Manchester Middle Eastern Restaurants


Middle & Near Eastern Restaurants

Including Tavernas offering
Greek, Cypriot, Turkish, Persian, Armenian, Lebanese & Kosher Cuisines.

Cypriot & Armenian
Tavernas and Meze Restaurants

Manchester has several notable Greek
bars, tavernas, kebab houses and meze restaurants which reflects the
local Greek, Armenian and Cypriot population of the city, and which
attract diners from all over the region. Regional Mediterranean specialities
include lavish seafood platters, famous meze dishes, kleftikas, mousakas
and other Mediterranean delights, with a few bouzouki bars offering
traditional dancing and (sometimes) plate-smashing.

Dimitri's Greek Restaurant Restaurant 1Tandoori Kitchen Middle Eastern Restaurant 3Kosmos Greek Taverna &  Restaurant Turkish & Middle Eastern Restaurant 6

Alphabetical Listing:

  • Armenian Taverna, The

    Victoria Buildings, 3-5 Princess Street, Albert Square, Manchester
    M2 4DF. Tel: 0161-834 9025.
    Basement restaurant entered from an unassuming doorway off Albert
    Square, and hasn’t changed in 25 years. Generously portioned
    menu of International Middle Eastern cuisine influenced by Turkey,
    Greece, Iran and Arab countries includes mezes of hummus, Egyptian
    brown beans with egg and the ubiquitous chick pea dip, Dabagadz Tzugnik,
    sardines and fried whitebait, jash, Armenian king prawns, Khorovdik,
    char grilled kebabs,marinated baby poussin, trout or the marinated
    halibut kebab. All come with vast timbales of rice, and lavish Caucasus

  • Athenian Nights Greek Taverna

    59-61 Buxton Road, Heaviley, Stockport SK2 6NB.
    Tel: 0161-480 5982. Wine, dine and dance. Authentic Greek style menu
    served in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.

  • Bouzouki By Night
    88 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6NG. Tel: 0161-236 9298.
    Email: Website:
    Long established Manchester Greek restaurant, popular for its mezes
    and with plate smashers, live music and dancers.

  • Dimitri’s
    1 Campfield Arcade, Deansgate, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FN.
    Tel: 0161-839 3319 or 0871 712 8034. Website:
    Busy and popular licensed restaurant tucked away off Deansgate. Excellent
    meals and snacks served freshly made and without fuss. A real continental
    feel to it. Bar with snacks adjoining. Book in advance.

  • Hanni’s
    4 Brooklands Road, Sale, Manchester M33 3SQ. Tel: 0161-973 6606.
    Well established restaurant with a reputation for good Mediterranean
    food served by owner, Hanni, and his family. Entry in the Good Food
    Guide . Website:

  • Heddy’s
    100-102 Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5BB.
    Tel: 01625-526 855. Email:
    Armenian-style cuisine, specialising in couscous dishes and mezzes.
    Large selection of Middle East and New World wines available. Takeaway

  • Kosmos Taverna
    248 Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6LD. Tel: 0161-225
    Located opposite the university campus at Owens Park, and some of
    the best award winning Greek food in Manchester. Authentic and wide-ranging
    menu by celebrated Cypriot chef. Vegetarian dishes.

  • Olive Tree
    30 Copson Street, Withington, Manchester M20 3HB. Tel: 0161-434 5044.

  • Rozafa
    63 Princess Street, Manchester M2 4EQ. Tel: 0161-236 6389. Website:
    — and at:
    27a St Petersgate, Stockport SK1 1EB. Tel: 0161-477 4849.
    Located opposite Manchester Town hall in Princess Street, this Mediterranean
    style taverna restaurant serves an extensive menu of Greek & Cypriot
    dishes and a wine list of mainly Greek wines.

  • Socrates Taverna
    25a Northenden Road, Sale, Trafford, Manchester M33 2DH.
    Tel: 0161-282 0050. Website:
    — also at:
    80-84 Winter Hey Lane, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7NZ. Tel: 001204 692 100.
    Described as “the best food outside Greece” and specialising
    in Greek and Continental Cuisines, with Meze banquets accompanied
    by live music nights in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.

  • Zorba’s
    279 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 7GH. Tel: 0161-881
    Authentic Greek food, though the restaurant frontage is fake. Opposite
    Southern Cemetery. Excellent food and wines – speciality kebabs. Parties

Kosher Restaurants
in Manchester

With such a large Jewish population
in Manchester, little wonder that the city and wider region are well
served with kosher restaurants and kosher food suppliers. Kosher (also
kashrut, kashrus or kashruth) signifies food that meets with Jewish
dietary law. To be certified as kosher, the KIR kosher certification
department has certified thousands of ingredients and food products
from all over the world with the help of experts in the Kashrus industry
and food technology. See more at their website:

Alphabetically listed:

  • Brackmans Bakery & Coffee Shop
    43-45 Leicester Road, Salford
    M7 4AS. Tel: 0161-792 1652.
    Website: Email:
    Located in central Broughton Park in a popular Jewish shopping area
    for over 80 years, with Continental breakfast for 99p. Choose from
    our large range of pizzas or cakes to eat in or takeaway. Fresh bread
    & buns prepared daily. Coffee shop with seating for 80 plus outside
    patio. A large choice of food, all of which is under the rabbinical
    supervision of the Manchester Beth Din.

