Best Liverpool restaurants

From The Beatles to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Grand National to two Premier League football clubs, Liverpudlians have much to be proud about – and an ever-improving restaurant scene should be added to the city’s list of attractions. As one of the most popular and cosmopolitan cities in the UK Liverpool is home to a host of fantastic restaurants. From the city centre, to the docks, you have a huge range of cuisines to choose from so no matter what you may be fancying next time you go out for a meal Liverpool has something for every mood and occasion.

Updated on 15 October 2019

Named as one of the best cities in the UK to live, Liverpool is often overlooked when it comes to nice restaurants and fine-dining. But we think that needs to change. With so many stunning buildings, the Royal Albert Docks and beautiful views of the river, there is so much Liverpool has to give and that isn’t even including all the fantastic restaurants it has to offer.

As with every major city in the UK, Liverpool is full to the brim with restaurants serving up all types of cuisine from great Thai food, to quirky tapas places - it is difficult to find a cuisine that isn’t covered in this huge cosmopolitan city.

To give you a head start we’ve put together a list of all the best restaurant in Liverpool city centre and a little bit further out. So next time you are planning a visit, or are lucky enough to live in the city, refer to our list for restaurants with a really good atmosphere and even better menus.

Bem Brasil Liverpool

Bem Brasil Liverpool

47-49 Hanover Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 3DN

Having recently had a £1million refurbishment, Bem Brasil offers up a unique and authentic Brazilian dining experience.  Unlike most restaurants you don’t choose from a traditional menu, instead pile your plate high with salad from the bar and then choose you meats as they are bought round the tables and carved directly onto your plate. Choose from the likes of cap of rump, chicken wrapped in pancetta and leg of lamb.

£30 - £49
Steak
Brazilian
Maray Bold Street

Maray Bold Street

91 Bold Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4HF

With long communal tables, industrial décor and an exciting menu, Maray is located in the centre of Liverpool and is the ideal spot for a casual lunch or dinner. This restaurant is all about sharing plates so you can try a bit of everything. Serving up a mix of cuisines from Middle Eastern to British, expect to find the likes of lamb koftas, falafel and halloumi on the main menu.

Under £30
Fusion
Lunya

Lunya

18-20 College Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 3DS

Claiming to be the only Catalonian fusion restaurant in the UK and doubling up as a deli, Lunya is located in the popular and buzzy Liverpool One area. Serving up the likes of Ibérico Pork Ribs, seabass sliders and patatas bravas the tapas style means you can try lots of different dishes in one sitting. Before you leave the restaurant don’t forget to try some of the authentic Spanish cheeses and olive varieties from the deli either.

Under £30
Spanish
Leaf

Leaf

65-67 Bold Street , Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4EZ

This café/ tea shop is great for casual and affordable all-day dining. Whether you visit for brunch or dinner, you can choose from an extensive menu. Expect all the brunch classics such as eggs benedict and royale. For lunch and dinner a selection of sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads and dishes including seafood linguine, Goan vegetable curry and pan fried chicken are on offer. The quirky décor includes exposed brick walls, chesterfield sofas and rustic wood furnishings which all add to the charm.

Under £30
Bars
Chaophraya Liverpool

Chaophraya Liverpool

5-6 Kenyon Steps, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 3DF

Chaophraya is known for having the wow factor, and thankfully the food matches the atmosphere and décor. While being surrounded by Thai statues, patterns and furnishing you can enjoy the likes of chicken Thai tacos, tom-yum soup, chicken pad thai and of course green and red curries with your choice of meat or fish.  

£30 - £49
Thai
Mowgli Liverpool

Mowgli Liverpool

69 Bold Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4EZ

Aiming to bring the street food of India to the UK, Mowgli serves all its dishes in metal tiffin boxes, the same  kind that people in India have at lunchtimes. You can enjoy your meal, in the quirky and rustic restaurant. Expect the like of gunpowder chicken, Goan fish curry and Mowgli house keema. It even has extensive gluten free and vegan menus and is the ideal place to visit if you are dining with people who have dietary requirements.    

Under £30
Indian
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill Liverpool

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill Liverpool

10 Chapel Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 9AG

Adding a contemporary twist to the traditional steak house, Marco Pierre White has opened his famous restaurant in the boutique Hotel Indigo. Décor-wise you’ll find industrial features, deep jewel tones and a modern bar area. Steak features heavily throughout of course but it’s also worth trying the crispy calamari, grilled lobster and smoked haddock kedgeree.

£30 - £49
British
Maranto

Maranto's

57-63 Lark Lane, Aigburth, Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 8UP

Owned by the Italian American Maranto’s family, this restaurant has been a favourite among Liverpudlians for years and remains a solid addition to the restaurant scene in the city. The Victorian building, playing host to a number of different occupants over the years, now serves up a mixture of Italian and international cuisines. Expect the likes of buffalo wings, risotto funghi and lamb Seville.

£30 - £49
North American
Italian
Filini at the Radisson BLU Liverpool

Filini at the Radisson BLU Liverpool

Radisson SAS Hotel Liverpool 107 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 9BD

Part of the Radisson BLU hotel this Italian restaurant looks out over the river making for great views while you tuck into your meal. Décor-wise you feel more like you are stepping into an oriental palace than an Italian restaurant. The menu offers up everything from grilled aubergine to pan-roasted lamb rump and chocolate fondant to finish. There's also the bonus of being able to retreat to your room afterwards if you happen to be staying in the hotel.

