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A locals guide to Liverpool’s best eats

Foodies listen up, here’s a local’s guide to Liverpool’s best eats featuring some of the top Liverpool restaurants and more. I’ve been living in the city of Liverpool, England, UK for several years now and I very much consider this magnetic place my home.

Although, I’m not Liverpool born I definitely consider this city a part of me, as much as I am a part of it. You’ll struggle to find another city in the world that supports its local businesses and restaurants like Liverpool. The Independent Liverpool project is just one of the many amazing organisations that was born right here in the city, for the city.

The city of Liverpool is filled with quirky places to eat and cool restaurants litter the city centre and local Liverpool area, here’s a guide to Liverpool’s best eat’s and top restaurants restaurants for eating out in Liverpool.


I’ve walked the streets of the city centre of Liverpool, UK a thousand times, I’ve eaten on Lark Lane, in Woolton Village, on Allerton Road and almost every other notable area of Liverpool. I’ve shopped the shops, drank the local ale and spent countless afternoons attending late summer events on Sefton Park, The Albert Dock, The Bramley Moore Dock, Pier Head, Smithdown Road and the rest.

So, I thought it was about time I brought my locals knowledge of Liverpool and Liverpool restaurants to travelsandmore and started to feature this tourist favourite city of Liverpool, UK more often.

As someone who loves finding new places to eat in Liverpool and eating out in general, I’ve brought to you the best restaurants and some of the most quirky places to eat in Liverpool including some famous independent restaurants Liverpool.


If you like chicken and you love tunes then Pattersons Bar Liverpool was a restaurant created for this is one of the funky restaurants in Liverpool you’ll find hidden away from the main tourist areas.

If you don’t care about the chicken or the tunes but you love comfort food then this one is absolutely for you too. Pattersons is the ultimate comfort food joint, one of the best restaurants in Liverpool for pigging out on food that probably isn’t all that great for you but tastes delicious.

Pattersons Bar makes the list of best places to eat in Liverpool because the friendly, fun-loving atmosphere is unrivaled the tunes are always banging and the food is terrible for your health but so tasty. Almost everything on the menu is deep fried and comes with a sweet or spicy sauce. Pattersons Bar ranks number one for Liverpool’s comfort food hot spot on the list of Liverpool’s best eats. As a local I can’t stop going back to this restaurant! Veggie options are limited but not non existent.

The ‘not-chicken’ burger is Halloumi goodness with sweet chill sauce and homemade coleslaw. P.S Get a side of ‘some more’ curly fries. Patterns also has a little rooftop garden making this restaurant a really cool place for eating out in Liverpool. Here’s more rooftop bars and beer gardens in Liverpool.


If you like large delicious gin based drinks as much as you like tasty food then you should seriously check out the Ropewalks Bar and Kitchen when in Liverpool. I recently spotted The Gin Club menu which proudly promotes ‘Drink Well, Travel Often’ and that’s certainly a philosophy I’m happy to live by.

For me a good restaurant has a solid drinks menu and Ropewalks certainly offers good food and a great well-priced drinks menu making it one of Liverpool’s best restaurants and one of the cool places to eat in Liverpool and the major area of Ropewalks, Liverpool.

Ropewalks Bar and Kitchen makes this list for many reasons but the main one being the epic weekly promos expect promos for annual events such as National Rum day and my personal fave National Prosecco day. Does any other Liverpool restaurant celebrate national drink days as well as Ropewalks?

With the many food and drink promos, friendly staff and plenty of veggie options on the menu this Hanover Street haunt is the go-to place for a mid-week evening experience – try the burgers! If you’re looking for a traditional English High Tea why not book in for the afternoon tea this Liverpool restaurant is perfect for every occasion.


I love Portland Street 358 on the top of Smithdown Road (Sandwiched between Allerton Road and Penny Lane) because Pizza Fries. You may be thinking ‘because pizza fries’ isn’t an acceptable reason to love a restaurant, but it is. Portland Street is the ultimate independent restaurant in Liverpool and in one of the primary locations for eating out in Liverpool outside of the city centre.
Along with all the additional foodie delights that can be sampled at Portland Street. This Liverpool restaurant is fairly small and I can imagine it gets pretty packed for breakfast but on a weekday night you can almost guarantee a seat and exceptionally friendly service.
For quirky places to eat in Liverpool and unique menus, you have to try Portland Street. If you have sweet tooth why not try out one of the ice cream dishes, sandwiched between two hot deep fried doughnuts or Belgian waffles.

For my fellow savory food lovers why not check out the fusion dishes that always feature on the specials board. Thai? Go on then. Along with the delicious loaded pizza fries Portland street also offers a range of unique and tasty dishes. Including Bunny Chow – South Africa’s answer to fast food. It’s time to add Portland Street to your list of Liverpool restaurants.

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Mexican food lovers I’ve added this to my list just for you, my favoruite and Liverpool’s best Mexican Restaurant, with all the authenticity of Mexico itself. Lucha Libre is the only Mexican you need to know in Liverpool where the margaritas are frozen and fruity and the jalapeño poppers run free.

