About Us

Deansgate

Much like the Acropolis in Athens, Dimitri’s Bar Taverna – now serving the good people of Manchester for 25 years – is an inde
pendent venue that must be visited when in Manchester’s City Centre.

 

Dimitri was inspired to open his restaurant when his uncle took him to his first Greek Meze bar as a youngster and he was served up several small courses. For Dimitri there is nothing better than a glass of wine and a variety of dishes to get a taste of everything. Consequently our approach is more country kitchen than haute cuisine and we pride ourselves on this fact. As a result Dimitri’s is authentic, fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. This Mediterranean kitchen is chock full of characters every bit as colourful as the Mezes they lovingly prepare.

 

Dimitri’s menu features full meals as well but is most famous for its platters and mezes that include the Party Meze Menu for larger parties and groups; a banquet of dishes that goes on forever and ever and ever….

 

Dimitri’s Bar Taverna, one of Manchester’s oldest and best-known restaurant and live entertainment venues, is situated at the top end of Deansgate in the City Centre right opposite the new Hilton Hotel and just a short walk away from the Deansgate Railway and GMEX Metrolink Stations.

 

A Manchester institution, Dimitri’s Bar Taverna is recognised as a top Mediterranean Restaurant and a lively Meze Bar for over 25 years, and has expanded from a single unit to the five it now occupies in Campfield Arcade. After Dimitri’s latest expansion that includes a much larger downstairs Taverna, our venue is now capable of housing up to 300 diners and is the perfect place for planning a party. With its vivid decoration and Friday DJ Sets and live music on Saturday in its late bar, it’s always a party at Dimitri’s anyway, so you might as well join in! The fantastic outdoor arcade allows for alfresco dining even with a chill in the air thanks to the warmth blasting heaters. The checked tablecloths and vibrant decor ensure the atmosphere matches the personalities of the exuberant and friendly staff that make it more of a dining experience than just a place to have your dinner.

 

Castlefield Canal Basin is around the corner with many well-known tourist attractions close by, including the world famous Museum of Science and Industry and we are less than 20 minutes walk from Manchester United’s Theatre of Dreams.


 

Family-run restaurant Dimitri’s has delighted Manchester diners for 28 years – so what’s its secret? 

What keeps customers coming back to family-run restaurant Dimitri's?



 

Manchester’s food scene has changed a lot over the past quarter of a century. There’s infinitely more choice, and people are dining out more than ever.

Restaurants have come and gone, but one is still going strong. Dimitri’s, a family-run Greek restaurant on Deansgate, has been part of the city’s food scene for an impressive 28 years.

“It started as a small deli, but it has grown with the city,” says Dimitri’s general manager Nuno Luz.

“As Manchester got bigger, we got bigger. We have been through all the good times and bad times with Manchester. But we’re still here, still fighting.”

The restaurant has expanded over the decades from a single unit to the five it now occupies in Campfield Arcade, and is capable of accommodating up to 300 diners. An outdoor arcade allows for alfresco dining – even if there’s a chill in the air, thanks to the heaters.

Hospitality can be a precarious business. So what’s the secret to their longevity?

“We try to be a relaxed restaurant, inclusive, for everyone and every age,” says Nuno. “We’re not formal. People come to have different kinds of experiences, whether it’s with their family or as a romantic night to sit outside.”

The food is also key, of course, and Dimitri’s prides itself on its relaxed, authentic dishes. “It’s primarily Greek, because Dimitri is Greek, but we also include other Mediterranean countries like Spain, Italy, some of the Balkan area,” says Nuno.

A pioneer of the small plates trend which is now ubiquitous across the city, Dimitri was inspired to open his restaurant after his uncle took him to a Greek mezze bar as a youngster.

The vibe is more country kitchen than haute cuisine, says Nuno – and that’s what customers keep going back for. It’s like reliving your summer holiday in Greece, but much closer to home.

“There is a lot of variety in terms of flavours and tastes and textures, and we were one of the first restaurants to have a lot of vegetarian options,” explains Nuno.

Dishes include marinated lamb kebabs and chargrilled meat, fish and vegetables as well as salads and tagines. Some of the dishes on the menu are classics – and some have been around since the early days of the restaurant, almost three decades ago.

