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A rare thing: top 10 steak restaurants in Manchester

8 months ago

Quality over quantity is the mantra nowadays when it comes to meat consumption. You might as well eat a cauliflower steak over a below-par beef one in our opinion. It’s not worth the cost, financially or environmentally, otherwise.

So when you’re craving a ribeye or sirloin or whatever your favourite cut is (tomahawk for one over here, please), make sure you choose a place that can deliver. Below we’ve listed ten Manchester steak restaurants that you can rely on to serve up really good, tender cuts: the kind where you don’t even need sauce because the juices soak into your chips and the charcoal edges and seasoning give all the flavour and intensity you want.

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  • 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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  • Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Dakota Grill Manchester


    Dakota Grill Manchester is the work of former Malmaison owner, Ken McCollough and it is as dark-hued and handsome as the successful boutique hotel chain. It’s an inviting place with flickering candlelight, very retro-sexy – sure to be the setting for many a first date.

    The focus at Dakota is on steaks which are very good – all grass-fed, 28 day-aged, hand-cut Aberdeenshire beef cooked over hot coals.

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  • etci mehmet steak manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Etçi Mehmet

    Restaurant - Mediterranean

    Open since the end of 2018, Etçi Mehmet’s carefully prepared, predominantly meat dishes are flame grilled or oven roasted for the best flavour, with steaks a speciality and carved table side by your server. 

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  • Spinningfields

    Fazenda Manchester

    Restaurant - South American

    Fazenda loosely translates from Portuguese into “big farm”, but think more luxe surroundings than your average barn: dark corners and plenty of wood, yes, but lots of coppery golds, muted brown leather and cowhide upholstery, and cream church candles.

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  • Steak at Gaucho
    Manchester City Centre

    Gaucho Manchester

    Restaurant - South American

    For many people, Argentinian restaurant Gaucho Manchester is the destination in the city for very good steak paired with very good wine. Housed in a converted Methodist church on Deansgate, with an open kitchen, and the original church organ still in-situ, it’s also known as one of Manchester’s best-looking spaces for dining.

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  • Spinningfields



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

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  • Steak from Tender Cow at Mackie Mayor, a food hall in Manchester.
    Northern Quarter

    Mackie Mayor


    Mackie Mayor is a cosmopolitan food hall located in an 1858 Grade II listed market building on the edge of Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

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  • Mr Thomas's Chop House - a cosy pub in Manchester.
    Greater Manchester

    Mr Thomas’s Chop House


    Thomas Studd and his wife Sarah established their Chop House in booming Cottonopolis in 1867, and it’s still going strong, serving up top-end pub grub in the famous tiled back room restaurant along with flagons and snifters in the bar and on the sunny St Ann’s Square terrace.

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  • Dining at Pendergast's Steakhouse, Warrington
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    Pendergast’s Steakhouse

    Restaurant - British

    Pendergast’s Steakhouse offers a less butch take on the traditional macho steakhouse. There are standout cuts of beef but you’ll also find small plates, seafood and lighter mains as well as carefully-thought out dishes for vegetarians and vegans.

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  • Venison steak at Wood Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre


    Restaurant - Modern British

    The eponymous restaurant of Simon Wood, MasterChef winner and local lad from Oldham, is an accomplished affair. The décor – muted natural tones in a glass-clad new build – places the focus of any meal on the fine, Italianesque (yet often locally sourced) food and wine on offer.

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