Liverpool has long been a major port with a rich maritime history, but food fans will have to cast their net wide to find the best seafood restaurants in Liverpool as they compete against the abundance of meaty barbecue joints, cuisines from around the world, and street food specialists. To save you trawling next time you fancy fresh oysters or perfectly cooked sea bream, here’s five great catches from the Liverpool food and drink scene that serve up fresh fish, seafood, and good old fashioned fish‘n’chips.
Italian Club Fish
This charming family owned restaurant brings inspiration from the Adriatic Coast all the way to Bold Street, offering the most extensive seafood menu in the city. Start with oysters rockefeller, Scottish langoustine, or a pot of mussels alla marinara. Follow with salmon and porcini mushrooms teamed with homemade fresh egg pasta or a classic Italian risotto with shellfish, prawns and langoustine all served with the shell on.
Their daily catch of seasonal specials such as sea bass, monkfish, lemon sole and swordfish are available at market price, or push the boat out with the Hot Seafood Sharing Platter for two.
Despite the name, Oktopus isn’t a dedicated seafood restaurant, but their modern European dishes and craft beers are sure to be a hit with serious foodies and is not to be missed.
The seasonal and carefully sourced menu changes rapidly, but seafood lovers can expect such delights as popcorn mussels with a ras el hanout style ketchup, deep fried cod cheeks, Scottish squid, and gin and dill cured trout.
For seafood and scenery head to Cargo, where you’ll get a beautiful view of the River Mersey out to Liverpool Bay. Ask for the fresh catch of the day, delivered every morning, or choose from the menu which features old favourites like fishcake, calamari, live lobster, and seafood platters, as well as vegetarian and meat options too.
Luxury restaurant San Carlo offers fresh and seasonal seafood alongside the staple Italian favourites of pizza, pasta, and meat.
Share the frittura di oesce Portofino platter of deep fried calamari, prawns, scampi & scallops served with tartar & sweet chilli sauce to begin, or choose scallops or avocado bernardo from their substantial shellfish menu. For freshly caught seasonal fish, sourced locally and beyond, see their in-house Specials menu.
George’s Great British Kitchen
Good old fashioned fish ‘n’ chips can sometimes be an afterthought on a quintessentially British menu but George’s GBK have brought the old classic right up to date with a good selection of fish options to choose from.
The Small Plates menu offers Hake in a chilli and coriander batter, cod pakora, squid rings, and scampi. Team them with their mushy pea fritters for a bit of a retro chip shop feel.
From the main menu, fish lovers can choose from wild ocean cod in either a smoked paprika batter or an onion bhaji batter, Scottish haddock, and sea bass or salmon from the chargrill.