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Top destinations for fine dining in Leeds

Top destinations for fine dining in Leeds

Fine dining in Leeds has never been so accessible and there’s a place to suit everyone’s budget. If the thought of putting on your glad rags and driving for an hour or more in search of that ‘destination restaurant’ seems a sat-nav nightmare waiting to happen, then the great city of Leeds should be one of your first choices.

With an array of superb independents and a Michelin Star restaurant, Leeds should be one of your first places to consider for that upcoming special occasion.

HOME Restaurant Leeds kitchen team


When it comes to fine dining in Leeds, HOME is renowned among local and far afield foodies travelling to enjoy their unique offering. Lead by chef patron Elizabeth Cottam, HOME serve blind tasting menus that change with the season, in a beautiful location next to the River Aire. Their stunning circular restaurant features an open kitchen at its heart, drawing in diners to share the chef’s creative space. Their dishes combine many influences from around the world, but primarily uses British ingredients from across the country, in particular from many amazing Yorkshire suppliers.

3 Brewery Place, Leeds, LS10 1NE – 0113 430 0161

Harvey Nichols Leeds restaurant Summer 2022 menu - main courses and wine

Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Brasserie

Located right in the hustle and bustle of Briggate, Harvey Nichols 4th Floor Brasserie is one of our favourite destinations for fine dining in Leeds. The restaurant interior features stylish seating, slick metal finishes and polka dot ceiling mirrors, topped off with a stunning view of the city’s skyline. Their seasonal menu is made up of fresh local produce of the highest quality, ensuring every dish you pick, from the delights of spring to home-cooked winter favourites, will please you every time.

107-111 Briggate Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor, Leeds, LS1 6AZ

Shears Yard Leeds Restaurant Main Course Fine Dining

Shears Yard

Shear’s Yard is one of the city’s first restaurants to showcase fine dining in Leeds. Tucked away just off The Calls within a stunning venue that oozes atmosphere and welcome, with its exposed brickwork, string lights and friendly staff. Shears Yard’s menus continually evolve, guided by seasonality and local produce. Inspired by both classic and more unusual flavour combinations brought together by their experienced kitchen team.

Shears Yard, 11-15 Wharf St, Leeds LS2 7EH – 0113 244 4144

Tattu Leeds Ground Floor


This stunning contemporary Chinese restaurant is located within the heart of the city centre. Fusing traditional Asian flavours with exquisite presentation. Exclusive Chef Clifton Muil and the team have created a decadent 4-Course ‘Emperor’ menu to showcase some of the finest ingredients in one Leeds hottest locations. On this menu, you can expect to find tuna sashimi blossom, mixed dim sum, Japanese black wagyu and a white chocolate dragon egg.

Minerva, 29 E Parade, Leeds LS1 5PS – 0113 245 1080

The Owl Leeds duck tasting menu


Owl is a small, relaxed, yet lively dining room located Lockside next to Leeds’ canal. Serving modern British food, using the best local fish, meat and game.

Visitors to Owl can enjoy great food with floor-to-ceiling views of the canal in its urban waterfront setting. Just a stone’s throw away from Leeds train station, the restaurant location reflects the traditional heritage of Leeds with one of the city’s most vibrant, modern developments. And the food is no different, utilising the familiar flavours of Yorkshire nostalgia but taking them into the future.

Forget your regular beef wellington, opt for the bread wellington with celeriac, Waldorf dressing, lovage and dumplings and swap your regular roast beef dinner for beef and oysters with oyster leaf mayonnaise, bordelaise sauce and beef fat potato.

Owl is led by Head Chef Mark Owens who opened up The Owl originally with business partner Elizabeth Cottam (chef patron of HOME and CORA).

Lockside, Mustard Wharf, Mustard Approach LS1 4EY – 0113 531 6621

Crafthouse Leeds fine dining restaurant - fish dish landscape


Located on the fifth floor of Trinity Leeds shopping centre, Crafthouse is a strong contender for the best restaurant for fine dining in Leeds. Crafthouse offers a regularly changing seasonal British menu and stunning views across the city. Together with super attentive service, stylish interior and a wine list that’s just a good as the food.

Crafthouse, 70 Boar Ln, Leeds LS1 6HW  – 0113 897 0444

The Ivy Asia Leeds - Fine Dining Restaurants in Leeds

The Ivy Asia

If you’re searching for amazing Asian-inspired food, striking cocktails and exciting live music, The Ivy Asia in Leeds is the place to be. Whether you’re looking to lunch with friends or reserve a romantic dinner on an evening, this Asian spot is sure to become your new favourite restaurant. The Ivy Asia, which is in Leeds’ Victorian Quarter, is well situated for shopping, visitors and locals alike. Offering an amazing fusion of flavours surrounded by awe-inspiring decor. Although they may be new to the scene, they are unquestionably one of the best restaurants for fine dining in Leeds.

55-57 Vicar Ln, Leeds LS1 6BA – 0113 531 7990

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Man Behind the Curtain

If you are super into the latest trends on the food scene, The Man Behind the Curtain is the Michelin Star Restaurant for you. The food has been called ‘engagingly bonkers’ and is most certainly different from your average restaurant. As far as fine dining in Leeds goes, this has the longest waiting list so ensure to book well in advance.

68-78 Vicar Lane Lower Ground Floor Flannels LS1 7JH – 0113 243 2376

Issho Restaurant Leeds Fine Dining Table


Both Michelin and Good Food Guide recommended Issho serves an authentic selection of Japanese dishes with a contemporary twist. Set in Leeds stunning £165m Victoria Gate shopping centre, boasting a rooftop bar and outdoor terrace, possibly one of the city’s most glamorous locations. With a great selection of dining options to choose from. Guests looking for the full Issho experience can sample their 9-course ‘Emperor’ menu for a true taste of Issho’s contemporary Japanese cuisine.

Victoria Gate 3rd Floor Rooftop, George St, Leeds LS2 7AU – 0113 426 5000


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