From moussaka to souvlaki, you can get all the joy of proper Greek cuisine right here in Leeds.
Eating is at the very heart of the Greek way of life, so you can expect big flavours and fresh ingredients from these incredible eateries. Whether you fancy hearty stews, marinated meats or grilled skewers, where can you get your fill of delicious Greek dishes in Leeds? We’ve rounded up the very best restaurants and takeaways in Leeds, so you can find out just why Greek food is the crown jewel of Mediterranean cuisine.
Tavernaki is the stuff Greek dreams are made of. This tucked-away gem is small, cosy and welcoming, like stepping inside an island bistro, where incredible food is impossible to avoid. If you’re a carnivore, you can go wild. The poikilia meat platter comes loaded with marinated lamb, chicken, pork and Cypriot sausage, perfect for sharing. But if you want to go it alone, you won’t struggle for choice. Classic dishes like the aubergine moussaka, halloumi souvlaki and beef stifado make Tavernaki a must try.
Tavernaki, Electric Press, 18 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3DW. You can eat in, collect your food to takeaway or get a delivery through Deliveroo.
It’s all about classic Greek dishes done well at Mykonos. This Oakwood restaurant has been serving up authentic flavours for over a decade and it’s one of the best in Leeds. You can start with classics like potato keftedes or borek pastry rolls, before you move onto their hearty main courses. Chicken souvlaki, lamb kleftiko, vegetarian moussaka are all on the menu, alongside more unusual dishes like adana, their fiery minced lamb skewers. Fancy sharing? Go for the meat meze and handpick a bunch of starters and mains to split.
Mykonos, 627 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 4AR. You can eat in, collect your food to takeaway or get a delivery through Uber Eats.
The Mad Greek
The name lives up to its billing at this Chapel Allerton cafe. It’s been run by the lively Kostas Tsiknakis for over 10 years and is one of the best places to go for Greek food in Leeds. Get ready for lots of Greek singing, shouting and dancing as you dive into a menu of lip-smacking dishes. They have loads of Greek favourites done to traditional recipes, like the paputsaki, stifado and moussaka, but if you want to see why it’s so special, get their trademark gyro, a pita rammed full with chicken, pork or feta & tomato.
The Mad Greek, 14 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY. You can eat in, collect your food to takeaway or get a delivery through Just Eat.
If you want a true taste of authentic Greek and Turkish cuisine, The Agora in Horsforth is a no brainer. This family-run restaurant prides itself on serving a menu that’s packed full of Aegean flavour. You can go all out with the meze sharing plates, piled high with seafood or halloumi. Prefer to stay on your own? Their rich casseroles like the stifado and kleftiko are made to recipes handed down through the generations. You can wash yours down with imported Mythos beer, before you finish with their homemade pistachio-filled baklava.
The Agora, 207-209 New Road Side, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4DR. You can eat in, collect your food to takeaway or get a delivery by calling 0113 469 0927.
The Olive is a cool, modern Mediterranean restaurant in the heart of Chapel Allerton. Their menus celebrate the flavours of Greece and Cyprus, so get ready for a delicious feed. It’s always good to give the house speciality a go, so why not try the swordfish? It comes marinated in a fragrant blend of olive oil, lime and oregano. If that’s not your bag, their meze platters are big enough for a whole meal even if you’re sharing. Prefer to go solo? They’ve got Greek classics done well, like the moussaka and lamb keftedes.
The Olive, 188-190 Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS7 4NZ. You can eat in, collect your food to takeaway or get a delivery through Uber Eats.
When you want delicious Greek food in Leeds, you can’t go wrong at Santorini in Headingley – expect big flavours from dishes done to traditional family recipes. Start with favourites like dolamades or tzaztiki, before moving on to your mains. You can keep it quick and easy with one of their heaving gyros filled with chicken, falafel or sausage, or you can try their twist on a Western favourite – the spiced lamb burger comes topped with red onions, tzatziki and the house pickle.
Santorini, 55 Otley Road, Leeds, Headingley, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AB. You can eat in, collect your food to takeaway or get a delivery through Deliveroo.
