Valentine's Day in Leeds

It's the most romantic - or cheesiest - date of the year, but no matter what you think, you know you're going to get into trouble if you don't celebrate it properly. So you might as well go all out. This 14th February, take your pick of the best restaurants, cocktail bars and fun events in Leeds for an unforgettable Valentine's Day that's sure to impress your other half. 

Last updated on 12th February 2020

Head to Veeno where you lovebirds can expect an extensive range of tasty wines and a sharing menu of Italian classics to graze over as you gaze into each other's eyes. You'll also be treated to a welcome glass of fizz to kickstart your romantic weekend. 

Dirty Martini Leeds

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You don't have to do dinner to have a smart Valentine's date in Leeds; Dirty Martini is all about the suave and sexy. This year, the snap-worthy cocktail bar is celebrating with a fruity special-edition Love At First Sight concoction, as well as a themed weekend bottomless brunch. 

Gusto Leeds

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A gorgeous restaurant, Gusto is for all the lovebirds out there. Take your eyes off one another for fairy-light interiors, jewel-green booths and a homely Italian menu. They've even created a Valentine's set menu, with dishes such as porcini mushroom arancini rice balls and a heavenly pornstar martini cheesecake, if you're looking to up the ante.

Warm lighting, cosy furnishings and an award-winning menu make El Gato Negro a strong contender for Friday celebrations with your special someone. The tapas restaurant serves up a range of authentic bites with something for everyone, including braised pig cheeks, fried baby squid, croquetas and patatas bravas. 

Spend your evening taking in unrivalled views of the city with your sweetheart whilst enjoying unique quaffs and listening to tunes from a live DJ set. Looking to keep the celebrations going on into the weekend? SkyLounge is also home to one of Leeds' best bottomless brunches and whip up one hell of an afternoon tea.

Treat each other to a luxurious night of free-flowing bubbles at Epernay Champagne Bar's popular bottomless fizz experience. During the evening you'll enjoy a welcome glass of champers, a cheese and charcuterie board and unlimited Blanc De Blanc Cremant for you to toast with your love.


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Keep your Valentine's celebrations cool and casual at Zaap, the quirky Thai restaurant in central Leeds. Brilliant interiors will transport you and your other half to the bustling streets of Bangkok whilst the swoon-worthy food covers everything from sharing platters of classic nibbles to dim sum, noodles, salad and more.

If you're looking to impress this Valentine's Day, then The Man Behind The Curtain is the one for you. The Michelin star venue is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Leeds, serving up incredible experimental 10-course and 14-course tasting menus that are sure to make for an unforgettable evening.

One of Leeds' prettiest spots, The Ivy should be on everyone's dining bucket-list. This Valentine's Day, the restaurant is getting a romantic makeover in the form of a rose installation along with a themed white chocolate cheesecake to share and two limited-edition cocktails, available throughout the week.  

Valentine's Day restaurants in Leeds rarely get tastier than Home. Using the freshest British produce to create a monthly tasting menu of incredible dishes, the eatery's also got a range of vegetarian plates. So, whatever your preference, you're in for an evening of foodie heaven. 

Head to Virtue and you'll be treated to a one-day-only tasting menu of delicious British dishes – expertly paired with various drinks – in a sleek setting. Perfect, right? Well, if you're feeling a bit more naughty, sneak downstairs to Vice and you'll enjoy beautiful sips and a risqué atmosphere.

This Japanese rooftop restaurant is knocking up a set menu of various maki and robata dishes alongside signature cocktails and sake. An evening at Issho - Japanese for 'sharing' - will see you tucking into a lobster and prawn dragon roll alongside a Wagyu sirloin steak with ponzu, before finishing up with chocolate and miso truffles.