These stylish Leeds restaurants combine gorgeous interiors with an incredible menu for an unforgettable night.
Celebrating an important occasion? Impressing a date? Or just want to eat somewhere you can show off on social media? We’re lucky to have a whole array of gorgeous restaurants just waiting to be discovered. There are eateries to suit you to a tee, whether that’s light and airy, dark and moody, or bright and beautiful. So without further ado, here are the best looking restaurants in Leeds…
You can’t have a list of the best looking restaurants in Leeds without Tattu. This modern Chinese eatery is all about opulence. The walls are adorned with intricate lines and delicate geometric shapes. Three white cherry blossom trees fill the ceiling with silk petals, illuminated in an all-encompassing purple light. It’s dramatic and immersive. Once you’re seated, it’s all about the food. You’ll be choosing between the likes of shiitake bao, sticky beef short rib and Chinese barbecue chicken.
Tattu, 29 East Parade, Minerva House, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS.
Iberica is an elegant Spanish tapas restaurant. It’s set within a historic 19th-century auction house, retaining many of the period features. Think high ceilings, big windows and extravagant chandeliers. Take a seat in the main dining room and you’ll be bathed in natural light from the orangery style ceiling as you eat. Speaking of which, you’ve got some deciding to do. Will you go for the delicious ham croquetas, the padron peppers or the patatas bravas? Spoiler alert: you can have all three!
Iberica, 17a East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH.
Searching for a good-looking restaurant to impress your date? Kendells Bistro is a French restaurant perfect for catching those loving feelings. There are flickering candles, twinkling lights, vintage French art and wait staff that let you enjoy your evening. It’s intimate, informal and full of French culinary delights. Take a look at the hand-written blackboard of classic dishes, and ponder which one might be for you. There’s everything from escargot and French onion soup to beef bourguignon. They even have veggie options!
Kendells Bistro, 3 St Peters Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AH.
Gaucho’s decor makes a bold statement. It’s an Argentinian steak restaurant and it’s covered in cowhide. You can slip into a leather booth or a black-and-white seat and chow down on some of the finest meat the city has to offer. You might decide to share a chateaubriand or savour a sirloin to yourself. Relish each mouthful as you take in the twinkling chandeliers against the black ceilings and the mirrored walls. Finish with a decadent salted dulce de leche cheesecake with toasted marshmallow.
Gaucho, 21-22 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JF.
Chaophraya combines old and new to give us one of the best looking restaurants in Leeds. Pairing clean lines and a modern feel with traditional Thai sculptures and artwork, it feels like you could be in the Land of Smiles itself. There’s an exotic fish tank, a marble bar and flashes of gold everywhere you look. It’s informal but refined, with relaxed waiting staff who will greet you with a grin. The menu is full of elevated classic Thai dishes, from their yummy take on a pad Thai to their delicious gaeng massaman.
Chaophraya, 20a Blayds Court, Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
A contemporary Japanese restaurant and rooftop bar, Issho greets you with floor to ceiling windows, light wood panelling and luxe leather seating. Outside, on the all-weather terrace, it’s all lush greenery, pretty flowers and plush sofas with great views of the city – perfect for celebrating. Sit at the grill counter and watch the chefs at work or grab a Japanese whisky at the wrap around Kori bar. You can indulge in an Asian-inspired afternoon tea, a bottomless brunch or just a selection of your favourite sushi.
Issho, Victoria Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.
If it’s fine dining in a chic setting you’re looking for, HOME is the place to be. They’ve thought of every detail. It’s in one of Leeds’ most unusual buildings, Brewery Place. As you approach, you’re greeted by a pair of black gates, made from wood that has been beautifully toasted by hand. Once inside, the dark theme continues, with black wood panelling and elegant tubular lighting that’s offset by the big, bright windows. The food? Well, each course arrives on beautiful organic tableware and is completely delicious.
HOME, 3 Brewery Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NE.
A New York-inspired restaurant, Neighbourhood is all about opulent vibrancy. From the graffiti-covered walls to the lush green living plant wall, it’s brightly coloured and ready for a party at any moment. Famous street artist Triston Eaton was commissioned to come in and create the wall art (so you know it’s authentic New York) and there are sweary neon signs behind the DJ booth. When it comes to what’s on the menu, it’s a melting pot of cuisines from Hawaii to Japanese, just like the Big Apple. Which will you choose?
Neighbourhood, 5 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.
Doner Summer is a super cool venue. There’s an industrial vibe, with bare brick walls, exposed ceilings and wire shelving. They teamed up with Plant Point to turn the restaurant into a veritable jungle. We’re talking monsteras, ferns, giant birds of paradise and more. They’re even in the vintage glass counter where you pay, as well as in the wall-sized light boxes. To eat? It’s only some of the best vegan chicken and doner kebabs the city has to offer. Pile it on chips or stuff it in bread and drizzle it with sauces, it’s all incredible.
Döner Summer, 10-12 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DN.
The Man Behind the Curtain
If you could see into chef Michael O’Hare’s mind, it would look like this. The Man Behind the Curtain is a vision in black, white and greyscale. It was designed by the chef himself, and it’s his couture cuisine turned into decor – completing the immersive experience. You’re surrounded by shiny black-and-white marble and granite, grey concrete-like texture and silver mirrors. The food is just as monochrome, with squid ink and ajo blanco decorating dishes. It’s theatrical, creative and an experience you won’t forget.
The Man Behind the Curtain, 68-78 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7JH.
With a luxe industrial vibe that draws its inspiration from the city itself, Crafthouse has to be one of the best looking restaurants in Leeds. There are nods to our past, like the dividers inspired by looms and the ceiling rafts that look like reams of fabric, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views from the terrace. Quality materials like marble, leather and patinated zinc are uplifted by the abundance of plants. Greenery is everywhere, bringing in that extra hit of joy as you tuck in to your delightfully refined meal.
Crafthouse, Level 5, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
The Ivy is a relaxed yet luxuriously refined restaurant in the Victoria Quarter. It has a beautiful art deco-influenced interior, with palm print wallpaper, gold leaf gilded ceilings and locally inspired, brightly coloured art. You can sit down on a pink banquette amongst the leafy plants and admire the gorgeous twenties-style bar, while you decide which of the cocktails tickles your fancy. The menu is just as vibrant, teeming with seasonal British classics and colourful Asian fusion cuisine.
The Ivy, Vicar Lane, Victoria Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BB.Cover image credit: Paul Winch-Furness