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Best Lively Restaurants in Manchester

Many people love to eat where the atmosphere of the restaurant is lively and active and people (and the staff) sound like they are happy and enjoying themselves. Italian restaurants in particular are noted for the lively ambience of their restaurants. If you enjoy this style of lively dining atmosphere then you will pleased to see that in this section of the Gourmet Guide website we have included a list of all the best 'lively restaurants' that have a fun atmosphere and lively energy in Manchester.   The restaurants on this page are all restaurants that the Gourmet Guide team can recommend for being: 'Lively Restaurants'. These lively restaurants are generally some of the very best restaurants in the UK where the staff and other diners all enjoy a fun and lively atmosphere. The list includes a range of styles and food types but it is fair to say that many Italian restaurants and Greek restaurants fall into the 'lively restaurant' category. Many of these restaurants may have an informal and slightly noisier ambience than most restaurants and the serving staff may be less formal than the more traditional and classic restaurants but the food quality and customer service will all be of a high standard that meets the 'best UK restaurant' standards of the Gourmet Guide team. If you enjoy eating great quality food in a warm, lively and fun atmosphere then you will love these Gourmet Guide: Lively Restaurants and we are sure you will have a quality dining experience in a fun, lively and interesting atmosphere, so all you need to do is select your preferred 'lively restaurant' and make a booking! Please help us to achieve our ambition of making the Gourmet Guide website the most comprehensive and easy to use database of all the best restaurants in the UK by remembering to use the 'Suggest a Restaurant' feature (that appears in both the top and footer menus of the website) to let us know about any other great quality 'lively restaurants' that we may have over-looked. If possible, please try to mention that the restaurant is a great 'lively restaurant' in your message and we will check it out and add it to our database. Many thanks.
Abode Manchester

Located in the atmospheric lower level dining room, the Abode Restaurant serves definitive fine dini....

  • European
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
Greens Didsbury

A lively, popular dining experience located in the heart of trendy West Didsbury Imaginative dishes ....

  • Vegetarian
  • Didsbury
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
The Lime Tree

The Lime Tree Restaurant is an award winning family run business originally established in 1987 in D....

  • British
  • West Didsbury
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp
Gaucho Grill

Gaucho Manchester is a majestic, multi-level restaurant and cocktail bar set inside an old Methodist....

  • Argentinian,Steak
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp
Iberica Spinningfields

Looking for Spanish tapas, a glass of wine or a G&T in Manchester? Ibérica in Spinningfie....

  • Spanish
  • Manchester City Centre
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

Welcome to El Gato Negro, an award-winning tapas restaurant and bar in an histor....

  • Spanish
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

Modern Australian cuisine combines Pacific Rim flavours underpinned by European cooking tradition, a....

  • Australian,Pan Asian
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

ITALIAN FINE DINING TAKE A SEAT IN OUR 116-YEAR-OLD GRADE II LISTED DINING ROOM AND ENJOY A DELICIOU....

  • Italian
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

Established in 1872 by local businessman Samuel Studd, Sam’s Chop House stands proud as one of....

  • British
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - £31-£40pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

No themes, and based on authentic modern Italy, San Carlo Manchester provides the very best in true ....

  • British,European
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp

Reinvented as a light and airy cafe-style space full of plants and even a huge fig tree, Evelyn's Ca....

  • British
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

WE ARE RIDICULOUSLY PASSIONATE AND OBSESSIVE ABOUT MAKING ITALIAN FOOD EXCITING ONCE AGAIN. EXCITING....

  • Italian
  • Altrincham
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

The food that we offer is an amalgamation of various regional dishes that are very popular in differ....

  • Indian
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Explore Thailand like never before through the culinary offering of Chaophraya Manchester. Providing....

  • Thai
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Tapas–due to its nature–is informal and relaxed so we don’t take bookings. Tu....

  • Spanish
  • Ramsbottom
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp

The impressive design of the Glasshouse Restaurant blends magnificent space, angular lines, mirrors ....

  • British
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Tucked away down a back street in Ramsbottom, Baratxuri is serving up a slice of Northern Spain.&nbs....

  • Spanish
  • Ramsbottom
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Nutters is a modern British restaurant yet with classical French influences. Due to Andrew Nutter's ....

