About Us


Much like the Acropolis in Athens, Dimitri’s Bar Taverna – now serving the good people of Manchester for 25 years – is an independent 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.


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.



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

Fri, 5th October

DJ Set

Sat, 6th October

The Borrowers
+ Early acoustic set
Guy Connor

Fri, 12th October

Acoustic Set
Tony Smith

Sat, 13th October

Natural Soul
+ Early acoustic set
Mike Anderton

Sun, 14th October

RNCM - Student Auditions

Fri, 19th October

DJ Set

Sat, 20th October

Red Room Band
Classic Covers

Fri, 26th October

DJ Set
TOO Funky

Sat, 27th October

Low Numbers
Rock n Roll
+ Early acoustic set
Leon Maya

Fri, 2nd November

DJ Set

Sat, 3rd November

Red Room Band
Classic Covers
+ Early acoustic set
Mark Simpson


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





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