  • Grill Express
    21 Leicester Road, Salford M7 4AS. Tel: 0161-792 6263.
    Takeaway Kosher meal outlet in a popular Jewish shopping area.

  • JS Kosher Restaurant
    7-9 Kings Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 0LE.
    Tel: 0161-798 7776. Website:
    One of Manchester’s leading and oldest Kosher caterers, under the
    supervision of the Manchester Beth Din. Wide range of typical Jewish
    cuisine, including Chopped Liver, Worsht Omelette, Schnitzel, Salt
    Beef, as well as a good selection of burgers, Express Meals and Sandwiches.
    Also good for vegetarians. Smart, pleasant & tasteful d�cor. Licensed,
    comprehensive Wine List and cheap House Wines. Takeaway Menu.

  • Kosher Antonio’s Restaurant
    Jewish Cultural & Leisure Centre, Bury Old Road, Salford
    M7 4QY. Tel: 0161-795 8911.
    A popular and highly regarded kosher restaurant north of Manchester,
    hailed as “…Manchester’s only ‘jerking’ restaurant with flavours
    from New Orleans and the Caribbean” .

  • Manchester Maccabi Community &
    Sports Club
    Brooklands, Bury Old Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 0EG.

    Tel: 0161-492 0040. Website:
    Maccs Bistro is open for morning coffee, lunch and tea .Salad bar,
    home made soups, bagels, toasties, baked potatoes, hot and cold drinks,
    cakes and pastries. Catering for parties or functions.

  • Pagoda Kosher & Chinese
    38 Bury Old Road, Whitefield, Manchester M45 6TF.
    Tel: 0161-798 4149. Website:
    Chinese and Israeli cuisine to eat in or takeaway. Claims to be the
    only Kosher Chinese restaurant in the UK outside of London. With facilities
    for takeaway, full restaurant to seat over 50 and outside catering
    available as well. Currently licensed under the Manchester Beth Din
    & Kashrus authority.

  • Sweet & Sour

    Sweet & Sour Kosher Restaurant Manchester
    5 Kings Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 0LE. Tel: 0161-773
    Kosher meat & fish restaurant & takeaway . Full Shabbos menu available.
    Sandwiches while you wait. Open Motzei shabbos till late.

  • Ta’am Kosher Middle Eastern Deli
    & Grill
    19 Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 9JZ. Tel: 0161-773
    Ta’am Middle Eastern Deli & Grill, Meat kosher restaurant, Glatt
    Kosher supervised (Beth Din).
    All food is cooked fresh onsite daily, free from MSG and trans fats.

Persian &
Lebanese Restaurants in Manchester

Manchester has many Middle Eastern
and Persian or Iranian restaurants offering exotic spicy mezes, traditional
charcoal dishes, goulashes, kebabs and banquets. Manchester Iranian
cuisine is diverse and includes a wide variety of foods ranging from
kabab and rice, roasted meats like barg, koobideh, joojeh, shishleek,
soltani, kookoo and a diverse variety of salads, appetizers and desserts.
Some Manchester restaurants also offer a number of Shisha or Hookah
water pipe smoking facilities offering a true Eastern Mediterranean
and Persian experience.

Alphabetically Listed:

  • Aladdin
    529 Wilmslow Road, Withington,
    Manchester M20 4BA.
    Tel: 0161-434 8558. Website:
    A small Middle Eastern restaurant with excellent food and authentic
    Arabic coffee. Good vegetarian dishes, hot and cold mazza starters,
    large kebabs, lamb and chicken dishes mostly with stews and casseroles.

  • Alborz Restaurant
    820 Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester M19 3AW.
    Tel: 0161-224 4111. Website:
    Traditional and modern Persian cuisine. From freshly baked nan bread
    to delicious Persian kebabs.
  • Bawadi Café

    135 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M8 8LY. Tel: 0161-832
    Website: Email:
    Lebanese and eastern Mediterranean food. Unlicensed. Authentic taste
    of home that we love. Flavoured food with herbs and spices specially
    flown in from Lebanon, Italy and Syria and all other ingredients are
    especially hand-picked by the owner and manager daily.

  • Braza Persian Restaurant

    96 Great Moor Street, Bolton BL3 6DS. Tel; 01204 366 150. Website:

  • Cedar Tree, The
    69 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1LQ. Tel:
    0161-834 5016.
    The only Lebanese restaurant in Manchester city centre. Unlicensed,
    but you can bring your own drinks.

