Casual dining in Liverpool

Creative Tourist

From gourmet tapas to towering burgers – by way of sushi, Chinese and vegetarian food – we’ve done our best to lasso together a top 5 inventory of Liverpool’s best restaurants. At some we’ve gone nuts for the food, in others it’s all about the venue. So, if you’re looking for the city’s most moreish plates, or simply somewhere to be ‘seen’ whilst eating, this is the list for you.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Free State Kitchen

    Free State Kitchen, Liverpool Restaurant, Liverpool Bar

    Free State Kitchen, No.1 Maryland St, Liverpool, L1 9DE - Visit now

    Yes, as the name would suggest, this place is in on the Americana trend – but where else can you eat pulled pork and buffalo wings in the grounds of a former convent? Inside Free State Kitchen it’s pretty tight around the hips, but outside there are wide lawns and picnic tables a-plenty. The food is good, too, with burgers, deli sandwiches and desserts all going down a treat beneath the fairy lights. They let you order takeout, too.

  • 2. Bacaro restaurant

    Photo of Bacaro's white fronted bar, with wooden bar stools

    Bacaro restaurant, 47 Castle Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 9UB - Visit now

    Bacaro elegantly and effortlessly serves up a taste of the Mediterranean – Italian cicchetti plates, to be precise. Which means: herby focaccia, arancini, meat boards and fritto misto (or fried fish). With dusky walls, moody lighting and intimate booths, it’s the perfect place to share some tapas-style dishes, washed down with the Italian classic, Campari. Don’t miss the affogato dessert, too. Why? You’ll see.

  • 3. Camp and Furnace

    Camp and Furnace, 67 Greenland Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 0BY - Visit now

    Lauded by Jay Rayner Camp & Furnace brings together vintage caravans, towering shrubbery, roaring fires and the biggest public screen in the city all under the roofs of three old warehouses and a coach shed. You guessed it – the place is enormous. It’s big on its foodie events, too, with film-themed dining on Screen Thursdays, a Friday Food Slam and a Saturday Meat Market (cooked up over a huge BBQ). Ergo, one of the coolest places to eat in Liverpool.

  • 4. The Egg Café

    Looking down on the interior of the Egg Cafe in Liverpool
    Image courtesy Egg Cafe

    The Egg Café, Top Floor, 16-18 Newington, Liverpoolv, Merseyside, L1 4ED - Visit now

    Something less trendy, now. Hidden away behind a purple painted door, The Egg Café has been quietly dishing out comforting vegan and vegetarian food for over 40 years. Expect big salad portions, regular specials and, apparently, the best veggie breakfast in the city in this airy, laid-back space.

  • 5. The Pen Factory

    Pen Factory interior with warmly lit canteen

    The Pen Factory, 13 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BQ - Visit now

    A welcome revival from the much-loved team behind the old Everyman Bistro (the theatre underwent extensive reinvention, reopening in 2014), The Pen Factory manages to feel comforting despite its stripped back settings. Its menu is straightforward but well done, with soups, salads and sandwiches (including a surprisingly good crisp buttie) sitting alongside an impressive craft beer list. Close to the Everyman, in the basement of the Annex Building, The Pen Factory is still a great pre or post-theatre stop off.