The 10 Best Restaurants In Liverpool, UK

Oonagh Gannon

Located on the River Mersey, Liverpool is the ultimate pilgrimage for all Beatles fans and a hub of creativity. It also has some great restaurants offering everything from budget meals to fine-dining. We’ve updated our guide to the city’s best restaurants.

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1. Alma De Cuba


Alma De Cuba
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Alma De Cuba

A little bit of Latin America in converted St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Alma De Cuba combines all the friendly vibes you’d expect of the Southern hemisphere with the stained glass and soaring nave of an 18th century English nave. Serving up a mixture of South American fare and Caribbean cuisine, Alma de Cuba’s wide choice of dishes incorporates the restaurant’s in-house versions of Iberian classics such as paella, or Caribbean flavours such as jerk chicken.

Alma De Cuba, St Peter’s Church, Seel Street, Liverpool, UK, +44 843 504 4692

2. Blakes

Restaurant, British, Fast Food, Vegetarian

No trip to Liverpool would be complete without a visit to the Cavern Club area where the Beatles started out. Blakes restaurant is in that very area and is located in the Grade II-listed building of the award- winning Hard Days Night hotel. The Beatles are the running theme of both the hotel and restaurant. Blakes’ walls are decked with black and white blow-ups of the fab four and a display of original artwork from the sleeve of Sgt Peppers album. Hard-core Beatles fans will already have guessed that the restaurant is named after Sir Peter Blake, who designed the Sgt Peppers cover.

3. Fonseca’s

Restaurant, European, British, Vegetarian

If there’s one thing Fonseca’s believes in passionately, it’s good food. The original branch of the Delifonseca group, the restaurant has won a clutch of accolades since it opened its doors six years ago. Situated in the hubbub of Stanley Street Quarter, Fonseca’s draws something of an eclectic crowd, attracted by the chic and intimate ambience. The restaurant’s menu changes like clockwork but carnivores are always catered for assiduously.

4. Hanover Street Social

Bar, Brasserie, European, British, Vegetarian

Liverpool is famed for its historic architectural style, and the Casartelli Building might be emblematic of that. An an exact replica of the historic, original building of the same name that was constructed in 1760, the Casartelli is one of the hippest places to hang out in the city, and Hanover Street Social takes full advantage of that. Located on the ground floor of the building, the swanky brasserie and bar dishes up award-winning cocktails, contemporary food and a very sparky atmosphere.

5. The London Carriage Works

Restaurant, Contemporary

Dinner in the clouds at Panoramic 34
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London Carriageworks is the restaurant at the Hope Street Hotel, which uses local, seasonal, Northwest produce to create contemporary, international food. The local produce is transformed in dishes of that wouldnt be out of place in New York or Barcelona: roast breast of Gressingham duck with smoked ginger and rhubarb sauce, or slow cooked Wirral Tan House Farm Duroc pork belly with Bramley apple and vanilla.

6. Mello Mello

Restaurant, Vegetarian, British, Coffee

Mello Mello is a hive of creative activity comprising a dance studio and a platform for local talent to produce and perform. Its restaurant is totally vegetarian, offering vegan options and catering for the lactose or gluten intolerant. In keeping with Mello Mello’s ecological attitude, all vegetables are grown locally and all other produce is ethically sourced.

7. Panoramic 34

Restaurant, Contemporary

Dinner in the clouds at Panoramic 34
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Panoramic 34 is located on the 34th floor of Liverpool’s West Tower skyscraper. Of course, the views are simply unbeatable, but so is the food, and once you’ve got over the vertigo it’s pretty hard to resist finishing your evening with a delicious pastry and a martini.

8. The Side Door


The Side Door

A family-run restaurant with an excellent reputation, the Side Door occupies two floors of a beautiful Georgian building on Liverpool’s famous Hope Street, home to the Philharmonic Hall and other cultural venues. The Side Door’s red door (unsurprisingly to the side of the building) leads in to an airy dining area with natural light pouring in through the wall-to-wall windows. The menu is based on fresh seasonal produce and comprises a combination of traditional British and European inspired dishes, catering for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. The Side Door is perfect for lunch or a pre-show dinner at one of Liverpool’s theatres, which are just a walk away.

The Side Door, 29A Hope Street, Liverpool, UK, +44 151 707 7888

9. Yee Rah

Yee Rah

For an authentic taste of Thailand, look no further than Yee Rah. One of several Chaophraya restaurants established across the UK, the Liverpool branch is located in the famous ONE shopping area. Yee Rah’s contemporary interior, which covers three floors, features a Buddha mural, tropical fish tanks, Swarosvski chandeliers and low circular tables with circular seating for intimate group gatherings. The menu offers an abundant choice of authentic Thaï recipes.

Yee Rah, Liverpool One, 14 Paradise St, Liverpool, UK, +44 151 709 7897

10. The Art School

The Art School

Located in the city’s cultural district opposite the Liverpool Philharmonic, The Art School is one of the North West of England’s highly renowned orchestrations. The fine dining menu offers awe-inspiring dishes created from the finest, freshest and locally sourced ingredients.

The Art School, 1 Sugnall Street, Liverpool, UK

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