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Written by Mae Bristow - 21 November 2023

Manchester’s top 7 private dining rooms

Manchester's private dining rooms are a thing to behold. Baroque rooms give you and your party complete privacy away from the munching maddening crowds. From Asian-inspired restaurants with opulent private dining spaces to Michelin-starred joints with dinners so special they deserve a room all to themselves. Browse below to explore some of our favourite spots to feast in.

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1. Dine privately with the buzz of Barcelona: Tast Catalana, Enxaneta

King Street

Taking inspiration from the flavours of Catalonia, this King Street venue offers its top storey as a smart private dining space.

Full of natural light, Enxaneta comes with private toilets and access to the wine cellar for intimate events. It is equipped with a smart TV screen for all your presentation needs and seats up to 30 with the option to rent half the space for 15 guests.

The restaurant offers tapas and a la carte dining alongside a range of artisan beer and Spanish wine. Work with the chefs to tailor the menu to your event and try Barcelona favourites such as Butifarra sausage or Creme Catalan.

And after, if you're in the mood for a Vermouth or an Estrella Damm, head downstairs to the bar's outdoor terrace to sip your tipple of choice al fresco.

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2. Manchester's private dining room with a Bladerunner aesthetic: MUSU


Experience a dining room aesthetic and ambiance that feels evokes Neo-Tokyo elements of the cult film Bladerunner. Located near Spinningfields in the city centre, Musu is Chef Patron Michael Shaw's contemporary Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar.

The private dining room can accommodate 20 guests in an intimate space of mood lighting, and sleek and chic minimal decor, and comes complete with a switchable glass wall for privacy or openness. The 4k video wall can be customised, ideal for branding or special events.

Musu offers a contemporary and refined interpretation of Japanese dishes and combines both Japanese and European influences to create something truly unique, incorporating the highest level of Japanese ingredients, flavours, and techniques, to ensure that every dish is of the highest quality.

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3. A Manchester private dining room that brings the aesthetics: Tattu


Serving up modern Chinese dishes in a beautiful setting, Tattu’s original Manchester outpost might be the only place you can enjoy mouthwatering dim sum under the lit branches of a blossom tree.

The menu caters to a range of dietary requirements, with wagyu beef, crab and mapo tofu dishes enticing all.

Their private dining room is a lavish affair, for those wanting some privacy whilst they delve mouth first into the menu.

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4. A restaurant for those wanting gloriously messy food: Cane & Grain


Casual American-style dining in Manchester's Northern Quarter. The food is messy, indulgent and delicious, leaning into southern barbequed meats and sharing platters. It's not pretty but it tastes very good.

Their private hire capacity is 100 people, with the 'Liars Lounge' giving you access to a private bar, extensive cocktail menu, rustic seating areas, and DJ and sound system facilities. The full Cane & Grain food menu is available and they offer buffet options upon request.

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5. Manchester's best private dining room for sleek style and incredible steak: Gaucho


Argentinian steak, a leather-clad private dining room in the heart of Manchester, and cow print seats you can sink into; Gauchos is perhaps not one for vegetarians.

The city centre eating spot has earned a deserved reputation in Manchester for excelling in private dining. The food, of course, leans heavily towards the bovine. A bewildering array of steaks are offered up to you, with the staff assisting with recommendations, suggestions and silent judgement at those who opt for well done.

Seating 18, their private dining room gives you and your guests the intimacy to indulge your carnivorous side surrounded by enough mirrors and leather to make Christian Grey blush.

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6. A restaurant for those wanting the high life: The Ivy


The Ivy has succeeded in bringing its opulent private dining rooms across the country. The not-so-slow march to dominance has reached Manchester's sleek spinningfields district – setting up shop in a building that looks like a collaborative effort between George of the Jungle and Richard Rogers.

Manchester's Ivy serves up a roster of British classics alongside Asian-inspired dishes: expect to see crispy duck joining Shepherd's Pie. There are three distinctive private dining spaces: The Dalton Room (40 guests), The Geisha Room (20 guests), and the Skylight Terrace (50 guests), giving you plenty of flexibility and range for your private dining event in Manchester.

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James martin Manchester private dining

7. A big name Chef private dining experience: James Martin


James Martin, of Saturday Kitchen fame, has brought his take on modern British cuisine to Manchester's Spinningfields area and quickly asserted a culinary reputation with the city. Expect fine dining paired with well-chosen wines, the option for bespoke menus, and high-end decor.

The restaurant stress that the Chef's table is an 'interactive dining experience' (we are not sure how a dining experience could not be interactive, but we'll take them at their word.). The private dining area sits 10, with curtains separating you from the main restaurant.

The best private dining venues in Manchester

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Your guide to booking a Manchester private dining room

Manchester is a foodie’s paradise - classic British dining sits alongside incredible international restaurants, creating a city of unbelievable tastes. Take a stroll down the curry mile and tell us you aren’t hungry or browse the menus of Castefield’s chic eateries without salivating a little. What’s better is that you can enjoy the Manchester dining experience in your very own private space - many of Manchester’s best restaurants offer amazing private dining spaces to rent out for your pleasure. And we know the best way to book them. Here’s how.

It’s a numbers game

It may seem like an obvious first step, but you’d be surprised by how many people leave the guest list till the last minute. This is not ideal from a venue's perspective - you’ll want to make sure you’ve communicated the number of guests you’ll want for your private dining event in Manchester well in advance of the day itself, speaking of which….

Choosing your day

Manchester is a 24/7 city and long gone are the days when eating out every day of the week is a distant dream. There are, however, some days that are just more suited to a Manchester private dining experience. You may think the weekend is your best bet, but hiring a mid-week private dining room is often the smarter choice. The reasons for this are that many Manchester private dining rooms will be busier on weekends, or used for walk-ins. In either case, you can expect to pay more for a private dining room on a busy Friday night than on a quieter Tuesday. Plus, think how nice a mid-week treat it will be to have a Mancunion private dining experience.

####Travelling Getting to and from your Manchester private dining room shouldn’t be a bother – no one wants to feel like they’re half the world away from the beautiful meal and gorgeous setting. Ask your private dining venues about the easiest way to get there, and let your guests know what they say. Chances are that private dining spaces located in the city centre won’t be as accessible to cars as dining rooms in the many leafy suburbs of Manchester. Fortunately, there is a comprehensive bus and tram system serving the city so no diners are going to have trouble getting there and back. Plus, utilising the public transport frees you up to a drink or two, then you can just slide away into the northern evening.

Booking your Manchester dining room

So you have a time and the date, and you know how many lucky guests you're wanting to invite. With the master plan in place, next comes the booking itself. Unless you have a specific Manchester dining room in mind, you're probably going to want a wide selection of the very best dining experiences in the city. Don't panic, it's not that much work. Just let us know what kind of dining room you're after, and we'll get the very best private dining venues in Manchester to contact you. It's free, easy and will give you more time to dream wistfully of that first bite.

Frequently asked questions

For private dining venues in Manchester, you're spoilt for choice. Here's an extra special one that we vouch for:

South Terrace and Lounge, King Street Townhouse – A chic and cosy bar with an amazing view of Manchester's skyline.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of a private dining space. How many guests are you planning for? What's the price range of the restaurant? Is the space for a lunch, dinner or do you need time for a reception or a presentation too? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a Manchester private dining venue. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best private dining venues in Manchester and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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