Dakota Bar & Grill

Sophisticated steak house within a luxurious hotel, serving 35-day-aged British grass-fed cuts in contemporary-cool dining rooms.

With Manchester’s thriving economy and booming tourist trade, it’s no surprise to have seen the choice of hotels both in the city centre and further afield explode in the 21st Century. Brought here for business, the region’s world-famous football teams and other sporting events, globally renowned music scene or blossoming artistic landscape, visitors can now choose from every possible style of accommodation. Dakota Hotel, on vibrant Ducie Street, is up there with the very best. And it’s not just the rooms that turn heads here. 

A place to stay is only as good as the plates they serve, someone probably once said. Dakota Bar & Grill maintains the lofty standards of the bedrooms upstairs, offering a sleek and contemporary setting for guests to savour exquisite dishes. Signature, prime cut steaks are a speciality here, and the team claim these are the best you’ll find anywhere in town. We’re talking 35-day-aged, grass-fed beef cooked to order over searing hot coals, taking the finest produce from high grade British farmers and bringing it straight to your table at Dakota Bar & Grill. Simplicity and luxury rarely tasted so good, whether you’re opting for a Chateaubriand to share, Ribeye or Fillet, Wagyu or USDA Black Angus Sirloin. Add extras like bourguignon, wild mushrooms, tempura soft shell crab and foie gras for a truly elevated experience. 

Our recommendations don’t stop there, either. Appetisers start as the chefs mean to go on, with king scallop and enoki, cep & white wine; crab, avocado & veal sweetbread, and goats cheese with pea & lemon giving an idea as to what we mean. Not forgetting sides & salads, from truffle parmesan fries to glazed cauliflower, soy, ginger & garlic. A separate vegetarian menu is also available at Dakota Bar & Grill — think wild mushroom & spinach gnocchi, cauliflower steak or vegetable tempura with chilli jam — while group dining bookings can pick from a set selection of three courses, for a fixed price per head. Topped off with a jaw-dropping wine cellar, and a bar stocked with luxurious drinks waiting to be poured straight up or in a cocktail, and you start to understand why Dakota has become synonymous with refined decadence in this corner of the world.