  • British,French
  • Rochdale
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

TNQ prides itself upon a sublime dining experience in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, using the fine....

  • British
  • Manchester City Centre
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

Where better than the brand new Oscar’s Restaurant, surrounded by the beautiful Lanc....

  • British
  • Ramsbottom
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Allotment Bar… We are nestled in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter and offer a....

  • British
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

The Rose Garden was welcomed with open arms onto burton road in may 2011 and is all about introducin....

  • British
  • DIDSBURY
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

SINCE THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY Gaúchos pierced large pieces of meat and slowly grilled them ove....

  • Brazilian,Steak
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

We serve delicious Chinese cuisine and exotic cocktails in a casual dining setting. We can also cate....

  • Chinese
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

History of our Chef Directors Giuseppe Lombardo and Nicola Vanacore come from a fine pedigree of Ita....

  • Italian
  • Worsley
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

The highly acclaimed Yang Sing sets the standard both within Manchester and beyond as a Cantonese re....

  • Chinese
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Browns in Manchester is the converted Athenaeum, formerly one of the city’s most famous pubs b....

  • British
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

  Fresh Pasta is simply a return to our basics. Our passion has become our job.By using only th....

  • Italian
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

George’s is a dining room and bar with a mouth-watering, modern British menu and great selecti....

  • British
  • Worsley
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Café Istanbul is Manchester’s longest established quality Turkish restaurant. Whether y....

  • Mediterranean,Turkish
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

The Banyan Tree is a unique Restaurant and Bar situated on Ellesmere Street on the edge of contempor....

  • British,European
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

We are an authentic Greek Restaurant with Live Music Entertainment, located in Manchester City Centr....

  • Greek
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Stables is a family run restaurant and has been opened since January 2007. Run by the two Mason....

  • British
  • Hyde
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Open daily from 4pm for dinner & late night feasts, we serve up tasty & fine food. All our f....

  • American,British
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Lunya Manchester is located in the stunning Barton Arcade.  Spread over two floors with our del....

  • Spanish
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Piccolino in Didsbury has brought Milan to Manchester with the addition of a new 35 seat all-weather....

  • Italian
  • DIDSBURY
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

As our name suggests, we are genuine bourbon fanatics. Our Bourbon shelf is our pride and joy. It ha....

  • British,French
  • DIDSBURY
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Let our chefs tempt you with dishes from our Chinese, Thai and Malaysian-based restaurant menu. The....

  • Asian
  • Manchester Airport
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Teacup Kitchen is an award winning cafe and restaurant at the heart of Manchesters Northern Quarter.....

  • British
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp

If you’re passionate about delicious, seasonal food, cooked by an award winning chef, using on....

  • British
  • Prestwich
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Crazy Wendy's Thai Restaurant and Bar in West Didsbury offers a unique dining experience. On Fridays....

  • Thai
  • West Didsbury
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Located in Spinningfields, The Refinery is the newest addition to Manchester's fashionable drinking ....

  • British,International
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

The Shack was born from what was formerly a clothing warehouse, using the whole of the ground floor ....

  • British
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Piccolino in Bramhall has brought Tuscany to the town centre with the addition of a new 110 seat all....

  • Italian
  • Bramhall
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

Our food menu changes quite often and we do our best to make sure it's always up to date on the webs....

  • European
  • Chorlton
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

We open at 10am everyday to serve you breakfast until 1pm. A light bite option is available from mid....

  • British
  • DIDSBURY
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Here at Jamboree we've created a new Foodfest & Bar concept that celebrates flavours from around....

  • International
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Located on Clarence Street, Manchester, Caffé Grande by Piccolino serves breakfast, brunch, l....

  • Italian
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp

Introducing....the Manchester 'Smokehouse' & Cellar, located on Lloyd Street, Manchester next to....

  • International
  • MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
  • Lunch - £21-£30pp
  • Evening - £31-£50pp

Olive & Vine, Dimitris Didsbury, has the passion for Mediterranean cuisine, influenced by the di....

  • Mediterranean
  • Didsbury
  • Lunch - Up to £20pp
  • Evening - Up to £30pp