Restaurants and bars in Spinningfields Manchester (2023)

Once known as a part of the city centre that was simply full of offices, Spinningfields has slowly transformed itself into a vibrant part of the city's evening scene.

A shake up of the food and drink offering from its early days has led to an impressive mix of bars and restaurants on Spinningfields these days, meaning it can compete with any other part of the city for your post-work pint attention or your Saturday night posh dinner.

From a quiet drink or brunch with the family to a wild hen party night or learning how to make a cocktail with your mates, Manchester's business and booze district offers something for everyone.

Spinningfields has it all. Pretty much.

We've rounded up all the restaurants and bars on Spinningfields to help you plan your visit.


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What is it? It's an Italian restaurant chain with the little added bonus of a rustic food shop, which stocks goods such as olive oil, breads and other delights from the country shaped like a boot. An ideal brunch spot and al fresco dining in the heart of Hardman Square.

What's on the menu? From deli plates to ravioli pasta, homemade foccaccia to nibbles and seafood specials, the menu is vast and should have something for people looking for a snack or three-course meal. Carluccio's is also currently serving up a special picnic menu for summer, ideal for takeaway.

How much does it cost? A main could set you back up to £16.50 but pastas are reasonable at around £10. The small sharing plates and deli boards range from £13.95 to £16.95 but they are huge portions and plenty for a group of four. If a light meal is what you are looking for, the goat's cheese salad is fresh and healthy at £9.95.

The Alchemist

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What is it? A funky bar and meeting place by day and at night it transforms into a hub of cocktail mixology and modern beats from resident DJs. The Alchemist's 'thing' is to serve drinks in all kinds of vessels, so don't be surprised to receive your cocktail in a test tube. Think theatre and showmanship - this is not the place to come if you want a quick drink. Each cocktail is made with love and care though. The venue hosts cocktail making masterclasses and private functions.

What's on the menu? The food is varied, drawing from a number of destinations around the world, and includes a full brunch, lunch and dinner menu. Gourmet sandwiches and burgers are the big draw, with Japanese ramen, blackened salmon and jerk chicken offering something a little different. Chicken in a basket FTW.

How much does it cost? Mains will range from £7.95 (beef burger) to £21.95 for a 7oz fillet steak. Starters, sides and light bites are all under a tenner. The cocktails are what you'd expect from a bar of this type in the city, from £7.

The Oast House

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What is it? It started out as a pop-up bar but has now become a permanent fixture. Designed to look like an old hop roasting house, it's a popular post-work haunt. Its vast outdoor space, which spills out to the large white permanent canopy, makes this place popular in the summer. It's also multi-faceted, as bars go, with the space used for a temporary tipi complete with open fire in the winter and a DJ booth and live music in the summer makes it a great spot for some outdoor atmosphere in the city.

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What's on the menu? The food menu is simple and includes your expected pub grub, such as burgers from the in-house barbecue, salads and pies. We suggest you try their signature hanging kebabs though.

How much does it cost? BBQ dishes range from £10.50 to £16.95, Salads will cost you around £9, hanging kebabs (chicken, lamb and beef) range from £11.50 to £13.95 and pies are charged at £11.50

Manchester House

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What is it? Really? You don't know? Famed for being the restaurant everyone except for the Michelin judges thinks deserves a Michelin star, top chef Aiden Byrne's restaurant is on another level, literally and figuratively. Located on the second floor, the venue also has a bar lounge on the 12th floor, with excellent views of the city.

What's on the menu? Lots of delectable and delicious things. Changes like the seasons, so check in advance. There's also an a la carte selection for lunch and dinner including dishes such as poached cod, braised flank of beef and cured Goosnargh duck breast. At less than £30, it may boast the best set lunch menu in the city.

How much does it cost? It's fine dining, so with that there comes a hefty price tag if you factor in drinks and extras. But be smart, book on the 10 or 14 course tasting menu or set menus and it'll be the best foodie decision you've made in a long time. Lunch menu (two courses £22.50, 3 courses £27.50 and 10 course £70). A la carte (starters £17, mains £37, desserts £7.50, cheeses £15)


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What is it? Underground pan-Asian restaurant you get to through a mysterious glass pyramid-style door at street level. It's one of those places you have to go to, to really understand what it's about. The open kitchen, intimate booths under crawling toothpaste-white branches, sandy, soft colour scheme, designer toilets and imposing bar area make it one of the most eye-catching - and different - places to eat in the city.

What's on the menu? The menu is designed for sharing, with dishes organised for parties looking to enjoy every dish together, or just a couple. All is explained in the menu and waiters are highly trained - with high tech gadgets to make sure your order is accurate and is tailored to your needs. Come here for sashimi, oysters, sushi and a variety of Californian rolls.

