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Every Restaurant & Cafe That’s Reopening in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Now you can eat out again!

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Wondering which cafes and restaurants are reopening? We’ve rounded them all up in one place.

The city’s restaurants and cafes can reopen from Saturday 4th July 2020, but not everyone is ready, so where you can you go and what can you eat? We’ve rounded up an almighty list, so you can make your post-lockdown dinner one to remember. Wherever you go, you can expect new safety measures like socially distanced tables, hand sanitising stations and limited numbers inside.

Chaophraya

Chaophraya. This glamorous Thai restaurant is nothing if not luxurious. Take a seat and enjoy delicious plates full of Thai chicken tacos, red Thai curries and Pad Thai noodles. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside and a reduced menu. You need to book online and they’re only accepting groups of up to six people. It’s open from 11am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday.

Tharavadu. This Mill Hill staple serves up traditional Keralan cuisine. You can look forward to dishes like Kerala kozhi curry, mutter paneer and Marari prawn masala. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book online. It’s open from 5pm to 9pm, Monday to Thursday, then from 12pm to 2pm and 5pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Mrs Atha’s. This cosy cafe has an eclectic decor and obsession with quality coffee. Expect vintage cups full of Maude Coffee paired with American-style pancakes and sausage sarnies. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service and limited numbers inside. It’s open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, then from 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

Stuzzi

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Stuzzi. Italian small plates are the name of the game at Stuzzi. Take a seat in their stylish old-meets-new restaurant and tuck into all kinds of ‘stuzzicini’, from venison and salami meatballs to cheese-stuffed arancini. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with staggered seating times and limited numbers inside. You must book ahead online. It’s open 12pm to 10pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Sarto. As the city’s only dedicated pasta restaurant, Sarto is unique. They make pasta fresh in house each day and turn it into mouthwatering dishes like rigatoni with lamb shoulder sugo. Pair yours with craft beer or organic wine. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. They’re accepting walk-ins, but booking is recommended. It’s open from 4pm to 9pm, Monday to Thursday, from 4pm to 11pm on Fridays, then from 12pm to 11pm on Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s open from 12pm to 6pm.

Laynes Espresso. If you’ve missed a proper cup of coffee, you’ll be happy to know that Laynes has reopened. They brew some of the best in Leeds, using beans by the likes of Square Mile, Origin and Grumpy Mule. Alongside the coffee, they serve tasty brunch dishes, freshly-made sandwiches and delectable cakes. It reopened on Saturday 18th July 2020. They accepting walk-ins with limited seating downstairs or you can get your coffee to go. It’s open from 8.30am to 3pm, Monday to Sunday.

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Zaap Thai. You can get a taste of Bangkok with a trip to Zaap. This cafe-style eatery specialises in classic Thai street food, so you can expect everything from dim sum to curries and noodles. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 for walk-ins only with limited numbers inside. It’s open from 12pm to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, then from 12pm to 9pm on Sunday.

Sushiwaka. If you fancy Japanese food, head to Sushiwaka. From salmon and tuna to clams, octopus and oysters, their sushi is exceptional. Fancy something warm? They’ve got curries and rice bowls too. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – they will be accepting walk-in, but booking is recommended. It’s open 12pm to 9pm, Monday to Thursday, then from 12pm to 9.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

If Coffee Bar. If is one of the coolest cafes in Leeds. Decked out in plants and greenery, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a cup of quality coffee, loose leaf tea and loaded stacks of pancakes. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 for walk-ins but they’re only accepting limited numbers inside. It’s open 8.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, then from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays.

Pancakes at The Ivy

The Ivy. Utter extravagance comes in the form of The Ivy. You can indulge in pancakes for brunch, enjoy shepherd’s pie for lunch or devour a monkfish and prawn curry for tea, all paired with an enviable wine and cocktail menu. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 and you need to book ahead online. It’s open from 11.30am to 12.30am, Monday to Saturday, then from 11.30am to 11pm on Sundays.

Matt Healy x The Foundry. A hip and unpretentious fine dining restaurant from Matt Healy, The Foundry will be serving a menu of ‘unconventionally British’ grub. Tuck into salt-aged beef fillet with celeriac and bone marrow or cod with curry sauce and crispy potatoes. It reopened on Sunday 5th July 2020 for a Sunday lunch service and numbers will be limited inside. You must book ahead online. It’s then open from 12pm to 10pm, Thursday to Sunday.

