Best Restaurants in Leeds
Leeds has one of the fastest growing foodie scenes in the country and it's already attracted some amazing talent. The best restaurants in Leeds offer food from around the world, with great Thai, Chinese, French, British, Mexican and everything in between thriving in this great city. So if you're wondering where to get the highest quality food, look no further than our list of where to eat in Leeds and guarantee a great meal.
Last updated on 14th November 2017
Every great Leeds restaurant needs a great wine list, and here Veritas has your back. It’s a vibrant yet refined venue, delivering a menu of tasty British bites and burgers, with ingredients that are locally and sustainably sourced. Their wine list is sourced by specialist vintners from around the world, which they offer by the bottle or glass. But if grapes aren’t your thing, they also have a range of bespoke gins and specially selected ales.
Set over two floors, Banyan manages to be both a stylish restaurant and a sophisticated bar hangout in one place. Come for an eclectic menu, ranging from brunch and Sunday roasts to sandwiches, burgers and steaks, that you can eat inside or in their large, sun trap alfresco dining area.
When you’ve got a chef from Masterchef at the helm of your fine-dining restaurant in Leeds, you know you are in for a treat. They re-imagine classic British dishes, showcasing traditional recipes but in a contemporary way to create some truly delicious dishes. But while it’s ‘fine-dining’, they still aim to create a warm and welcoming environment at the same time.
Tharavadu is one of Leeds’ best Indian restaurants. With a contemporary aesthetic mixed with regional paintings on the walls, it creates a fun backdrop as you feast on a selection of Kerala dishes. Think seafood curries and regional treats.
Sleek British restaurants upstairs, decadent cocktail bar downstairs, Vice & Virtue is a venue of two faces. If you’re upstairs, indulge in a tasting menu of tasty British dishes, paired expertly with drinks, in a quaint, good Leeds restaurant. Once you’ve finished, you can head downstairs into the debaucherous Vice, delivering Gentleman’s Club vibes with wickedly great cocktails.
Well, it has a Michelin star, so you already know it’s one of the best restaurants in Leeds. But there’s a reason why: at this venue, they ask you to ‘pay no attention to that man behind the curtain’, meaning don’t worry about who’s cooking it, rather the taste. And taste you will do, as they serve up a twelve-course tasting menu with names like ‘The Insecurity of Postmen in Oakley Sunglasses’, along with a wine pairing menu to make things even better.
Ever eaten in a restaurant and thought ‘I can do better than that?’ Bulgogi Grill puts that to the test, putting you in control of cooking a variety of locally-sourced meats and seafood that have been marinated in traditional Korean seasonings and sauces. You’ll be doing this on the dome grill in the centre of the table, so you can decide exactly how you’d like it done.
Cool and contemporary, Shears Yard is a favourite in the city thanks to its charming interior and delicious food. The all-day eatery retains industrial elements from its past life as a rope and canvas manufacture, creating a modern space of exposed red bricks, simple wooden furnishings and hanging lightbulbs, as well as a terrace for alfresco drinking and eating. Perfect for those wanting to grab a bite to eat of their modern European food.
Zaap aims to simulate the experience of buying food in a Bangkok market by combining Thai street signs, up-cycled light features and delicious Thai dishes. The recipes trace back to provinces in the country, which gives an authentic edge to this good Leeds restaurant, and you’ll be eating to the tune of Thai pop and rock music playing through their speakers.
After years travelling Hong Kong and China, the masterminds behind this great Leeds restaurant returned to open Mans Market. Their goal is to deliver modern Chinese cooking in a cool, kitschy oriental environment. Matching a wooden bar area with Chinese lanterns and a shipping container, you’ll be treated to a delicious array of Chinese food, such as rice boxes and dim sum, and you can wash it all down with Hong Kong-inspired cocktails.
You probably know Angelica best as a cocktail bar, serving up vibrant and tasty drinks that are the very essence of class. But they are also a good restaurant in Leeds, serving up a variety of cuisines with a focus on British. How’s eating lamb with panoramic views of the city sound?
With a contemporary interior and an open space, The Grill on the Square is a great place to eat in Leeds. Sink into chesterfield sofas with one of their many signature cocktails in hand or tuck into a delicious steak while looking into each other’s eyes; no matter what, you are guaranteed a great meal.
Teppanyaki is what happens when you combine theatre and dining. Proving they’re one of the best Leeds restaurants, your food is cooked by the chefs in front of you, juggling, flipping and setting fire to your meal of sushi, seafood and meat dishes before your very eyes. There’s banter aplenty here, and you can wash it all down with a selection of wines and beers.
More of a fun pub than a great Leeds restaurant, we couldn’t leave off Calls Landing for one reason: their oysters. Sitting beside the river, you can enjoy fresh oysters – as well as stews and sharing boards – and wash it all down with a variety of wines and beers.