Restaurant Reviews & Ratings

Given that I once put a formula together for choosing a three- Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, it should come as no surprise that I’ve got one for rating restaurants as well.

It’s not enough for me to just arbitrarily decide which restaurants I like the most. I need to have an empirical system in place, so I can pretend that my decisions aren’t completely and utterly arbitrary.

Food is rated out of 30. Service is rated out of 10. The dining room is rated out of 5. Overall experience is rated out of 10. The marks are totted up and made into a percent to give a score out of 100.

I only rate a restaurant if I’ve eaten more than one course there.

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Below are the best restaurants in Manchester (plus all the others I can remember from the last few years) ranked according to my experiences. For the sake of comparison, I’ve also listed the best restaurants I’ve eaten at outside the city.

At the bottom is a rough marking scale to shed some light on the scores.

Best Restaurants in Manchester

Restaurant Overall Score (100) Last Visit
1. The French by Simon Rogan 71 2013
2. Aumbry 66 2012
3. The WineGlass at Etrop Grange Hotel 65 2013
4. Chaophraya 64 2009
5. Gaucho 56 2011
6. Damson Media City NEW 51 2013
7. The Lime Tree 50 2012
=8. Harvey Nichols Second Floor Restaurant & Bar 49 2011
=8. The Rose Garden 49 2012
=8. The Mark Addy 49 2012
=8. Grill on the Alley 49 2009
=12. Yuzu 48 2012
=12. Umezushi 48 2013
=14. Smoak (Malmaison) 47 2012
=14. EastZEast (Princess Street) 47 2012
=14. Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Manchester 47 2009
=17. Mr Thomas’s Chop House 46 2009
=17. Blacksticks 46 2011
19. Puccini’s Ristorante 45 2006
=20. 63 Degrees 44 2011
=20. Damson 44 2012
=22. Italia 43 2012
=22. Jem&I 43 2011
=24. Sam’s Chop House 42 2011
=24. Zouk Tea Bar & Grill 42 2009
=24. Isis 42 2005
=24. SoLIta 42 2013
=28. Kyotoya 40 2011
=28. No.4 Dine & Wine 40 2012
=28. Yakisoba 40 2010
=28. Wing’s 40 2013
32. The Grill on New York Street 38 2012
33. Albert’s Shed 36 2008
=34. Tondori Royale 34 2012
=34. Dimitris Tapas Taverna and Restaurant 34 2008
=34. Grinch Bar & Grill 34 2007
=34. BBQ Handmade Noodles King 34 2012
=34. Aladdin 34 2013
=39. Samsi Manchester 33 2007
=39. Han Dynasty 33 2012
41. Rosso 31 2009
42. Armenian Taverna 29 2011
43. Tampopo (Albert Square) 28 2008
44. Thai Banana 27 2006
45. Genghis Khans 26 2010
=46. Rhubarb 24 2010
=46. San Rocco 24 2006
48. Yang Sing 23 2008
49. Don Giovanni’s 10 2010

Best Restaurants I’ve Visited Outside Manchester

Restaurant Overall Score (100) Last Visit
=1. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester (London) 95 2011
=1. The Ledbury (London) 95 2012
=1. The Square (London) 95 2012
4. The Waterside Inn (Bray) 93 2011
5. Hibiscus (London) 78 2012
=6. Alyn Williams at The Westbury (London) 75 2011
=6. Northcote Manor (Langho) 75 2012
8. Deanes (Belfast) 66 2012
9. Goodman Mayfair (London) 66 2011
10. Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse (New York) 64 2003
11. Goodman Canary Wharf (London) 63 2013
12. The Wig and Pen (Sheffield) 56 2012
=13. The Gilbert Scott (London) 53 2012
=13. Hawksmoor Seven Dials (London) 53 2012
15. Cayenne (Belfast) Closed 49 2012
16. Koya (London) 45 2012
17. Bumpkin South Kensington (London) 42 2011

Restaurant Rating Scale

Score (100) Meaning
>70 Brilliant – worth a special trip
70>65 Excellent – must try for locals
65>55 Very good
55>45 Good
45>35 OK
35>30 Mediocre – not worth visiting
30>20 Poor
<20 Terrible – avoid at all costs

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