Best Restaurants in Leicester

Whether you're after somewhere fancy or you're in the mood for a more laid-back affair, choosing where to eat in this city doesn't have to be difficult. From fine dining kitchens cooking up six-course feasts to floral beauties dishing out delectable Vietnamese food and drinks, here's our guide to the best restaurants in Leicester.

Last updated on 15th July 2021




Giggling Squid Leicester

339 user reviews 4

Get your fix of classic curries, stir-frys and spicy salads at Giggling Squid. This serene, flower-adorned restaurant is known for creating sumptuous spreads packed with flavour, all washed down with a huge selection of thirst-quenching beers and Asian-inspired cocktails.

Pho Leicester

328 user reviews 4

Up there for Asian restaurants in Leicester, Pho does exactly what it says on the tin. Whether you're tucking into a Vietnamese salad or a fragrant curry, make sure to save room for the signature noodle soup and a cà phê martini or two.

The Pug & Greyhound

225 user reviews 4

A neighbourhood favourite, The Pug & Greyhound touts an alfresco beer garden and charming pub atmosphere. Come here for gastro grub, craft beers and a dog-friendly space which often hosts live music and events.

Veeno Leicester

520 user reviews 5

Wining and dining go hand in hand at Veeno, one of Leicester's best restaurants for date nights. The St Martins spot specialises in tipples of the grape variety, with Sicilian bottles served alongside artisan pizzas and Italian-style sharing plates.

YO! Leicester Highcross

5 user reviews 3

On the hunt for places to eat in Leicester? Handily nestled in Highcross shopping centre, YO! is the perfect choice when it comes to that mid-shop refuel. Grab a chair or booth and tuck into sushi rolls, maki, katsu curries and gyoza.

Spice up your evening with a trip to the award-winning Santhi Restaurant. Inspired by cuisine from the southern regions of India and Sri Lanka, the place is whipping up everything from set menus and street food specials to curries and dosas. 

The top spot for fine dining in Leicester? North Bar and Kitchen is not only delivering exquisite French-inspired tasting menus, a la carte meals and Sunday fare from its Hinkley Road abode, but it also stocks an impressive 42 gins, meaning your evening is sorted from start to finish.

Bodega Cantina is arguably the most colourful of all the restaurants in Leicester city centre. The fun South American haunt is your one-stop shop for meals out with friends, providing you with tacos, nachos and mezcal cocktails in a chilled setting.