£30 - £49
Italian
Gusto Liverpool

Gusto Liverpool

Edward Pavillion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 4AF

Set in the Royal Albert Docks in Liverpool, Gusto has the décor of every cool and contemporary restaurant in the city. With exposed brick and cast iron pillars, it may sound cliché but given its location, the original décor adds an authenticity to the restaurant. Food-wise, bruschetta, sea bream with samphire and a selection of pizzas are just a few of the things you’ll find on the menu.

£30 - £49
Italian
Wreckfish

Wreckfish

Slater Street, Ropewalks, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4AU

What was once a derelict building in the city has now been transformed into a 90 cover restaurant, while still keeping some of its charming and authentic features. Owned by famous chef Gary Usher and serving up beautifully presented dishes that include the likes of smoked chicken wings, hot smoked salmon fish cakes and buttermilk pannacotta. Following in the footsteps of Usher's other restaurants, Burnt Truffle, Hispi and Sticky Walnut, you know you’re in for a treat when you visit Wreckfish.

£30 - £49
British
The Art School Restaurant

The Art School Restaurant

1 Sugnall Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L7 7EB

Housed in the former Home for Destitute Children (circa 1888), this beautifully appointed restaurant pays homage to the building’s more recent role as an art school, with commissioned works by former students covering the walls. The cooking from chef-owner Paul Askew is every bit as artful, involving robust and often challenging flavours and including vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian menus. Serving up modern European cuisine, you can expect to find, menai mackerel with summer vegetables, confit leg of duck with roast orange puree and salted caramel and dark chocolate lemon drizzle cake.

£50 - £79
Modern European
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Alma de Cuba

Alma de Cuba

St Peter's Church, Seel Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4BH

Set in an old converted church, Alma de Cuba mixes Cuban, Hispanic and Latin American cuisines to create exciting and unique dishes. Honey & Thyme Goat's cheese bonbons, mojito lamb rump and passion fruit posset with homemade shortbread are just a few of the things you’ll find on the menu. With live entertainment and a gospel Sunday brunch, you will never get bored dining here.

£30 - £49
International
60 Hope Street

60 Hope Street

60 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BZ

Looking more like a townhouse than a restaurant, once you enter the electric blue door (which changes colour regularly) you’ll be welcomed into a simple, but modern and stylish dining area. Ox tongue, Scottish venison, braised beef shin and strawberries with fennel ice cream are just a few of the dishes you’ll find on the menu. Don’t forget to order something of the tantalising wine list to accompany your meal either.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Neon Jamón Berry Street

Neon Jamón Berry Street

Berry Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9DF

This Catalonian restaurant has been a hit with Liverpudlians ever since it opened, from its original location to its newer and bigger location on Berry Street. The menu is full of Spanish delights and the fun and casual décor makes it a great place for a relaxed meal. On the menu you’ll find the likes of Fuet Iberico, Cecina cuada and truffled whipped goat's cheese.

£30 - £49
Tapas
Spanish
London Carriage Works

London Carriage Works

Hope Street Hotel, 40 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9DA

As one of Liverpool’s most established restaurants, having won copious awards over the years, this is the restaurant to visit for a special occasion. Part of the London Carriage Works hotel which was built in the 1860’s, it has recently been revamped and features a number of different menus going from breakfast all the way through to dinner. Expect to find the likes of smoked haddock with poached eggs on the breakfast menu and lamb rump niçoise, seared sea bass and coconut pannacotta.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Chilli Banana Liverpool

Chilli Banana Liverpool

2 Lark Lane, Sefton Park , Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 8US

Learning all of her mother's skills while living on a farm in Thailand, the founder of Chilli Banana decided to bring her expertise to the UK and open up a restaurant for everyone to sample her mum's recipes. This smart casual restaurant serves up the likes of pad krapow stir fry, Panang curry and laab gai salad. Décor-wise you’ll find Thai statues, comfy seating and delicate table arrangements.

Under £30
Thai
Panoramic 34

Panoramic 34

34th Floor, West Tower, Brook Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 9PJ

With stunning 360-degree vistas from the 34th floor of the West Tower, there isn’t a better table view to be had in all of Liverpool. Panoramic 34 can be anything you want it to be – bar bolthole, a venue for afternoon tea or a cash-splashing evening out with fine wines, top Champagne and contemporary cooking –  just the place for big-0 birthdays and proposals. Dishes you can give a try include poached halibut, goosnargh duck breast and a white chocolate almond fondant.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Buyers Club

Buyers Club

24 Hardman Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9AX

Acting as a wine bar, cocktail parlour, restaurant and gig space, you can do an entire night out at the Buyers Club from start to finish. Often hosting BBQs and art exhibitions, there is always something going on at this bar/restaurant. On the menu you’ll find the likes of leek & cheddar arancini, harissa fried chicken and beef shin ragu pasta. Dishes are served tapas style so you can try a little bit of everything.

Bars
Spire

Spire

Number One, Church Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L15 9EA

This modern British restaurant prides itself on using local and seasonal ingredients; ascend the spiral staircase to the dining room where you can enjoy the likes of duck confit, truffle risotto with vegetables and spinach and poached pear frangipane to finish. With contemporary but rustic finishes not only can you enjoy great food, but a cool setting too.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Pen Factory

Pen Factory

13 Hope Street , Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BQ

As part of the Everyman Theatre, the Pen Factory is a relaxed and casual bistro, ideal for a lunch stop while exploring the city of Liverpool. Serving seasonal small plates including the likes of king prawns in paprika, smoked salmon and pea risotto and soy and honey glazed chicken wings everything is made for sharing. Given it is so close to the Theatre it’s the ideal spot to enjoy a craft ale after a show too.  

Under £30
Modern European

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