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A locals guide to Liverpool’s best eats

Last Updated on by Bryony Clapperton

Foodies, listen up. Here’s a locals guide to Liverpool’s best eats featuring some of the best restaurants and quirky places to eat in Liverpool.

I’ve been living in the city of Liverpool, 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 that litter the city centre and local Liverpool area.

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Liverpool’s best eats and quirky places to eat in Liverpool

I’ve walked the streets of the city centre a thousand times. 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. I know The Albert Dock, The Bramley Moore Dock, Pier Head, Smithdown Road and the rest like any other local.

With all this being said, I thought it was time I brought my locals knowledge of the best restaurants Liverpool to travelsandmore.

As someone who loves finding new places to eat in and unusual restaurants, I’ve brought you this guide of some of the most quirky places to eat in Liverpool.

In this guide to Liverpool restaurants I’m going to cover some of the famed best eats in the city and some of the lesser known unusual restaurants Liverpool.

Pattersons Bar ‘chicken and tunes’

If you like chicken and you love tunes then Pattersons Bar Liverpool was a restaurant created for you.

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 in this quirky restaurant.

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.

Ropewalks Bar and Kitchen

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.

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 the best restaurants Liverpool.

The atmosphere here is chilled and it’s in a top location making it a cool place to eat, drink and watch sports in the Ropewalks area.

Ropewalks also make the list of quirky places to eat in Liverpool for the epic weekly promos. Expect promos for annual events such as National Rum day and my personal fave National Prosecco day.

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.

Portland Street 358

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.

Lucha Libra

Liverpool’s best Mexican

Mexican food lovers I’ve added this to my list just for you. Lucha Libre is my favoruite and one of Liverpool’s most loved restaurants, 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. 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.

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.

Although it isn’t one of the particularly unusual restaurants Liverpool, the fact it has a club undeneath it, makes it pretty strange.

Mowgli Street Food

Liverpool’s best Indian

Liverpool restaurants can’t fully be explored or ranked 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.

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.

Where to find the best restaurants Liverpool?

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. 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.

Quirky places to eat in Liverpool

With so much choice and so many quirky places to eat in Liverpool it’s easy to be ndecisive.

Whether you like unusual restaurants in Liverpool or healthy places to eat in Liverpool is more your thing. There is enough for all.

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 best restaurants in Liverpool.

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 restaurants opening 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 everything.

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4 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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