• “You can get a beautiful selection from the deli - olives, cheese and charcuterie.. The hummous is just absolutely delicious.” in 7 reviews

  • “Reasonably priced and cool location for the city centre if you're shopping in town.” in 4 reviews

  • “By way of starters we sampled a deli platter of hummous, tahini, aubergine pate, olives, stuffed peppers, goat's cheese and tabouli, with crackers.” in 4 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    28/5/2010

    It's so nice that there are places such as Delifonseca. You can get a  beautiful selection from the deli - olives, cheese and charcuterie.. The hummous is just absolutely delicious. I think the hummous with the fresh bread they sell is just the best snack. Also exotic spices and specialist ingredients - that I just can't find anyway else in the city centre. What is also surprising is that the deli stays open until 9pm which is a good stop on the way home.

    There is a restaurant attached to the deli, good for lunch and evening meals.

    Yeah I do love this place.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/12/2013

    Walked in here after a long day of shopping near the city center based on reviews from the internet. This restaurant features both an upstairs and ad downstairs. Although it looks like the downstairs has more of a "bar" like feel. We grabbed a seat upstairs and were promptly served. I got the greek salad which came with big chunks of cheese, and my companion got the Croque Monsiuer.

    Both were fresh and delicious, and made it wish we were hungrier for something a little heavier. Their prix-fix menu was tempting and a great bang for your buck.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/3/2014

    Given the reviews here, we couldn't wait to check this place out. It made for an enjoyable evening.

    Delifonseca has an impressive wine selection, including organic, sufficient to rival any mid-price-range restaurant or tapas bar. I enjoyed two delicious reds.

    By way of starters we sampled a deli platter of hummous, tahini, aubergine pate, olives, stuffed peppers, goat's cheese and tabouli, with crackers. The peppers, tahini and pate were fantastic. Everything else was tasty; the hummous was a little dry.

    I had a burger with cheese, bacon and chips, while my partner had a fish pie. The burger was the best I've had in the UK: cooked to a perfect pink in the middle, on a very nice brioche bun, with wonderfully thick-sliced bacon and a pleasantly spicy jalapeño relish. They might have gone with a more flavorful cheese, and I personally found the enormous helping of chips to be a little overkill. On the other hand, it is nice for a change to have quality food in large portions. We'll adapt by skipping the starters next time around.

    My partner's fish pie was fresh-tasting but, well, a little bland. Both of us were disappointed to see that it did not come with anything resembling a pie-crust. It made for a hefty portion, though, like my burger, the potatoes accounted for more than 50% of it. I prefer either smaller portions (perhaps at lower prices), or a greater proportion of my plate devoted to the healthier and more interesting aspects of my meal, instead of starch-filler.

    We both thoroughly enjoyed the baklava with honeycomb ice cream for dessert. The baklava was unlike any I've had before: lots of walnuts, no filo, and a certain something I couldn't quite pin down. It was wonderful.

    We were impressed by the helpful service and the pleasant ambiance, surprisingly quiet for a Saturday night. Some minor disappointments aside, it is hard to miss the quality, care and creativity that goes into the restaurant and its menu. The prices are also very reasonable. We'll be back.

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/5/2010
    Listed in Scouse Yelping

    This independent restaurant has achieved great things for such a little place. The quality is top notch, the service is excellent, prompt and attentive without fuss and it's definitely a wise choice for a lunch while shopping or an intimate evening meal.

    The seasonally changing menu can be a little hard to keep track of but at least it means you're always trying something new - we can all get in a rut when it comes to our food choices at restaurants and here you're guaranteed to keep things fresh. Fresh is indeed the nature of the game here. Everything tastes fresh, it's far from formulaic and the fact that it's so regularly full is testament to its popularity.

    The garlic bread is moreish, the platters to share as starters including the likes of vegetarian mezze and cheese and crackers, and the mains range from curries and daal soups to deli sandwiches and salads, and the falafel here is excellent. I of course don't know personally but I'm told the meat is deliciously tender and falls apart, which I know is good. And the desserts are quite simply heaven. Speaking of deli stuff, the restaurant is also a shop where you can grab its wares to take out with a coffee or nibble at home. If you're in the mood for a quick sharpener you can get wine, beer and even some real ales from local breweries. The big pull here is that everything is so reasonably priced, it's not insanely cheap but it's certainly good value.

    A must if you're someone who loves browsing delis myself, and the fact that you can munch the produce in there with a glass of wine just makes the whole thing more fantastic.

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/5/2010

    A truly authentic delicatessen, in fact come to think of it arguably the only one in Liverpool city centre. The restaurant has been talk of the town for a while with one great review after another. The food is of award winning standard with the sandwiches deserving a special mention.
    No delicatessen is complete without an impresive cheese selection and Delifonseca surprise surprise have a big selection of British Cheese. I'm not a big cheese person, however I was recommended Montgomery Cheddar and a continental cheese called Brie De Mieux.

    I do have utmost respect for the proprietor Candice Fonseca who was so desperate to have a decent deli in Liverpool she packed up her old career and spent all her savings on this place. Now that's what you call passion. That alone warrants a visit don't you think? So pop in and say hello!!

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/5/2010

    This is a foodies heaven.  Delifonseca was founded in 2006 by Candice Fonseca as a specialist deli and market for organic and exotic foods and has subsequently expanded to a restaurant on the first floor.  It crams a very extensive selection of foods into a small space but the very friendly and knowledgable staff make it a cosy rather than claustrophobic experience.