Out of the Woods. If you’ve missed your morning coffee and lunchtime sarnie, you’ll be happy to know that Out of the Woods is back. You can enjoy a fresh cup of Joe with porridge at breakfast or a Swedish meatball sandwich at lunch. It reopened at Granary Wharf on Saturday 4th July 2020 and on Water Lane on Monday 6th July 2020 for walk-in customers. It’s open from 7am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Vice and Virtue

Vice & Virtue. One of the most creative restaurants in Leeds, Vice & Virtue’s second-floor dining room is home to a menu of imaginative dishes, like wood pigeon with black pudding, raspberry balsamic, charred scallion, giralle and onion rings. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with just five tables available that you must book ahead online. It’s open from 5pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays in July.

The Whitehall. Dishes you know and love, with a refined touch, that’s what you can expect from The Whitehall. You can settle into their light, airy restaurant to tuck into exquisite plates of glazed pork belly or truffled cauliflower orzo. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, but they’re limiting the number of people inside and you need to book ahead online. It’s open from 12pm to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, then from 12pm to 8pm on Sunday.

Little Tokyo. An intimate restaurant with a koi carp pond and an oriental wood bridge, Little Tokyo is the perfect place to enjoy Japanese food. From the California rolls to the salmon nigiri, the sushi is delicious, but they also do curries, noodle and more. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 for bookings only with Japanese dividers between diners and limited numbers inside. It’s open from 12pm to 10pm, Sunday to Thursday, then from 12pm to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Aagrah

Aagrah. One of the most famous Indian restaurants in Leeds, Aagrah has been serving up delicious Kashmiri food since 1977. You can get signature dishes like Balti Chicken or Lamb Rogan Josh with one of their enormous naans. It reopened in the city centre and Chapel Allerton on Saturday 4th July 2020. Numbers will be limited inside and you need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5pm to 11.30pm, Monday to Saturday, then from 4.30pm to 10.30pm on Sundays.

Yo Sushi. There are few better places for sushi than Yo! They are serving a limited menu of treats like their signature Yo! Roll with fresh salmon, avocado and mayo in orange masago. They’ve adapted heir conveyor belt system, which will now deliver your freshly-prepared dishes to your table using a traffic light system. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside and in-app ordering. It’s open from 11.30am to 9pm, Monday to Sunday.

Olive & Rye. Nestled in Queen’s Arcade, this charming little cafe is the perfect spot to grab a fresh coffee which you can pair with brunch dishes or lunchtime sarnies. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, but there’ll be limited numbers inside. Walk-ins are welcome but booking is recommended. It’s open from 10am to 5.30pm, Monday to Thursday, then from 9am to 5.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Bulgogi Grill

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Bulgogi Grill. This isn’t just dinner, it’s an experience. Every table has a hot plate, so you can sizzle marinated meat and seafood, before you wrap it up in a lettuce leaf with rice, veggies and sauces. They’ve installed toughened glass screens between booths. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, but there’ll be limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead by calling 0113 345 4510. It’s open from 4pm to 10pm, Friday to Sunday.

Thai A Roy Dee. Cheap but delicious food, that’s what’s on offer at Thai A Roy Dee. It’s a laid-back restaurant where you can tuck into dishes you know and love, like Jungle Curry, Pad Khing and the Weeping Tiger. To protect staff, you can no longer bring your own booze. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 and you need to book in advance by calling 0113 245 2174. They’re open from 12pm to 11pm, Monday to Sunday.

Roots and Fruits. A Leeds institution for over 25 years, Roots and Fruits serves up wonderful vegetarian food. They put a veggie spin on classic dishes like hot dogs, lasagne and burgers. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 and will welcome up to 30 customers inside. They’re running a small specials menu only. You must book online in advance. It’s open from 11am to 7pm on Saturdays and from 11am to 4pm on Sundays.

Mac Fries, Oporto, Knave's Kitchen

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Knave’s Kitchen. Now permanently at home in Oporto on Call Lane, Knave’s down and dirty vegan grub is comfort food perfection. Take their Mac Burger Fries for example. It’s a bowl of chips topped with burger seitan, fresh onions, pickles, burger mac sauce, sesame and Knave’s cheese sauce. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside and you need to book ahead online. It’s open from 12pm to 10pm, Monday to Sunday.

Caracas Grill. You can get a taste of Venezuelan BBQ from Caracas Grill. It’s all about the meat here, so prepare to tuck into their Galipan Pepito, a heaving white baguette stuffed with chicken and pork sausage layered with fresh veggies. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside and you need to book ahead online. It’s open 11.30am to 2pm, Tuesday to Friday.

