the fiercely independent spirit of north-eastern Spain to your table courtesy head chef Paco Pérez – holder of six Michelin stars – and his passionate team, who now run seven acclaimed restaurants around the world.

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  • Crab, mussel and caviar fishcakes at TNQ.
    Book Now Northern Quarter


    Restaurant - Modern British

    This unassuming, independent restaurant overlooking the historic Smithfield Fish Market is a stalwart of the Northern Quarter’s dining scene. Co-owner and chef Anthony Fielden has been cooking up a storm at TNQ since 2004, winning various awards and accolades along the way. 

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