Manifest is in the heart of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle and is often named as one of the best eateries in the cities. Tony Naylor said Manifest is best for casual dining and special occasions, and praised Chef and co-owner Paul Durand’s ‘skill’ and ‘knowledge. (Photo: Manifest)
Liverpool is a haven of incredible restaurants, street food markets and cafes, with a range of options suitable for all ages, tastes and dietary requirements. But, it can be tricky to decide where to dine if you’re visiting the city for a short amount of time.
To make the task a little easier, BBC Good Food’s Tony Naylor dined across the city, and has named his favourite restaurants, ranging from fine dining venues to eateries perfect for cheap eats with the kids.
From The Art School Restaurant to Bundobust, here are
BBC Good Food’s top Liverpool restaurants. Buyers Club is a hidden restaurant on Hardman Street, offering a range of small plates and craft ales. Tony Naylor recommends visiting for casual dining and cheap eats and said it produces ‘some of the best Italian food in the region’. (Photo: Buyers Club) Duke Street Market is a popular venue, featuring a range of different food vendors and drinks. Tony Naylor recommends visiting for child-friendly casual dining and cheap eats, noting: “Even when packed, it exudes a buzzy energy rather than feeling like a chore.” (Photo: Duke Street Market) Located in Duke Street Market, Barnacle provides delicious seasonal dishes. Tony Naylor said it’s great for special occasions or casual dining, praising the ‘slickly executed’ menu. (Photo: @barnacleliverpool/instagram) Madre is a popular restaurant, serving up tacos and cocktails. Tony Naylor said its best for cheap eats and casual dining, praising the birria tacos of slow-cooked, spicy beef shin with Oaxaca cheese. (Photo: Google) Xiao Long Bao is located inside eJoy Asian Foods, featuring street food-style kiosks and seating. Tony Naylor said it is best for casual dining and cheap eats and is ‘more than just a supermarket’. (Photo: Google Street View) Röski is one of Liverpool’s most praised eateries and Tony Naylor said it’s ideal for casual dining or special occassions. He said: “Pretty, technically accomplished plates are served in a chic, grown-up room.” (Photo: Röski) Bundobust is located on Bold Street, serving up delicious veggie food. Tony Naylor recommends visiting for causal dining and cheap eats, adding: “Its meat-free bhel puri, scrambled egg bhurji or tarka dhal are equally attention grabbing. If there’s a gang of you, just order the full menu.” (Photo: Bundobust Birmingham) Belzan is a neighbourhood bistro on Smithdown Road, with a menu that changes seasonally. Tony Naylor said it’s best for causal dining, serving ‘innovative sharing plates with a warm smile and zero pretention’. (Photo: Belzan) The Baltic Market is Liverpool’s first street food market, serving a range of cuisines from different vendors. Tony Naylor recommends visiting for casual dining and cheap eats, noting it is child friendly. He added: “There are eight main traders, plus dessert, gin, beer and coffee bars. There is, literally, something to please everyone down here.” (Photo: Emma Dukes) Wreckfish offers affordable, fancy dining with a range of options suitable for vegans too. Tony Naylor said it’s best for causal dining and special occasions. He added: “A Georgian building, stylishly revived in muted greys, exposed brick and handsome dark wood furnishings, houses Twitter legend Gary Usher’s Wreckfish. It has wowed Liverpool with the same creative nous and truffled parmesan chips that put his Sticky Walnut, in Chester, on the map.” (Photo: Wreckfish) Little Furnace serves up Neapolitan wood-fired pizza in the heart of the city. Tony Naylor said it’s ideal for kids and cheap eats, adding: “This small, busy space on Smithdown Road has a cosy, friendly feel, its industrial interior design features meshing rather than clashing with ornate tiles and Neapolitan art." (Photo: Little Furnace) Maray is a popular small plates venue, on Bold Street. Tony Naylor said it’s ideal for special occasions and casual dining. He describes the falafels as ‘verdant roundels of fragrant, herb-packed joy’. (Photo: Emma Dukes) The Art School is a popular fine dining venue, which is highly praised. Tony Naylor recommends visiting for special occasions, adding that the dishes ‘ocntinue to offer high levels of refined satisfaction’. (Photo: Google Street View) Etsu is a contemporary dining room, serving up Japanese dishes and sushi. Tony Naylor said it’s best for cheap eats and casual dining. He added: “his is food of rare freshness, clarity and depth of flavour. Staples such as panko-crumbed tonkatsu pork, karaage fried chicken and udon noodle soups take on a renewed vigour, while the lunchtime bento boxes (try the crisp-skinned pan-fried sea bass) are lifted by vibrant pickles and sauces." Free State Kitchen is a casual diner, serving US fast food classics. Tony Naylor said it’s child-friendly and ideal for cheap eats, serving ‘seriously boss burgers’. (Photo: Free State Kitchen) Lunya is a store and restaurant, in Liverpool city centre. Tony Naylor said it’s best for casual dining and special occasions, and is child-friendly. He said: “Obsessive about Spanish – and particularly Catalan – food, Peter Kinsella has created a deli/bar/restaurant where everything sings with flavour, from a butifarra sausage sandwich to the secreto Iberico, a densely piggy shoulder cut from those famous acorn-fed hogs.” (Photo: Lunya) The Pen Factory is a bar and restaurant tucked away on Hope Street. The menu regularly changes, offering customers a chance to try lots of different dishes. Tony Naylor said it’s ideal for cheap eats and casual dining, noting there is a ‘good selection of real ales and gins’. (Photo: Google Street View) Leaf is a large tea bar and eatery on Bold Street, with a unique design and cosy vibes. Tony Naylor said it’s best for cheap eats and casual dining. He said: “The menu runs from jazzy salads, such as roasted sweet potato and feta, or lamb kofta with tzatziki and warm flat bread, to mains such as an eight-hour braised ox cheek ragu pasta.” (Photo: Google Street View) Here are the 19 best restaurants in Liverpool, according to BBC Good Food. Photo by Chika_Milan via Adobe.