Wondering where to take your Dad for Father’s Day? Check out these perfect Leeds restaurants.
It’s that time of year again to pull out all the stops for your good ol’ Dad. So we’ve rounded up the best Father’s Day restaurants in Leeds, each with a menu that will go down a storm. You can dig into tapas by the riverside, work your way through endless meat skewers or even settle down for hearty pub grub. It’s your perfect chance to say thanks to your old man for all they’ve done for you.
Treat your Dad to endless meat skewers at Fazenda this Father’s Day. It’s one of Leeds’ most popular all-you-can-eat restaurants. Based on the canalside at Granary Wharf, it has a cool decor with exposed brickwork, leather furnishings and huge windows. Their bar runs the length of the room and serves a cracking set of rare South American beers, from the Chilean Nazca IPA to the Brazilian Brahma.
Kick off your meal at the loaded salad bar and choose from fresh vegetables, cured meats and continental cheeses. Then for your main, simply switch your table’s card from red to green and the passadores will bring sizzling skewers to you and cut them directly onto your plate. Will you go for pork collar? Gammon with pineapple? Or ribeye steak? And if you can’t decide, get the whole shebang, as it just keeps on coming.
Fazenda, Unit 4-7 Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire,LS1 4GL. You can get their menu from £24.50 per person.
Gusto have created a Father’s Day Special Menu to sit alongside their usual Sunday A La Carte menu. You can choose between two different mains, coupled with a rich purple wine or a whiskey-based cocktail. Will it be the seared sirloin steak with salad and duck fat potatoes or the Calabrian burger topped with a rich gravy, caramelised onions and smoked cheese?
If that doesn’t hit the mark, you can still try their usual Sunday offering which shows off their refined take on Italian classics. Go for their three-meat lasagne with slow cooked ragu or their Fico pizza topped with ‘Nduja sausage, five-hour caramelised onions and Burrata cheese. It’s one of Leeds’ most sophisticated restaurants, with fresh white table cloths, dark wood and huge windows, so it’s a great way to get in his good books.
Gusto, 10 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RU. You can get a Father’s Day Special Menu from £15.95 or a Sunday A La Carte Menu from £9.75.
Whitelock’s is well known for its extensive selection of Yorkshire real ales but the food is just as good, which makes it perfect this Father’s Day. From beer-battered haddock to the staple Whitelock’s burger, it’s pub grub done well. And since it’s a Sunday, if you fancy a roast, you can pick from Yorkshire’s finest cuts of lamb, pork or beef, topped with lashings of gravy.
You get the best of both worlds here. The restaurant area is cornered off from the bustle of the pub, so you can enjoy a pint before you head to your table and tuck into your food in peace. Either way, you can enjoy a cosy set-up with mahogany furnishings and traditional carpets, sealing that oh-so-British pub feel. It’s bound to go down a treat with your old man.
Whitelock’s, Turk’s Head Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB.
Head to Blue Sakura to tuck into a never-ending selection of sushi this Father’s Day. It may not be your typical Sunday feed, but one look at the menu will leave you eager to order. You can choose from over 100 traditional dishes, making it one of Leeds’ best all-you-can-eat restaurants.
You get a tablet for the table, where you can scroll through and pick from the likes of crab meat maki rolls, salmon sashimi and spicy tuna hand rolls. It’s not just sushi either. They even do hot dishes like chicken katsu and beef with black pepper. The decor fits the cuisine perfectly. Think cherry blossom trees and Japanese light fittings. Pop down in the evening, as their menu expands, so you can get even more for your money.
Blue Sakura, 2-3 Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BT. You can get the Sunday Lunch menu for £18.95 or the Sunday Evening menu for £29.95.
A trip to Bill’s is the perfect Father’s Day treat. Their seasonal menu is filled with hearty dishes and colourful salads, so there’s something for the whole family. Start with one of their sharing platters, packed with calamari, spiced tortillas and devilled chicken skewers. Then move onto Kashmiri lamb shank on a bed of coconut rice and sprinkled with spicy cashew nuts or beer-battered cod with a pea purée, tartare sauce and fries.
