A Castle Street classic, this unique little Italian place has fed the neighbourhood for years now. Head down for the chance to tuck into hand-stretched pizzas, delicious plates of pasta, classic Italian desserts and, if you swing by on a Saturday, a bottomless lunch offering.
Birthday Restaurants in Liverpool
When it comes to big days, nowhere does it better than Liverpool. Cue sumptuous feasts, fancy cocktails, extravagant nights out and memories to last a lifetime (depending on prosecco consumption, that is). The city's wide offering of restaurants means you'll be spoilt for choice, from sky-high terraces with panoramic views to Latin street food fiestas. Here we round up our top picks of restaurants for your special birthday night (or week if you really can't decide between them...)
If you're after a fun and relaxed birthday dinner look no further than Wahaca. This quirky restaurant excels at bringing the culture of Mexico to life by delivering on plates of delicious food, all in a bright, fun environment. After your meal, make your way up to their rooftop bar for a glass or two of punchy mezcal and tequila cocktails.
The motto at Gusto Liverpool is 'con amici', which means 'eating with friends', making it a natural fit for a big ol' family get together. The waterside restaurant is decked out with low hanging twinkly lights and boasts a menu of contemporary Italian dishes - the perfect place to push the boat out and celebrate.
Celebrate in style in one of Lu Ban's private dining rooms or check out the slinky chef's table experience for a birthday to remember. Keeping it low-key? Grab a table in the restaurant and tuck into Chinese small plates from wok-fried chicken to Beijing duck and beyond.
A gorgeous Vietnamese eatery with a diverse menu of authentic dishes, Pho is an excellent place for a birthday dinner. Browse their collection of aromatic curries, noodle soup and healthy salads and line your stomach before heading out to Liverpool's city centre to party the night away.
An Instagram-lover's dream, this bright and botanical Grade-II listed haven is the ideal spot for a birthday night out. The Florist's menu is made up of contemporary British classics (with plenty of gluten-free options) and cocktails are created using herbs that have been freshly-picked from the garden.
Taking inspiration from the glamorous restaurants found in New York, Las Vegas and Miami, Neighbourhood oozes class and is the perfect place to capture some content for The Gram. Their eclectic brasserie-inspired menu includes everything from sushi platters to beef wellington, as well as an extensive cocktail and wine menu to wash it all down.
The Alchemist is the ideal destination for birthday dining, dancing and revelry. Set on Brunswick street, a stone's throw away from the waterfront, this cocktail bar and restaurant is known for its inventive and ingenious cocktail concoctions - just don't be surprised if your bartender dons a pair of safety goggles.
If you're after a more causal birthday affair, head to Crazy Pedro's and enjoy a dining experience like no other. Opt for their 'ridiculous pizza nachos' and receive an actual trash can lid filled to the brim with cheesy nachos and bitesize chunks of your chosen pizza. Bonkers? Yes. Brilliant? Also yes.
Serving up delicious, traditional British food that is immaculately presented, Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant is the ultimate boujee birthday destination. Offering a fine-dining experience, this roof-top eatery boasts a terrace with stunning panoramic views of the city's docklands.
Pretty in pink and with glittering lights, Dash is one of Liverpool's most beautiful restaurants. Expect Pan-Asian delights, from sushi rolls and bao buns to wagyu burgers. Finish your night by taking to the tiles at neighbouring XOXO - all documented on the 'gram of course, this place is too pretty to not.
Located on the 34th floor of the glistening West Tower, Panoramic 34 offers a unique dining experience. If you're not the one footing the bill then we suggest you opt for the luxurious eight-course tasting menu, or if you're after something lighter, go for their afternoon tea option, all whilst enjoying stunning views over Liverpool's skyline.
This Duke Street Market spot is a tribute to the ancient pilgrimage to Galicia's Santiago de Compostela and the dishes are inspired by various regions in France, Spain and Portugal. The contemporary space features a mezzanine bar and open kitchen, perfect for peeking at the chefs at work.
Sitting pretty in the Britannia Pavilion in the Albert Dock, PanAm is a gorgeous destination for your birthday bonanza. In the daytime the warehouse venue is flooded with light from its floor-to-ceiling windows, becoming a cosy and intimate space as dusk falls. Kick off the evening with one of their delicious signature grill dishes before getting lost in their extensive cocktail menu.
Salt House Tapas are known for their Spanish-style small plates - perfect for sharing amongst friends. This Hanover Street restaurant has a buzzing atmosphere over the weekends when jugs of sangria flow and large groups tuck into family-style banquets made from the freshest local ingredients.
The Smugglers Cove is one of the more quirky birthday venues in Liverpool, channeling Pirates of the Caribbean with vintage décor, hanging lanterns and old-style wooden paneling. While its seafaring theme may be fun, this place is by no means gimmicky; with a bar boasting one of Liverpool's largest selection of rum and delicious seasonal dishes.
Set in the beautiful stone-clad Walker House, El Gato Negro serves traditional Spanish tapas dishes with a contemporary twist. If you're lucky enough to have your birthday in the balmy summer months we recommend you reserve a table in the venue's sunny terrace area and enjoy dishes such as salt cod croquetas and chargrilled lamb skewers alfresco style.