13 of the best brunch destinations in Leeds
Treat yourself to a lie in this weekend before enjoying a mid-morning feast at one of these delicious Leeds eateries – after all, you deserve it.
Discover the finest restaurants in Leeds, alongside upcoming events and exclusive offers.
Boy, are we spoilt for choice if you’re looking for the best restaurants in Leeds. But hey, what a nice problem to have. Whether you’re heading out for a casual dinner with friends, grabbing a bite after work, a special date, or a family weekend refuel, we’ve got you covered throughout this Northern food hub.
The top restaurants in Leeds aren’t all flashy decor and waiters in smock aprons. A few on the list are even perhaps better known for their coffee than their food offering. However, the following mouth-watering lineup will guarantee you original menus, brilliant service, and delectable surroundings.
Our pick of the best restaurants in Leeds features Masterchef finalists in the kitchen, Michelin plates in the guide, and even a star over the door. With a thriving independent scene celebrating local flavours and true Yorkshire spirit, Leeds is definitely a dining destination worth travelling for.
When to go: On a romantic night away
What to have: A whopping great steak
Dakota Bar and Grill within the luxury boutique city centre hotel oozes sex appeal. Hollywood icons gracing the dark walls, velvet furnishings and leather booths perfect for sipping a glass or two of their Billecart Salmon house Champagne. The menu is a grown-up take on the classics, and you won’t want to miss their famous steaks cooked in a flash over hot coals. Chateaubriand for two?
Greek St, Leeds LS1 5RU – 0113 322 6261
When to go: For a family outing or after-work drinks
What to have: The homemade artigianale gelato
Build your own Antipasti platter, or gorge on mini beef sliders dripping in melted fontina cheese. Leave room for a difficult decision between the traditional Stracciatella or the Yogurt Amerena Cherry gelato. The adults among us can enjoy a Milanese Aperitivo hour (basically a free buffet to complement post-work drinks.)
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Granary Wharf, Leeds, LS1 4BR
When to go: For the incredible value prix fixe, or on one of their event nights
What to have: The chicken schmaltz
Don’t let the concrete ceilings, sparse foliage, wooden shutters and stickleback chairs deceive you. Ox Club is hands down one of the best restaurants in Leeds. The laid back vibes befit a menu of seasonal ingredients, carefully prepared with real skill. Book in for their popular Chop Night featuring ex-dairy Swaledale beef, or the North Sea bountiful Fish Supper. This young team elevate anything from truffle mac and cheese to a simple Basque cheesecake. And the sides are just as magical.
19a The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PU – 0113 487 1814
When to go: On a clear day for ultimate roof-top views
What to have: Three courses of their seasonally changing menu, dessert is a must
Located in the stunning Victoria Quarter, Harvey Nichols isn’t just about designer handbags. The first of the department store chain to open outside of London, it’s the vantage point for jaw-dropping vistas across Leeds. Quite something alongside a three-course meal and bubbly, all for under £30.00.
With seasonal delicacies to suit everyone’s taste, you must experience their artfully plated desserts, such as dark chocolate and olive oil tart, and blackberry iced parfait with roasted apples, cinnamon and ginger crumble. If you’re an afternoon tea lover, Harvey Nichols is one of the best in Leeds.
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07 – 111 Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6AZ – 0113 204 8000
When to go: With a big group of friends
What to have: The arm length dosa pancakes
Sitting under a jingly truck roof dressed with kaleidoscopic flowers and calligraphy, you’ll forget you’re in Leeds’ business district. And at the Indian Tiffin Room’s menu is just as colourful. This is not your average Indian restaurant.
Try the cool crunchy samosa chaat or the puri platter, sprinkled with ruby red pomegranate seeds. Then the street food staple, the dosa of dreams, paper-thin and stuffed with a choice of lentils, chutney, or masala potatoes. Their menu is designed for sharing, so get lot of small plates ordered and tuck in.
1-32 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5JD – 0113 397 2000
Tucked away just off The Calls, in the cooler side of town, Shears Yard is located in a stunning 18-century building that oozes atmosphere and style. With poured concrete floors, exposed brickwork and an array of filament bulbs to set the scene of an enchanting time ahead.
