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Shortlist: Eight Restaurants In Altrincham That Locals Love!

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Altrincham is recognised as one of the best places to live in England’s north, and no wonder. With its picturesque scenery, historical buildings and plenty of things to do in town, it’s certainly a place that deserves to be visited.

And after a hard day out on the town, you’ll be happy to note the abundance of incredible restaurants that have spread themselves throughout the town too.

Whatever you’re in the mood for, we’re sure Altrincham has something up its sleeve. With the sheer number of excellent eateries, it’s hard to pick a favourite, which is why we’ve made a helpful guide to the best restaurants in Altrincham to make choosing a little easier.

Let’s get started!

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The Best Restaurants In Altrincham: Food Worth Waiting For!

1. Sugo Pasta Kitchen

A small Southern Italian eatery on Blossom Street specialising in divine homemade pasta in a comfortable and lively atmosphere.

Sugo Pasta Kitchen is a blossoming franchise with a bright future ahead of them. Although, nothing can beat the original, which sits squarely across from Altrincham Market on Blossom Street.

They’re a small venue, able to seat roughly 30 heads when full, but this hasn’t stopped Sugo from rising to the top of our list of the best restaurants in Altrincham. While Italian cuisine is nothing new to any town, Sugo offers distinct pasta dishes from the Mediterranean country’s southern regions.

Their ingredients are imported to create the most authentic experience from scratch. From the flours to the oils, the experts in the kitchen handcraft perfection into a concise and versatile menu.

Of course, pasta is the hero, but you can try your hand at any of the small outlying selections of tasty meats and starters. The menus are proudly displayed on chalkboards along the walls, with sneaky specials finding their way in, so keep your eyes peeled.

With new branches springing up, it goes without saying that Sugo is certainly in demand. However, the original venue holds all of our hearts, with a simple venue of tiled walls and an open kitchen where you can watch all the action happen.

While the only downside is the small space, this can easily be rectified by booking your slot in advance. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss out on an authentic Southern Italian experience.

  • Opening Hours: 5 pm to 10 pm Tues – Thurs; 12 pm to 10 pm Fri & Sat; 12 pm to 8:30 pm Sun; Closed Mon
  • Location: 22 Shaw’s Rd, Altrincham
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2. Californian Coffee & Wine Co.

A pet-friendly brunch venue that serves dinners on weekends alongside a list of home-roasted coffees and hand-selected wines.

“Altrincham goes LA” with a little slice of Californian Coffee & Wine Co. Opened in late 2018, the dynamic tastes of foreign shores have become a welcome sight on Altrincham’s Oxford Street, with this snazzy little cafe sitting on the top of many local’s must-visit lists.

The owners are North American natives who, having found a deeply embedded passion for coffee, wine, and good food, decided to open their own patch of the Golden State in Greater Manchester.

While the broody interior doesn’t hint at the sunshine-filled inspiration for the restaurant, it’s not without its charm. Large and airy, with plenty of seating for you to enjoy a nice brunch. Dogs are welcome too, and while they lack curbside seating, you can get your fix with a seat at their window-side benches.

The cuisine served is a softer Cal-Mex, packed with fresh veggies and flavour. From Bro-Ritos to beloved Reubens, it’s a unique take on American cuisine that we’re sure you’ll love. The coffee is roasted in-house by owner Justin, so we hear, so be sure to show it some love.

Weekends usher in evening meals, too, with California Nights happening on Friday and Saturday until late. Their dinners are for sharing and consist of platters and a collection of moreish snacks to pair with the perfect merlot. That’s right, now you know where the wine comes in.

Needless to say, Californian Coffee & Wine Co is a vibe and should top your list of must-visit restaurants in Altrincham.

  • Opening Hours: 8 am to 5 pm Mon – Thurs; 8 am to 11 pm Fri & Sat; 9 am to 5 pm Sun
  • Location: 3 Oxford Rd, Altrincham
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3. Jardim Rodizio Grill

An exotic taste of South American grill, served Rodizio-style in a colourful and lively venue.

Vegetarians, you can stop reading at this point and skip to our next choice…. Why? Well Jardim Rodizio Grill is a carnivore’s paradise, serving the best South American cuisine with all-you-can-eat Rodizio-styled service. If you’ve never experienced Brazilian Rodizio, you’re in for a treat.

Take your seat in the colourful jungle facade restaurant and flip your card to green. Servers will soon enter the floor, unsheathed knives in hand, holding skewers of freshly prepared meats (and vegan dishes if you ordered ahead – so they do have alternatives) to slice straight onto your plates.

A banquet of sides is available in the corner for you to pick your favourites. Still, if you treat it like a Vegas Buffett, you’ll know to avoid filling up on salads and potatoes to save space for the main event.

