It’s time to get out of the kitchen because we’ve rounded up 11 fantastic budget restaurants in Leeds that’ll give you a proper feed without emptying your wallet.
Dining out can be pretty tricky when you’re watching those pennies (or digging them out from in between the sofa cushions). So, when you just don’t feel like cooking or want to leave the washing up to somebody else, don’t despair. Not only do these budget-friendly restaurants serve up delicious food, but they’ll save you money too.
1. Primo’s Gourmet Hot Dogs
Feeling a little hungry while you’re shopping in Leeds Corn Exchange? Nip over to Primo’s where you can grab one of their delicious hot dogs starting at £4.45. Try The Fenway, an all beef Frankfurter topped with lashings of Primo’s chilli, chopped white onion and French’s mustard, or pig out on their Classic Cubano sarnie, filled with pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and mojo sauce.
Primo’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Unit 12 A/B, Leeds Corn Exchange, 42 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7DA.
2. Bulgogi Grill
Korean BBQ is one of the newest cuisines to emerge in Leeds and Bulgogi Grill is one of the city’s tastiest budget restaurants that you need to check out. You’ll find a built-in grill at your table where you can cook your own meats before creating delicious lettuce wraps, filled with rice and kimchi, not to mention traditional sides and dips to customise each bite – all for £9.95 at lunch.
Bulgogi Grill, The Arena Quarter, 9 Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BT.
A restaurant dedicated to pies, pies and more pies? Well, that’s a good start, and it doesn’t break the bank either. Next time you’re eating out on the cheap, delve into the likes of the Moodog (a beef, bacon and BrewDog beer pie) or the Saag Pie-neer (a pea, paneer, spinach, potato, chilli and mango pie). On their own, the pies start at £7.50 but if you want all the Pieminister trimmings (they call it The Mothership), including mash, minty peas, gravy, Cheddar cheese and shallots, you can get the lot for just a tenner.
Pieminister, 15-17 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.
4. Neon Cactus
While their selection of tequila is second to none, Leeds city centre watering hole, Neon Cactus also happens to be one of the top budget restaurants in the city. Get prepped for an all night drinking session with one of their ancho marinated beef burritos, served with tortilla chips and sour cream for £7. Their range of tacos and quesadillas are the same price, while if there’s a few of you why not share the fajitas, like North Yorkshire belly pork with cumin crackling, for just £11?
Neon Cactus, 35 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
5. Thai Aroy Dee
The return of Thai Aroy Dee has been well celebrated by those in search of quality budget restaurants in Leeds. This old Thai favourite has not missed a beat since its move up Vicar Lane. Whether you’re tucking into classics like pad Thai, weeping tiger or gang panang, you’ll get amazing food at a bargain price, with mains starting at just £6.95 – they sell alcohol now, but you can still bring your own bottle to make the night even more affordable.
Thai Aroy Dee, 120-122 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
Leeds Corn Exchange has more than one budget restaurant within it. Humpit has already gained a host of hummus-loving diners – and it’s easy to see why. For less than a fiver, you can nosh on falafel or hummus in a pita or dig into the filling Humpit Classic, a bowl of hummus, whole chickpeas, paprika, olive oil and a pita to scoop up all that deliciousness.
Humpit, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
7. My Thai
Bradford’s beloved My Thai popped open in the Merrion Centre in 2014, followed by another on York Place a year later, bringing with it a host of scrummy cheap eats. Their large menu includes classics like Tom Yum and Jungle Curry, fresh dishes straight from their sizzling woks and innovative signatures like the popular Volcano Duck. And if the unusual menu doesn’t win you over, the prices surely will, with all mains coming in around the £6 mark.
My Thai, 43 Wade Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NJ & 26 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EY.