La Taberna. When Caracas Grill closes, La Taberna opens. This little tapas restaurant server up small plates with big flavours all night long. Take your pick from classics like patatas bravas, chorizo al vino and padron peppers. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside and you need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5.30pm to 2pm, Tuesday to Friday, then from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Saturdays.

Dakota Hotel Roast Dinner

Dakota Bar & Grill. The hotel has reopened and so has its brasserie-style restaurant. Tuck into locally-sourced steak and seafood alongside an extensive menu of classic and creative cocktails. It reopened from Saturday 4th July 2020 and you need to book ahead online. It’s open from 12pm to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, then from 12pm to 8pm on Sundays.

Deeva. With a modern spin on traditional Indian dishes, Deeva is must-visit. Head to their stripped back restaurant and feast on incredible dishes like their lamb handi, which pairs classic pot cooking with modern marsala sauce. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside and you need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5pm to 11.30pm, Monday to Saturday, then from 2pm to 10pm on Sundays.

Restaurant Bar and Grill. A beautiful restaurant in the Old Post Office, Restaurant Bar & Grill is back. You can get everything from Chateaubriands to Isle of Man Scallops in Thermidor Sauce, complete with classic cocktails, craft beer and fine wines. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 and you need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5pm to 11.30pm, Friday to Sunday.

Crafthouse Tasting Menu

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Crafthouse. Creative dishes, artfully crafted and cooked over the Josper grill in a sumptuous setting, Crafthouse is a must-visit. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 and you need to book ahead online. It’s open from 12pm to 10pm on Wednesdays, 12pm to 11pm on Thursdays, and then from 12pm to late on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s open from 12pm to 6pm.

East 59th. You can indulge in experimental cocktails as you relax on their rooftop terrace or devour a menu of American grill favourites in the New York-inspired bar. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 and you need to book ahead online. It’s open for lunch from 12pm to 2.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday, then from 12pm to 4pm on Sundays. It’s open for dinner from 6pm to 9.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Issho. A Michelin-recommended Japanese restaurant, Issho serves everything from tiger prawn tempura to wagyu beef. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 and you need to book ahead online. It’s open for lunch from 12pm to 2pm on Tuesday to Thursday and from 12pm to 2.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s open for dinner from 5pm to 9pm, Tuesday to Thursday, then from 5pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Home Leeds

HOME. Fine dining returns as HOME reopens. Liz Cottam will be serving British-inspired tasting menus that will blow mind. It’s reopening on Friday 31st July 2020 and you need to book ahead online. It’s open from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, then from 12pm to 1.30pm for lunch and from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s just open from 12pm to 3pm.

La Bottega Milanese. This Bond Court cafe is a must-visit for quality coffee, Italian-style sandwiches and sweet treats. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020. They’re not letting people sit inside, but they are reopening their outdoor seating area. It’s open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, then from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

Chophaus. A sleek steakhouse and wine bar in the heart of Oakwood, Chaphaus is a hotbed of melt-in-the-mouth meaty goodness. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with a reduced menu and limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open for lunch from 12pm to 2.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, then for dinner from 6pm to 10pm, Wednesday to Saturday. On Sundays, it’s just open from 12pm to 6pm.

Ox Club

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Ox Club. The grill restaurant nestled within Headrow House is back open, but there are some changes afoot at Ox Club. You can enjoy a set menu of small plates, featuring some of the best dishes of the past year, paired with drinks from the next-door bar. It reopened on Friday 10th July 2020 and you need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5pm to 10pm on Friday and Saturday only.

Livin’Italy. From fresh pizza to classic favourites like belly pork porchetta, Livin’Italy has Italian down. Paired with handpicked Italian wines, it’s no wonder it’s so popular. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, but they’re only allowing limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 12pm to 11pm, Monday to Friday, from 10am to 11pm on Saturdays, then 10am to 10pm on Sundays.

The Man Behind Curtain. The city’s only Michelin Starred restaurant, The Man Behind the Curtain is a culinary experience like no other. Renowned chef Michael O’Hare creates mind-blowing tasting menus not soon forgotten. It’s reopening on Saturday 1st August 2020 and you need to book ahead online. Opening times have not been confirmed yet.

