Birthday meal ideas: Top city picks


Dylan Mitchell

Whether it’s your much-awaited ‘big’ day or you’re eagerly planning someone else’s special birthday, a restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate: the sought-out space has ambience, terrific decor, offers a range of delicious menu options and a great atmosphere – it ticks all the birthday boxes! 

Here at tastecard we always celebrate the birthdays of our head office teamies at a local eatery. Why wouldn’t we? We work in the city centre of Manchester, we enjoy the build-up to a team birthday night out - our lengthy discussions around starters and drinks are a form of team building  - and with our tastecard membership, we can dine out as a big group and still make huge savings. You know what’s even better? No cooking or baking of birthday cakes for anyone. Nobody wants a repeat of Debbie’s infamous Brownies. It’s a long story.

Nice restaurants for birthday dinners.

When we book our big birthday nights out with tastecard it’s wonderful for team bonding- we get dressed up and we show up. No drama. Well until Debbie decides that late-night birthday Karaoke sounds like a good idea…

So join the party and find out our picks for the best birthday meal ideas in the city:


  • Grand Daddy’s Diner, Manchester

  • Abyssinia, Leeds

  • Beasy, London

  • Alcedo Bistro & Bar, London

Manchester is the ‘Daddy’ of group birthday dining.

Situated just a stone’s throw from tastecard’s head office is Grand Daddy's Diner. Here we get 25% of the total bill when we present our tastecard to the server, and once we have loaded up with the very finest in American-style diner cuisine, we can roll back to the office.  And we mean this literally. 

We always call in advance though because this high-energy eatery can get busy even at non-peak times and we are a large group. The menu offers dishes that could have been passed on for generations - if only we were state-side - carb-laden classics that many an American would have been raised on.  Perfect for a group birthday celebration. We share dishes, steal loaded fries from each other’s over-burdened plates and make up more rumours about Debbie and Darren. 

If you’re in the mood for a bold and super-fun American-style celebration then enjoy 25% off your total bill at  Grand Daddy’s Diner Sunday - Thursday.

133a, Grosvenor Street, Manchester.


Leeds is in the lead for romantic birthday dining

Finding a nice restaurant for a birthday dinner can seem intimidating, particularly when you want to dial up the romance so it’s important to prepare in advance. Eating out together in a restaurant is a great way for a couple to enjoy a birthday celebration and Leeds offers some daringly romantic eateries. 

From the compact yet bijou environment of Abyssinia restaurant in Leeds, you can impress your loved one with your choice of unique East African flavours. Ethiopian cuisine is one of the most distinct in Africa and is known for its use of local ingredients like the spice blend, ’Berbere’. This essential spice mix is used in much Ethiopian cooking and brings all of Abyssina’s hotter dishes to life. Full of flavour and heat, this spice is not for the faint of heart – or the timid of taste buds.  Every Ethiopian chef has their own version of this blend because it’s fantastic as a marinade for meat, poultry, and fish, and as a seasoning for stews, soups, grains and vegetables. 

But why is this very special cuisine just right for a romantic birthday? Well, listen in; the history of Ethiopian food is all about sharing, community and love. Proffering platters to your nearest and dearest is what it’s all about. 

So, what could be more romantic than sharing the very best East African cuisine in Leeds with your loved one? Go easy on the hotter dishes though, romantic meals can lead to romantic encounters, and if you’ve gotten a little ‘handsy’ things might get ‘saucy’ later. You don’t need us to tell you that spicy food could ruin the mood.

Remember you’ll need to book in advance to use your tastecard and let your waiter or waitress know when you arrive that you are not only keen to impress with your romantic choice of venue, but you intend to show off your money-saving creds by using your tastecard when the bill is presented.

Take a bite into our mouthwatering 25% off your total bill deal at Abyssinia when you visit with tastecard.

12 Ashley Rd, Harehills, Leeds LS9 7AB.

London ‘capitalises’ on big birthday celebrations

If you’re looking for birthday ideas for a special friend’s big birthday then consider eating out in our bustling capital city.  There are so many celebratory eateries on tastecard that are within the M25  -  the mind boggles and the hunger pangs kick in! You could consider Beasy in Soho - the perfect spot for quaffing cocktails, people-watching, pulling party poppers and, naturally saving money on your final bill. Just be sure to tell your server that you are going to use your tastecard before you book your table. Beasy is all about the birthday bustle, by way of many a classic cocktail and New York-inspired cuisine so it’s perfect for a big, birthday blow-out. 

Celebrate the savings with 25% off your total bill at Beasy from Monday - Thursday!

58 Greek St, London W1D 3DY. 

Perhaps you’d prefer something a little more intimate and quieter for your big birthday celebration setting? If it’s a ‘big number,’ then the birthday girl or boy might not want the whole to world know the specific digits being celebrated. That’s why we love Alcedo Bistro & Bar in north London for its cosy interior and tempting range of classic British and European dishes. 

From Sunday to Thursday, you can enjoy 25% off your total bill at Alcedo, so get those cocktails ordered!

237 Holloway Rd, London N7 8HG.

Images sourced directly from partners and/or their Instagram accounts. All restaurants available on tastecard at the time of publishing.

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