Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Liverpool
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Liverpool restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 127 restaurants in Liverpool and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Liverpool restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Hanover Street Social British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 16-20 Hanover St - L1
“Consistently good food at a competitive price” plus a “useful central location and a great choice of gins” means this modern brasserie from Merseyside’s Red & Blue Restaurants group is “worth a visit”.
2. Salt House Bacaro Italian restaurant in Liverpool 47 Castle St - L2
“Italian small plates (this time)” “from the Salt House tapas stable” – win solid ratings for this “friendly, buzzy restaurant” from the Red & Blue team. It’s “great for a larger party”, with “seats at the bar good for dates”; “it’s crowded so you do get to hear your neighbours’ conversations – although in Liverpool that can be theatre”.
3. Salt House Spanish restaurant in Liverpool 1 Hanover Street - L1
A stylish tapas joint just round the corner from John Lewis (should you be hungry after shopping for a washing machine) – “very busy, lively and fun, with interesting dishes that are reasonably priced”. Top Tip – “a very good value set lunch”.
4. Lu Ban Chinese restaurant in Liverpool Stanhope Street - L8
Experience small plate dining, or xiao panzi. Lu Ban Restaurant offers beautifully presented authentic food, prepared using traditional Chinese methods and skills.In Tianjin, the region that has influenced our cuisine, the custom of eating the right food in the...
5. Panoramic 34 French restaurant in Liverpool Brook Street - L3
“The views are just to die for” at the West Tower’s 34th floor restaurant – a “great place to bring people”, particularly if you opt for the afternoon tea – but it’s no one-trick pony, and also pumps out some “gorgeous”, more serious cooking. Even the least enthusiastic report (which finds it “overpriced and way too pretentious”) says “it has the most amazing setting, and the food’s good”.
6. Maray British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 91 Bold Street - L1
“Fabulous Maray never disappoints” – whether you head to this “packed” and “buzzing” outpost (est. 2014), or the equally popular offshoots in Allerton and the Royal Albert Dock. Inspired by the kind of food found in the Marais in Paris, it serves “interesting and inspiring” Middle Eastern small plates (“with a focus on vegetarian dishes”), and the end result is “a great experience” according to its army of fans.
7. Roski British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 16 Rodney Street - L1
This city-centre two-year-old from “incredibly talented chef” Anton Piotrowski, a BBC MasterChef: The Professionals winner, “is really getting it right now – great to see such a risky enterprise doing so well”. “What an unexpected delight – just another bistro from the outside, but inside it’s quickly clear it’s so much more”. “The tasting menu includes some very adventurous offerings” and on all accounts the food is “beautifully plated and tastes gorgeous”.
8. Mowgli Indian restaurant in Liverpool 69 Bold St - L1
“Liverpool’s answer to London’s Dishoom” – Nisha Katona’s Indian street-food concept, “in the heart of the city”, has really nailed it, delivering “small sharing helpings of Mumbai-style street food”, alongside “yumblelicious” cocktails, served “by welcoming and knowledgeable staff” in a “modern and individual setting” (albeit one now being replicated around the country). Top Tip – “the always-good tiffin box option is the best”.
9. The Art School British, Traditional restaurant in Liverpool Sugnall St - L7
“Paul Askew’s elegant five-year-old, next door to the Liverpool Philharmonic, continues to produce some equally elegant and accomplished cuisine” which makes it one of the city’s top dining options. Recognising that not everyone will want something as full-on as the nine-course tasting menu, there are also prix fixe and ‘Excellence’ menus, also with pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan options.
10. Wreckfish British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 60 Seel Street - L1
“Another of Gary Usher’s fabulous bistros” is a typical take on this “great addition to the city-centre”: a stylishly refurbished two-year-old (formerly a derelict workshop), in the city’s merchant quarter, that’s nowadays the city’s most-mentioned eatery. Its gutsy, affordable fare is generally well-rated, but ratings sipped a notch this year on some more middling reports (“good in parts…”, “good but expected more…”, “prices are slightly high even if everything they do, they do well…”)
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