Black Market

Black Market. It’s all about the best of British at this fine dining restaurant in Chapel Allerton. You can pick and choose a series of small plates to enjoy in their sleek venue. It reopened on Friday 10th July 2020 and you need to book ahead online. It’s open 12pm to 11pm Wednesday to Friday, from 10am to 12pm on Saturdays, then from 10am to 8pm on Sundays.

The Oxford Place. 100% gluten-free, but loved by all, The Oxford Place is a lovely little restaurant. Expect gastropub favourites like beef burgers, fish and chips and slow-cooked pork belly. It reopened on Friday 10th July 2020 and you need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5pm to 9.15pm, Tuesday to Saturday, then from 12pm to 8pm on Sunday.

The Hungry Bear. It’s small in size, but The Hungry Bear is big on flavour with its menu of classic British dishes. From beef brisket to crusted sea bass, it’s all made using the best locally-sourced ingredients. It reopened on Thursday 9th July 2020 with a reduced menu and you need to book ahead online. It’s open from 12pm to 9.30pm, Thursday to Saturday, then from 12pm to 4pm on Sundays.

Paella at Viva Cuba, Leeds

Viva Cuba. This lively tapas restaurant brings the big flavours of Cuba to Leeds. You can team delicious small plates like seafood paella and lamb stew with their extensive selection of Cuban beers, rum and sherry. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 and you need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5.30pm to 11pm, Monday to Sunday.

Mill Kitchen. A charming, rustic cafe in Farsley, Mill Kitchen serves classic breakfast and lunch dishes, paired North Star coffee. It reopened to walk-ins on Tuesday 7th July 2020, but they’re only accepting limited numbers inside. It’s open from 9am to 3.30pm, Monday to Saturday, then from 9am to 2.30pm on Sundays.

Almost Famous. This bonkers burger joint is a haven if you like sloppy patty-and-bun-combos. Settle down amidst the graffiti-covered walls and gorilla-guarded doorway to tuck in. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, but they’re only accepting limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open 4pm to 9pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, then from 12pm to 10pm from Friday to Sunday.

Rudy's Pizza

Rudy’s Pizza. It had barely opened when lockdown hit, but Rudy’s is open once again, so you can visit this laid-back pizzeria and enjoy their incredible Neapolitan pizza first-hand. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, but they’re only accepting limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open 12pm to 9pm, Sunday to Thursday, then from 12pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Pizza Fella. One of the best independent pizzerias in Leeds, Pizza Fella keeps things simple. From the stripped back decor to the simple, but tantalising menu, the focus stays on their Neapolitan pizza, topped with the likes of ‘nduja sausage and balsamic onions. It reopened on Tuesday 7th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book online in advance. It’s open from 5pm to 9pm Tuesday to Thursday, then 5pm to 10pm on Fridays and 12pm to 6pm on Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s open 12pm to 6pm.

Flamingos Coffee House. This is the first LGBTQ+ friendly cafe in Leeds and you can be sure of a great cup of coffee and bite to eat here. Get a North Star brew with an all-day brunch menu and a regularly changing line-up of sweet treats. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 for walk-ins only with limited numbers inside. It’s open from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and then 10am to 5pm on Sundays.

Eat Your Greens Squash Smash

Eat Your Greens. A wine bar and veggie restaurant rolled into one, Eat Your Greens is a cool-as-heck collaboration between The Grub and Grog Shop and Outlaws Yacht Club. You can expect a menu of plant-based dishes that are both healthy and delicious, which you can enjoy with local beers and organic wines. It reopened on Thursday 9th July 2020 and they’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended. It’s open 4pm to 9pm, Thursday to Saturday.

Cat’s Pyjamas. This Headingley restaurant specialises in tasty Indian street food. From the Tandoori Mixed Grill to the Pork Belly Vindaloo, you’re in for a flavour-packed meal. It reopened on Sunday 5th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. They’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended. It’s open from 5pm to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and then 12pm to 10pm on Sundays.

The Olive. If you like the vibrant flavours of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, head to The Olive in Chapel Allerton. This sleek restaurant is the perfect place to tuck into dishes like beef stifado, Chicken souvlaki and lamb kofta. It reopened on Monday 6th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5pm to late, Monday to Wednesday, and then 12pm to 2pm and 5pm to late, Thursday to Saturday. On Sundays, it’s open 12pm to late.

The Greenhouse

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The Greenhouse. This charming little Horsforth cafe offers plant-based delights all day long. You can get dishes like tofu scramble, fluffy pancake stacks and chickpea mango burritos, with a cup of Maude Coffee or Tea Pigs. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. They’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended. It’s open from 10am to 4pm, Sunday to Wednesday and on Fridays, 10am to 5pm on Thursdays and then 9am to 4pm on Saturdays.

