Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Chester
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Chester restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 50 restaurants in Chester and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Chester restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Chester Restaurants
1. 1539 British, Traditional restaurant in Chester The Racecourse - CH1
“With stunning views over Chester Racecourse” (“book early to be sure of a window table”), this well-established venue marries “fine wines and food” and, so long as you “don’t go on race days”, there are “usually quiet areas for those important business meetings”.
2. The White Horse British, Modern restaurant in Backford The Racecourse - CH1
Set within the most unique location in Chester, the racecourse, we serve generous helpings of comfort food, alongside a selection of traditional beers, real ales and wines.Weekends are all about relaxing with family and friends and what better way to spend your precious...
3. Docket No.64 British, Modern restaurant in Chester 64 Northgate Street - CH1
2019 Review: Hot on the heels of opening Docket No. 33 in Whitchurch, this autumn 2018 newcomer opens in the heart of the city (on the site of the Ginger Wine Bar, RIP). Chester has always had a shortage of ambitious modern British ventures making this potential rival for the likes of Sticky Walnut all the more welcome.
4. Simon Radley, The Chester Grosvenor British, Modern restaurant in Chester 56-58 Eastgate Street - CH1
Acclaimed by some conservative types as “the best dining experience in the north-west of England” – this much-accoladed dining room sits in the heart of an unusually grand city-centre hotel (well, it is owned by one of the UK’s wealthiest men, the Duke of Westminster) right next to Chester’s iconic Eastgate clock. Simon Radley has held a Michelin star here nigh-on since he joined in 1998, and his “awesome” cuisine, the “wonderful service” and the duke’s impressive cellar (with 700 bins) maintains this as one of the region’s culinary ‘heavy hitters’ if you are seeking an experience of traditional luxury and sophistication. “Huge bill” though. The hotel also provides “the best afternoon tea for miles” in its Arkle Bar & Lounge.
5. Sticky Walnut British, Modern restaurant in Chester 11 Charles St - CH2
Gary Usher’s increasingly famous Elite Bistros chain started with this “lovely neighbourhood bistro” in Hoole – although it’s “only small”, and it’s in what might seem like “an unlikely location”, being a low-key residential suburb of Chester, whose main claim to fame is that it’s not far from the railway station. The venue bears all the all-round formula that’s driven Gary’s success though: an “intimate” yet “bustling and lively” atmosphere; “warm, humorous service”; and “generous portions of very well-cooked food” from a “slightly unusual” menu that’s “very reasonably priced”.
6. The Chef's Table British, Modern restaurant in Chester 4 Music Hall Pas - CH1
“Small but perfectly formed” – this “tiny place with an open-plan kitchen” tucked away off Northgate Street serves “wonderful food” with “great depth of flavour” and “you’re really well looked after” too.
7. ABode Restaurant, ABode Hotels British, Modern restaurant in Chester Grosvener Rd - CH1
2017 Review: So far the exit of celeb chef Michael Caines, who has left the ABode Group to launch his own Devon hotel (Lympstone Manor) in February 2017, hasn’t hurt this “fifth-floor hotel-restaurant with pleasant views” of the town and racecourse; while still sometimes considered “expensive”, fans say that the “great, enthusiastic young team is cooking up a storm”.
8. Moules A Go Go International restaurant in Chester 6-12 Cuppin Street - CH1
“A long-term favourite which has been going for decades” – in recent times now decamped to La Tasca's old digs from its original home in The Rows – it boasts “plush and trendy” décor; “the moules marinières are wonderful and there are nights dedicated to surf and turf or lobster”.
9. Twenty2 British, Modern restaurant in Chester 22 City Walls - CH1
2018 Review: Located on the city’s amazing medieval walls, and with “excellent town-house ambience and a location overlooking the river”, all agree this small hotel couldn’t be better situated. Foodwise highs and lows were reported this year – more feedback please.
10. Upstairs at the Grill British, Modern restaurant in Chester 70 Watergate St - CH1
Good all-round ratings again (if on limited feedback) for this swish steakhouse and cocktail bar in the city-centre. It offers an unusually comprehensive range of cuts, with a variety of Aberdeen Angus and USDA options, plus a big selection of sides.
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