A whopping 11 differently prepared meats are the selection offered for dinner, with 6 featuring on the lunch menu too. So when we say it’s an unforgettable experience, we mean it; it’s dinner and a show you’ve never seen before.

Each dish is prepared in a signature style and packed with exotic flavours. It’s a set menu, so the price doesn’t vary no matter how much you eat. If you have room, the only additional cost is for one of the delicate desserts.

The venue is light and airy, with bright floral murals around the walls and unique pendant lights hanging from the ceiling. There’s ample space for it to be a grand event if you want it to be.

In the spirit of South American hospitality, it’s flamboyant and lively, so make sure you’re feeling energetic!

  • Opening Hours: 5 pm to 10 pm Tues; 12 pm to 10 pm Wed – Thurs & Sun; 12 pm to 11 pm Fri & Sat; Closed Mon
  • Location: 70 Stamford New Rd, Altrincham
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4. Libero

A hideaway sports bar, specialising in beer and only beer, with event nights when the football season ends.

It’s no secret that a good part of UK hospitality is the pub and bar scene that encompass each town. And Libero is one of Altrincham’s best.

As far as food goes, we’d recommend literally anywhere else. There’s no food here (yes, we know it probably shouldn’t be on our list – but everyone likes somewhere for a pre-meal drink!), but if you’re looking for a perfect spot to whet your whistle with Altrincham’s finest craft beers, then take a seat.

What started as a small concept found its roots and flourished into one of the town’s most sought-after sports bars. So yes, we’re sad that we can’t enjoy a cheeky pie with our pint, but at the same time, we like the tenacity of the place, and it seems the locals agree.

It’s styled in vintage, celebrating the love of the game (football, of course!) colourfully and unusually. Old kegs have been converted into tables, and TVs blare live matches and re-runs each day it’s open for sports enthusiasts to enjoy. A small bar is poked into the wall, with a full menu of the day’s servings ready and waiting on tap.

In the summer months, the small venue springs its doors. It opens up a makeshift outdoor area where guests can enjoy their drinks to the sound of bustling King’s Court (where, incidentally, you can find Altrincham’s food & beverage hub).

On weekends, they go mobile and open up shop at the local FC to serve pints to dehydrated footie fans. Needless to say, Libero’s is full of fun and a great place to make some memories (depending on how well you hold your beer).

  • Opening Hours: 5 pm to 11 pm Mon – Fri; 12 pm to 11 pm Sat & Sun
  • Location: 2A, King’s Court, Railway St, Altrincham
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5. Borage

An understated European dining experience in Altrincham’s bordering suburb, Bowdon.

Located on the outskirts of Altrincham in the leafy suburb of Bowdon, Borage is a peaceful venue serving eclectic European cuisine.

Obviously, the fact that it’s one of the very limited choices in the area bodes well in its favour, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. In fact, Borage is always busy, with weekends often resulting in a jam-packed schedule of tightly knit tables, so do yourself a favour and book ahead of time.

The venue is simple and eloquent, which is all we can expect from an establishment such as this. While it’s missing the tell-tale white linen tablecloths, you’re still in for a fine-dining experience, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

The menu only highlights this fact, serving upmarket European dishes that make use of local and seasonal ingredients promising divine quality.

Whether you’re in the mood for meat, fish or veg, the concise menu offers ample versatility. The dishes are delicate and absolutely delicious, as guests often put it.

Choose to dine from a 5-course set menu, or enjoy your dishes Ala Carte. Of course, we’d personally choose the set menu because it’d give us ample opportunity to sample a touch of all the unique flavours on offer.

And in true English spirit, Sundays are dedicated to divine roasts with all those classic trimmings we can’t go without.

A selection of beverages is available, with wine being suitably chosen to accentuate the seasonal dishes. Be bold and ask your server for their recommendation, especially if you want to pair it perfectly.

The service is first-rate, and partnered up with an eloquent menu; we can see why Borage has become one of the most popular restaurants in Altrincham.

  • Opening Hours: 6 pm to 9 pm Thurs-Sat; 12 pm to 4 pm Sun; Closed Mon & Tues
  • Location: 7 Vale View, Vicarage Lane, Bowdon, Altrincham
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6. Porta Tapas Bar

A trendy, urban Tapas bar celebrating Spanish cuisine in a casual, informal setting a mere walk away from Altrincham market.

If you’ve ever ventured into Altrincham before, you’ll know that the rejuvenated Altrincham Market is a haberdashery of activity on weekends. So when the crowds get too heavy, and your aching feet need some rest, look no further than Portas Tapas Bar.

Located across the way, you will immediately find yourself drawn in by the cool shopfront and the promise of a little reprieve. Since opening in 2016, the restaurant has built up quite a reputation for its excellent food and service.

One in another long list of fantastic eateries found in town, they serve a concise menu of expertly executed Iberian cuisine, so there’s little left to want from this Spanish oasis.