8. Pizza Fella
One of the success stories of Leeds’ recent street food explosion, Pizza Fella has now taken the plunge with its very own permanent restaurant. They’ve swapped their vintage Citroen C5 van for a spot on Vicar Lane, and it won’t break the bank to pay them a visit in their new home. You can treat yourself to one of their wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas made using Italian Caputo flour, San Marzano tomatoes and Fior di Latte, as well as a bottle of Peroni Red Label for under £10.
Pizza Fella, 114-116 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
9. Armley Junk-tion
This revolutionary restaurant in Armley is changing eating out in the city, one dish at a time. Salvaging good food that would otherwise go to waste, the ‘Pay As You Feel’ café lets you feast on all manners of delicious grub, including tasty sarnies, comforting soups and indulgent puddings. Discover something new every day as the menu changes depending on what’s in stock – although they have closed on weekends for the foreseeable future.
The Real Junk Food Project, 1 Chapel Lane, Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2DJ.
10. La Besi
Budget restaurants in Leeds don’t get much better than La Besi. If you’re looking for a substantial feed that’ll leave you stuffed with change to spare, it’s an excellent choice. Typically full of students and workers from the adjacent University of Leeds, this family style eatery dishes up all your favourites like Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Italian meatballs and a range of pizzas, all under £10. Fancy some vino, why not bring your own?
La Besi, 211 Clarendon Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9DT.
Overlooking Bridge End, near the scenic River Aire in Leeds city centre, Viva has been serving up Italian favourites from their quaint, family style restaurant for as long as we can remember. Your hard earned cash will surely go a long way toward some rather tasty dishes. Try the classic margherita pizza at just £8 or the calzone, stuffed with chicken, garlic butter, mozzarella and spinach for just £1.50 more – that’s cheaper and tastier than some takeaways.
Viva, 9-11 Bridge End, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7HG.
12. Belgrave Music Hall
Belgrave Music Hall is both handy and cheap when it comes to eating out in Leeds. That’s because they have not one, but two options for you to pick from. Dough Boys offer up amazing slices of pizza starting at just £2.40, from the Salami of Darkness to the Queen Brie, which taste even better thanks to their daily half priced slice deal. If burgers are more your thing, Patty Smith’s dish up the patties, with their juicy Dirty Burger coming in at just £5.95.
Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
13. Oranaise Cafe
You’ll find the authentic flavours of Morocco, North Africa and even Andalucia in this cheap and cheerful little restaurant near Hyde Park corner. Surrounded by vibrant colours and lanterns, imagine exotic far away lands as you enjoy dishes like their filling Algerian merguez couscous, hearty vegetarian tagine or the chicken shawarma mezze platter, served with hummus, salsa, bread, salad and tabouleh, all under a tenner.
Oranaise Cafe, 1 The Crescent, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NW.
Chowing down on cheap eats doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on quality – and if you don’t believe us, go over to North Street where owner Hansa and her all-women team will fill you up with traditional vegetarian Gujarati dishes. Mains at the Leeds restaurant start at just £6.25 with scrummy options like the Guwaar Bateta, a wholesome curry made with runner beans and potato, served with daal.
Hansa’s, 72-74 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
15. Northern Monk
Northern Monk have taken back control of their Refectory Kitchen, and in doing so they’ve become one of the best budget restaurants in Leeds. They serve up a selection of small plates using the best local, seasonal produce they can find, with prices starting at just £3. Grab a few, like the wild boar sausage and smoked mayo or cured salmon, avocado and rye crisps, then pair them with one of their amazing beers, all without spending a fortune.
Northern Monk, Marshalls Mill, Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9YJ.
16. Jino’s Thai Cafe
Jino’s is a laid back eatery where for less than a tenner you can enjoy one of the best eateries in the Leeds suburbs. Dig into their rice, noodles, stir fries and curry dishes, which both include steamed rice at no extra cost. No need to settle for an overpriced bottle of wine either because of their brilliant bring your own beer policy – it’s a bargain night out.
Jino’s Thai Cafe, 46A Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AL.