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.

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Last updated on 8th April 2024

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The Lost & Found Leeds Club

4pm-8pm: The Lost Hours - 2 for £12 Cocktails

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. It's a similar story on Greek Street too.


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.


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.

Chef Jono at V&V

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.

Bulgogi Grill

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.

Abyssinia Cafe and Restaurant

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.