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Best Date Night Restaurants in Manchester

Monday 21 August 2023

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It might be your first date, and you’re hoping to impress, or maybe you’re looking to really treat your partner on a big anniversary. Either way, finding the perfect restaurant for date night is a serious business. Thankfully, CrossCountry have done the hard work. We have found our top Manchester restaurants with a romantic ambience, exciting menu, and excellent service. Discover the best date night restaurants in Manchester with CrossCountry; all you need to do is find the right person.

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If you’re looking for an elevated, glamorous date night restaurant in Manchester, look no further than Tattu. Located in the Spinningfields district, Tattu is a modern Chinese restaurant that aims to transport diners with more than just great food. Their décor is inspired by Chinese body art, making it a visually stunning environment to sample their menu. They offer tasting menus in addition to a la carte, with innovative cocktails to try too!

Must-try menu item: Shanghai Black Cod.

Adam Reid at The French

Sophistication is a must-have in a date night restaurant, and Adam Reid at The French pushes this to the opulent extreme. Adam Reid joined The French as head chef in 2013 and has spent the past decade perfecting their menu of seasonal British fine dining. Take your date to the romantic Grade II listed dining room for a truly special date night; coupled with excellent food and wine you really can’t go wrong.

Must-try menu item: Their signature ‘tipsy cake’

Bar San Juan

Getting to know somebody on the first few dates you share often entails a wide variety of conversation points as you learn more and more about one another. So why not pair your varied conversation with the varied tapas menu at Bar San Juan? The evocative traditional décor makes for great date vibes; add in their traditional Spanish tapas menu featuring fresh fish, meat, and vegetarian options, and you’ve got a passionate date night.

Must-try menu item: Saquitos de Cordero (pulled lamb pastry parcels)

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20 Stories

If you’re looking for a date night with a view, it doesn’t get better than 20 Stories. Situated on the twentieth floor of No. 1 Spinningfields, 20 Stories offers delicious food, tasty cocktails, and an incredible 360-degree view of Manchester to admire. They offer a five-course tasting menu, including a tasting menu suitable for vegans, as well as set menus and a la carte. There is no more romantic a spot in Manchester – why not book a table at 20 Stories for an anniversary or special occasion?

Must-try menu item: Miso roasted aubergine with tabouleh and pickles.

Tre Ciccio

The elevated rustic Italian design of Tre Ciccio makes diners feel at home, and it is this level of comfort and style that makes it the perfect date night restaurant in Manchester. Located in Altrincham, Tre Ciccio is a warm Italian restaurant complete with a romantic terrace for enjoying an aperitivo. Their menu features staple dishes, regularly updated specials, and excellent vegan options – whatever your taste, this is a great date restaurant.

Must-try menu item: Share a Tiramisu with your date.

Delhi House Cafe

Inject some spice into your relationship with some delightfully spicy dishes at Delhi House Café, one of Manchester’s best Indian restaurants. They are proud to offer an experience for all the senses, and their dynamic menu brings together the most inspiring dishes from every corner of India. The restaurant is bright and airy in the daytime, perfect for chilled-out breakfast dates, becoming more atmospheric and moody at night.

Must-try menu item: Old Delhi’s Lamb Nihari

The River Restaurant

Nothing is more romantic than fine dining, and that is precisely what you get at the River Restaurant at the Lowry Hotel. The modern design perfectly encapsulates the calming atmosphere of riverside views and delicious food. Innovative menu options pair perfectly with live piano music, and there are plenty of dishes to choose from across a variety of menus. If you’re whisking your partner away for a date weekend, why not book a room at the 5* Lowry Hotel? Check out our Manchester blogs to explore city-break inspiration.

Must-try menu item: Salford Sangria


With intimate lighting and a blend of modern and natural décor, Firefly is simply made to be a date night destination. With live DJs adding to the atmosphere, this is a lively date restaurant that has a sense of elegance and excitement to it. Their menu is very Californian and is designed to be shared, making it perfect for getting to know somebody romantically. Expect vibrant flavours, fusion dishes, and an unforgettable experience.

Must-try menu item: Scolly pops


If you’re planning a date night dinner, don’t forget to book an Advance ticket via our website or the CrossCountry app. If you need more information, you can contact us here.

Written by Abby

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