“The grilled halloumi has been here forever,” says Nuno. “And traditional dishes like the moussaka and the stifado.”

That’s not to say they don’t sometimes invent new dishes, though – and fuse Greek classics with the best of British.

Take Stifado in the Hole, for instance. It’s traditional slow-cooked Greek beef, onions and red wine stew, but served in a Yorkshire pudding with green beans and patatas or fries. The new dish has only been on the menu a few weeks.

“The Yorkshire pudding stifado came about when we were thinking of new things for the lunch menu,” says Nuno.

“We thought it could be good to incorporate a British style to it. Every so often I try something a bit unusual like that. We mix traditions from British culture and Greek culture. When we change the menu, people give us feedback, and that’s good. It helps us evolve.”

The flexible dining experience is also something that keeps customers returning.

“We have survived mainly thanks to regular customers. But sometimes we get people coming and they’ve never been here before,” says Nuno.

“You can order a couple of dishes and then add to it. It’s not rigid. And it invites people to experiment and try new things.”

The restaurant is thriving thanks to its regular customers. And regular really does mean regular.

“Manchester is getting bigger, and there are so many restaurants now,” says Nuno. “People are experimenting and going to different places to eat out. There are still people out there who have not tried us.

“But we have lots of regulars, and not just people who come once a month but people who really do come regularly. Maybe three or four times a month.”

Manchester has been a welcoming home for the restaurant for nearly three decades now. So hat does Nuno love most about the city?

“Manchester is warm,” he says. “A warm city in a cold place. It’s so welcoming. Northern warmth. I hope it never loses it.

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Didsbury

After two decades of serving great food and drinks to the good people of Central Manchester, and in the same year as Dimitri himself received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, a new Dimitri’s Café Bar was opened in suburban Didsbury, at the site where the Steak & Kebab House was and Dimitri started his catering career as a barman in the 1970s. ‘For personal reasons I couldn’t let the site go when it became available’, said Dimitri when asked about his latest restaurant.

 

But Dimitris’ efforts to complete his “one big circle” are not only on a personal level. By providing the leafy suburbs of Didsbury with their own Mediterranean oasis to compliment his long established venue on Deansgate, Dimitri hopes to reconnect and rekindle the love with a generation of customers, many of whom have moved out of the city to Southern Manchester.

 

Like its larger sister restaurant, the new venue shares the same Food and Drinks Menu and also has live music at weekends. There is a slight difference in the ambience, less City Bar and more Wine Bar, with a slightly older clientele. Standards of quality are maintained by sManager Thomas Kalfas, who worked at the Deansgate site for many years.

  

Dimitri’s Café Bar in Didsbury is next to “Ye Olde Cock Inn”, a short walk south from the centre of Didsbury Village. Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens and Mersey River Fields are right by.

EVENTS

ENTERTAINMENT

Regular live music acts and DJs in our bar area. SCROLL below for our schedule:

 
 

Fri, 30th November

DJ Set
Too Funky

Sat, 1st December

Low Numbers
Classic Rock and Roll
+ Early acoustic set
Isabelle Holly

 

Thu, 6th December

Tony Smith
Acoustic set

Fri, 7th December

DJ Set
TOO Funky

Sat, 8th December

Natural Soul
Soul
+ Early acoustic set
Charlie White

Thu, 13th December

Tony Smith

Fri, 14th December

TOO Funky
DJ Set

Sat, 15th December

The Crackers
Latin
+ Early acoustic set
Mark Simpson

Thu, 20th December

Tony Smith
Acoustic

Fri, 21st December

TOO Funky
DJ Set

Sat, 22nd December

Leon Maya
Guitar

Fri, 28th December

TOO Funky
DJ Set

Mon, 31st December

Inner City Blues
New Years Eve PARTY

Address:

Dimitris Tapas Bar Taverna,
1 Campfield Arcade,
322-326 Deansgate,
Manchester,
M3 4FH

Tel:

01618393319

Email:

info@dimitris.co.uk

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
11:00-24:00
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11:00-24:00
11:00-24:00
11:00-02:00
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