The most romantic day of the year is almost upon us, but which Leeds restaurants will impress your other half the most on Valentine’s Day? We’ve got a few top tips for you…
Looking for the perfect Valentine’s restaurant in Leeds? From unique steakhouses to Parisian bistros and surprising cafes, Leeds is full of places to grab a bite on the most romantic day of the year – but where should you go for? We’ve rounded up 15 of our favourites that will wow the love of your life.
The Romantic One
Kendells is one of the most romantic restaurants in Leeds and the obvious choice when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Book a table and you’ll find yourself in a beautiful candlelit room, perfect for dates.
This is one of the rare occasions when you’ll know what’s on the menu before you visit, as they’re offering a 3-course set menu for £65 each. It includes a glass of champagne on arrival, as well as an amuse bouche before you tuck into the likes of Parfait de Canard, Côte de Boeuf to share and Suprême de Volaille à L’Estragon. Finish the night with a trio of desserts, coffee and petit fours as well as a Polaroid of the two of you that you can take home.
Kendells Bistro, 3 St Peter’s Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AH.
The Japanese One
Why not get a taste of real Japanese cuisine this Valentine’s Day? You can enjoy a special tasting menu at Issho for just £45 per person – so book a table and get ready to try a mix of classic dishes and creative plates you’ve never had before, all in their swish rooftop restaurant.
It’s a relaxed experience in an extravagant setting – and you’ll work your way through 10 small plates. Of course, it includes a sushi platter, but there’s more to Japanese cuisine than raw fish, so you’ll also tuck into Grilled Scallops with jalapeno dressing and pickled apple as well as Miso Lamb Cutlets with smoked eggplant and cucumber. Their Valentine’s Menu is available from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th February 2019, so you can celebrate when it suits you.
Issho, 3rd Floor Rooftop, Victoria Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.
The Sharing One
When it comes to Spanish tapas, there’s one obvious choice – Ibérica. It’s one of the most impressive restaurants in Leeds, tempting people in with a menu of traditional yet creative Spanish dishes, using authentic ingredients.
You’ll have your pick from their usual menu, which means you can kick off your Valentine’s dinner with an exceptional selection of cured meats and cheeses, before sharing a delicious plate of paella or working your way through their tapas menu, which includes the likes of Lamb Sweetbreads, Vermouth Mussels and Artichoke Hearts. Look out for their Valentine’s specials too.
Ibérica, 17a East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH.
The Veggie One
Is it cheating to include a bar that serves restaurant quality food? Yeah, maybe, but hell – who cares! Bundobust is guaranteed to impress your other half, if not with the food, then surely with the craft beer (or the cocktails for that matter). It’s the combination of the two that makes them special.
The menu is vegetarian through and through, taking inspiration from India with a series of small plates that offer plenty of variety. From the Vada Pav (a potato burger with a spicy kick) to the Masala Dosa, Bundo Chaat and Tarka Dhal – it’s a delicious way to eat your way through the most romantic day of the year. They’re also throwing in free Okra Fries with every Combo for Two on Valentine’s Day, as well as offering 25% off sharing bottles. Single? They’re also doing a special Combo for One for lonely hearts. There’s no booking necessary, just show up and enjoy.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.
The 5* Service One
With wraparound views of the city’s skyline and service that will make you feel like the most important couple in the room, you’re in for a treat at Crafthouse. They’re serving a special 5-course tasting menu this Valentine’s Day – expect creative dishes that are beautifully presented.
You’ll start with a Cornish Crab Salad with avocado, basil oil, crisp potato and caviar Avruga, followed by an Artichoke Cappucino before the main course of Lobster Thermidor or Orkney Fillet of Beef. Finish the night with their Champagne Ice and Valrhona Chocolate Mousse with rhubarb sorbet. The tasting menu is £50 per person and will be available from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th February 2019.
Crafthouse, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
The Fancy Thai One
If your other half loves Thai food, treat them to a delectable date at Chaophraya. It’s one of the best Thai restaurants in Leeds and they’re going all out for Valentine’s Day with a special set menu.
You can get three courses for £39.95 per person, as well as a glass of prosecco. Start with the Chaophraya Platter, which takes you from Thai Chicken Tacos to Chicken Spring Rolls, followed by a palate cleanser of Lime & Lemongrass Sorbet. For your main, choose from Chicken Green Curry, Beef Black Pepper Sauce and Belly Pork With Spices, which you can follow with their Coconut Milk Pudding. It’s available from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th February 2019.
Chaophraya, 20a Blayds Court, Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
The Cheesy One
No, don’t worry – it’s not that kind of cheesy. L’Art du Fromage is doing what it does best by making the most romantic night of the year all about gooey, gorgeous cheese.
The cheese-obsessed pop-up will serve a set menu of indulgent eats on Valentine’s Day. You can start with the Cheese Fondue, a classic combination of Emmental, brie and gruyere d’alpage with plenty of bread to dip. Follow it up with a one-off Chocolate Fondue, accompanied by a bowl of fruit and marshmallows. It’s £25.85 per person, but make sure you bring a little extra cash for French wine and beer.
L’Art du Fromage, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD.
The Down to Earth One
Don’t want to make a big deal of Valentine’s Day but still want to treat your other half? Make a beeline for Pizza Fella, a relaxed, down-to-earth restaurant that does one thing very well indeed.
Take a seat opposite the love of your life and decide which of their nine wood-fired pizzas you’re going to go for. Will it be the number three, topped with anchovies, capers and olives? Or will you turn up the heat with the number eight, a feast of spicy ‘nduja, balsamic onions and fresh chilli? Either way, couple your pizza with a bottle of Italian beer or wine, for an understated but delicious meal.
