Liverpool is a city that doesn’t do things by halves.
From the fiery atmosphere of a Merseyside Derby between rivals Liverpool and Everton to the adoration shown for the city’s musical greats, Liverpudlians are known the world over for their pride and larger-than-life personalities.
Those working in Liverpool’s thriving culinary industry also possess their own extraordinary passion for, amongst other things, gastronomy.
So, in the words of Liverpool’s four most famous sons, it’s now time to ‘come together’ and celebrate some of the finest dining out venues this historic city has to offer.
The Art School
Located in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter, an area renowned for its artistic and cultural heritage, The Art School is a contemporary restaurant that is fast becoming an attraction in its own right. Chef-patron Paul Askew’s love for seasonal produce has seen The Art School build up a network of trusted suppliers from across the British Isles, with everything from meat and seafood to honey and gin sourced locally.
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With a sensational selection of tasting menus available, diners are guaranteed to find themselves running out of adjectives to describe the flavours on offer at this critically-acclaimed Sugnall Street eatery. We recommend keeping an eye on The Art School, as it may just be coming to a Michelin Guide near you very soon.
1 Sugnall Street, Liverpool L7 7EB
Tuesday – Saturday: 12:00pm to 2:15pm, and 5:00pm to 9:15pm
Inspired by the chic cafes and sophisticated restaurants of Paris’s colourful 4th arrondissement, Maray on Liverpool’s Bold Street is a stylish dining out venue that aims to bring people together over great tasting food and handcrafted cocktails.
Maray’s preference for serving delicious Middle Eastern- and internationally-inspired small plates means it is an ideal place for sharing a meal with your nearest and dearest. Add in to the mix its vibrant atmosphere, exceptional drinks card and first-class service, and it’s easy to understand why Maray’s popularity has seen its owners branch out and open a second premises on the city’s Allerton Road. A definite must-visit.
91 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HF
Sunday – Thursday: 12:00pm to 10:00pm. Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Foodies searching for a unique dining out experience in Liverpool won’t find many better options than Panoramic 34. One of the United Kingdom’s most elevated restaurants, Panoramic 34 boasts large floor-to-ceiling windows that allow guests to enjoy unbeatable 360° views of the Liverpool skyline.
A great spot to toast a special occasion with a couple of espresso martinis or whiskey sours, Panoramic 34’s seasonal food menus are a true celebration of the ingredients found in Great Britain. If you are looking to sweep a special someone off their feet, keep Panoramic 34 firmly in your plans.
West Tower, Brook Street, Liverpool L3 9PJ
Tuesday – Thursday: 12:00pm to 3:00pm, and 6:30pm to 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm to 2:30pm, and 6:00pm to 9:30pm; Sunday: 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Home to some of the best steaks in not just Liverpool but the entire north west of England, Cowshed on Seel Street is an absolute paradise for meat lovers. A bistro-style restaurant with an elegant interior design, the team at Cowshed all share an unquestionable love for beef and are always happy to advise diners on which premium cuts to order.
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Despite The Beatles once famously singing that you ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, a large percentage of Cowshed’s loyal fan base would argue that a main course of an 8oz, well-marbled ribeye steak with pepper sauce and a side of fries for less than £20 comes mightily close.
104 Seel Street, Liverpool L1 4BL
Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm; Friday: 5:00pm to 10:30pm; Saturday: 12:00pm to 10:30pm; Sunday: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Widely regarded as being one of the best restaurants in Liverpool, Rӧski is an intimate dining out venue that oozes class. With the rich culinary knowledge and unrivalled cooking skills of former Masterchef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski orchestrating things in the kitchen, diners at Rӧski can sit back and relax knowing that they are in very capable hands.
With bold flavour combinations at the heart of Rӧski’s refined food menu – take the exquisite red cabbage Bolognese as an example – there may be dishes at this Georgian Quarter eatery that you may never have heard of, let alone tasted before. That being said, if we can offer you one piece of advice regarding Rӧski, it would be this: believe the hype.
16 Rodney Street, Liverpool L1 2TE
Tuesday: 6:00pm to 9:30pm; Wednesday – Saturday: 12:00pm to 2:00pm, and 6:00pm to 9:30pm
60 Hope Street
Housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building, 60 Hope Street is a fashionable venue that certainly knows how to put on a show. Open to catering for parties of all sizes, 60 Hope Street is known in social circles across Liverpool for its excellent hospitality and unparalleled menu options.
Whether you choose to visit 60 Hope Street for its marvellous Afternoon Tea or to sample its legendary Sunday roast, you are bound to be amazed by the quality of food on offer. The chance to tuck into some breathtaking British dishes amongst the glorious surroundings of a well-kept Georgian townhouse is one that should be grabbed with both hands.
60 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BZ
Monday – Saturday: 12:00pm to 2:30pm, and 5:00pm to 10:30pm; Sunday: 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Alma De Cuba
One of Liverpool’s most prized possessions, Alma De Cuba is a well-established member of the city’s flourishing culinary scene. Spectacularly set in a former church, this colourful venue boasts an incredible atmosphere and a menu filled with Caribbean-inspired dishes like jerk chicken with coconut rice and pineapple salsa.
Open until the early hours on weekends, this Seel Street eatery regularly hosts evenings of live entertainment that go down a treat with locals and visitors alike. In short, Alma De Cuba doesn’t just take guests on a culinary journey to sun-kissed Latin America – it books them in for a first-class experience.
St Peters’ Church, Seel Street, Liverpool L1 4BH
Monday – Thursday: 12:00pm to 1:00am; Friday: 12:00pm to 2:00am; Saturday: 12:00pm to 3:00am; Sunday: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Capping off our list of the best places to eat in Liverpool, and completing the hat-trick of Seel Street eateries featured in this article, is Wreckfish. A neighbourhood restaurant adored by locals, Wreckfish’s simplistic approach to food is a welcome breath of fresh air. Inviting breakfast, lunch and dinner menus can be perused at leisure upon arrival, with everything from eggs Florentine and pan-fried sea bass to dry-aged sirloin steak available to order.
With a large communal table sitting pretty in the middle of Wreckfish’s dining space, guests have the chance to sit back after their meal and wax lyrical about the bold flavour combinations on offer to friends and family members. A venue whose popularity is growing day by day, securing a table reservation at Wreckfish might just be the best thing you do this week.
60 Seel Street, Liverpool L1 4BE
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner (check website for exact opening hours)