You’d think the menu would simply host some platters and a handful of ala carte choices, but the reality is it’s far more versatile than that. Small bites line every page, from simple veg dishes to heartier tidbits. So whether you’re here for the long haul or simply trying to grab a quick bite and a glass of wine, Porta has something for you.

The venue is swanky, with trendy music playing overhead and ample seating throughout to make for a short wait on busy days. It spills onto the curb, offering even more tables for suitably warmer days.

Weekends can be busy as this is one of the most popular restaurants in Altrincham, but the waitstaff makes it seem effortless, and you’ll likely still be promised a short wait no matter the circumstance. So while we always suggest bookings, if you’re the patient type, you shouldn’t need it here.

  • Opening Hours: 12 pm to 10:30 pm Tues – Sat; 12 pm to 5 pm Sun; Closed Mon
  • Location: 50 Greenwood St, Altrincham
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7. Nahm Prik Thai

One of the finest exotic restaurants in Altrincham, with a menu packed full of flavourful Thai dishes and a welcoming venue.

Nahm Prik Thai is likened to your usual neighbourhood Thai restaurant. But add in a smidge of Altrincham flair, and you’re bound to find a delicious paradise.

While the venue might not exactly scream beach trip to Thailand, it’s a beautiful venture that’s relaxing all the same. Geometric wallpaper, solid hardwood surfaces and cushy Tumeric-coloured chairs dot the airy dining space.

Friendly servers hurry busily amongst the tables, offering impeccable service and keeping a tightly run ship. It’s easy to see why the locals flock here. If you’re truly looking for an effortless night out, there doesn’t seem to be a better spot.

Regulars brag about generous portion sizes of delicately flavoured dishes too. So it seems that like most Asian eateries, there’s no such thing as too much, so the glorious menu seats a cozy few dozen options to choose from. This is where you should hold on to your server; they’re good for recommendations too.

We’ve heard the Pad Thai is incredible, and we’re inclined to believe it with expertly trained individuals working tirelessly in the kitchen to bring authentic plates to hungry patrons.

Their ingredients are fresh like they should be and combine into a menagerie of traditional dishes that will whisk you away to foreign shores. After all, the recipes are decades old and passed down through generations of the owner’s family.

So when it comes to finding something new and refreshing, look no further than Nahm Prik Thai, where a world of flavour awaits you in a comfortable and family-friendly atmosphere.

  • Opening Hours: 5:30 pm to 11 pm Tues; 12pm to 3 pm; 5:30 pm to 11 pm Wed – Sat; 12 pm to 10 pm Sun
  • Location: 12 Ashley Rd, Altrincham
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8. Rustic

A suitably named comfortable venue serving American-style burgers and grills, with events scattered throughout the year.

Suitably named, Rustic is bespoke in features and even more so in food. Whilst it’s not the only American eatery in town, it’s certainly one of the best and it’s not unusual to find the place bustling with activity on the right night.

Wood and brick, as far as the eye can see, the venue reminds us a little of prohibition-era bars nestled into hideaways in urban jungles. But that’s all part of the charm. A well-stocked bar hides behind leather-clad booths, and golden lighting gives the place a sense of warmth, even when the streets outside are blanketed white.

Beer flows freely from the taps, toddled away by lively servers to tables of even more animated patrons. They specialize in American foods, bringing the comfort of warm brioche buns hugging juicy patties. Many reckon the sliders are the best things on the menu, offering a selection of two or three of the best burgers in bite-sized portions.

But if you’re craving something more filling, you can also find a delicate selection of prime grilled meat from ribeyes to ribs. Toss in a side of Pork Belly Fries, and you might as well be in the blistering heat of America’s Southern States.

It’s a stellar choice for a casual bite to eat with friends, offering all the bits and bobs you’d need to strike up winsome conversations over a good meal.

Something’s always happening too, with fun events occurring every so often. Keep a keen eye on their social media, or stroll down on the first Thursday of the month to catch a classic comedy act between your pints.

  • Opening Hours: 4 pm to 10 pm Mon; 4 pm to 11 pm Tues – Thurs; 3 pm to 1 am Fri; 12 pm to 1 am Sat; 12 pm to 11 pm Sun
  • Location: 41 Stamford New Rd, Altrincham
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The Best Restaurants In Altrincham: Our Final Thoughts

So next time you find yourself in the market town of Altrincham, amongst the many activities on offer, be sure to enjoy some of the superb cuisine here too.

There’s plenty to be explored, from exotic restaurants to homely eateries tucked in every nook on every street. You’ll soon find out why the community is so lively and welcoming; hospitality seems like its roots run deep in this town.

So be sure to visit our favourite restaurants in Altrincham, and don’t be shy to let us know your favourite!

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