Don’t be fooled by the ‘fine dining’ description, Shears Yard has been a firm favourite in Leeds not just for their food but their welcoming and friendly team, atmospheric and lively restaurant. What’s more, your purse strings will be as happy as your tastebuds with their dishes very reasonably priced. A true Leeds gem.
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When to go: When impressing clients
What to have: The black pepper honey ribs
No, not the Russian duo of millennium chart fame, but the modern Chinese bar and restaurant, which has become a place to be seen amongst the socialites of Leeds. With its stunning pink cherry blossom canopy and inventive cocktail list, it’s worth a visit any time of year. The fusion menu is crafted with precision and true attention to detail. Renowned as one of the best restaurants in Leeds.
Minerva, 29 E Parade, Leeds LS1 5PS – 0113 245 1080
When to go: On a date
What to have: Raclette
What better way to introduce yourself than by opening a bottle of Rioja or Belgian beer, and a plate of pan-fried potatoes covered with melted Ogleshield cheese. We love Friends Of Ham for its fantastic quality meats, cheeses and pintxos to get the conversation flowing. The brunch and weekly dessert specials are also not to be missed.
Address: 4-8 New Station St, Leeds LS1 5DL – 0113 242 0275
When to go: On a girls night out
What to have: Jamón Ibérico of course!
Situated in the opulently restored 19th-century cloth merchants on Leeds’ East Parade, Iberica is a glitzy spot to start a night out. With its dramatic chandeliers, Venetian wallpaper, and photo-worthy bathrooms, Iberica certainly wins the award for the best looking restaurant in Leeds. Luckily, Executive Head Chef Nacho Manzano proves the Spanish menu tastes as good as it looks.
Hepper House, 17a E Parade, Leeds LS1 2BH – 0113 403 7007
When to go: For a special occasion
What to have: One of the signature wine flight pairings
Culinary forces Mark Owens and Elizabeth Cottam set up their informal fine dining concept back in 2017, in the city’s oldest surviving three-storey house. Expect frequently changing eight to ten-course tasting menus, which shrewdly pair familiar flavours with surprising textures.
16/17 Kirkgate, Leeds LS1 6BY – 0113 430 0161
When to go: For Nonna’s birthday
What to have: Lobster Ravioli
Open seven days a week, this expansive Italian dining destination is the epitome of authentic Italian cooking. With a mix of seasonal Yorkshire produce, and quality ingredients are flown in from the markets of Sicily and Milan, you’ll find an array of seafood, fresh pasta, and trattoria classics. Up in Roundhay, San Carlo Flying Pizza impressive covered outdoor terrace is the place to be when the sun is shining.
San Carlo, Leeds City Centre – 6-7 South Parade, Leeds LS1 5QX – 0113 246 1500
San Carlo Flying Pizza – 60 Street Ln, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 2DQ – 0113 266 6501
When to go: For a great value pre-theatre meal
What to have: The arancini
The brainchild of the guys behind two of Leeds’ indie giants, Laynes and The Brunswick, Sarto is the Northern answer to London pasta bars Padella and Pastaio. Radiatori, bucatini, fettuccine, Sarto master it all, with a tantalising supply of snacks and spritz to boot.
Munro House, Duke St, Leeds LS9 8AG – 0113 345 2074
When to go: Friday & Saturdays
What to have: Japanese afternoon tea
D&D group have drafted in executive chef Ben Orpwood, behind some of the capital’s top Asian restaurants. Issho promises modern Japanese fare to be shared with a crowd. With its spectacular roof terrace overlooking Kirkgate market, Kori bar boasting the biggest sake collection in Leeds, and immersive Sushi counter, Issho seamlessly takes you from weekend brunch with friends to twilight cocktails with colleagues.
Victoria Gate 3rd Floor Rooftop, George St, Leeds LS2 7AU – 0113 426 5000
When to go: On a Saturday night
What to have: Their seven-course tasting menu for the whole table
Crafthouse celebrates the very best of British and sat high above Trinity shopping centre, it too celebrates the best of Leeds’ historic influence and architecture. Known for their stylish presentation, floral interiors, and Angelica, the swish panoramic cocktail bar above, head up in their private scenic lift, and you’re in for a treat. A must on our best restaurants in Leeds list.