How much does it cost? It's not cheap, but it's some of the best and freshest seafood in the city. Smaller plates of yellowfin sashimi (£12.50), scallops (£10.50) and seared teriyaki beef (£8.50) are examples of the range of dishes on offer. Big plates include crispy suckling pork belly with pineapple curry (£16.50) roast lamb with green peas, confit lamb, goats cheese and basil jus (£19.50) .


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What is it? Billed as a kitchen and bar, this place offers a casually cool destination to eat, with three set menu options and a full lunch and evening food menu. It stocks artisan beers, of course, and its industrial, intimately-lit and naked concrete setting make it one of the gems of Spinningfields.

What's on the menu? Seafood is a winner here, from the prawn starter to baked mussels main. Flatbreads, salads and fillet steaks offer hearty and lighter options with the meat and cheese deli boards ideal for sharing.

How much does it cost? Around £6 for starters, £10-£26 for mains and £10.50-ish for salads.


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What is it?

A Spanish tapas restaurant and wine bar, with high ceilings, extravagant gold and red decor and a magnificent feature mirror in the bar area. There's also an in-house deli, and the toilets, oh the toilets ...

What's on the menu? It's been expertly crafted by executive chef Nacho Manzano, with tapas and main dishes and a separate bar menu also available. The bar menu has a selection of artisan cheeses (£2.50- £8), breads, anchovies and olives (£2.50-£3) and cured meats such as cecina (£4.50) and chorizo (£5.50). The main menu is extensive, from cheeses, dishes on the grill, eggs and croquettes to Spanish vegetable dishes, seafood sharers and meat tapas.

How much does it cost? It's worth popping in to enjoy the lunch menu, which is £15 per person, where you can choose three tapas from three sections. Tapas dishes hover around £5, rising to £9.50. You can get items from the grill, such as pork and beef, for between £7.50 and £12. Unless you want to go bananas and splash out on the Galacian blonde rib of beef at a whopping £69. It is between two though...


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What is it? A South American rodizio where you go to eat meat. Lots of meat. Not that non-meat eaters are not welcome, as there is a vegetarian, vegan and fish offering. But the focus is all about waiters walking around with cuts of meat on rotating carousels of giant skewers. You are given a card - green means go (ie come and serve me more meat), red means no (no more meat for now, thanks). The restaurant is dark and moody, adding to the novelty of the whole thing.

What's on the menu? Steak, ribs, pork belly, all accompanied by a trip (or several) to the serve yourself buffet salad bar. There's cheese, pasta, dips, rice and a plethora of other South American delicacies. Plenty of thought has been put into the wine menu, too, with wines brought in specially for certain meats, cuts and flavours.

How much does it cost? Now here's the catch, carnivores. It's a pricey place, with a meal for two, including wine and dessert, easily costing you £100.


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What is it? A modern Chinese restaurant that certainly focuses on the spectacular. You can't miss the giant cherry blossom tree that takes centre stage in the middle of the lavishly-designed restaurant. The decor has been inspired by tattoos and body art and there's a true oriental feel, too, thanks to the ornate black fret screens.

What's on the menu? Tattu recently marked its first anniversary with the launch of a new menu, which includes a whopping 30 extra dishes. A whole fried sea bass, topped with a fiery, fragrant Szechuan pepper and Shaoxing wine sauce, and zesty tuna ceviche with lime, coriander and chipotle are among the highlights. Other new dishes diners can look forward to include fillet of beef ho fun noodles, soy and orange butter chicken with Szechuan salt and lily bulb, and a rich sweet potato gau. Think traditional Chinese with a modern twist.

How much does it cost? The Angus fillet with caramel soy will set you back £26, while the saffron miso black cod (£24) and dessert platter, including the Silk Road (£8) show the variety of prices.


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What is it? Thai street food. You'll feel like you've just stepped into Thaikhun from the streets of Bangkok. There's a tuk tuk sitting outside, the lighting consists of bird cages and baskets with bulbs nestled inside. It's rustic and random, with none of the furniture matching. But it's certainly colourful and fun.

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Tip: If it's your birthday and you're not the type to be the centre of attention, keep it quiet otherwise be prepared for the noisy musical celebration from the staff.

What's on the menu? Sharing dishes inspired by the Asian country. Pick from the grill, stir fry or curry sub-menus and finish off your choice with noodles or rice. There's also salad and veggie options.

How much does it cost? Being street food, it's on the cheaper end of the scale compared to other eateries in Spinningfields. Mains are around £12.


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What is it? Speedy Japanese food served on casual benches. They don't stand on ceremony here, you can share a long table with a number of different other parties. It's all about getting your food as and when it is ready, too.

What's on the menu? Ramen, omakase, Thai curries, donduri, teppanyaki and salads will all give you a taste of Asia. All dishes are made fresh to order and try to be as authentic as possible, with spices and vegetables true to the inspiration behind the recipe.