Sabroso Street. A Mexican street food joint in the heart of Farsley, Sabroso Street brings big Latin American flavours to Leeds with dishes like Mexican chilli alongside small plates like beer-battered fish tacos and pork nachos. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. They’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended. It’s open 4.30pm to 9pm, Tuesday to Thursday, and then 12pm to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s open 12pm to 9.30pm.

Döner Shack. You can fill up on classic German kebabs at Döner Shack in Trinity Kitchen. They stuff fresh pitas with classic lamb döner, chicken shawarma or vegan schnitzel with your choice of veggies and sauces. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with designated seating areas for walk-ins. It’s open from 12pm to 9pm, Monday to Sunday.

Rola Wala. It’s fast, it’s fresh and it’s packed with vibrant Indian flavours. Rola Wala puts an epic twist on Indian street food with their loaded naan rolls and cauliflower rice bowls, heaving with Keralan chickpea, Bengali spiced beef or vegan red dal. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with designated seating areas for walk-ins. It’s open from 12pm to 9pm, Monday to Sunday.

Tortilla. It’s all about Mexican street food at this Trinity Kitchen favourite. Choose from a normal burrito, a naked burrito or tacos, before you choose your meat, veggies, rice and sauces. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with designated seating areas for walk-ins. It’s open from 12pm to 9pm, Monday to Sunday.

Absurd Bird. This Trinity Kitchen staple serves up incredible crispy fried chicken inspired by South American recipes. From Double Fried Monster Wings to Chicken and Waffles, you’re in for an indulgent feast. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with designated seating areas for walk-ins. It’s open from 12pm to 9pm, Monday to Sunday.

Dapur Malaysia

Dapur Malaysia. Formerly a street food favourite, Dapur Malaysia now has a permanent cafe-style restaurant in Chapel Allerton. You can tuck into their classic Malaysian dishes made using family recipes passed down through generations. It reopened on Thursday 10th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. They’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended. It’s open from 5pm to 10pm, Tuesday to Friday, and then 12pm to 10pm on Saturday.

Brod. Nestled on the corner of Great George Street and Oxford Place, Brod is small, but its food is certainly perfectly formed. They offer a host of sandwiches, wraps and baguettes to go, stuffed with your choice of fillings. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 for walk-ins only with limited numbers inside. It’s open from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Sebby’s. A charming little cafe in an old Headingley cottage, Sebby’s is a must-visit. You can get a mug of North Star coffee or loose leaf tea to go with dishes like avocado on sourdough, French toast and beans on toast. It’s reopening on Saturday 11th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open 9am to 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays only for the time being.

Ambiente

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Ambiente. This cool, stripped-back restaurant is the perfect place to kick back with a delicious array of Spanish tapas dishes. From classics like patatas bravas to creations like whole roast bream on a bed of Mediterranean veg, you’re in for a treat. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 12pm to 10pm, Monday to Sunday.

Darvish. A family-run Persian restaurant in Harehills, Darvish is a hidden gem that’s been cooking up delicious food for over a decade. You can tuck into a host of traditional stews like the khoresht, which comes with diced lamb, fried aubergines, split yellow peas and aromatic saffron rice. It reopened on Thursday 9th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5pm to 10pm, Monday to Sunday, apart from Tuesday when it’s closed.

Grumpy’s. This pizzeria-cum-bar in Farsley is a stone-cold gem. Run by sisters Cassie and Alex Rogerson, you can look forward to Roman-style pizzas served with craft beers and cocktails in a cool, stripped-back venue. It reopened on Tuesday 7th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open 12pm to 11pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

Mans Market Hanging Skewer

Man’s Market. Hidden behind a mere doorway at West Point, Mans Market opens up into a Chinese wonderland one you head underground. Get ready for classic dishes with a modern twist, like sweet and sour chicken served on a hanging skewer. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open 12pm to 11pm, Monday to Thursday, and then 12pm to 12am, Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s open 12pm to 10pm.

Mad Frans. This modern cafe-bar at Wellington Place is a great place to catch up with friends. Take a seat by the lush green living wall and get ready for bottomless brunches on Saturdays and roast dinners on Sundays. It’s reopening on Saturday 25th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 12pm to 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays only until the end of August.