Level 5, Trinity, 70 Boar Ln, Leeds LS1 6HW – 0113 897 0444
When to go: When you just fancy a beer and a huge pizza
What to have: The Calabrese with spicy n’duja sausage
Don’t underestimate this downtown pizza joint. A recent addition to the casual dining scene, this team from across the Pennines serves up quality Neopolitan pizzas with double fermented dough. Portions are generous and toppings are creative. A well-deserved entry amongst our round-up of the best restaurants in Leeds.
2 New Station St, Leeds LS1 5DL – 0113 834 9697
When to go: With your nearest and dearest
What to have: A Friday night fish supper
The Reliance manages to strike the fine balance between executing faultless of the moment dishes, with effortless approachability. Fondly known by regulars as The Relly, this neighbourhood restaurant showcases beautiful ingredients from across Gods Own County. Their wines are exceptual too.
76-78 North St, Leeds LS2 7PN – 0113 295 6060
When to go: When your feeling venturous
What to have: O’Hare’s accomplished tasting menu (squid ink guaranteed)
So who is the man behind the curtain? Well, it’s the one Michelin starred, Redcar born and bred, chef-patron Micheal O’Hare. You might have seen him on The Great British Menu. You’ve probably caught word of his modernist approach to cuisine, or his unorthodox video campaigns. Either way, you should try his food. As the only Michelin Star restaurant in West Yorkshire, this is of course one of Leeds’ top restaurants.
68-78 Vicar Lane Lower Ground Floor Flannels LS1 7JH – 0113 243 2376
When to go: With mates
What to have: Bundo Chaat
Everyone in Leeds loves Bundo. From its long wooden benches and patio heaters to their compostable crockery and craft beer on tap, it’s the ideal place to chill out with your pals whilst munching on some seriously good street food. Look out for their Gujerati take on seasonal specials, like pumpkin samosas and sprout bhajis.
6 Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ – 0113 243 1248
When to go: When you deserve an up-market Italian feast
What to have: Everything, it’s glorious
Even vegetarians will be eyeing up Stuzzi’s slow-cooked porchetta or nduja glazed baby poussin when they swing by for an Italian Sunday roast. Accompanied by oozing arancini balls and huge sharing bowls of homemade pasta, this is comfort food at its finest.
7 Merrion St, Leeds LS1 6PQ – 0113 245 5323
When to go: At Christmas when it’s all green and gold and twinkly
What to have: The chocolate bombe
The Ivy has been popular ever since it opened its doors on Vicar Lane in 2018. Offering an impressive hotel-style all-day dining menu, The Ivy takes you from buttermilk pancakes to Irish coffee with a touch of art-deco glamour. Don’t forget to check out their gin and tonic selection!
Vicar Ln, Leeds LS1 6BB – 0113 388 6222
When to go: When you need a little pick me up
What to have: The Porterhouse cakes
So not quite a Leeds best ‘restaurant’, but with brunch this good, we’d be rude to miss Laynes Espresso off this list. Braised beans on buttered sourdough, rarebit and oh-so silky scrambled eggs make for a perfect Saturday morning. Don’t forget to treat yourself to one of Porterhouse Cake Co’s lime and courgette loafs for afters.
16 New Station St, Leeds LS1 5DL – 07828 823189
When to go: After a weekend stroll along the docks
What to have: Their four cheese and rye scone
Yes, admittedly another coffee shop, but these guys certainly know what they’re doing in the kitchen. Their acclaimed brunch menu changes with the season, so think autumnal spiced plum french toast with Skyr and sugared almonds, or jumbo overnight oats with strawberry, elderflower creme, and a homemade shortbread crumb. Delightfully washed down with a Burundi batch brew.
33, Leeds Dock, The Blvd, Leeds LS10 1PZ – 0113 466 0025
When to go: For Monday night’s pub quiz (feat free pizza!)
What to have: The beet burger
Canal-side pub and restaurant from the savvy team behind Belgrave and Headrow House, Water Lane Boathouse is a cool spot for dinner with friends, a casual date, or lazy board games on a Sunday afternoon. Their Italian hand-crafted mosaic masterpiece of an oven produces super sourdough pizzas, and the burgers and salads are equally as good.
