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A locals guide to Liverpool’s best eats

Last Updated on November 17, 2019 by Bryony Clapperton

Foodies, listen up! There are so many cool places to eat in Liverpool I genuinely get excited thinking about it so that’s why I’ve pulled together this guide.

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

As someone who’s been living in the city for several years I very much consider myself a Liverpool local.

Although I’m not Liverpool born I definitely consider this city a big part of who I am and what I stand for. 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 restaurants and cool places to eat. So whether you fancy a find dining city centre experience or something less fancy, this ones for you.

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

As a Liverpool local, I’ve done them all. 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. 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.

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 up a small side street by Wolstenholme Square or the newly opened Pattersons by Matthew Street.

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 has a friendly, fun-loving atmosphere 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.

The ‘not-chicken’ burger is Halloumi goodness with sweet chill sauce and homemade coleslaw. 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.


I couldn’t write a guide on the best places to eat in Liverpool without an ode to Amalia.

This family friendly, long standing Liverpool staple is quite often described as the best Italian food in the city and it doesn’t take a genius to work out why.

The tables are always packed and on a weekend there’s often an hour+ wait to get a seat, so make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment. For locals, Amalia also delivers and you can pre-order for collection too!

With fresh Italian pasta and perfectly thin pizza’s this award winning Italian is an absolute must try. Amalia can be located just off Duke Street in Campbell Square.

If you’re feeling hungry check out the Americana – popular chip pizza.

If you are a pizza lover and want to check out a few of the best pizza restaurants in Liverpool then why not try out Santa Malucos and Nightcrawler Pizza at The Merchant on Slater Street, serving you pizza by the slice!

Portland Street 358

I love Portland Street 358 on the top of Smithdown Road (Sandwiched between Allerton Road and Penny Lane) because of Pizza Fries.

You may be thinking ‘because of pizza fries’ isn’t an acceptable reason to love a restaurant, but it is. This cool and quirky little favourite has been around for a few years now serving up some delicious fusion food.

This Liverpool restaurant is fairly small and outside of the city centre, so you 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.

Along with the delicious loaded pizza fries (10/10) Portland street also offers a range of unique and tasty dishes. Including Bunny Chow – South Africa’s answer to fast food.

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.

It’s time to add Portland Street to your list of Liverpool restaurants.

Mexican Food in Liverpool

Sadly it appears in the fast-paced world of cool places to eat in Liverpool we have lost another gem!

Lucha Libre is no more… so in the interest of keeping this accurate, why not check out some of the other Mexcians in Liverpool?

For city centre why not check out La Parrilla Mexican Bar & Grill a popular Mexican located on the busy city centre Bold Street.

For outside of the city centre head to Que Pasa Cantina on Lark Lane or Fajitas Mexican Bar and Grill on Edge Lane.

For Smithdown Road the go to has to be Evil Eye Beer and Burrito, the chilled interior and cocktails only make this place better.

Caribou Poutine

Caribou Poutine is without a doubt one of the coolest places to eat in Liverpool. The no frills restaurant is practically a take away swerving only the finest cheesy chips and gravy in the land.

Whether you want a late night (Friday and Saturday only) snack or a midweek treat Caribou Poutine should be your go to for comfort delivery.

With a big menu considering and veggie and vegan options alike, it’s actually not surprising at all how busy this little Slater Street favourite is.

Inspired by their time in Canada eating traditional poutine, the owners of this little eatery decided to return to Liverpool to open up their own loveable independent.

If you are undecided on the whole chips with cheese and gravy thing check it out and I can assure you, your mind will be changed. Prices start from around £4.50 so this little take out is very budget friendly too!

Mowgli Street Food

Liverpool restaurants can’t fully be explored or ranked without a mention of Mowgli Street Food. It’s an absolute 10/10 when it comes to dining experiences.

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, just 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.

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.

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 in 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 Allerton Road. 

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 indecisive.

With hundreds of restaurants scattered around the city centre and beyond it’s hard to choose from all of the cool places to eat in Liverpool, so hopefully this guide can help you out!

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. However, in a city thats always finding new homes for top eateries that list is growing now weekly.

Keep on top of all the new upcoming hot spots, best deals, new independent restaurants in Liverpool by subscribing to Independent Liverpool for updates like I do.

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.

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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