From gourmet tapas to towering burgers – by way of sushi, Chinese and vegetarian food – we’ve done our best to lasso together an 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 guide for you.
Here are our picks
El Gato Negro Liverpool, Walker House, Exchange Flags, Liverpool,, Liverpool, L2 3YL - Visit now
El Gato’s home in Liverpool is the beautiful stone-clad Walker House, part of the landmark Exchange Flags building. Overlooking the iconic Nelson monument and Liverpool Town Hall, this stylish open-plan restaurant and bar offers a wide range of options for dining and drinking. You can even enjoy tapas al fresco, sat in our fully covered and heated patio area.
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.
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.
Camp and Furnace, 67 Greenland Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 0BY - Visit now
Lauded by Jay Rayner as “one of the more intriguing venues I have eaten at for a long while”, 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.