Pizza Fella, 114-116 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
The Vegan One
Dating a vegan? There’s only one place to go – Cantina. The only 100% vegan eatery will give you a plethora of delicious options, with no meat, dairy or eggs in sight.
They’ve mastered the art of vegan junk food – you can choose from the Piggy Stardust, a battered seitan hotdog with spicy black bean chilli, jalapeños onions and fake bacon bits, or the Tu-Nah Mayo Sarnie, which sees a fresh bun loaded with 100% vegan tuna, fresh salad and tomato. All their mains come with fries or sweet potato fries, or you can just get a few small plates to share – how do Vegan Hot Wings, Salt and Pepper Chips or Mac ‘n’ Cheese Balls sound? It’s a must if you or your partner are vegans.
Cantina, The Old Red Bus Station, 101 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
The Oh-so Creative One
If you really want to impress your other half, you need to book a table at Vice & Virtue. This isn’t just dinner, it’s a unique foodie experience in an intimate space and it’s got a special seven-course tasting menu just for Valentine’s.
You’ll start with Smoked Carrot with masala, nigella and coriander, before you tuck into one-off dishes like Pork Belly with sweetcorn, avocado and charro as well as Textures of Lamb with fat, greens and umami. The menu costs £60 per person and you can add one of their drinks pairing packages for extra.
Vice & Virtue, 68 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
The Unusual One
Does your missus love cats? Does your man have a weak spot for kittens? Then sack off the posh dinner and celebrate Valentine’s Day with a cuppa at The Kitty Cafe. You’ll have to be quick if you want to make this happen because their Valentine’s slots are booking up fast.
If you’re one of the lucky few, you’ll get an hour-long slot with their 30 cats. They roam around the venue, and you can too, meeting as many kitties as you can. If you can tear yourself away from the cats, head to the bar to order a round – they have over 100 teas, as well as a kitty-inspired mocktail menu. And if you’re hungry, they have a tempting line-up of hot dishes and cakes.
Kitty Cafe, 8-9 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BZ.
The Meaty One
Real American BBQ – it’s the only way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day, so get yourself down to Red’s True BBQ. It’s the menu you know and love, served all night long, so you could tuck into their famous donut burger, order a plate of pulled pork and slaw or feast on their pig tray.
Happy to share? Gaze at each other lovingly while you stuff your faces with the True BBQ Feast for 2, which promises mountains of baby back ribs, Black Angus brisket, XXXL wings, sticky chicken, smoked sausage, pulled pork, a load of sides and a slug of bourbon each. Romance isn’t dead at Red’s.
Red’s True BBQ, 1 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD & 6a Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AA.
The Keralan One
Tharavadu is one of the most popular restaurants in Leeds – and with good reason. They specialise in authentic Keralan cuisine, so you won’t find the usual kormas and vindaloos on the menu – instead, you can tuck into dishes that you’ve never tried before.
The question is – what will you have? You could try the Alappey Meen curry, which promises boneless fish steaks in a traditional sauce made with raw mango and coconut milk. Or how about the Kidilan Kozhi Curry? It brings together chicken, roasted coconut and ground spices in a spicy, dippable sauce. And if you want to try a little bit of everything, try their thali. It comes in three courses, with soup to start, followed by a selection of seven curries with rice and bread – finish with a traditional Kerala dessert, Semiya Payasam.
Tharavadu, 7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.
The Alternative One
Not into the whole Valentine’s Day malarky but still want to take your other half out for a night on the town? Well, fear thee not because we have the perfect solution for you – Belgrave Music Hall. It’ll put those traditional Leeds restaurants to shame.
Picture this, you and your other half, taking up a pew on a long bench with a bunch of people you don’t know from Larry, tucking into a big juicy burger from Patty Smith’s. Oh yeah, that’s the ticket. The Dirty Burger is an absolute classic, loaded with cheddar, chipotle mayo, mustard, dill pickles, baby gem lettuce and tomatoes. Or go all romantic with a plate of session fries to share.
Patty Smith’s, Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
The Escapism One
Want to escape to the Mediterranean, but can’t quite afford it? Head to Souvlaki instead. Inside, the walls are decorated with murals of far-flung shores and the menu will take you back to holidays past.
They’re not doing a set menu, instead, you can choose from their whole menu. Why not go for one of their signature Souvlaki plates? You can have lamb, chicken or pork, all marinated with lemon, Greek herbs and olive oil. They do halloumi too, if you want a veggie option. Alternatively, you could have a warming bowl of Beef Stifado, a plate of traditional Moussaka or you could even share their famous Meat Pokilia Platters.
Souvlaki, 18 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3DW.
The All You Can Eat One
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about the girls you know, the guys deserve to be treated too – and what better way to do it than at Fazenda? The famed Leeds restaurant will be offering their usual fare come 14th February 2019, but with a few special treats, giving your other half a feast fit for a king for £40.75 a head.
It’s all about the meat at Fazenda, as the waiters mosey around the venue, cutting off thick slices of freshly cooked steak for folk with their cards turned to green. Expect top quality steak, with the likes of picanha, filet mignon and contra filé, alongside coracão de fringe and linguiça. Don’t forget to visit the buffet bar, where you can load your plate with salad, vegetables, bread, cured meats and cheeses. You’ll also get a glass of Jeio prosecco on arrival followed by Valentine’s petit fours afterwards.
Fazenda, Waterman’s Place, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GL.