    If you're just stopping in for a snack at luch time you will probably find it difficult to make a decision from the deli's range of sandwiches and snacks so I always go for a Deli Salad Box which gives you a little bit of everything like stuffed vine leaves, olives and taboule.

    The restaurant is a good combination of British and Mediterranean styles with plenty of local produce on the menu and is an absolute bargain at prices around 10-12 for a main dish.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/6/2010

    I love Delifonseca, it's definitely my cup of tea. I came for lunch not too long ago, and unsurprisingly it was full, so I waited quite happily at the bar for ten minutes until the staff rallied around and found me a table.
    The food is absolutely scrummy - yes that is a very accurate description!  My absolute favourite starter is the spiced chicken soup.

    The menu is great, and the desserts looks amazing but unfortunately I've not yet managed to squeeze one in. The drinks are a decent price, and they have wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

    The staff are really friendly and attentive without overcrowding you, it sort of feels like your friend's parents house.

    • Qype User MissCa…
    • Manchester
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    • 296 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    26/4/2010

    Delifonseca is a deli tailor made to make your mouth water. Indeed, I think it's impossible for a person to walk past it without stepping in and sampling its world-class wares - either in its downstairs shop or in the café situated upstairs.

    Best of all, I would argue that its cheese and meats range is some of the most diverse and wide ranging in Merseyside. The owners of Delifonseca always seem to go that extra mile to make sure that you walk out of there with a smile, and with an interesting new ingredient in your shopping bag. Last time I was there, I left with a delicious slab of Monchego cheese coupled with a mouth tingling pat of Quince paste - just the thing to complement a large glass of Rioja!

    Their restaurant is also a delight - choc full of interesting and damn tasty food for carnivores and vegetarians alike. They also serve a mean cappuccino (and wonderfully gooey sticky decadent slabs of cake for the sweet toothed amongst you!)

    A glutton's wet dream. If you're ever in Liverpool and looking for an interesting place to fill your belly, I couldn't think of a better place to go.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/12/2010
    Listed in Liverpool

    An absolute gem. A two-level affair, Delifonseca has an excellent deli downstairs and an equally excellent bistro upstairs, both catered for by the same kitchen - a neat idea. You can pop in for a sandwich or a pot of houmous or some stuffed olives or cheese or something like that to go, or take a seat upstairs and have a sit-down meal with the same kind of thing - their Po' Boy is something else. It's not especially cheap, but every last thing that they sell is exquisite specialty food of some kind, be it locally sourced meat and dairy produce, or imported bizarreness like their olive oil. They also sell booze. This is the kind of place I could spend a lot of time (and money) exploring. It's even more pleasing that it's tucked away in a relatively un-busy area.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/5/2010

    An excellent little deli-restaurant set into a light and spacious basement and first floor premises on Stanley Street, just a few minute's walk from Moorfields train station and the Liverpool One shopping centre. Downstairs is a fantastic selection of British and continental cheeses (admittedly I'm not much of a cheese fan but Mrs. Appleby's cloth wrapped cheddar made an absolutely perfect welsh rarebit) as well as dried, cooked and cured meats sourced from nearby Cheshire Smokehouse (their pancetta and smoked duck are absolutely delicious) and wonderful, doafy German Rye bread. Add to this the broad selection of local and international preserves, spices and chutneys (not to mention a decent range of complementary red and white wines) and you can see why this is one of my favourite stop-offs when food shopping in the city centre - it is worth going in for the smell alone. The staff here couldn't be more helpful and are happy to make helpful and tailored recommendations on the wide range of food and drink here.

    Upstairs, the smallish restaurant is equally impressive, with a fantastic menu that changes day by day according to what is seasonably available (and apparently also varies according to what the Chef is in the mood to cook). When I last visited I had a bowl of delicately spiced Italian oxtail soup and shared a chacuterie platter of cooked and cured meats. It wasn't particularly cheap (just under £5 for soup and up to £12 for a main course) but it was particularly good. Fantastic.

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/4/2011

    This is my favourite place to eat in the whole of Liverpool. The upstairs cafe / restaurant is really small, so it's a good idea to book, especially on the weekend.

    The food is fabulous - lots of locally sourced, seasonal produce on a changing menu, most of it pretty hearty. I'm always careful to leave room for pudding though - and I mean proper puddings.

    The deli downstairs is equally lovely. I love the fact that you can go and pick a bottle of wine from the deli and have it served at your table. They charge a small corkage fee on top of the price of the bottle, but it's still pretty reasonable.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/8/2009
    First to Review

    Excellent food and nice atmosphere. Great staff who are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/2/2012

    A foodies heaven, I just wanted to buy so many things in the deli, unfortunately my purse strings wouldn't allow, Had a delicious light lunch, reasonably priced, wonderful service with a smile. :-)

    • Qype User dickie…
    • Liverpool, Merseyside
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    • 49 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    13/8/2009

    This place is really great. Deli on the lower ground floor with a lovely cafe upsatirs. The food upstairs is really varied with lots of veggie options (but not too many). The important thing is that everything is really tasty almost zingy flavours. Also, deli has proper stuff like Spanish hams etc rather just posh chocs and crisps like most delis. Reasonably priced and cool location for the city centre if you're shopping in town.

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