Manchester’s Best Restaurants for Eating Al Fresco

There’s just something about going out with a group of friends for drinks and enjoying a nice breeze and a breathtaking view. It can be hard to find good places for outdoor eating, but we hope this list of 11 bars and restaurants in Manchester will make your search easier.


Located next to the canal off Castle Street, Dukes 92 is the perfect place to go for outdoor dining. Not only is the view charming and relaxing, but the food isn’t half bad either. And if you don’t manage to wrangle any friends for dinner, you are free to bring your dog to sit with you on the terrace! I cannot imagine a better dining companion.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist has a bit of a spooky vibe, but don’t let that deter you! They do have an outdoor terrace at their Manchester location, perfect for an evening outside. Even if you decide to go in the fall, when it’s a bit nippy and perhaps a bit too close to Halloween for your liking. Grab a sweater and hit the terrace, you won’t regret trying some of their amazing food and craft cocktails.

Black Dog Ballroom

A New York style bar with roof access, Black Dog Ballroom is a casual bar and diner perfect for the person who loves to dine out (literally). You can even watch the game on the roof! Grab a beer, a pizza, and kick back, you’ve made it.


Your ultimate destination for Indian street food, Scene is the perfect place to find amazing food and a great place to eat it. Scene has a garden veranda and riverside terrace, both perfect spots to take in the beautiful weather. This restaurant will make your dining experience a truly engaging one, from food to atmosphere, so definitely give them a visit before the cold weather arrives!

The Wharf

The Wharf is home to a very popular terrace which overlooks the canal in Manchester, with notably “stunning views.” Bustling and warm, The Wharf is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. Enjoy a large platter with a group, or order a light sandwich for yourself. Either way, if you were looking for the seaside dining experience, The Wharf is the place to go!

Cloud 23

As its name suggests, Cloud 23 is located at the highest point in Manchester, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views. In addition to the loveliness of the city below, you’ll be drinking some of the “finest champagne, signature cocktails,” and “decadent afternoon tea.” Located in Beetham Tower, Cloud 23 is one experience the outdoor diner is sure to never forget.

Piccolino Caffé Grande

Treat yourself to the views of a vibrant, bustling Albert Square as you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Piccolino Caffé. Serving Italian fare, this restaurant has excellent authentic cuisine, and even boasts an international juice bar called The Juicery. If your heart is set on eating on the terrace, be sure to call and make a reservation!

El Gato Negro

Located on King Street, El Gato Negro offers a truly stunning outdoor dining experience. With plush seating and a full bar available, it’s hard to imagine why you might regret giving this place a try. Enjoy the night air while eating fresh dishes known for their bold, Spanish flavor.


If you were worried about not being able to find canal-side dining in Manchester, never fear, we’ve found another! Barca offers lovely views of the canal from Catalan Square, with a new extra-large barbecue luxury seating. In addition to the high-quality food and drink, they’ve also been known to host live music outside, so you may never leave.

Las Iguanas Deansgate

Serving up classic South American dishes, Las Iguanas at Deansgate is a guaranteed fun night out. With a lovely patio for outdoor dining, paired with the flavorful dishes and handcrafted cocktails, it would be hard not to imagine yourself on a warm beach somewhere.

La Tasca

Dine on the terrace while enjoying Spanish tapas and incredible cocktails at La Tasca in Manchester at Deansgate. This location has an incredible cocktail hour that offers 2-4-1 drinks all day, every day!