Best places to eat out in Liverpool: restaurants, cafés and hidden gems

It’s famous for its iconic dock, a fierce football rivalry and the home of The Beatles. But Liverpool’s food and drink offerings should not be overlooked, with classy establishments, quick diners and delicious cheap eats on offer.

It’s also home to another Fab Four, the ladies behind the popular Scouse Scran blog, and here they share their tips for the best restaurants and eateries in Liverpool.


The best thing about the Liverpool restaurant scene…

Liverpool has a buzz like no other city and the restaurants are full eight days a week. Thanks to the Capital of Culture crown in 2008, Liverpool has undergone a massive regeneration in recent years. Some of the top restaurant chains who previously would not have considered the city are now fighting for prime centre locations. There are always new independent restaurants popping up every week offering quality, locally sourced produce with atmospheres that could rival the likes of New York. You can find everything here from tapas, to Mexican street food, to Lebanese.

Our favourite place for a quick, no-nonsense bite to eat…

We are never ones to say no to a meat sweat and after our recent nine restaurant Burger Challenge, Byron Burger has become a firm favourite. It is based in a fantastic location; right in the heart of Liverpool One so is perfectly positioned for a quick bite to fuel up after a hard day shopping! The food is always consistently good and we find there is something for everyone, whether a simpler burger is your preference or you wish to beef it up with one of their Smokey or mushroom specials. Other favourites include Leaf on Bold Street and The East Village Arts Club on Seel Street.

The best place to go for a special occasion…

Gusto, based at the Albert Dock, would be our recommendation for a special occasion. It is a real dining experience from beginning to end – beautiful cocktails, food and ambiance all combine effortlessly to make this an experience you won’t forget. Not only is the food sublime but the staff really do go above and beyond, recommending their choice of wine for each of your courses. Or why not attend one of their cocktail master classes? We had no idea how many ingredients were used to make a Bellini!

Where to go for a romantic night out – or a first date…

We’ve had many a first date in Alma de Cuba over the years! The restaurant and bar is situated in the former St Peter’s Catholic Church on Seel Street and it is the first church in Liverpool to be turned into a social venue. The bar and restaurant are lit by candles and they scatter rose petals from the upper restaurant level at midnight – the perfect romantic setting! Not only is the food incredible but we can highly recommend the cocktails too.

[Alma de Cuba on Seel Street]

A specialist restaurant we recommend…

Chaophraya is a Thai restaurant located in the centre of Liverpool, based in Chavasse Park. It is well worth a visit for the ambience alone. They offer private dining areas with sunken seats and even perform a birthday ritual on your special day. We can’t get enough of their hot and spicy selections! After your meal you can head to the bar next door ‘Palm Sugar’ for a few tipples of your choice.

Family-friendly places we recommend…

Our firm family friendly favourite is Camp and Furnace on Greenland Street. Based in an old warehouse, their long wooden tables are covered completely in paper for children to draw on. They have ping pong facilities (we do like a bit of healthy competition), old caravans for the kids (and adults) and jam packed activities in the half terms. Oh and did we mention they do an unbeatable Sunday roast?

[Camp and Furnace on Greenland Street]

An old favourite we keep going back to…

The Quarter on Falkner Street is our perfect all-rounder. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, a slice of cake or a glass of wine you can always guarantee something to tickle your taste buds. It is an Italian inspired restaurant where you can even enjoy your food al fresco (when we get a very occasional sunny day)!

New restaurants that have impressed us…

We’ve definitely done the rounds recently in terms of burger places but one that stands out amongst the crowd is Almost Famous, located on Parr Street. The restaurant, in an old disused garage, is nestled in the sweaty bosom of the “cool quarter”. The restaurant is small (but about to be extended) with a good vibe and lots of seating. Be prepared to wait but enjoy the music (Blondie to Bob Marley and everything in between) and have a Bitch juice bevvy at the bar. Certainly the only place that we know where you can get Frazzles on your burgers, yes that’s right – Frazzles!

[Lucha Libre on Wood Street]

Hidden gems we don’t mind sharing…

Our favourite hidden gem has got to be The Moon and Pea on Lark Lane, just outside the city centre. It is a family run bistro that provides locally sourced and organic fairtrade products. It is quirky and vintage and perfect when looking for somewhere a bit different to go, whether it’s for dinner or one of their phenomenal breakfasts. Also, it is worth noting they are a ‘bring your own’ bistro so if you go for a meal you can take along your favourite bottle of wine or champagne – it is £3 corkage per bottle.

The perfect food-fuelled 24 hours in Liverpool…

We’d start our day with breakfast in The Moon and Pea, followed by a stroll around Sefton Park (perhaps picking up a few tasty snacks from The Moon and Pea Deli across the road for the walk). Then we’d head back into Liverpool and visit Delifonseca (either Stanley Street or Dockside) for a slice of afternoon cake. Later on in the evening it would have to be a visit to Lucha Libre on Wood Street for some Mexican Street food… Followed by a cheeky couple of tequilas in their underneath bar, Maya. Knowing us after a few drinks we’d be peckish again (we’re unstoppable, we know), we’d head to MOJO bar on Back Berry Street to chomp on some of their chicken wings which are available until Midnight.

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