Save yourself the hassle of labouring in the kitchen and head out to one of these fabulous Leeds restaurants. The city is full to bursting with great places to eat out, so here are our top 15 picks for a superb meal out, no matter your budget.
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Red’s True BBQ
This place is so popular that people actually line the streets just to get in. Serving up the most delicious BBQ grub you can find, it’s a meat lover’s dream. Tuck into succulent ribs, juicy brisket, smoked chicken or the infamous donut burger, all drenched in their signature dirty sauce. This is BBQ done right.
1 Cloth Hall St, LS1 2HD, truebarbecue.com
2 Oxford Place
This small but noteworthy restaurant is 100% gluten free so it’s the perfect dining spot for coeliacs, but nevertheless it’s definitely worth a visit in its own right. Ranging from lighter daytime dishes to heartier meals, including traditional Yorkshire fare such as bangers and mash, steak and ale pie and fish and chips, the food here is just spot on.
2 Oxford Place, LS1 3AX, 2oxfordplace.com
The Mustard Pot
This cosy Georgian-style pub, complete with a roaring open-fire, is the perfect spot to dine out in the colder months. Serving Cask Marque ales and award-winning grub at a reasonable price, there’s something on the menu to please any palate. It’s nothing too fancy, but it hits the spot.
20 Steinbeck Lane, LS7 3QY, themustardpot.com
Those partial to Mediterranean cuisine won’t want to miss this little gem. Tucked away in Cross Gates, it may be a bit out of the city centre, but it’s worth the journey out to sample the top quality nosh that will please any taste.
1a Austhorpe Road, LS15 8QR, lacantina44.co.uk
The dining area may feature a giant stuffed cow, but don’t let that put you off your meal. Specialising in the highest quality, rare breeds of locally sourced meats, you can expect nothing but excellence from this quirky restaurant. Despite a rather concise menu (which can often be a plus point), the dishes are mouth-wateringly tasty and generous in size, so you definitely won’t leave feeling disappointed.
163 Lower Briggate, LS1 6LY, eatdrinkrare.com
The Olive Tree
Treat your taste-buds to something a bit more continental with some Greek cuisine. This family owned restaurant offers a wide selection of dishes. Indulge in a delectable three course meal in a cosy and relaxed atmosphere.
74-76 Otley Road, Headingley, LS6 4BA, olivetreegreekrestaurant.co.uk
Blackhouse – The Grill on the Square
For those who hate fancy dishes and just want plain, simple, honest food then Blackhouse should be right up your street. If you visit be sure to try one of their many tender cuts of steak or their award winning burgers served with chunky home-cut chips, or opt for something a little more unusual and try a seafood dish. It’s no nonsense food at its best.
31-33 East Parade, LS1 5PS, blackhouse.uk.com/leeds
Serving a variety of dishes, Morenos menu can please those who favour plainer foods as well as those partial to the more exotic. Alongside a selection of steak, fish and poultry dishes from the grill, you can opt for something a bit different and sample one of their appetizing Moroccan dishes.
54-56 Templenewsam Road, LS15 0DR, www.morenos.co.uk
Sous le nez
Opt for a change from the ordinary and head to this quirky basement dining room for the finest French cuisine. Tuck into meaty sized portions in this charming, atmospheric restaurant and be sure to try something from their extensive 40 page wine list.
The Basement, Quebec House, 9 Quebec Street, LS1 2HA, souslenez.com
At Tharavadu you will be treated to a thrilling flavour experience as you sample traditional Kerala cuisine. Dedicated to serving top quality food, the Kerala-born chefs are experts in the traditional ways of cooking so you can rest assured that the flavoursome dishes will be completely authentic.
7-8 Mill Hill, LS1 5DQ, tharavadurestaurants.com
Located on the outskirts of the city centre, Divino offers an enchanting and relaxed dining experience. Enjoy mouth-watering Italian dishes made from the highest quality local ingredients and bask in the relaxed candlelit atmosphere of this modern restaurant.
473 Otley Road, LS16 7NR, divinorestaurant.co.uk
If you’re bored of the same old dishes, Kendells Bistro is the perfect place to try something a little different. Serving authentic French cuisine using the freshest seasonal ingredients, the menu here changes daily so no visit is quite the same. Along with delicious food this rustic restaurant has so much charm. The flickering candles, wooden furniture and blackboard menus will make you feel as though you’re in a real Parisian bistro.
3 St Peter’s Square, LS9 8AH, kendellsbistro.co.uk
This chic modern restaurant and bar has undeniable class. The exposed brick walls, high ceilings and low hanging light bulbs lends it a sophisticated yet cool look and the ‘high-end’ feel is extended to the food. The dishes are innovative and exciting, ranging from lamb rump to pan fried trout, and are all beautifully and temptingly presented.11-15 Wharf Street, LS2 7EH, shearsyard.com
Enjoy spectacular views of the city as well as good food when you dine at Crafthouse. Located on the fifth floor of the Trinity shopping centre, this trendy modern restaurant serves a tasty British menu, specialising in chargrilled quality meats and fish.
Level 5 Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, LS1 6HW, crafthouse-restaurant.com
This lavish restaurant is exquisite inside, and the extravagant décor undeniably makes it a rather special place to dine. The menu offers a selection of unique and creative Thai dishes, so many that you’ll be spoilt for choice. But if you’re struggling to find something or you fancy trying something new, they are happy to accommodate you.
20A, Blayds Court, Swinegate, LS1 4AG, chaophraya.co.uk
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