Whether it’s a first date, a proposal, a special anniversary or you simply fancy a romantic dinner out with your loved one; we’ve located the best eateries in Manchester for canoodling over a cocktail and tantalising your lover’s taste buds. Whether you’re after some Bollywood glamour, an aphrodisiacal hors d’oeuvre or a vegan feast, these are the best restaurants for Manchester’s lovers…


Tattu’s prettily lit pink blossom tree coupled with intimate seating arrangements set the perfect scene for an evening of romance. Treat your loved one to a mouth watering pre-dinner cocktail in the first floor bar then sit back and enjoy the excellent service as you select from an impressive choice of traditional Asian and contemporary Chinese cuisine.

Tattu, 3 Hardman Square, Gartside Street, Manchester M3 3EB, Tel: 0161 819 2060
Randall & Aubin

This upmarket Anglo/French brassiere is renowned for its oysters (a well known aphrodisiac) and is the top dining spot for lovers of seafood and champagne. If you fancy sharing a delightfully presented platter of top-quality seafood order a ‘plat de fruits de mer’ and if you don’t mind splashing the cash; why not treat your loved one to a lobster?

Randall & Aubin, 64 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BN, Tel: 0161 711 1007
The Ivy

This greenery-clad oasis with a choice of three dining spots is one of Manchester’s swankiest restaurants and is sure to make your occasion memorable. Dine under the stars in the year round roof garden or enjoy the best in modern British cuisine served in Ivy’s Brasserie. If you want to put the spice back in your love life with entertainment thrown in, opt for Ivy Asia. This is the spot to savour some Asian-inspired dishes whilst listening to the live DJ and making the most of the mouth watering cocktails or extensive collection of Japanese whiskies. There’s also a late bar.

The Ivy, The Pavilion, Byrom Street, Manchester M3 3HG, Tel: 0161 503 3222
Honey Restaurant

Looking for something a little more fun and quirky? Theatrical bell boys will welcome you to the Hotel Gotham and home to this 2AA Rosette awarded restaurant which is a favourite among Mancunian celebrities and VIPs. Honey is on the sixth floor of this former bank building and offers great views across the city’s skyline. The eccentric finishing touches and Art Deco are worth a mention as is the rooftop bar and terrace with a real feel of the 1920’s. Fine dining is guaranteed by Honey’s extensive menu which also offers a dangerously delicious selection of desserts.

Honey Restaurant, 00 King Street, Manchester M2 4WU, Tel: 0161 413 0000
The Allotment

This multi award-winning vegan eatery aims to impress carnivores as well as vegetarians with its colourful and exciting range of tasty plant based dishes and desserts to-die-for. The owners take immense pride in their recipes and aspire to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere ensuring that guests enjoy a wonderful vegan dining experience. There’s an impressive 10 course tasting menu as well as lighter bites, sharing platters and gluten free dishes. Menus are regularly updated to offer seasonal produce and support sustainable growers where possible.

The Allotment, Lloyd’s house, 18-22 Lloyd Street, Manchester M2 5WA, Tel: 0161 478 1331

Asha’s is an excellent choice for Bollywood fans as this restaurant; housed in a Grade 2 listed building is co-owned by the Bollywood star Asha Bhosle. There is cosy ambiance in this elegant Aladdin’s cave with its exotic Indian touches and the perfectly balanced menu with its poetically described dishes is presented as a beautiful hard-back book. With specialised tandoori dishes, delicious cocktails and a delightful range of deserts, this is the place for a hot and spicy date.

Asha's, 47 Peter Street, Manchester M2 3NG, Tel: 0161 832 5309

Zouk’s five-course Valentine’s Day banquet looks set to make the well-regarded Indian and Pakistani restaurant a hot destination in February – for just £30 per love-bird. Ever tried oysters in Pakora batter? How about a sharing platter of master-crafted kebabs and chaat? When they say appetisers, they’re not messing about. The mains in this romance-infused banquet include a Chicken Xacuti (for you and your cutey – see what they did there?) and a lamb Gosht (oh my gosh) with mint and yoghurt. This is followed by a divine dessert of crème brulee and double-chocolate brownie. So if you need to show someone you care this Valentine’s Day, get help from the experts at Zouk – and say it with spice.

Chester Street, Unit 5, Manchester M1 5QS, Tel: 0161 233 1090
Julie Al-Zoubi
Published on:
Sat 8 Feb 2020