Restaurants in Chester

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

Chester is a wonderful historic city, and well worth a visit, in no small part thanks to the wealth of excellent restaurants in and around this beautiful place. These are just some of the highlights of the culinary scene in this quietly excellent area. Try them all. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

Our top picks

The Kitchen at Storyhouse Chester

The Kitchen at Storyhouse Chester, Hunter St, Chester, CH1 2AR - Visit now

Chester’s Storyhouse cultural hub opened in 2017 to widespread acclaim. Not only does this beautifully-designed venue put a major cinema and theatre at the heart of Chester, it also boasts a carefully planned in-house restaurant, simply titled The Kitchen.

The Kitchen at Storyhouse
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Upstairs At The Grill

Upstairs At The Grill, 70 Watergate St,, Chester, CH1 2LA - Visit now

Attractive steak restaurant and friendly cocktail bar in Chester, specialising in local produce. Their Sunday roasts are famed across the land.

Upstairs At The Grill
Upstairs At The Grill


Hypha, 5 City Walls, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2JG - Visit now

Sustainability is high on everybody’s agenda right now and Chester’s Hypha restaurant is leading the field in the UK for delicious and exciting plant-based food. Founded by Nicholas Friar in 2019, Hypha was Chester’s first plant-based and sustainable restaurant and has earned high praise with eco-conscious foodies ever since.

Hypha restaurant, Chester
Image courtesy of Hypha

Chef’s Table

Chef’s Table, 4 Music Hall Passage,, Chester, CH1 2EU - Visit now

Award-winning, independent restaurant in the heart of beautiful Chester, with a focus on locally sourced, seasonal produce. The atmosphere is laid-back and the food high-quality.

Chef's Table
Chef's Table

Barristers Restaurant & Bar

Barristers Restaurant & Bar, The Courthouse, Toft Road, Knutsford, WA16 0PB - Visit now

Barristers is a one-of-a-kind high-end restaurant a hop, skip and a jump from Chester in nearby Knutsford, and part of the equally unique Courthouse hotel (as reviewed here). It is, as the name suggests, the in-house restaurant for a former crown court, and as such the menu is laid out in an amusingly law-related manner.

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The Chester Grosvenor

The Chester Grosvenor, Eastgate, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1LT - Visit now

Time seems to stand still at The Chester Grosvenor, its traditional splendour proudly overlooking Eastgate and its world-famous clock. This award-winning five-star hotel incorporates a Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by Simon Radley, and it’s a must for foodies.

The Chester Grosvenor Hotel
Courtesy of The Chester Grosvenor


Covino, 118 Northgate St, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HT - Visit now

Chester has raised the bar for wine lovers in recent years and Covino has become a firm favourite with the city’s oenophiles thanks to an incredible wine selection, laid back atmosphere and fabulous selection of food.

Covino Restaurant, Chester
Image from Covino Chester

Groobarbs Field Kitchen

Groobarbs Field Kitchen, Wild Farm, Mag Ln, High Legh, Groobarbs , Knutsford, WA16 0AA - Visit now

A meal at Groobarbs Field Kitchen is something special indeed. Based at Groobarb’s Wild Farm in Knutsford, Cheshire, they offer field-to-fork dining, which is exactly as it sounds: ingredients sourced from right outside, from the 6.5-acre kitchen gardens you can see from the window.

Groobarbs Field Kitchen
Groobarbs Field Kitchen

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