Best Restaurants in Chester

I shared with you some time ago my favourite Chester bars and pubs so thought it was about time I did a complementary post on my take on the best restaurants in Chester.

For a fairly small city there’s certainly a huge choice of eating places, 395 establishments listed on Tripadvisor! Below are the ones I would rate as the best restaurants in Chester at the moment.

La Fattoria

Best restaurants Chester La Fattoria

Amazing pizza at La Fattoria

My favourite by a mile! If you visit just one restaurant in Chester make sure it is La Fattoria, a family owned Italian restaurant located on Lower Bridge Street. It just can’t be faulted. Delicious food, amazing service and a great atmosphere. All the staff are Italian and to be honest at times you would think you were in a restaurant in Rome rather than Chester.

I have never had a bad meal in this restaurant. La Fattoria offers a huge choice of pizza, pasta and other Italian dishes. My current favourite dish is the Fegato Veneziano, calve’s liver with onion cooked in white wine, it is stunning, especially with the house saute potatoes to mop up the juices. Jane’s favourite is the Cotoletta Alla Milanese, wafer thin chicken breast cooked in breadcrumbs, it just melts on your tongue!

Best restaurants Chester La Fattoria

Always a great atmosphere at La Fattoria

The puddings are also delicious, particularly the home made Tiramisu. La Fattoria also has a great choice of Italian wines, house wines are superb value.

Cote Brasserie

I am not usually a fan of chain restaurants and to be honest there are a lot of these in Chester. Some of them best avoided! Cote however is an exception.

Cote is a newcomer on the Chester restaurant scene and a welcome one at that. As you can probably guess the food served at Cote is predominantly French and very good it is too.

Best restaurants Chester Cote

As well as the a la carte menu, there is a set menu whcih changes on a monthly basis and is excellent value. Stand out dishes for me are the Poulet Breton, a half chargrilled Breton chicken served with crispy frites and a sauce of your choice. Jane loves the traditional Steak Frites, just like you would get in a Paris brasserie. The sweets are the star of the show here so make sure you leave room for one. The Tarte Tatin is to die for!

As you would expect the wine list is mainly French with some great wines. I would particularly recommend the Fleurie, a light fruity red, expensive but what the hell!

The only downside for me with Cote is the upstairs dining area which somewhat lacks atmosphere, make sure to ask for a table downstairs and far more attractive and intimate dining space.

Best restaurants Chester Cote

Downstairs at Cote

Upstairs at the Grill

This is a surprising entry in my take on the best restaurants in Chester as I am not a fan of steak, and Upstairs at the Grill is a paradise for steak lovers. However for Sunday Lunch in Chester this place can’t be beaten.

Best restaurants Chester Upstairs at the Grill

The elegant dining room at Upstairs at the Grill

Upstairs at the Grill is situated on Watergate Street. It is a small restaurant so booking is essential. Their choice of steak include Aberdeen Angus and specialist cuts sourced from Colorado in the USA. There are also other meat and fish dishes available, but steak is definitely the speciality here.

Best restaurants Chester - Upstairs at the Grill

Definitely a dish for steak lovers!

The Sunday Lunch is not to be missed. There is a choice of either Roast Rib of Beef or Roast Chicken both served with traditional accompaniments, including their delicious roast potatoes, get an extra portion if you have a good appetite! For pudding the Sticky Toffee Pudding is historic!

Great wine list but nothing less than £20, so drinks can significantly increase the bill here! Saying that the bar upstairs at Upstairs at the Grill is a must visit and features in my favourite Chester bars and pubs post in its own right.

Other Recommendations

A Special OccasionSimon Radley at the Grosvenor, The Chef’s Table, The Sticky Walnut

Casual DiningJoseph Benjamin, Hickory’s Smokehouse, Bar Lounge

GastropubOld Harkers, The Architect

Traditional pub grubThe Brewery Tap, The Albion


ChineseSummer Palace and Shanghai


The Guestbooks Comment: “Chester certainly has a great choice of restaurants, these are currently my favourites but there are so many new openings that I need to keep this post under constant review!”


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