Tavernaki. You can enjoy a taste of Greece and Cyprus on a visit to Tavernaki. It’s a little slice of sunshine, from the murals on the walls to the menu which is full of classic Mediterranean favourites like chicken souvlaki, moussaka and mezze platters. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 4pm to 11pm, Monday to Friday, and then 12pm to 11pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Mowgli Street Food

Mowgli Street Food. It was just about to open when lockdown hit, so you can check out Mowgli for the first time now that it’s flung its doors wide open. Get ready for proper Indian street food with dishes like Agra Ginger Chicken and Goan Fish Curry. It opened on Tuesday 7th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 12.30pm to 9.30pm, Sunday to Wednesday, and then 12pm to 10.30pm, Thursday to Saturday.

The Agora. To get a taste of authentic Greek and Turkish cuisine, head to The Agora in Horsforth. It’s a family-run restaurant and it’s all about home-cooked dishes, from mezze platters to steaming casseroles. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5pm to 10pm, Monday to Thursday, and then 12pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s open from 12pm to 9pm.

Oranaise. You can tuck into authentic North African, Middle Eastern and Andalucian cuisine at Oranaise on Hyde Park Corner. From Lebanese chicken to merguez couscous, it’s cheap as it is tasty. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5pm to 10pm, Monday to Thursday, and then 12pm to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

House of Koko, Chapel Allerton

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House of Koko. A coo, family-run cafe on the southern edge of Chapel Allerton, House of Koko is a must-visit. Enjoy a cup of North Star coffee or a loose leaf tea, before you delve into dishes like buttermilk pancakes and baked beans on sourdough. It reopened to walk-ins on Saturday 4th July 2020 for outside dining only. It’s open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and then 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s open 10am to 4pm.

El Bareto. This rustic underground restaurant whips up some of the best tapas in Leeds. Pair snacks like Padron peppers with small plates like baked chorizo sausage and crispy croquettes for a Spanish feast of epic proportions. It reopened on Thursday 9th July 2020 with limited numbers inside and a new outdoor dining area. You need to book ahead by calling 0113 2666946. It’s open from 5.30pm to 12am, Monday to Saturday.

Salvo’s. This local legend has been feeding Headingley delicious Italian cuisine for over 40 years. There’s pizza and pasta, alongside classics like spicy pork polpette and an ever-changing specials board. It reopened on Wednesday 8th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5pm to 9pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and then from 12pm to 9.30pm on Fridays, 12pm to 10pm on Saturdays and 12pm to 9pm on Sundays.

Simpatico

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Simpatico. Fancy pizza? Head to Simpatico! They do proper Roman-style pizzas with perfectly crisp crusts and fluffy tops, adorned with all manner of toppings, from pepperoni to Yorkshire puddings. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 to a limited number walk-ins and you can sit in their outside seating area in Queens Arcade. It’s open from 11am to 4pm, Thursday to Saturday.

Smak! You can discover the delights of classic Polish street food at Smak! From their specialty kiełbasa sausage to their own twist on a chicken burger, you won’t regret it. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers side. You need to book ahead by calling 0113 2787831. It’s open from 5pm to 9pm, Wednesday to Friday and 12pm to 9pm on Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s open from 12pm to 4pm.

Mommy Thai. You can widen your Thai cuisine horizons at Mommy Thai. Alongside a bunch of classics like pad Thai and jungle curry, you can also try a dish from their Mommy’s Special menu, which features a host of fiery dishes you only find in Bangkok. Both the Vicar Lane and Swinegate restaurants reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead by calling 0113 244 9289. It’s open from 11.30am to 10pm, Monday to Thursday, and then 11.30am to 11pm, Friday to Sunday.

Wolfox. If you’ve missed a proper cup of coffee during lockdown, head to Wolfox. This Wellington Street cafe brews its own delicious blends, which pair perfectly with one of their healthy salads, burgers and brunch dishes. It reopened on Monday 6th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. They’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended. It’s open from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and then 9am to 3pm on Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s open 10am to 3pm.

Just Grand! You can step back in time with a trip to Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom. It’s full of 1950’s charm as old-world tunes play in the background as you enjoy a proper cup of Yorkshire tea, with a menu of cakes, sandwiches and soups. It’s reopening on Saturday 11th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead by calling 07528 244012. It’s open from 9am to 5pm, Wednesday to Saturday.

Sociable Folk. A modern cafe at Wellington Place, Sociable Folk is a perfect spot for breakfast and lunch. You can get sandwiches, salads and wraps as well as a cracking coffee made with North Star beans. It’s reopening on Tuesday 1st September 2020 with limited numbers inside and more seating outside. Booking details and opening hours have not been confirmed yet.

