Liverpool is known for its incredible foodie scene, with hundreds of restaurants and cafes to choose from.
Whether you’re after somewhere for breakfast, a café off the beaten track or a lively independent, the city’s offerings often leave you spoiled for choice. Now, the Good Food Guide has rounded up the best places to grab a bite to eat in Liverpool.
The guide, owned by Waitrose and Partners, features the best restaurants across the UK, including big names, best kept secrets and local eateries. This week an article on The Good Food Guide’s website suggested nine venues that everyone should try.
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Below we’ve taken a look at the restaurants recommended. Where’s your favourite place to eat out in Liverpool? Join in the conversation in the comments section.
Art School Restaurant
The Art School Restaurant has been a huge hit since it launched in 2014. From Wirral chef Paul Askew, the restaurant is known for its fine dining experience and range of menus.
The Art School’s Menu Excellence features dishes such as roast Lancashire quail with date and tarragon forcemeat, seared king scallop with Southport smoked pork, and wild line caught Liverpool Bay sea bass.
What the Good Food Guide said: “Hard by the Philharmonic Hall, the Art School has the feel of walking on to a stage set. Bare bulbs dangle from the vast skylight, and a kitchen window affords peeps of Paul Askew’s team at work producing exquisitely presented contemporary British food with arresting flavours.”
Where: 1 Sugnall St, Liverpool, L7 7EB
Roski is owned by 2012 Masterchef winner Anton Piotrowski who moved to Liverpool to open the site back in 2017. The restaurant serves a tasting menu, which is served exclusively on Fridays and Saturdays and features stone-bass, aged wagyu fillet, peanut butter parfait and more.
What the Good Food Guide said: “Over in the Georgian quarter, Anton Piotrowski’s Röski is a modern dining-room done in muted neutrals for cooking that is anything but. Expect culinary pyrotechnics with witty twists on northern tradition, starting with the indispensable duck egg and duck leg soldiers.”
Where: 16 Rodney St, Liverpool, L1 2TE
Delifonseca, which is part restaurant, part food hall, offers everything from sit-down meals to deli counters serving cheese, charcuterie, wines and more.
What the Good Food Guide said: “Head to the Dockside for Delifonseca, a food hall and dining venue about to stretch into extended premises as we write, with a global snacking menu that reflects the city’s cosmopolitanism.”
Where: Brunswick Way, Liverpool, L3 4BN
With two venues in Liverpool city centre, Lunya is always a popular choice when looking for tapas. The Catalonian restaurant serves up everything from Catalan Scouse and patatas bravas to a chorizo sausage roll and salt and pepper chipirones.
What the Good Food Guide said: “Authentic Catalan tapas are the order of the day at Lunya in the amorphous Liverpool One shopping development, and there’s now a younger sibling, Lunyalita, in the Albert Dock arts quarter, a 200-year-old building with arched ceilings and terrace seating for sun-seekers.”
Where: 55 Hanover St, Liverpool, L1 3DN
Tucked away along Liverpool’s waterfront, Etsu offers an authentic Japanese experience. The menu at Etsu features Donburi, Japanese curry, Sashimi, sushi and more.
What the Good Food Guide said: “Etsu does classic Japanese, from sushi to donburi boxes, in an ambience of sleek understatement.”
Where: 25 The Strand, Liverpool, L2 0XJ
Ellis Barrie, along with his brother Liam, opened Albert Dock restaurant Lerpwl in September 2020 amid a number of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Barrie brothers have earned a growing reputation for excellence since launching Anglesey restaurant Marram Grass.
Pronounced ‘Ler-pool’, the restaurant aims to recognise the brothers’ links to Liverpool and North Wales, with Lerpwl fittingly translating as the Welsh name for the city.
What the Good Food Guide said: “Liam and Ellis Barrie, once of the beguiling Marram Grass in north Wales, have also pitched up to the dock, opening Lerpwl in 2020.”
Where: Albert Dock Britannia Pavilion, Liverpool L3 4AD
The Liverpool restaurant which broke crowdfunding records in 2017, Wreckfish is hugely popular throughout the city. Chef Gary Usher , the man behind Burnt Truffle, Sticky Walnut and Pinion, raised more than £200,000 to open the Slater Street restaurant.
The menu at Wreckfish features glazed duck hearts on toasted brioche, braised featherblade of beef, hot smoked salmon fishcakes and more.
What the Good Food Guide said: “Gary Usher has a finger in the Liverpool pie too, at Wreckfish, where affordable modern bistro cooking proves abidingly popular (don’t miss the truffled Parmesan chips)”.
Where: Slater St, Liverpool L1 4BS
Liverpool favourite Maray has three restaurants across the city, though its Bold Street venue may be the most well known. Maray is known for serving up flavours of the Middle East with a selection of vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian small plates.
What the Good Food Guide said: “The melting-pot brasserie dishes at various branches of the Maray group have plenty of broad-minded appeal.”
Where: 91 Bold St, Liverpool, L1 4HF
A relaxed bistro and bar on Smithdown Road, Belzan serves simple and seasonal food, wines and cocktails. Belzan has several menus, including a Prix Fixe menu which features lobster pasta, lamb rump, wild mushroom gnocchi and more.
What the Good Food Guide said: “Belzan is a neighbourhood bistro in Wavertree with whitewashed brickwork and a menu of robust St John-style dishes – anyone for lamb heart and tahini?”
Where: 371 Smithdown Rd, Liverpool, L15 3JJ
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