Chinese restaurants in Manchester (outside Chinatown)

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

There are plenty of excellent restaurants in Chinatown, but look further afield and you’ll find everything from little backstreet haunts, to celebrity-packed multi-million-pound mega-restaurants. The one thing they have in common is excellent food. Here are the city’s best five Chinese restaurants outside of Chinatown. Enjoy!

Our top picks

Tattu Manchester

Tattu Manchester, Gartside Street, 3 Hardman Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now

You’ve almost certainly heard of Tattu. This upscale Chinese restaurant is a firm celebrity favourite, boasting rave reviews from premiership footballers and pop megastars. This isn’t just down to good PR, the food is some of the best in the city and the venue itself is stunning. Tattu is novel, flashy and unashamed. A fitting emblem of modern Manchester.

Sweet Mandarin

Sweet Mandarin, 19 Copperas St, Manchester, M4 1HS - Visit now

This long-established Northern Quarter restaurant has been given the thumbs up by Gordon Ramsay, receiving high praise on his TV show finding the UK’s best Chinese restaurant. High praise indeed, but no less than this fantastic restaurant deserves. It’s ran by three sisters and features some of the city’s finest Chinese cuisine. Why not pick up a cookbook on your way out?

Sweet Mandarin


Wings, Heron House, 1 Lincoln Square, Manchester, M2 5LN - Visit now

Remember Louis Van Gaal? He loved Wings, proudly taking his under-achieving players for special nights out. And if it’s good enough for one of the world’s finest (and most bonkers) football managers, it’s good enough for anyone. This highly-regarded Chinese restaurant has a peerless range of dim sum – be sure to give it a whirl.

Wings Restaurant Manchester.

Ocean Treasure 235

Ocean Treasure 235, 23 Peter St, Manchester, M2 5QR - Visit now

This upmarket Cantonese restaurant is based in a casino, meaning you can fill your belly then go blow your wages, all in the same place! The menus here are vast, so if you’re looking for something specific, you’re sure to be in luck – though the same can’t be said for the roulette wheel, sadly.

Ocean Treasure 235 Cantonese restaurant and casino.

The Rice Bowl

The Rice Bowl, 33A Cross St, Manchester, M2 1NL - Visit now

This Cross Street family-run restaurant has been in business since 1960, making it one of the city’s most long-standing restaurants. And for good reason. It’s widely-recognised one of the city’s finest Chinese restaurants, in no small part due to the charming decor. Whether you’re looking for authentic, unusual or just plain tasty, Rice Bowl has it all.

The Rice Bowl Chinese Restaurant.

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