Residence 74

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Residence 74. This cool and cosy cafe-bar in Cookridge is an all-day affair. Nip in for a full English and mug of coffee for breakfast, grab a sandwich and smoothie for lunch, or nip in for burgers and beers for tea. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. They’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended. It’s open from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Saturday, and then 9am to 4pm on Sundays.

Grön Kafe. This sleek and simple Scandinavian-inspired cafe from Matt Healy is a little treasure in Oakwood. It’s all about healthy, but tasty living here, so get ready to pair clean dishes like sweet potato toast and crab & chilli salad with a range of detoxing teas, vitamin-packed juices and organic coffees. It reopened to walk-ins on Saturday 4th July 2020 for outside dining only. It’s open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday.

Brown’s Greens. This warm and friendly hidden treasure in Rawdon promises delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes. They have a build-your-own menu that allows you to customise classics like hummus and avocado on toast how you like, as well as offering filo pies, DIY salads and a curry of the day. It reopened on Thursday 9th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book by calling 07375849731. It’s open 9am to 2pm on Thursdays, 12pm to 8pm on Fridays and 10am to 8pm on Saturdays.

Fika North

Fika North. This Scandi-inspired cafe in Headingley promises all kinds of treats. They brew a lovely cup of coffee that pairs perfectly with their menu of freshly-baked sweet treats and dishes like the Skagen, a classic Scandinavian brunch dish. Later in the day, you can even get beer and wine. It reopened to walk-ins on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. It’s open from 9am to 3pm for takeaway and 3pm to 10pm for sit-ins, from Wednesday to Sunday.

The Bowery. This Headingley cafe doubles as a gallery and creative space. In the front of the shop, you’ll find a host of tempting giftwares, before you move into the cafe where you can grab an Allpress Espresso coffee and a slice of cake before admiring the art on the walls. It reopened to walk-ins on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. It’s open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday.

North Star Coffee. The city’s first micro-roaster has its own cafe at Leeds Dock. You can get their single-origin espressos or one of their filter coffees, just metres from where it’s made, which you can pair with all kinds of tasty little morsels. It’s reopening on Saturday 11th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead by emailing gm@northstarroast.com. It’s open from 8.30am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, and then 10am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tattu Sticky Beef Short Rib

Tattu. This is one of the coolest Chinese restaurants you’ll ever visit. It’s all dark and atmospheric, with an equally intriguing menu to match. You can get dim sum, share a few small plates or enjoy a main all to yourself – whatever you get, it will show off their creative take on Chinese classics. It’s reopening on Thursday 16th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open 5pm to 10.30pm, Monday to Thursday, and then 12pm to 10.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s open 12pm to 10pm.

Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Brasserie. A fine dining institution with a distinct air of luxury, the Fourth Floor Brasserie serves refined dishes made with hand-picked Yorkshire produce. It reopens on Saturday 18th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 11am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, then from 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

El Gato Negro. The place to go for refined Spanish tapas, El Gato is a must-visit. You can get classics like meatballs and patatas bravas alongside unusual creations like cauliflower croquetas and morcilla scotch eggs. It reopened on Thursday 16th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 12pm to 12am on Thursdays, and then from 12pm to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s open from 12pm to 10pm.

Lupe's Cantina

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Lupe’s Cantina. This Mexican eatery in Burley is a local favourite. Enjoy Central American-style tapas like shredded beef in corn boats or melted cheese and chorizo with tortillas. It reopened on Thursday 16th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead by calling 0113 345 3070. It’s open from 5pm to 8.30pm on Thursdays, from 5pm to 9pm on Fridays, then 1pm to 9pm on Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s open from 1pm to 6pm.

Thai Sabai. Get ready for bold Southeast Asian flavours at this Headingley favourite. Thai Sabai is a relaxed cafe-style restaurant where you can snaffle everything from mushroom panang hed to weeping tiger. It reopened on Thursday 16th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5.30pm to 10pm, Tuesday to Saturday, then from 5.30pm to 9.30pm on Sundays.

Manjit’s Kitchen. Their Indian street food is up there with the best of ‘em. Head to the Kirkstall Road restaurant to tuck into a host of amazing dishes like potato and pea rolls, butternut squash kofta and classic dhal. It’s reopening on Saturday 18th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead by emailing manjit@manjitskitchen.com. It’s open from 2pm to 10pm on Saturdays, other days will be added soon.

