Liverpool has such a rich and diverse food scene that picking where to go for something to eat will become one of the best bits of your trip to the city.

One cuisine that we do particularly well is tapas and small plates. We might not have the weather of the beach on the Costa Del Sol but we have a pretty impressive waterfront and great tapas to boot. 

The tapas style of eating out is becoming more popular by the day and Liverpool has plenty of places to head to for that evening out with your friends and family over beautiful food and drinks.


Salthouse Bacaro on Castle Street is a small plates heaven. The Italian eatery has a whole menu full of delicacies you’ll keep returning to try. Pick from a range of pizzettes, fish, meat, vegetables and breads for a satisfying meal. Top it off with a bellini or a classic negroni and you won’t be disappointed. 


If you like Salthouse Bacaro you’ll also love Salthouse Tapas. The Spanish tapas inspired menu has everything from meat, fish, vegetables, bread and charcuteria dishes to pick from alongside a gin bar and cocktails. You might be there a while working your way through the menu. 


For a taste of Ibiza in Liverpool head over to La Finca Eivissa on Back Colquitt Street for Spanish tapas and sangria. Lounge on the chilled out seats and pick from an extensive tapas menu. With loads of veggie and vegan options and plenty of meat and fish, everyone will be satisfied.  


Everyone in Liverpool loves this small plates restaurant that much, there are three of them in the city. Head to Maray on Bold Street, The Royal Albert Dock or Allerton to try the Middle Eastern inspired plates in their beautiful settings. A large proportion of the menu is vegetarian too which makes it great for big groups of people. 


El Gato Nego has just opened its doors at Exchange Flags to a Spanish tapas sensation. The extensive menu has everything from charcuterie, meat, fish & shellfish, vegetables and para picar so there’s plenty to choose from! They even do a lunchtime menu of three dishes for 15 which means your lunch is sorted!


The award winning Lunya and their sister venue Lunyalita are some of the city’s favourite Catalan delis and restaurants. Find Lunya at Liverpool ONE and Lunyalita at the Royal Albert Dock for amazing tapas. Pick from tapas banquets, sharing platters or select individual dishes for yourself to indulge in - you won’t be disappointed. There are plenty of vegetarian dishes and a vegan menu too so the whole family can tuck in. 


Head to Neon Jamon on Berry Street or Smithdown Road for an impressive Catalan inspired tapas menu. With charcuteria, queso, meat, vegetables, fish and potato based dishes on offer; lunch will end up being the best part of the day. Bring on the Jamon! 


Head over to the lively Lark Lane to visit Monkey Grinder for your tapas fix. The large menu allows you to pick whatever you are in the mood for from meat, fish, vegetables and loads of sides and cured meats - you’ll be spoilt for choice. 


For some of the best Indian street food style small plates around you must head to Mowgli. With two in the city, one on Water Street and one on Bold Street there’s no excuse not to try it. You can either order the chef’s selection tiffin boxes which includes a random selection of the best curries and carbs on the menu or pick your own dishes to mix and match. 

Top tip: the Mowgli chip butty is a must followed by the yoghurt chat bombs which will provide you with a palate cleansing surprise. 


A dining experience at Silk Road Tapas is a journey of flavours from start to finish. Inspired by the flavours of the historic Silk Road journey from Asia to Europe, the tapas here is a taste sensation. With a whole host of meat, vegetables, fish and nibbles on the menu it’s the perfect place for lunch. 


Black Barrel on Castle Street is a rum bar and small plates heaven. Pick how you would like your rum then grab a few small plates with a mexican twist and enjoy chilling out with your friends for an evening meal. 


The Pen Factory on Hope Street focuses on the best of British and European small plate dishes so you can enjoy great food as the conversation flows. There are fish dishes, meat, veg, soups salads and snacks so everyone can get involved in the food and drink over dinner. 

So whether you’re in the mood for 3 plates for yourself or 10 between friends these tapas and small plates restaurants will be perfect for that night out.

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This blog post has been written by Sophie Shields, Digitial Marketing Assistant for Marketing Liverpool.

Sophie is from Liverpool, loves all things music, particularly the local music scene and Liverpool FC. 


Inside the Lunya store filled with wines, meats and other deli goods.

The UK’s only Catalonian fusion restaurant sourcing and serving the highest quality artisan food from Spain and the UK.

Maray, right in the heart of Liverpool's independent quarter at the top of Bold Street.

The flagship site of Maray, right in the heart of Liverpool's independent quarter at the top of Bold Street.

The view through a brightly decorated window, to the Royal Albert Dock on a sunny day.

Lunyalita is a family owned independent Spanish restaurant, bar and deli.