At the heart of the city, Deansgate and neighbouring Spinningfields are packed with some of Manchester’s most exciting bars and restaurants. From dinner with a view to top-notch steaks via Asian-inspired afternoon tea, we’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants Deansgate has to offer.
1. Second Floor Bar and Brasserie, Harvey Nichols Book Harvey Nichols
Overlooking Exchange Square, Second Floor Bar and Brasserie serves up an eclectic range of fine dishes in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings. Signature dishes on the all-day menu include marinated swordfish or sirloin steak from the grill, soy and honey-glazed duck breast with plum and ginger sauce, and a spiced fig crème brûlée with fig jam.
2. La Vina Book La Vina
In the middle of Deansgate, near Manchester’s major theatres, La Vina oozes Spanish charm. Washed down with traditional sangria or an impressive range of Spanish sherries, tuck into classic tapas dishes, charcuterie boards and hearty paellas.
3. 20 Stories Book 20 Stories
At the top of the No.1 Spinningfields building, 20 Stories offers unparalleled views of the city. Seasonal British flavours pack the 20 Stories menu, including rack of pork with salt-baked pineapple, and butter-poached salsify with burnt leeks and parsnip purée.
4. Manchester House Book Manchester House
Offering a Manchester-themed afternoon tea, Manchester House serves up inventive tastes of the local area, all with incredible views of the city skyline. Savoury treats include Lancashire cheese and onion pie,whilst desserts include signature Manchester House tarts with raspberry meringue and custard, and the rose and grapefruit Battenberg.
5. Albatross & Arnold Book Albatross & Arnold
In the unique setting of an indoor golf centre, the Albatross & Arnold menu crafts gourmet recipes with instantly recognisable home-style influences. Menu highlights include pan-roasted cod loin with liquorice and squid ink, and roasted pigeon with fennel, apple and cherry.
6. Australasia Book Australasia
A chic basement dwelling entered via a glass triangle-shaped pod, Australasia brings modern Australian-style cuisine and a unique Asian afternoon tea to Deansgate. Served in 2 ‘waves’ the afternoon tea begins with sushi, followed by sweet treats and flowering teas, whilst a host of sakes and exclusive cocktails are served at the bar.
7. Beastro Book Beastro
Serving hearty British dishes, Beastro is a laidback restaurant a stone’s throw from the river. Menu highlights include the likes of Cumbrian ‘Barnsley lamb chop’ with triple-cooked chips, and signature sausages with creamy mash and lashings of homemade onion gravy.
8. Gaucho Book Gaucho
Gaucho Manchester brings the brand’s famed Argentine steaks to Deansgate. Complete with chandeliers and skylights, 2 mezzanine levels and a chic bar, tender cuts are served alongside an impressive wine list in a vibrant atmosphere.