Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Merseyside
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Merseyside restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 168 restaurants in Merseyside and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Merseyside restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. 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”.
2. Lawns Restaurant, Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa International restaurant in Thornton Hough Neston Rd - CH63
The restaurant of this lush Wirral country pile is “a little hidden gem”, delivering some “unbelievable” food (including a “quite affordable” prix fixe at lunch); fans say that it’s the “best on the Wirral (since Fraiche is always full up)”. (This was the location, in October 2019, of the crunch Brexit talks between Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar).
3. 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”.
4. 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”.
5. The Monro British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 92-94 Duke St - L1
2017 Review: “A pleasant surprise” – a “relaxing, welcoming” gastroboozer whose “sound pub menu” earns its popularity.
6. Fazenda Brazilian restaurant in Liverpool Unit B, Horton Hs - L2
2019 Review: “The meat’s good quality, and there’s no limits to what you can select” at this branch of a Brazilian buffet chain, where you eat as much as you like for a fixed price; by its nature, it’s “good for groups”.
7. 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”.
8. Bistrot Vérité French restaurant in Southport 7 Liverpool Road - PR8
“Cosy Birkdale bistro” – “low-ceilinged, but that’s French bistros for you” – “whose menu offers plenty of tempting choices”, whose food is “fabulous” and where the service is “professional and efficient”. “It’s always busy, so early booking is essential.”
9. 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.
10. Roski British, Modern restaurant in Liverpool 16 Rodney Street - L1
This city-centre three-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”.
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