The Refinery

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4.2
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58 Reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Lunch
Situated on the corner of Liverpool’s Hope Street & Myrtle Street, The Refinery is in the heart of theatre-land and the university district. It combines the friendly and relaxed feel of a “social eating house” with the buzz of a City Centre bar. The contemporary décor comprises of concrete floors with Moroccan tiling, bare wooden tables, leather banquette seating, rough plastered walls & window rope lights. The restaurant is bright and airy by day but candle lit and seductive by night. The impressive outdoor seating areas create that distinctive “holiday feel”.
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H
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

It was an excellent choice of restaurant the food being very good. Service was quick as we were early in arriving. As it became busy the staff appeared to be struggling. But overall we were very pleased.
I don't live in Liverpool but I would recommend it to a friend. Loved it especially the food.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Customer service could be improved- several staff passed us by without acknowledging us when we were waiting to be seated at our reserved table.

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JP
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Asked to be moved as we were meeting friends, but the music was good ! The service and food was excellent, would definitely return.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were lovely service was quick nothing to much trouble.and affordable prices

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant good value pre theatre dinner. Highly recommended!

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SL
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our night with you & we paid by card & obtained the receipt. On checking later we had been charged for an extra starter & main pre theatre meal!! I phoned the morning after & was helped by some1 in charge! I said thank you.

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PW
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, nice vibe to it. Good staff, pleasant and efficient. Fishcakes were lovely, steak was really good, only downside, my mash was dry and not good. Husband had chips and he thought they were reconstituted and did not like them. House wine was good. Overall a pleasant experience, we will return.

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GS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff, good service, great food. Can’t wait for my next visit.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The staff were very efficient and polite. However, the noise level inhibited conversation. Possibly, need some acoustic absorbers i.e. carpets, wall hangings, more plants artificial or real.

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CK
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! The staff are really friendly and helpful. Will be booking again - thanks!

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

My friend and I went for the pre-theatre option. Service was good. We are both vegetarians trying to be vegan and had a good choice. The food was excellent. Will certainly go again and would recommend to others too.

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a
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good for pre concert meal on this occasion but could not hold a conversation properly with live singing in the background at 6pm though others might appreciate this.

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OT
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time at The Refinery.....lovely staff, good menu with lots of choice.
Great venue - loved the live music!

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SM
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, great food. Overall great experience and will definately be returning.

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JH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Quick but not rushed. 3 course for £15 is great value. Perfect for pre-theatre but will definitely be returning for a longer meal and drinks as it has a lovely atmosphere.

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M
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Very very noisy restaurant, seated facing extremely bright kitchen lights - took ages to place our order and when we did we were told two of our chosen meals from the limited menu were actually no longer available. The waiter walked past us twice and dropped a load of things smashing glassware! Food was ok not amazing. Took ages to then get bill even though we said needed to get to the Philharmonic for a show. Wouldn’t rush back.

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BB
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good value for money. We had the 2 course set menu. My husband and son had starters and main and I had main and pudding. We all enjoyed everything we ate. My husband and me had a glass of Chardonnay and it was delicious.

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MA
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went to this place a year ago and have been and recommended to many since. Staff are lovely and attentive but not overbearing. I have booked for two and up to a party of 16. For a large party you can email your menu choices prior to attending which can save on time trying to get everyone’s attention. Dressy or casual is fine. Cocktails good value when purchasing g in two’s. Sunday menu great value for two courses with a bottle of wine per person. Evelyn my picky husband liked it !!

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JS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Far too noisy for an old couple like us. Food was only poor to average. Service was very good indeed.

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HT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service, cheerful staff, good food, pretheatre deal very attractive, good range of beers

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JI
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to eat in a great location away from the busy City Centre, ideal when you are attending the Theatre or visiting the Cathedrals. We went to see the Giants last Saturday and it was great to get away from the crowds to have lovely meal and drinks before going back down to the Pier Head area to see the Giants again. The 8 of us had a nice leisurely meal and a rest before heading back to join the crowds! If you ever visit Edinburgh I can also recommend The Refinery in St Andrew's Square, also a great location and Restaurant! Staff in both are very friendly and helpful!

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LS
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really nice meeting place for friends. Lunchtime menu varied tasty and good value. Staff friendly and very attentive.

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HM
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely pre theatre meal at the refinery which was delicious. The staff were all very friendly and courteous and

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CS
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The chicken burger was “soggy” and the chips half cooked

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PH
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Went for fathers day. Food was not cooked the way it was ordered, ie steaks ordered medium rare were well done. Food not enjoyable. Drink spilt over one of us including coat too. Overall not a great experience, have been before and really enjoyed but will not go again.

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CY
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second visit. Great food. Good value and entertainment was great too

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HP
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Ordered fish & chips it was over cooked partner ordered steak & potato wedges were over cooked been here a few time but I think the visit this time has put me off food normally lovley

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R
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good but I had to send the soup back because it was cold. Fish v nice. Live music excellent but if pre theatre give yourself 2 hours. More good pub food rather than foodie.

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BE
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location was excellent prior to visiting local theatre

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SR
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

I booked the restaurant for a business lunch and they couldn't find my reservation. Very embarrassing.

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PL
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Really good for an afternoon get together before going to the theatre.

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PW
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service with good value for money.

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AR
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely spot on! Service was second to none, gave us all plenty of time to decide what we wanted to order, nothing was to much trouble for them. Food was delicious, well presented and hot food on hot plates! doesn't always happen so well done! Drinks were well presented, in fact could not fault anything. Lovely surroundings, we also had a singer/guitarist on, we thought he was great. Thank you for making our evening even more enjoyable x

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JD
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Was served plain white bread instead of focaccia and not all my potatoes were cooked...

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely pre theatre meal, food was great.....atmosphere great Live music fab ! really enjoyed the evening.

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OT
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a meal with both my parents and my partners parents. The atmosphere was great, as was the food and drinks. We were served by a small, slim young lady with mousey hair (I didn’t get her name) - who was a fantastic hostess. She was very attentive and engaging with our table. I’m vegan and the food was delicious. Everyone else said they throughly enjoyed their meals too (there was a lot of swapping and tasting each other’s meals). 10/10 would definetly go back again and recommend to a friend. Thank you for a great night!

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CL
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pre theatre meal, staff attentive and friendly and live entertainment just right. Starter roast beetroot salad delicious with good burger to follow. Would return.

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JH
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find...there are plenty of restaurants around the philharmonic area and the refinery is as good as any of them...lovely staff, a nice atmosphere and really delicious food- we were very impressed and would definietely visit again, probably very soon :-)

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything excellent in restaurant.. lucky we got a table, as OPEN TABLE hadn't booked us in! Would by pass this site when booking in future

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P
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely pre theatre dinner. Friendly, attentive staff.

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