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The coolest restaurants in Liverpool

3 months ago

Looking for bare bricks, parquet wood flooring, dangly filament light bulbs, scandi chairs, clipboard menus, hip staff in trainers, chefs in flatcaps… you get the point. Here’s some of the most interesting and hip places to eat in Liverpool.

  • Shrimps on toast at Barnacle in Liverpool.
    Book Now Ropewalks

    Barnacle

    Restaurant - Modern British

    On the mezzanine at Duke Street Market clings “intimate Scouse brasserie” Barnacle, serving modern dishes and championing regional food.

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  • A tableful of dishes at Belzan in Liverpool
    Mossley Hill

    Belzan

    Restaurant - European

    Following punchy reviews in the local and national press, it has been hard to secure a table at Liverpool’s Belzan.

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  • Liverpool City Centre

    Buyers Club

    Bars

    Squished on the cusp of the Knowledge Quarter and the Georgian Quarter and resident in the old Flying Picket since 2015, Buyers Club is a neighbourhood bar and kitchen-restaurant, complete with gallery, garden with coffee and spritz kiosk, and even an intimate music venue.

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  • Ropewalks

    Duke Street Market

    Bars

    Following in the footsteps of other successful models in the region, with communal dining tables and a mezzanine served by a choice of resident kitchens, this 100-year-old warehouse-turned-foodhall is one of the Ropewalks newcomers breathing life back into Duke Street.

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  • Cocktails at Hawksmoor in Liverpool
    Liverpool City Centre

    Hawksmoor Liverpool

    Restaurant - British

    Hawksmoor Liverpool opened in the beautiful Grade II-listed India Buildings, to much excitement in late 2022.

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  • Book Now Albert Dock

    Madre Liverpool

    Restaurant - Mexican

    The world’s greatest hand-held food is promised by Madre – tostadas, quesadillas and tacos tacos tacos. There’s also all the Mexican drinks vibes you could ever wish for, from beer and cocktails to tequila and mezcal – inside the historic Atlantic Pavilion or outside in the sunny courtyard.

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  • The sun shining on Maray restaurant on Bold Street, Liverpool city centre.
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    Maray Bold St

    Restaurant - European

    Serving irresistible Middle Eastern fusion small plates, Maray is a slow-burning smash hit. Inspired by (and named after) the Middle-Eastern flavours of Paris’ Marais district, it provides an informal, communal dining experience which revolves around excellent falafels, small plates, fine wines and cocktails.

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  • Baltic Triangle

    Manifest

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The manifesto at industrial-chic restaurant and “dine-at-wine-bar” Manifest is “seasonal plates and famous Liverpool hospitality”, with the Modern British menus regularly changing to reflect both local produce availability and the wines that will be matched to the food.

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  • Book Now Lark Lane

    Minna

    Restaurant - Global

    This women-run family business is inspired by Molly’s great nan Minna, who turned a plot of land behind her council house into an allotment and encouraged her neighbours to grow their own veggies there. This interest in sustainability and community has fed into Minna’s cafe.

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  • A dish from the festive menu at Nord in Liverpool
    Liverpool City Centre

    Nord

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Nord is a real asset to Liverpool’s dining scene. Housed in a bit of an unlovely 1960s office block – the former HQ of Littlewoods – the building has had some serious TLC. Now the subtle décor has shades of Mad Men rather than The Fall And Rise of Reginald Perrin with pendant lights, earthy tones and a statement orange bar.

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  • One of the dishes served at Oxa, a modern British restaurant on the Wirral, Merseyside.
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    OXA

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Oxa is the casual sister restaurant to the ground-breaking Restaurant 8 in Liverpool but it is by no means the poor relation.

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  • Piccolino Liverpool burrata salad
    Book Now Cavern Quarter

    Piccolino Liverpool

    Restaurant - Italian

    Piccolino Liverpool is located in a particularly grand building on Cook Street with a small but perfectly-formed terrace at the front. The impressive exterior seems appropriate because Piccolino always works well for fancy events, birthday parties and glamorous dates.

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  • Coconut, passion fruit & banana from Restaurant 8 in Liverpool
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    Restaurant 8

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Chef and co-owner Andrew Sheridan (who you might recognise from Great British Menu) has uprooted Restaurant 8 from Birmingham and returned to the city of his birth. It’s a tough blow for the Brummies; the restaurant had built up a mighty reputation in the city, being awarded three AA Rosettes. But it’s excellent news for Liverpool.

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  • Book Now Cavern Quarter

    San Carlo Liverpool

    Bars

    Head to any of the ristorantes in the award-winning, family-run San Carlo Group and you know you’re in for exceptional ingredients, artfully prepared, served in super chic surroundings. At San Carlo Liverpool, you’ll also find opulent dining booths and a stylish bar for drinks before or after your meal.

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  • Book Now Liverpool City Centre

    The Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

    Bars

    With its six foot chandelier and gold leaf ceiling Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool is one of the city’s most spectacular dining settings. A £500k refurbishment in 2021 brought to life the original features of this Grade II Listed heritage building. Now it’s one of the most photogenic backdrops in Liverpool, and the food’s not half bad too.

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  • Christmas at Tiger Rock in Liverpool
    Ropewalks

    Tiger Rock Renshaw Street

    Restaurant - Pan Asian

    Tiger Rock Renshaw Street is the newest and biggest of the Liverpool Pan-Asian street hawker venues.

    As well as a range of casual classics from China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, you can enjoy some fantastic cocktails in a separate bar area (Bellinis are a speciality) plus the usual wines, beers and softs.

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  • Lark Lane

    Yum Cha

    Restaurant - Chinese

    “Dim sum, roast meats and big plates” promises Yum Cha’s website and the restaurant awning fluttering on Lark Lane alike – but there are small plates too, perfect for group sharing, and loads to tempt the veggies and vegans of the party: this menu is sizeable without being scary.

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