Canal Wharf, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 5PS – 0113 246 0985
When to go: When you’re with your squad
What to have: Patty Smith’s session fries
Pizza by the slice-tick, burgers-tick, cool roof terrace-tick, even cooler staff- tick. Belgrave has it all. Not to mention gig nights, film screenings, DJ sets and a monthly street food festival. If you’re looking for a class night out in Leeds, Belgrave is a good place to start.
Cross Belgrave St, Leeds LS2 8JP – 0113 234 6160
When to go: When you can’t be bothered to cook
What to have: The king prawn pan-fried dumplings
Wens is a new addition to Leeds’ dining scene, and they have already made the mark with tourists, locals, even a famous critic. Taking over Hansa’s North street space, Wens specialise in authentic family Chinese cooking. The Dan Dan noodles, dumplings, and Kung Po Chicken are all musts.
72-74 North St, Leeds LS2 7PN – 0113 244 4408
When to go: When you need a little Spanish sunshine in your life
What to have: Their next-level patatas bravas
Amid the banks and businesses on Park Row, Spanish aficionado and award-winning chef Simon Shaw has brought us a taste of Catalonia and the Basque country. On Saturdays between 12 and 4, you can experience their Tipsy Tapas – 3 tapas dishes and unlimited drinks. What’s not to like? A new addition to our best restaurants in Leeds guide.
When to go: When you want to change a carnivores opinion of vegetarian cooking
What to have: Gujlawa
With two cookbooks, two AA Rosettes, a Bib Gourmand, popular Vegetarian cookery classes, their own Garam Masala blend on sale, and a dedication to serving their local Bradford community, this could be one of the most hard-working families in the business. If you’re looking for fragrant, authentic Gujarati cuisine, Prashad will exceed all your expectations.
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137 Whitehall Rd, Drighlington, Bradford BD11 1AT – 0113 285 2037
When to go: Fish Friday – or any other day of the week!
What to have: Catch signature seafood grill
Their experienced team source the freshest and finest products from UK ports and pass them directly to their award-winning chefs to create mouth-watering contemporary seafood dishes with a creative twist.
9 Weetwood Ln, Headingley, LS16 5LT – 0113 3401123
When to go: For a celebratory lunch
What to have: A bottle of the house red
On the corner of Meanwood Road, this family-run Italian serve a fantastic selection of fresh, handmade Cicchetti, with outstanding wines. Try their ox-cheek, pea and grana padano risotto, or jewelled frangipane, chocolate and pistachio tart. A real neighbourhood gem and a must on our list of Leeds best restaurants.
603 Meanwood Rd, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4AY – 0113 224 9679
When to go: Saturday night
What to have: Their four-course tasting menu
Salvo’s have captured the heart of Headingley, but step into their Salumeria and Cafe jam-packed with artisan oils, jars of olives, an assortment of colourful dried pasta, and snow-white balls of mozzarella, and you could be ambling down a Sicilian street. Don’t miss their regional deli nights and tasting menus, where you can experience the flavours and tastes of Mezzogiorno.
115 Otley Rd, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3PX – 0113 275 5017
When to go: When you want to get dressed up and treat yourself
What to have: The buttery tender British Wagyu
Located opposite Oakwood’s obelisk at the foot of the sprawling Roundhay park, Chophaus inhabits a stylish beamed cabin, where you can expect a modern take on the traditional steak house. Each prime cut is locally sourced from the celebrated R&J Meats, longstanding Dales butchers. As you can imagine, the Sunday roasts are a beef lovers heaven.
Louis House, Princes Ave, Oakwood, Leeds LS8 2FA – 0113 226 0660
When to go: Midweek treat or weekend celebration
What to have: Catch platter for two
Catch Seafood in Moortown prides itself on putting a modern but respectful twist on the classical fish and chip restaurant with stylish fittings, lighter and healthier menu options, a broader selection of drinks and relaxed but professional service.
391 Street Ln, Moortown, LS17 6HQ – 0113 3401124
When to go: On a country weekend
What to have: The pie of the day
Offering a contemporary take on the traditional, rustic English countryside restaurant, North Leeds loved gastro pub and restaurant, The Beehive in Thorner brings an unconventional twist on classic British dishes, served in stunning surroundings with a warm and friendly atmosphere.
