Kendell's Bistro

4.6
2492 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Kendell's Bistro is a casual Informal place to dine with the main focus on quality of food, wine and service within a French bistro atmosphere. It’s relaxed and informal - no waiters topping up wine glasses after every sip or sneaking up behind you with a six foot pepper mill. Cloth napkins but not starched, blackboard menus and open plan kitchen, intimate cosy candles flickering, friendly without pretence. In fact we are so french we don't charge for bread and we don't have a service charge!

Bookings of 5 or more will need to contact the restaurant directly, either by emailing info@kendellsbistro.co.uk or calling us on 0113 2436553.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

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Phone number
0113 243 6553
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Patron Steven Kendell
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Additional
Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2492 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

A very good bistro serving classical French cuisine in a pleasant setting. The candles and fairy lights created a tranquil ambiance.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Restaurant was quite but this did not reduce the cosy intimate feel. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the staff were so very welcoming. A complementary glass of fizz each was welcomed as well as genuine helpful attentive staff.
The food is quite rich and potions generous - I did not have room for a desert but a 'take home' portion was provided.
An unexpected surprise was a lovely chocolate decorated slate with 'joyeux anniversare' and a little mouse. Much appreciated thought.
All in all a restaurant we will continue to visit for special celebrations and would recommend .
Little tip - at present it is not possible to access the car park nearby!!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

What a little gem tucked away in the centre of Leeds. Exceptional food, staff and venue would highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Lovely romantic restaurant, it was a hot day, defo in need of air con.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

My friend and I visited for her birthday. Staff,foood and service were spot on.we had the fixed price early bird menus.plenty to choose from and when the food arrived the portion size were good..
On arrive we bothered was given a glass of fizz and before our deserts came a special birthday plater was presented to the birthday girl.Both very nice touches.I definitely will be returning

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2.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Unfortunately we were quite disappointed after reading such great reviews. It took 40 minutes just for the waiter to come and take our drink and food order (it wasn’t hugely busy). We were celebrating our anniversary so fancied a cocktail, the bar man was off so we couldn’t have one!! Surely a restaurant of this caliber would have more than one bar man at their disposal??
The food was ok (certainly not exceptional, comparable with a good gastro-pub) and the staff present were friendly, perhaps we were just unlucky and they were having a bad night? The restaurant was far too warm (only 16 degrees Celsius outside) to the point we hurried to finish as we were literally melting.
I think on a cold winters night it might be a lovely cosy venue for a meal but we won’t be rushing back!

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Lovely place, cosy romantic, relaxed. Waiters were great... No fuss, but helpful and friendly.
Little disappointed in one of the starters. Not as described, scallops a little over cooked. Veal over priced for what it was.. Will definitely go back and try something else.
Maybe we were just unlucky with our choices this time.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Exceptional good food, well worth a visit for the authentic thought put into their dishes.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

It was my girlfriend's birthday and when we arrived the staff gave us a complimentary glass of champagne. It was a wonderful night.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Had a most wonderful meal, plenty of choice, good portion sizes. Excellent service from the staff and a very warm welcome when we arrived.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Love this restaurant. Food generally very good. Service a little slow tonight, but good when in attendance.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Lovely evening with great food served. Staff very welcoming and excellent service all round. Would highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

A very pleasant experience with the staff being very friendly, efficient and helpful. The menu catered for most tastes and the food prepared and served to a very high standard.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Excellent food and great extra touches for special occasions

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Remains my favourite restaurant, I love it here. They are always polite and friendly and helpful. It’s a great atmosphere and the food is superb.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

First time visit with friends who had been before and had recommended the restaurant. Cannot fault the service, food and atmosphere and have recommended Kendells Bistro to other friends and family. The only tiny thing I can comment on is the candles in the bottles, the wax makes the bottles unbalanced
(bottle fell over with weight of wax whilst we were there). Otherwise it was an excellent experience and I will be visiting again, well done, the staff were brilliant.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great food choice. vibrant atmosphere maybe a little noisy making it difficult to hear each others conversation. Very friendly staff. Excellent service.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Our table for 4 people which was booked 2 weeks prior wasn’t ready so we were sent to a bar down the road. We were seated 45 minutes later on an extremely small table. We had to put our bottle of wine on the floor as there was no space. There are no menus here so u have to either get up and squeeze through the tables to see the menu on a blackboard or the waiter will take a photograph on your phone. There was probably about half of the main courses left available to order as many had been crossed out. The starters were overpriced for the quality received. The main courses were fine. The restaurant was so hot we couldn’t stay for dessert. There are no windows or ventilation in the restaurant. Overall, extremely disappointing first visit here considering we had received a few good comments.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

