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There’s so many restaurants in Liverpool it can be hard to choose where to go.
But even more so when the pressure is on for a date. You want it to be romantic, with delicious food and a great atmosphere but where do you start if you’re looking to impress?
Here’s our top picks for a great date night in Liverpool…
An Albert Dock favourite, Gusto is a great choice for date night. The fairy lights immediately set the mood and if you make sure to book a table at the back the view will be wonderful too. The garlic dough petals are exceptional but just make sure you share them. Garlic breath is only ok if you’ve both got it! Book here.
If you like a bit of glam and Thai food is your thing, look no further than Chaophraya. The whole menu is delicious but check out their royal sous vide lamb massaman curry, it’s a traditional recipe made for and served to the Thai royal family! Another great thing about this restaurant is that they are so many options for post date drinks. Have a look at the menu here.
One of the prettiest restaurants in the city, the romantic selfie opportunities at The Florist are endless. From that famous flower wall to the tree as you walk in, if you want to show off your date on Instagram this is the place for you! They also offer cocktail master classes if you fancy something a little different. Check out the classes here.
You’ll find Pilgrim upstairs at Duke Street Market and this is the only restaurant in there you can book for. The food is inspired by the routes of the Camino de Santiago and they’ve just been awarded a Bib Gourmand in the 2020 Michelin Guide which recognises exceptionally good food at great prices. If that’s not impressive for a date we don’t know what is! Book here.
Brand new to Liverpool, where the Vincent used to be, El Gato Negro is small plates at their finest. Described by restaurant guides as the ‘best tapas in the north’ make sure you book early, this place gets busy. The building is stunning and with dishes like braised ox cheek with celeriac purée and roasted button mushrooms, this is definitely one for a special night. See the menu here.
This family run Italian is small, welcoming, and always busy because the food is just so good. Expect traditional pasta dishes, fresh fish and amazing specials. Repeat winners in the English Italian awards, Vincenzo’s is perfect for romance if you fancy a night away from town. Book a table here.
This is the brainchild of Masterchef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski, which if your date is a fan of the show, means you’re onto a winner immediately. The restaurant is small and intimate, making it perfect for a special night. Friday and Saturday evenings they serve solely the taster menu with dishes like roasted Orkney scallops, which can’t fail to impress. Find out about the taster menu here.
Oktopus, Hardman Street
Oktopus started out as a pop-up in the Baltic Market but now has it’s own home, hidden behind The Florist. Using sustainable, local ingredients, they describe their menu as ‘made for sharing and pairing with a range of Black Lodge beers and intervention wines’. Which basically means you and your date getting stuck into everything with lovely drinks. Perfect. Check them out here.
Again, one for sharing, (or not if you’d rather have those treacle tamarind fries all to yourself) Mowgli is a staple of the Liverpool restaurant scene. Choose the Water Street venue for a date if you want something a bit grander. That giant tree in the middle and the abundance of fairy lights can’t help but create a romantic vibe and you know the food will always be spot on. Have a look at the menu here.
Wreckfish, Slater Street
Simple bistro food, using high quality ingredients, on the corner of Slater Street, right in the heart of a multitude of bars. If you want a gorgeous dinner followed by a night out, Wreckfish is the obvious choice. This is one of Gary Usher’s restaurants (you may have seen him opening Pinion in Prescot on The Rebel Chef on Channel 4) so you know you and your date are in for a treat. Check them out here.
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