Quirky Restaurants In Leeds

Bored of the same old thing? Craving something different to whet your appetite? We've got just the thing for you. Ranging from places where you cook succulent meats on grills to experimental joints with eight courses of ridiculous food, the city's dining scene is taking risks. Whether it's a date night, birthday meal or an evening with live entertainment, check out our guide to quirky restaurants in Leeds.

Last updated on 12th May 2022

Beer Hawk Leeds

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Offering a small but perfectly formed food menu, Beer Hawk is a craft beer bar and bottle shop boshing out more than just pints. Chow down on buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches, vegan wings and an array of delicious sides including raclette-covered waffle fries, mac 'n' cheese and mango salads.

Hosted in a Grade II listed Victorian building, The Lost & Found is a Victorian haven of antique furnishings and botanical cocktails. Head over for a weekend brunch or midweek dinner and tuck into the likes of beef ragu arancini and grilled seabream, before hunting down their secret den that's so decadent it would make Oscar Wilde proud.

If you're looking for something a little quirky then head on over to Casa Leeds. Not only are they serving fabulous food and cocktails with a fusion of Colombian, Venezuelan, Peruvian and Mexican bites; they aim to deliver a full Latin experience with their live entertainment.


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Why not ask about ordering a 'Giraffe' of Beer or Prosecco reception to share with friends!

Head to Cuckoo for a wonderland of neon lights, decorative rhino heads, murals from local artists and so much more. While you're drinking a selection of craft beers and colourful cocktails, be sure to test out their quirky range of sweet and savoury pizzas - think Marmite bases, brunch slices and PB&J bites.

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Yard & Coop Leeds

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The home of buttermilk fried chicken, Yard & Coop is the offbeat restaurant that lets you customise your meal with build-your-own steps and tasty sides, including mac 'n' cheese, loaded tatties and stuffing balls. Come the weekend, the kitchen whips out a cracking bottomless brunch that is not to be missed.

Bulgogi Grill isn't just a quirky restaurant in Leeds, it's also a hands-on experience. Not only can you chomp on a selection of locally-sourced BBQ meats and seafood, marinated in traditional Korean seasonings and sauces, but you cook it all yourself on a concave grill on the table.

Spread over two floors, Vice & Virtue is home to both an innovative award-winning restaurant and a sultry speakeasy-style cocktail bar, making for a quirky evening of drinking and dining. Begin your evening sampling one of their seasonal tasting menus before moving downstairs where the fun really starts.

Named after a quote from the Wizard of Oz, this weird and wonderful restaurant in Leeds lives up to its moniker. Strikingly memorable interiors are paired with unconventional 12-course tasting menus, touting names like 'Insecurity of Postment in Oakley Sunglasses'. You know you're in for a treat then.


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Zaap will transport you to the streets of Bangkok, with upcycled light features and fittingly-themed signs. But the food delivers authenticity too, with all kinds of Thai street food treats – deep-fried okra, steamed buns and curries - served all at once, like a traditional Asian eatery.

Slightly off the beaten track you'll find Abyssinia; a traditional Ethiopian restaurant providing unique food. There's freshly roasted coffee and a variety of curries and eats to choose from, including a selection of vegan and vegetarian-friendly choices, to be enjoyed with the country's national injera bread.

Teppanyaki combines theatre with Japanese food to create a truly unique Leeds restaurant. Sit round the hot plate, where your chef will juggle, joke and use fire to dazzle you, while you feast on a selection of sushi, seafood and fresh meat plates.