I've been very lucky to have enjoyed many occasions at kendells and cannot fault any aspect from the moment we've arrived to leaving. We celebrated our thirtieth wedding anniversary and I cannot think of a place I'd rather have visited. The staff were superb as usual and the food exceptional. Thanks

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Beautiful food couldn’t fault it. Wine was delicious. Only down side there was no room for pudding!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Restaurant intimate and cosy. Staff attentive and we were given champagne as celebrating a birthday. Able to accommodate gluten free and vegetarian of which we are one of each. Food superb. Loved all the candles.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Table delayed by 1/2 then starter took 40 mins to come followed by nearly 50 mins delay for main course, since our last visit there a lot more tables but it seems they now can’t handle them, quite close together also so you can hear your neighbors conversations more than your own. Horrendously dissatisfying.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Excellent food and wine mixed with friendly staff in a terrific setting with a wonderful atmosphere. Probably the best restaurant in Leeds.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Fine Dining in an Informal Setting, prefect throughout

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Absolutely excellent! The staff were friendly and attentive. Special touches for a special occasion. Excellent value for money! Importantly the food is amazing, a real gem in Leeds!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

My favourite place to eat in Leeds, I absolutely love this place. Superb food, attentive staff, wonderful atmosphere and great value for money - what's not to love!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Fantastic experience- great food and drink and made us very comfortable in celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary! Good to see Leeds deliver a high quality restaurant without the pretentious.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Treated like a VIP. Food and service of the highest standards. A perfect place for occasions with a lovely atmosphere .

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1.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Food is over rated and over priced. Complaint was dealt with promptly and professionally but was still very disappointed. This is my 3rd visit and each time I've been under whelmed to say the least. I will not be returning and would advise you to try somewhere else that isn't quite as pretentious

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Very friendly service but slow at the end. Lovely food and choice (could be more vege options) busy and atmospheric but without feeling loud.

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Music way too loud and although the service was good, the menu was confused and sadly the food was mediocre. Sorry to be negative but I have to say it as I found it.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Our 25th wedding anniversary and they really looked after us- brilliant experience and we will definitely be going back!

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2.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Just very average / verging in poor food
For Bistro -£31 for fillet steak in Bistro
£28 for over cooked ribeye .
We had a nice bottle of wine . Pouilly fume at £44 but restaurant use cheap glasses . Not acceptable in my book
Service just ok but not attentive , to wine etc
Won’t be recommending or visiting again
Sorry

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

It was our 11th wedding anniversary, so wanted a nice dinner. The staff were so friendly and asked what we were celebrating and gave us prosecco as a special drink on them. The staff were knowledgable on the menu and helped with our choices. Food was excellent and enough break between courses.
They also gave us a little taster platter of dessert withhappy anniversary written on. They definitely made it a special night and will be going back again.

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Food was good but a bit expensive. Suggest you come early for the Fixed Price Menu. That looked good value. Incredibly noisy. Difficult to hear the waiter or to have a conversation. Definitely no good for a quiet meal or date!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Great place - food fantastic and great Value. Service was very attentive without being overbearing, will definitely visit again!

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Good French Food..good service. Not busy enough, but it was a Wednesday evening. Value for money.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

V good food, good service. Very convenient for the Playhouse. Being a Bistro it's a little on the noisy side. I guess we should e peck that! Overall, and excellent experience!

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2.0Dined on June 22, 2018

This is advertised as a romantic French restaurant, their was no French welcome, the menus are on the wall so you have to stand over people eating just to view them and the only dish that was French was snails and there were none left at 9pm!! This was a birthday treat for my girlfriend but certainly not a memorable one. The restaurant is nothing like it looks online and our table had to be stabilised with paper under the leg! My chair was also unstable. All in all a big let down.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Kendell's, as always, excelled in delivering a wonderful evening of food and comfort. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome as part of our anniversary dinner. Very much looking forward to returning as soon as possible.

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