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Ten great date night restaurants in Manchester

4 years ago

Whether you are trying to impress a Tinder match or have been married for thirty years, everybody loves a good date night. Manchester’s lovebirds are certainly not short of options for a romantic meal but sometimes the sheer breadth of choice can be overwhelming. We have put together a list of some of our favourite places to get cosy and forget about the bills, kids or the stresses of work for the evening.

From the timeless romance of Italian and seafood restaurants to more adventurous jaunts like a restaurant in the clouds or world-class sushi in a railway arch. Stick these on your to-do list.

  • El Gato Negro, the much-praised Spanish restaurant on King Street, Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    El Gato Negro Manchester

    Restaurant - Spanish

    El Gato Negro is an upmarket Manc-Spanish fusion restaurant that really, really works. Originally from Yorkshire, chef Simon Shaw has created an indulgent, three-storey church to his passion for the best in Spanish food and wine.

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  • Sunset dining with a view at 20 Stories restaurant in 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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  • A dish served with a glass of wine at Oystercatcher - a seafood restaurant in Chorlton, Manchester.
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    Restaurant - European

    “Doing lots of little things right” is a definition of perfection. And Oystercatcher – a simple seafood restaurant in Chorlton – is just that.
    The kitchen’s Inca grill is masterfully handled by co-owner Recep Canliisik, who churns out dishes such as char-grilled whole sea bream, and Tandoori-barbecued monkfish tail.

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    The Refuge

    Restaurant - European

    Winning small plate fusion in an iconic and glamorous setting. Housed in Manchester’s iconic The Refuge Assurance Company dating back to 1858, this DJ-run restaurant and bar is large and sassy.

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  • The exterior of Hawksmoor Manchester on Deansgate - the first Hawksmoor to open outside of London
    Manchester City Centre


    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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  • The buzzy restaurant floor at San Carlo Cicchetti in Manchester city centre
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    San Carlo Cicchetti

    Restaurant - Italian

    As the first San Carlo Cicchetti, the Manchester restaurant had a lot to prove on opening in 2010. Over a decade and several awards later, it’s still going strong. Why? We think it’s attention to detail. Founder Carlo Distefano is a stickler for quality and you’ll find the same passion for produce and impeccable service at every San Carlo. Let’s just say it runs in the family. 

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  • Velvet green booths and natural lighting at Masons Restaurant and Bar in Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre


    Restaurant - Modern British

    Nestled in the Grade II Listed former Freemasons Hall, Masons Restaurant and Bar serves retro fine-dining fare in princely surrounds.

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  • A table set for dinner at Instagrammer's paradise Tattu restaurant in Manchester, Spinningfields

    Tattu Manchester

    Restaurant - Chinese

    Located in the heart of the Spinningfields business district, Tattu Manchester is an Instagrammer’s dream. Think penumbral lighting, body art-inspired cocktails and a full-size cherry blossom tree with hand-sewn silk petals. You’d be forgiven for expecting such opulent surroundings to outshine the food. Not so.

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  • The striking glass pyramid that houses the entrance to Australasia in Manchester city centre


    Restaurant - Pan Asian

    Pacific Rim fusion fare for the fashion set. The undeniable theatre of the place, the approach of the staff and the craft of the food make any occasion feel like a million dollars at Australasia.

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