How much does it cost? Starters and sides such as wok noodles, edamame peas and pork ribs are all under £10, with mains not much more than that, hovering around £15. You can easily feed four for £50 (without alcohol)

Comptoir Libanais

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What is it? Lebanese fare. The interior is bright, colourful and in a traditional cafe-style. It is the first northern branch for the brand, which has 11 sites across London and the south east.

What's on the menu? Diners can enjoy fresh, healthy and affordable Lebanese dishes, from lamb kofta and shish taouk cooked on a charcoal grill to wholesome and hearty slow-cooked tagines. The menu features a number of dishes exclusive to Manchester, including two new mana’esh (Lebanese flatbread) with minced lamb and pomegranate or za’atar and olive. There are also two new mezze feast menus offering a selection of hot and cold sharing plates.

How much does it cost? All dishes are available to eat in or take away and office platters will also be available for delivery or collection, ranging from £8 to £12 per person.


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What is it? We like to call it a celeb haunt, and while it undoubtedly is, with footballers and TV stars often frequenting this stylish bar, it's proven a hit with city slickers, twenty-somethings and commuters alike. It's recently undergone an impressive £1m lick of paint, and then some.

The interior has had a complete overhaul, with bright green leather booths set against dark wood panelling, marble-top tables and Jackson Pollock-style paintings filling the main dining space, overlooked by the bar which has had a spruce up with a living wall of plants hanging above it. Other features include portraits of Marilyn Monroe, a cute little gin trolley, a chequered floor and a gentlemen's club-style snug.

What's on the menu? The all-day brasserie-style menu spans everything from brunch to business lunches, pre-theatre meals and dinner, with dishes ranging from smaller bites like lobster tacos and sashimi to heartier mains like short rib hash with pickle and crispy egg and chateaubriand. Newly-introduced deals include Gin O’Clock every Saturday from 4.30pm-7pm, when all gin cocktails are just £5, and Frugal Feasts, priced at £25 for three courses, on Tuesdays. A bottomless brunch has also been brought in on Saturdays and Sundays, priced at £35 for two courses with free-flowing Bloody Marys, seasonal cocktails or prosecco.

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How much does it cost? Small bites such as tacos are around a tenner, with sashimi a snip at £6.50/£10.50. The ribs will set you back £13.95 and if you are looking to splash out, the chateaubriand is £55, to share.


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What is it? Cheeky chicken. The South African Portuguese-themed chicken restaurant is the preferred eating establishment for celebs and sports stars, both home and away. It has a mysterious 'black card' that gets you free Nando's for life. A genuine life goal for thousands of students out there. Anyway, however you like your chicken, this place can probably take care of it for you. But the spicier you like it, the cooler you wiill appear to your friends. Be prepared to queue though. Yes, we are serious.

What's on the menu? Chicken.

How much does it cost? A meal for two should cost you around £30, including drinks and sides.


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What is it? Indian street food by the waterside. Open since April 2015, it is inspired by the energy and vitality of the Indian sub-continent. It has a brilliant open plan kitchen, with the smell of spices freely wafting through the restaurant. You can get it delivered, too, as they're part of the city centre Deliveroo scheme.

What's on the menu? Pick your rice and bread options to accompany a street corner option. Small plates range from lamb tikka, seabass ravi, a kashmari kebab to dishes from the chaat cart such as grean pea aloo tikki, veggie samosas and lentil dumpling dahi bhalla. The chef specialities, signature dishes, traditional curries and grill options complete the extensive menu

How much does it cost? Smaller plates are less than £10, mains come in at £10-£16.


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What is it? It's mainly about the beer here at Leftbank, with craft ales, beers and ciders changing all the time. The Dockyard is rustic and relaxed and offers a range of ales and soft drink and has a good-sized outdoor seating area by the riverside.

What's on the menu? Burgers are their speciality, with the Dockyard Mac Burger a must try. You'll also find Southern-American style dishes including foot-long hot dogs, hearty sandwiches and the Tennessee-inspired PapaKayJoe on the menu. There's a decent Sunday lunch on offer here too.

How much does it cost? Nothing is over £10, with small plates and sides as little as £2.50. Beers are around £4. Bargainous.


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What is it? Build-your-own lunch offering healthier ranges for city foodies. You'll find bright furniture, shrubbery decor and a food concept that sees your own meal created fresh in front of you

What's on the menu? Lunchtime diners will get to build their meal from a 'base' like wholegrain rice or pasta, then add a 'protein' from fresh-grilled chicken, beef, lamb, salmon or halloumi, then add 'extras' including salads, eggs and veg, and a dressing.

How much does it cost? £10 for a customised salad


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