Dakota is just a few minutes’ walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station, so we hopped off the train and set off on foot, excited to visit this distinctive city-centre hotel, bar and restaurant…

If you have an appetite for the finer things in life, the Dakota Grill’s dedication to quality, seasonal produce and beautifully prepared and presented plates will be right up your street.

Passionate about doing the simple things brilliantly, the restaurant creates the perfect recipe for an unforgettable dining experience; outstanding chefs, fine seasonal ingredients and a unique, modern approach to classic dishes. With luxurious surroundings and next-level service, the grill is the perfect setting for a stylish evening out.

Comfortably seated in the upmarket dining room, we sipped on a bottle of Primitivo Tramari Rosé and enjoyed an amuse-bouche of sweet puréed carrot and suede with contrasting crispy croutons and crusty bread with a tangy tomato and goat’s cheese accompaniment – delicious.  

For the next course, we delved into a Caprese salad, complete with a whole gooey burrata and tri-colour tomatoes, and a crispy duck salad topped with watermelon, cashews and sesame.

We were then delivered two 340g, melt-in-the-mouth sirloin steaks, one with garlic butter and one with bone marrow jus. They arrived with fries, Tenderstem broccoli with chilli, soy and garlic, a creamy and a flavoursome bowl of buttery truffle mash, and – our personal favourite – courgette fritters with parmesan. 

After a break (and the undoing of some buttons), we were served a creamy crème brûlée with homemade shortbread biscuits – heavenly.

Looking for a place to relax and recharge after all that food?

The rooms at the Dakota hotel boast a bold, elegant design with a sultry, dark colourway and 10/10 comfort levels.

Wind down by climbing into a soothing bubble bath or take a dip in one of the invigorating rainfall showers. Tuck yourself into one of Dakota’s sumptuously crisp, comfortable beds and flick on the wall-mounted flat screen TV – home to unlimited Sky Sports and Sky Movies.

There’s an 11am checkout, meaning the room’s blackout curtains can be put to good use in allowing for a much-needed lie in.

With sophistication at its heart, Dakota oozes comfort and class, fine food and superior style, all delivered with impeccable service.




Dakota Manchester

29 Ducie Street


M1 2JL


0161 674 9180