The menu carries the same sentiment, with modern twists around every turn, from chicken skewers with blue cheese and honey, to beef carpaccio with peaches and rocket.
83 Main St, Thorner, Leeds LS14 3BU – 0113 289 3555
When to go: After a stroll around Roundhay Park
What to have: The Hot Honey
Once the furnace chamber of a steam locomotive much anticipated on the Yorkshire street food scene, Pizza Loco now slings dough five days a week from its Oakwood restaurant. At lunchtime, those poofy Neopolitan crusts are folded into panouzzi sandwiches alongside partners Rabbit Hole’s coffee, and in the evenings you can tuck into classics like The Pat Butcher, Veggie Yates and Jean Paul Goatier. The best pizza in Leeds? You decide.
484 Roundhay Road, Roundhay, Oakwood, Leeds LS8 2HU – 0113 450 3056
When to go: When you’ve got the in-laws visiting
What to get: The pub classics
Beck and Call is the local pub that everyone wishes they lived close to. With its large garden, children’s play area, bright conservatory, and cosy wood panelled bar, it really ticks all the boxes. Better still the menu caters to diners big, little, vegan and otherwise, and is a real celebration of Yorkshire produce. A favourite on our list of the best restaurants in Leeds.
Stainbeck Rd, Meanwood, Leeds LS7 2NP – 0113 266 1192
When to go: If you’re looking to impress
What to have: The full Omakase Tasting Course
Hana Matsuri might just be the best-kept sushi secret in Leeds. Owned by Chef Kaoru Nakamura, whose sheer skill and dexterity is showcased via an Omakase dining experience, where you can expect an elegant, seasonal Japanese feast of the very highest quality.
580 Meanwood Rd, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4AZ
When to go: For an intimate meal
What to have: The homemade foraged fruit sodas
This incongruous little bistro really is like placing yourself in the hands of the food Gods. With former Roops baker Rab in the kitchen, and drinks expert Shaun in front of house, don’t be fooled by the bare brick walls and paired back furnishings. Hern elevates beautiful local ingredients alongside Wayward wines via their ever-changing chalkboard of set menus, Wednesday to Saturday.
Stainbeck Corner, 5, Leeds LS7 3PG – 0113 262 5809
For ten weekends, Chow Down Leeds will open a huge, welcoming space full of food vendors, and the city’s biggest beer garden at Temple Arches.
The North Leeds Food Festival is returning to Roundhay Park with more mouth-watering Street Food, fine Artisan Produce, superb Live Music & Live Entertainment.
Treat yourself to a lie in this weekend before enjoying a mid-morning feast at one of these delicious Leeds eateries – after all, you deserve it.
The North Leeds Food Festival will return to Roundhay Park on 7-8 August and 11-12 September 2021, showcasing a variety of the best food, drink, performing arts and talented chefs in the region.
Every venue on our list comes tried, tested and approved, so whether its sprawling gardens, rooftop views, or kid-friendly offerings, we have you covered.
A life without the much-loved British classic just doesn’t bear thinking about. And whilst it can be great fun to whip up a home-cooked meal, after a long week at work (and perhaps a heavy Saturday night), who really has the energy to cook? Not to mention deal with the mound of washing up afterwards. Luckily, we have you covered with our list of where to find the best Leeds Sunday Lunch. And not a sink of dirty plates insight.
Extend your pinkies, pick up a steaming cup of Yorkshire Tea and dine in decadence with our guide to the Best Afternoon Tea in Leeds.
Whether you follow a strict plant-based diet, have been inspired by Veganuary, or simply want to reduce your meat intake, Leeds has loads to offer when it comes to responsible eating and drinking.
The Beck and Call is absolutely worth a visit, and it will certainly become a firm favourite in many people’s books. With space for traditional pub-goers and sports fanatics in the Tap Room (a room with large screens, pub games and chilled bar stools), space for families on the huge sofas or play-area outside, and space for those wanting a fantastic meal at a fair price; Beck and Call really is a community hub for everyone who walks through the door.