Whether you’re looking for tacos, chilaquiles, a tasty burrito or bigger plates Lucha Libre has portion sizes to feed any appetite. Lucha Libre makes this list of cool places to eat in Liverpool for it’s amazing breakfast, lunch and dinner menu’s filled with authentic Mexican dishes with extra flavour.  As a local I’ve been visiting Lucha Libre for the last three years and loving it more and more every time.

Lucha Libre is not only one of Liverpool’s best restaurants but it is possibly Liverpool’s best Mexican restaurant. When it comes to street sized tacos and frozen margaritas there is no place I’d rather be. If you’re spending some time in the city then go on and add Lucha Libre to your bucket list of Liverpool restaurants now.

For lunch order a few small plates and enjoy Mexico’s version of tapas,. For dinner try the sharing platters or large plates. There’s enough meat, fish and veggie options to keep you returning time and time again. If you’re feeling saucy and adventurous then try some of the Psycho Juice picante sauces available. The atmosphere in Lucha Libre is always fun and lively as are the staff, the casual setting is perfect for a chilled Friday or a mid-week treat making Lucha Libre the perfect choice for eating out in Liverpool.


Liverpool restaurants can’t fully be explored without a mention of Mowgli Street Food. Described always as Liverpool’s number one best Indian Restaurant Mowgli was such a hit on Liverpool’s busy Bold Street they opened a second one on Water Street, off Castle Street.

Mowgli is the very definition of unconventional Indian cooking and that makes this street food favourite one of the most quirky places to eat in Liverpool. Search for Himalayan cheese on toast on the menu to see what I mean.

If you’re a fan of Indian cuisine with a twist then make sure Mowgli is at the very top of your culinary bucket list. Mowgli offers small plates, sharing options and a lot for veggies, vegans and even the famous Tiffin Boxes have a gluten free option. The friendly, modern restaurant on Bold Street is usually always packed so make sure you get in there early as you can’t book.

When spending some time in Liverpool you may even consider visiting both of Mowgli’s restaurants as they are both cool places to eat in Liverpool and in two different but equally as great areas of the city.

The nautical theme of the Water Street restaurant, impeccable service and great vibes on offer certainly live up to expectations for one of Liverpool’s best restaurants and by far Liverpool’s best Indian street food restaurant.

With Indian treats to die for and very reasonable prices the sky’s the limit for Mowgli try the Dhal and the Potato Curry for veggies. Fish lovers try the Prawn Curry and Goan Fish Curry and meat eaters – I’ve heard the Ginger Chicken is delicious. Mowgli is so popular that there’s now even a Mowgli in Manchester with two others set to open up this year in Leeds and Birmingham – I guess this Liverpool local favourite is going global, kind of.


Many of the featured are independent restaurants in Liverpool and can be found in Liverpool city centre. When it comes to restaurants in Liverpool the city centre is a complete culinary hub. That is apart from Portland Street that, as mentioned, is located in another popular area for eating out in Liverpool, this is Smithdown and Allterton Road. 
Although 4 out of 5 of these funky restaurants in Liverpool are located in the city centre, it doesn’t mean there aren’t other top eats to be explored in and around the suburbs of Liverpool.
Like Allerton and Smithdown Road, Lark Lane is a popular spot with locals and the delicious food options shouldn’t be ignored by tourists. Check out Lark Lane Guide for more information on some of these hidden gems – I’d recommend trying the pizza at Love and Rockets or enjoying a hearty meal at Maranto’s.



With so much choice and so many quirky places to eat in Liverpool to choose from it’s easy to get caught up in a cycle of indecisiveness when choosing somewhere for eating out in Liverpool. This is s cycle I know all too well.

As a local in Liverpool I rely heavily on the fabulously informative blogs and guides produced by Independent Liverpool. After reading about the top 35 plates of food to try in Liverpool a few years ago I began a mission to test out and try as many of the cool places to eat in Liverpool as possible. Keep on top of all the best deals, new independent restaurants in Liverpool and best eats by subscribing to Independent Liverpool for updates. 
Another great way to stay in tune with all of the new and funky restaurants in Liverpool is Trip Advisor, even as a local I still use Trip Advisor religiously because in a city that adores eating in restaurants as much ad this one, it’s hard to keep on top of all the new and fabulous food joints springing up.
So whether you’re looking for the best Indian restaurant in Liverpool, or the most popular Mexican restaurant these are five of the best independent restaurants in Liverpool and truly tasty best eats in Liverpool. Check out their Instagram pages for foodspiration and make sure you get a reservation during your time in the city of Liverpool – you won’t be disappointed eating out in Liverpool. 

0 thoughts on “A locals guide to Liverpool’s best eats

  1. I've been to Liverpool awhile back and can attest to the delicious food at lunch libre. I'll have to let my friends know of your post so they can check out the other spots as well…it's making me hungry!

  2. Wish I had this guide when I was in England a year ago! Love the variety in eats and drinks. And yes, pizza fries are definitely an acceptable reason to love a resto! Sounds de-lish

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