  • Jas Jas Jas
    Cedar Tree House, 5 Wilmslow Road, Cheadle, Stockport SK8
    1DW. Tel: 0161-428-2901.
    — and at:
    Bramhall Restaurant: Cedar Tree House, 10 Fir Road, Bramhall, Stockport
    SK7 2NP.
    Tel: 0161-439 9000. Email: Website:
    Open in Cheadle and Bramhall. Breakfast with ‘Solly’s Own’ bacon and
    sausage sandwiches, and lunch available at Bramhall. Bed & Breakfast
    accommodation also available at Cheadle. Mezes, kebabs, hommos, tzatsiki
    and babaganoush, as well as North African chicken and conventional
    beef dishes.

  • Kolbeh Persian Restaurant
    267 Upper Brook Street, Manchester M13 0HR. Tel: 0161-273
    Small family run licensed Persian restaurant immediately behind the
    Royal Infirmary. Excellent lamb and exotic sauces.
  • Persia Grill House
    255 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton Cum Hardy, Manchester M21
    7GJ. Tel; 0161-860 6864.
    No frills restaurant with ample portions of traditional authentic
    Persian cuisine on offer. You can take your own alcohol, but there
    is a 10% corkage charge.

  • Tandoori Kitchen
    131-133 Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, Manchester 14 5AW. Tel:
    0161-224 2329
    The first restaurant to be established in Rusholme and still run by
    the same family. Authentic Persian dishes at very reasonable prices.
    Well worth the trip 3 miles out of city centre.

Turkish Restaurants in Manchester

Manchester’s Turkish restaurants employ
traditional cuisine (occasionally still known as Ottoman cuisine) and
has been described as a fusion of Balkan, Central Asian and other Middle
Eastern cuisines. Traditional Persian food utilises lighter and more
delicate spices, rice dishes and an extensive seafood menu. The cuisine
of the region uses fish extensively, especially the Black Sea anchovy
(hamsi),as well as its famous kebabs, mezes and dough-based desserts
such as baklava, kadayif and künefe.

Alphabetical listing:

  • Caf� Istanbul
    79-81 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 2RH. Tel: 0161-833 9942.
    Arguably Manchester’s oldest established Turkish restaurant. Expensively
    elegant high class with a luxurious interior. A wide choice of traditional
    dishes on offer. Mentioned Good Food Guide 1994. Good wine list.

  • Effes Taverna
    46 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6HR. Tel: 0161-236 1824.
    Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine at this popular restaurant with
    a good range of set menus and banquets, was established way back in
    1993. Fairly inexpensive. Live music and belly dancing.

  • Istanbul Grill
    786 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2DR.
    Tel: 0161-445 0010. Website:
    Located in the heart of Didsbury village, Istanbul Grill’s
    food is a fresh and modern take on Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines.
    Eat in house or takeaway.

  • Istanbul Express
    29-31 Sackville Street, Gay Village, Manchester M1 3LZ. Tel:
    0161-237 5555.
    Wide selection of Turkish food to have delivered to your door. Online
    orders. Prices are cheaper than the Manchester city centre, but the
    quality is excellent, with generous portions. Good selection of pastries.
    Authentic atmosphere, with characterful food. It also offers a takeaway
    food service.

  • Lokum Turkish Delight Ltd
    573 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 8AE. Tel:
    0161-881 0503.
    Sandwiches, subs and Turkish cuisine.

  • Marmaris Turkish Cuisine
    29 Shaw Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport SK4 4AG. Tel:
    Turkish restaurant offering a range of specialities as well as a pizza
    selection. Open every evening and kids eat free on Sundays. . Offers
    20% off the a la carte menu all evening.

  • Pars Restaurant
    64 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 5WQ. Tel: 0161-236 5090.
    Turkish restaurant in the city centre not far from Oxford Road Rail
    Station. Features dancing at weekends with musicians.

  • Topkapi Palace Restaurant
    786-788 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2DR. Tel:
    0161-445 0010.
    “Topkapi is a traditional Turkish restaurant that serves
    authentic and mouth watering dishes. With a lively and laid back atmosphere…”

  • Topkapi Palace
    205 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3NW. Tel: 0161-832 9803. Website:
    Small and popular Turkish restaurant and takeaway on Deansgate.
    Serves authentic Turkish cuisine selected, prepared and served by
    Turkey’s finest export Chef, Seref Dursun who completed his training
    at the Hilton Hotel.

  • Topkapi Wine & Kebab House
    7a Wilmslow Road, Cheadle, Stockport SK8 1DW. Tel: 0161-491

  • Turquoise Restaurant Café
    65 High Street, Cheadle, Stockport SK8 1BJ. Tel: 0161-428
    Located on High Street in Cheadle is this contemporary Turkish and
    Mediterranean restaurant also offers a big selection of vegetarian
    dishes from the widest choice of our menu along with an extensive
    wine list. Large upstairs room available for parties and private functions.

Note: Entry in this listing
does not in any way constitute a recommendation from the authors – while
every effort is made to keep information contained herein as accurate
and up-to-date as possible, we cannot guarantee that this information
will not change over time – therefore, potential visitors must draw their
own conclusions and make personal judgements as to value and quality.

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