When you need to impress, Manchester’s restaurant scene has got your back. From sky-high fine dining to candlelit booths via a secret tasting menu, we’ve found some of the most romantic restaurants in Manchester that are sure to do the job come date night.
20 Stories Book 20 Stories
With a rooftop bar, contemporary design, and stunning views, 20 Stories ticks all the boxes when it comes to romantic spots in Manchester. And the food speaks for itself too, with signature dishes including rump of Herdwick lamb with spiced cous cous and apricot, and dry-aged rare breed steaks with triple-cooked chips.
Wood by Simon Wood Book Wood by Simon Wood
From a MasterChef winner, Wood Manchester by Simon Wood is all about fine dining in an unpretentious setting. With elaborate tasting menus and a buzzing open kitchen, there’s sure to be plenty to talk about should date night conversation run dry… especially with dishes as impressive as duck with plum, Sauternes and hazelnut, and halibut with pistachio and smoked mussels.
Cloud 23 Book Cloud 23
This supremely deluxe setting offers endless panoramic vistas over the city, perfect not only for a romantic date, but also a picturesque Insta-worthy spot. Cloud 23 in Deansgate serves up flashy bespoke cocktails and refined afternoon teas featuring dainty finger sandwiches, traditional Victoria sponge and rich éclairs.
Asha’s – Manchester Book Asha’s
A Michelin Plate-awarded restaurant by Bollywood star, Asha Bhosle, boasts a vibrant gourmet Indian menu that brings together traditional dishes with innovative cooking techniques, such as venison samosas or Scottish salmon biryani. Asha’s in Manchester Central is set in a lavish Victorian palazzo building, where diners can enjoy exotic cocktails and sumptuous spicy delicacies.
Second Floor Bar and Brasserie, Harvey Nichols Manchester Book Second Floor Bar and Brasserie
Overlooking Exchange Square, Harvey Nichols’ Second Floor Bar and Brasserie offers guests a stylish yet relaxed environment. Dine on classic European brasserie-style dishes such as pea and mint cannelloni with smoked feta while gazing out of floor-to-ceiling windows in this iconic Manchester building.
Australasia serves up on of Manchester’s most refined and innovative afternoon teas. Served in the oh-so-elegant dining space or the romantic canopied garden terrace, the menu sees fresh sushi followed by creative sweet treats, all joined by sakes and cocktails from the bar.
Adam Reid at The French Book Adam Reid at The French
Boasting 3 AA Rosettes, Adam Reid at The French offers modern British food in the iconic Midland Hotel. Chandeliers and ornate furnishings make for a truly romantic setting, perfect for the indulgent 6 or 9-course tasting menus with wine flights.
James Martin Manchester Book James Martin Manchester
Offering fine dining from a celeb chef amidst the glitz and glamour of a casino, James Martin Manchester features edgy Great-Northern-warehouse styling including vintage fabrics and artwork, polished girders and exposed brickwork.
The River Restaurant
In a swanky hotel besides the river, The River Restaurant oozes romantic charm. Throw in a sweeping terrace and impressive menu, and it ticks all the boxes for a romantic dining experience. Menu highlights include the beef Wellington served for 2 to share, and the lemongrass and lime creme brûlée with strawberry consommé.
With candlelit tables, soft lighting and wine bottles lining the walls, Veeno has to be one of the cosiest settings for a romantic dinner in Manchester. With bottles coming straight from the family vineyard, the wine impressive wine list is the star of the show here, beautifully supported by charcuterie and cheese boards, as well as hearty Mediterranean classics.