Feed Breakfast

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Feed. This all-day cafe-bar brings a touch of New York to Pudsey. Settle down amongst the neon lights and exposed brickwork to tuck into brunch dishes like fried chicken waffles and teatime treats like wild boar bratwurst. It reopened on Thursday 16th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. They’re accepting walk-ins. It’s open from 12pm to 9pm, Wednesday to Thursday, then from 11am to 9pm on Fridays. On Sundays, it’s open from 11am to 8pm.

Cantina. The vegan restaurant above The Old Red Bus Station is back with a brand new menu. You cauli wings to mac and cheeze and loaded burgers, it’s all 100% meat and dairy free. It’s reopening on Friday 17th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 4pm to 10pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 4pm to 11pm on Thursdays, then from 1pm to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Riveresque. One of the best greasy spoons in Leeds, Riveresque is a no-frills cafe where you can get hot and cold sandwiches, made to order, as well as soups, jacket spuds and full English breakfasts. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. They’re accepting walk-ins. It’s open from 7am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, then from 8am to 4pm on Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s open from 8am to 3pm.

Mr Mackerel

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The Market Kitchen at Kirkgate Market. You can now sit in at The Market Kitchen. From Manjit’s Kitchen to Kanassa, Jenny’s Jerk Chicken and Mr Mackerel, all their street food vendors have their own designated and socially-distanced seating areas, so you can sit down to enjoy your lunch. It reopened on Monday 6th July 2020 and they’re accepting walk-ins. It’s open from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

200 Degrees. A coffee lover’s haven, you can get a hell of a brew at 200 Degrees. They hand-pick their beans before turning them into blends signature like the Brazilian Love Affair. Pair yours with freshly-made sandwiches, salads and cakes. It reopened on Saturday 11th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. They’re accepting walk-ins. It’s open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, then from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays. On Sundays, it’s open from 10am to 4pm.

Viet Guy. This independent Vietnamese restaurant on Lower Briggate brings classic Southeast Asian flavours to Leeds. You can look forward to classic dishes like pho soups and stir-fries, alongside a few more adventurous dishes. It reopened on Thursday 16th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 11am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday, then 11am to 10pm on Sundays.

Heaney and Mill

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Heaney & Mill. You can enjoy refined food in a laid-back restaurant at Heaney * Mill. It’s open early ’til late, so get ready for pancakes at breakfast, sarnies at lunch and salt-aged beef fillet steaks for tea. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, then from 10am to 6pm on Sunday.

Sukhothai. As one of the most popular Thai restaurants in Leeds, Sukhothai promises top quality dishes in an extravagant setting. Tuck into Phed Pad Prik Gang, Weeping Tiger and Gang Supprarod as you enjoy the surroundings. It reopened in Leeds city centre, Headingley and Chapel Allerton on Saturday 4th July 2020. You need to book online. It’s open from 5pm to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, then from 12pm to 9pm on Sunday.

Bengal Brasserie. There’s something for everyone at this popular Indian restaurant. They bring together classic Indian and Bangladeshi dishes like Lamb Handi Gosht and Naga Chilli Chicken. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5pm to 11pm, Monday to Saturday, and then 12pm to 10pm on Sundays.

USC Craft Pizza Wrap, Union Square

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Union Square. This New York-style bar in the Merrion Centre is good for any occasion. You can enjoy a massive selection of global craft beer from the bar, or go for one of their creative cocktails. Hungry? They serve a tantalising menu of pizzas and burgers. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside and they’re accepting walk-ins.

Fuji Hiro. An understated cafe-style restaurant where all the focus is on classic Japanese dishes, Fuji Hiro is a must-visit. From noodles like Yaki Soba to their slurp-tastic ramen offering, you won’t be disappointed. It reopened on Saturday 11th July 2020 with limited numbers inside. You need to book ahead online. It’s open from 5pm to 9pm, Monday to Sunday, apart from Tuesday when it’s closed.

Hook & Line. You can’t beat good ol’ fish and chips for dinner and this is one of the best places to get it in Leeds. From a classic haddock and chips to gourmet burgers, spam fritters and loaded chips, they do the lot. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with limited numbers inside and they’re accepting walk-ins. It’s open from 7am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and then 11.30am to 8pm on Saturdays.

This list is ever-growing – the situation is changing so fast that it’s hard to keep track, so if we’ve missed somewhere, let us know!