If you want a fine dining spin on Greek cuisine, you have to give Zorbas a try. The menu at this Cross Gates restaurant has been put together by chef and owner Besmir Sechou. It’s full of traditional favourites, served with added sophistication. There’s dolmades and tzatziki to start – just make sure you save room for those delectable mains. You can get stews like moussaka and stifado, but it’s the perfect chance to try something new. The tigania kotopoulo is a Greek twist on the stir fry, which sees chunks of fresh chicken breast and veg cooked in a white wine sauce.
Zorbas, 4 Austhorpe Rd, Cross Gates, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS15 8DX. You can eat in, collect your food to takeaway or get a delivery through Just Eat.
This family-run Yeadon restaurant is one of the finest Mediterranean restaurants in Leeds. It specialises in Greek and Turkish dishes, so get ready for hearty plates of warming food. Why not start with a mixed platter? You’ll get to try a handful of their appetisers, all in one go. Huge mezze platters, tender meats and bubbling casseroles await for your main course, but you can also try a dish you might not find elsewhere in Leeds. The arni me fruta sees lamb slow-cooked in the oven with apricots, prunes and apples – divine!
Fikos, 152 Harrogate Road, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 6AH. You can eat in, collect your food to takeaway or get a delivery through Uber Eats.
If you want quick and tasty Greek food to go, you have to visit Mythos. Don’t let the fact it’s a takeaway fool you – they know how to whip up a mean Greek feast. Their speciality is the Yeeros wrap – choose from pork or chicken and get it wrapped up in a freshly toasted pita, with cabbage, carrot, tzatziki, tomato, onion and their incredible oregano chips. Fancy something different? Go for the wild boar souvlaki box, which comes marinated, grilled and cubed on a skewer, before it’s served on a bed of oregano chips and salad.
Mythos, 30 Woodsley Road, Woodhouse, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1DT. You can collect your food to takeaway or get a delivery through Uber Eats.
You can expect all the fun and flair of a traditional Greek restaurant at Opaa! This family-run meze bar and grill is where you’ll find all the big Greek flavours we know and love. Start with a few unusual plates – the lahanodomades are rice-stuffed cabbage rolls and the saganaki sees oven-cooked feta drizzled in oregano and olive oil. If you fancy something to-go, grab a yeeros, but if you want a proper traditional meal, you can’t go wrong with their casseroles, like the meatball keftekadia in a tomato and feta sauce.
Opaa!, 58 Roseville Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 5DR. You can eat in, collect your food to takeaway or get a delivery through Deliveroo.
Hearty casseroles, melt-in-your-mouth kebabs and seafood platters await at Lavanta in Weetwood. This is Greek cuisine but with a tasty modern twist that’s earned them loads of fans since opening in 2015. Start with a selection of mezes like hummus or taramasalata. You can choose from mains like the sea bass fillet and the spicy lamb burger, but if you’re after a true taste of Greece, look no further than the braised lamb – it comes stuffed with feta and spinach, served on a bed of sautéed potatoes and red wine sauce.
Lavanta Meze Bar & Grill, 269 Otley Road, Weetwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5LN. You can eat in, collect your food to takeaway or get a delivery through Uber Eats.
This quirky, down-to-earth cafe on Hyde Park Corner has been serving up some of the best Greek food in Leeds for years. There’s no airs or graces, just a real focus on proper hearty dishes. Kick things off with a traditional starter like the tiropitta, a feta cheese pie you won’t find in many places in the city. For your main, there are familiar dishes like gyros and souvlaki, but why not try one of Symposium’s signature pita pizzas? That’s right, a pita base is topped with everything from chicken gyro to halloumi and tomato.
Symposium, 8 The Crescent, Hyde Park Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NW. You can collect your food to takeaway or get a delivery through Uber Eats.
Hidden away in Adel, Tuana Bistro is one of the best kept Mediterranean secrets in Leeds. It’s a cool, modern restaurant that brings together the very best of Greek and Turkish cuisine under one roof. You can take your pick of stuffed peppers, panjanga borek and potato keftedes to start. For the mains, Tuana puts a refined twist on classics. The riviera sees salmon grilled in a prawn and lobster sauce and the spanakopita sees crumbly filo pastry topped with spinach, feta, spring onion and dill.
Tuana Bistro, 1 The Crescent, Adel, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 6AA. You can eat in or collect your food to takeaway.Cover image: © Copyright Leeds-List 2020 by Corvin Pamp