Why not get a bottle for the table? They do an extensive selection of wines, or if Dad prefers a pint, try Bill’s own IPA and Cornish cider. All this can be enjoyed in a cosy set-up that’s decked out with leafy plants, antique trinkets and flamboyant wallpaper.
Bill’s, 1 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JL. Main courses start from £10.95.
Red’s True Barbecue
Red’s are famous for their loaded trays of barbecued goodness, guaranteed to seal the deal for any hungry Dads out there this Father’s Day. Soak up the bustling atmosphere and take in those glorious smells as you cast your eye over their packed menu.
They do everything from heaving burgers to customisable barbecue trays. Or celebrate the occasion with The Feast. It’s a sharing platter that brings together ribs, brisket, sticky chicken, smoked wings, jalapeño sausage and pulled pork into one epic feed. Smother your food with your pick of their iconic sauces, order a round of craft beers and tuck in.
Red’s True Barbecue, 1 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD. Main courses start from £8.95.
Ox Club will host a Father’s Day Chop Night for special dads this year. It’s an evening dedicated to rare breed and heritage chops sourced from God’s Own Country. You can expect to see pork shoulder, wing ribs and côte de boeuf on the menu, all grilled over oak on their Josper grill.
This is a Michelin recommended restaurant so you can eat safe in the knowledge you’re treating your dad to a top quality feed. The restaurant is tucked away in Headrow House, one of the city’s favourite watering holes, so you have the perfect excuse to dive into post-feed tipples on the rooftop terrace, where you can enjoy a selection of local ales like Saltaire Blonde.
Ox Club, 19a The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU. Dishes start from £16.
Indulge in a selection of small plates at Ambiente, one of Leeds’ best tapas restaurants. It’s nestled next to the river in a converted warehouse and oozes a cool, laid-back atmosphere, making it the ideal Father’s Day treat. They offer a range of paellas and sharing platters, but their small plates are the main pull.
Mix and match meat, fish and veggie dishes and pair them with a cold Spanish beer or go for a rich bottle of red. You’re spoilt for choice here. You can get everything from soy and apple roast belly pork to salt cod croquettes. Fancy carbs? Throw in patatas bravas coated in a spicy tomato sauce and you’ve got a tasty selection to work your way through.
Ambiente, 36-38 The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EW. Tapas plates start from £4.25.
For a show-stopping dining experience that Dad will love, treat him with a trip to the Teppanyaki. It’s a Japanese restaurant famed for its unique setup, where you sit around a cooking station kitted out with teppan hot plates. Expect huge flames, sizzling sounds and a flow of mouth-watering smells as their expert chefs cook up a storm right in front of your eyes.
You can get everything from spicy lamb with ginger and spring onion to duck teriyaki with pineapple, smothered in a sticky soy sauce. In the mood for fish? Dive into a tuna steak with peppers and mange tout or much on king prawns and scallops coated in a Tokyo butter sauce. Once you’ve chosen, you can sit back in amazement and watch it come to life.
Teppanyaki, Belgrave Hall, Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8DD. Main courses start from £14.95.
Take your Dad to Stuzzi to snaffle an array of small plates in one of Leeds’ best Italian restaurants. Their immaculately presented ‘stuzzicini’ dishes are both creative and packed with flavour. From venison and salami meatballs in a Marzano tomato sauce to arancini stuffed with two different cheeses, each will leave you craving more.
Expect a grand set-up with sweeping archways and shelves lined with bottles of wine, complete with large windows that look out onto the street below. An authentic taste of Italy enjoyed in a luxurious setting is a no-brainer when it comes to choosing the perfect restaurant this Father’s Day.
Stuzzi, 7 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ. Main courses start from £6.Cover image credit: Bevan Cockerill