Kendell's Bistro

4.6
2569 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
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
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HA
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! I've been a number of times, and every time has been fabulous

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RO
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant place to go beautiful food excellent service

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance and service. Recommended.

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J
Bristol
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our third time visiting Kendell’s, and the food just gets better and better each time! I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. We were greeting with prosecco because we were celebrating and finished on a lovely desert board, both on the house! I’ve been dreaming about the ox I had since the meal, and I cannot wait to return. The BEST restaurant in Leeds!!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The restaurant itself and the food was lovely.
Service v slow - we had to ask to order after about 20 mins of being there.
Having a wine specialist is a nice touch but added to the wait having to wait for someone to take a separate wine order
Also I think guests should receive a menu and not have to rely on the blackboard

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RH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We booked a table at Kendell's because we are new to Leeds and it has some good reviews. Really notable how we were greeted up on entry, there was a warm greeting as if we are regulars. The food was really tasty and they have a great wine list. We had a bottle of champagne which went down very well. We didn't feel rushed

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HH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cosy french bistro with excellent food. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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BB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

We were looking for somewhere new to take friends when they came to stay, so we tried Kendell's. The food was excellent, and the ambience would have been ideal, but for the noise. Although we've been married for over 40 years, we still like to talk to each other, but conversation was impossible. The tables are close together, which is fine, but because of the music, all the other diners were shouting, and we were reduced to sitting in silence. We may be 69/70, but neither of us is hard of hearing, so this would not just be a problem for old people. In fact, it was probably the noise that resulted in our waitress bringing me the wrong main course (there were two venison dishes, and I got the one I didn't want. Despite eating three quarters of it, and not expecting a refund, they took it off the bill, which was very good of them).

This would have been a lovely bistro-ish atmosphere, if only owners didn't feel obliged to play unnecessary music. I know we have to accept this now, because it's nearly universal, but we eat out quite a bit, and have never experienced such an uncomfortable noise level anywhere else. We were glad to get outside, which is a real shame, because we'd like to eat here again.

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant meal before going to the theatre. Food served promptly, and all delicious!

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KC
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fabulous meal and value. Felt as if we were tucked away in Paris.
Only surprise was that the bar shut at 9.45, mid meal, mid week. No offer of post dinner drinks.

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JW
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Prices have risen substantially over the last couple of years, food reliably good quality.

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LS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful night for our anniversay will be back everything was supberb xxx

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i
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This my Favourite restaurant, every time me and my boyfriend come it’s perfect. The food, the service, the wine are all so lovely

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CR
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Attentive without being intrusive and couldn't helped enough when I required gluten free!

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SS
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is always a pleasure to visit Kendall's Bistro.

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CR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kendells Bistro provided the perfect destination for celebrating my girlfriends birthday - they went the extra mile to make it special and the food was to die for!

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SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a fantastic place to eat. We will be back again for great French food

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MB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, staff and service! Highly recommend this beautiful place

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OT
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really helpful staff, great ambience and lovely food and it was a good price.

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RH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although the food is amazing, and the staff are brilliant the outstanding feature of Kendall's is its ambiance. It manages to make you feel really special whilst at the same time being truly relaxed.

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ML
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service and really appreciated the free prosecco and dessert which made the birthday celebrations all the more special. Would definitely recommend!

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A
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary meal. Lovely atmosphere, candlelit tables - very romantic. The staff were all great, even gave us complimentary champagne and a small dessert. The food was delicious and worth the money. Would highly recommend.

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CB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was brilliant. Complimentary prosecco and dessert for my wife’s birthday was much appreciated!

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MH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just superb, we’ve been many times and it’s always great. Super staff super food super-duper

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went to Kendell's for a meal out with some friends. This was our first time at the restaurant. All of the staff were helpful and welcoming. We all enjoyed our starters, my friends and husband loved their main meal, I was disappointed with mine, although it looked amazing I felt it was oily and lacking in flavour (I am a vegetarian, there was only one dish to chose from). We all had a desert which we all loved.
I would love to visit again but not sure I would as I felt there was lots of choice from my friends but not enough choice as a vegetarian,

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MN
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and value for money. Great attention to detail too - They asked if it was for an occasion and went out of their way to make it a special night.

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HM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere when we walked into the restaurant, greeted by a friendly hostess. Wonderful service and attentive staff. Food was delicious and great value. Authentic French bread too!

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PT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit restaurants in Leeds and elsewhere regularly and have to say that Kendels is one of our favourites. Great atmosphere and lovely food as well as great service. What more could you want.

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KG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked for my wife and I pre theatre. Great welcome and fantastic service. Made sure we were on time for theatre with out rushing us. Lovely food, would definitely go again

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CT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous early bird experience. Great food and service.

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

So pleased we took a wander out of a very busy Leeds city centre after settling our daughter into university to take up our booking at Kendell's Bistro. Will come again on another visit. Impressed all round with the quality of everything we ate, good sized portions and buzzy.

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KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended! One of the best restaurant/bistro in Leeds.

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d
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the welcome to the food was outstanding. I'd been told about this place but had never been...I'm very glad I did!!! Can't wait to go back!

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TH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 3rd visit to Kendells and we were not disappointed the food and wine are the best in Leeds with a great ambience

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AG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the 3rd time we have diner at Kendall’s. The food has always been amazing and the wine list is fantastic. The service is incredible also.

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t
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited on Saturday, table for 4 to celebrate a birthday and anniversary. Could not have been a better night. We visit regularly but it was the first time our friends had dined. They absolutely loved it. We chose from the pre theatre menu. The food and service was top class. The choice on the menu is great, including duck, steak, chicken etc. The steak was fabulous, much better than any 'special deal' my friend had ever had. The service is amazing too, you can tell as they staff have been working there for ages, the bosses must be doing something right.
Needless to say, we will be going back soon, as will our friends. Many thanks to all who, yet again, made our special night, extra special

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L
Little Rock
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kendall’s again delives a special night out. We don’t come here often enough but when we do it’s always great food and service.
The early bird menu is great value with lots of options to choose from.
The Pear and Walnut salad is my favourite starter, just superb followed by a fillet steak.
Puddings are homemade and typical French with English influences.
The service is attentive without been fussy and the atmosphere is lively but not too noisy.
Go, you willl not be disappointed

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JC
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambience. Staff was excellent and the owner was very attentive. Would love to go again if we come back to the city.

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SF
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal at Kendell's before going to see Cirque du Soleil on Friday evening. The staff were so welcoming and attentive, checking what time we needed to leave for the show. The food was delicious. We chose from the set menu which was good value. The wine was good too. It's our second time to Kendell's and we'll definitely be back.

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IM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great welcome, helpful staff, lovely food and wine - What's not to like?
Will definitely be back for more!

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