The Refinery

4.5
73 reviews
£25 and under
British
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”.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 73 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.3
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipjustjames
Liverpool
19 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great place to go

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Becci
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely staff, lovely food, nice atmosphere, really enjoyed our first meal out after lockdown

AP
AnnP
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always an all round excellent dining experience. Friendly and helpful staff.

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GerryS
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall a good place to eat.
Large restaurant with good food and menu.
Staff are friendly and look after you very well.
Pricing is okay not cheap but middle of the road for a good restaurant.

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Brooksy
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I actually attended on the Friday 4th for evening dinner. We were suppose to have gone again on the Sunday afternoon. But decided to give it a miss. I
was not as impressed as I once was with this place.
I have been here a few times and have enjoyed.
But this time I did not enjoy the meal. Some of it was cold.
I ordered Irish coffee. They got sent back 3 times. First ones never looked right. Second one very cold.
Third time was fine.
Even the cheese board was very minimal.

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Craigh97
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food really good service food was piping hot would definitely recommend and will definitely be good back there sometime in the future

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AnnP
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service and friendly staff. As a vegetarian and coeliac it was nice to have a good choice of items available.

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Steph67f
Liverpool
12 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lovely food. Service very quick but a little too quick as if they were rushing to get you served.

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EleanorS
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were great,would highly recommend.
The only downside was the food was a little slow to arrive, however given the current circumstances refinery staff did an excellent job. Wouldn't hesitate to come here for a meal again!

LG
LawrenceG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall the food was ok, the starter of Asian Chicken was cold but the main the sirloin was very nice

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botsandthebees
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience in The Refinery. The staff were all lovely and I felt incredibly safe. It was my first time out to a restaurant since the lockdown and I would highly recommend The Refinery as I felt safe and the food was delicious.

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Yana
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our time. The service was great, the food was really nice - good selection available for vegans too, and great ambience.

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MatthewP
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was great, but your system did not send the booking through.
They didn’t recognise OpenTable!

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TrishC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Ladies & I had a lovely early tea last Thursday the server was very friendly & new the menu inside out food was really good quality , we have been numerous times

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose Refinery as I was going to see a concert at the Philharmonic and I was not disappointed. The food was tasty and hot and arrived exactly when I was ready for the next course. I did the pre theatre 3 courses for £15. The soup for starter was sweet potato and herb followed by chicken supreme with sweet potato mash and followed by lemon meringue pie. My only criticism was I prefer a biscuit base on the dessert purely because I have a problem with pastry. Would go back again. Would recommend booking as it gets very busy.

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Helens
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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

JP
JanetP
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JH
JaneH
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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AnnS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant good value pre theatre dinner. Highly recommended!

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SheilaLocky
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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PaulineW
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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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GailS
Devon
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

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SusanJ
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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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ChristinaK
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Lillibet300
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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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annmargo
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

SM
SarahM
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JH
JaneH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Michka
Phoenix
38 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience2

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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BernadetteB
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

MA
MaxineA
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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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JohnS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience2

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

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HereandThere
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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JIMS
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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LindaS
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

HM
HilaryM
Liverpool
6 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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CliveS
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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

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PaulineH
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience2

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.

FAQs

The Refinery does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. The Refinery also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0151 294 3024.

The Refinery is rated 4.5 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.