Kendell's Bistro

4.7
2979 Reviews
£26 to £40
French
Kendells 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.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2979 people are saying
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CindyL
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Received a very warm welcome after a long absence - quality of food was excellent - we had a really enjoyable evening. it's a pleasure to "support" local hardworking people like Sharon and Steve !

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TomM
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent French restaurant with good food and friendly staff. They went out of their way to make it special for my partners Birthday.

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RichardD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It'd been a number of years since we'd dined at Kendalls but as soon as we walked in we realised it was little changed, which was a good thing, as we previously really loved it there. One key change was the use of the large blackboards, which were now just for the seafood dishes as opposed to the full menu, which was an improvement from my perspective given my failing eyesight :)
Prawns for the lady and mussels for my starter arrived in good time whilst we enjoyed a drink and soaked up the lovely Kendalls atmos. The starters were very nice, as you'd expect and up to the standards we remember and loved. The mains quickly followed, possibly too quickly, like within a couple of minutes, which was a slight negative along with the delay in bringing the sides (pot daup and buttered spinach) . That said, both the boeuf en croute and the lady's cod dish were amazing and with the sides our hunger was more than satiated to the point where we had zero space for dessert, which was a shame (and an objective for next time).

It was good to be back, we shouldn't have left it so long and we'll definitely be making a future reservation

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DebbieG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most wonderful evening - highly recommended. Food was delicious, fab menu and staff/service outstanding

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GerwynB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, always a treat when you want to eat everything on the menu!!

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Molly
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We'd booked in advance as in Leeds en route to Keswick for business.
We were delayed by a flat tyre but Kendall's happily fitted us in later.
The staff all wore plastic face shields and the toilets were clean.
We would have preferred more light to read the menus by (thgh there were candles on every surface) and the music was louder than we prefer BUT the food and service were so good it wouldn't stop us returning :-)
It's not 'cheap' but very reasonable for the quality of the food which was delicious, beautifully presented and good sized portions.
Starters were salmon marinaded with vodka and beetroot served with celeriac for me, classic moules marinere for SO, served with very good bread.
For mains - Beef Wellington for SO and rabbit leg with cabbage and prunes for me. The staff recommended the wines and the Sancerre was particularly fine.
Despite being replete, I could not resist the Creme Caramel - one of several classic French desserts on offer.
Overall, a great introduction to Leeds

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DebraStrawberry
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly and knowledgable staff and just a great place to eat.

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PaulH
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the first time on Friday night, my wife has asked me to find somewhere romantic candle lit and this didn't fail, atmosphere was perfect staff were very attentive, food & wine absolutely amazing, we will definitely be going again.

JG
JoeG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an incredible meal served by very attentive staff.

The perfect place to celebrate our anniversary.

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Kevin29
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service, a brilliant evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just beautiful, delicious cooking. Professional yet friendly staff. Great ambience. We ate far too much and spent a fortune, but it was worth it. Try the steak.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good to go back after 8 years, a little different but still romantic and great staff and food

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PatrickF
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came on recommendation from 2 work colleagues. Booked our wedding anniversary night on a Saturday. We got there early and the nice Lady asked us to come back in a few minutes as she wanted to give us their best table and it was still getting cleaned.

Got sat at their Eiffel Tower table which was in the corner looking in so we could see everyone enjoying their dinner. Definitely had the best view and nice decor above our heads especially that big Eiffel Tower.

Not usually a fan of French food/dining as I just immediately think of rabbit and pigeon and snails but there was a good selection and I went for Calf livers which was very nicely cooked!
Unfortunately we did not see the Specials on their board until after we've ordered. I thought the writings were just quotes at first so I ignored :oP

They brought us 2 complimentary drinks and also a complimentary dessert with Happy Anniversary writings which was very sweet.

Spoke to the nice lady at the end to say thank you and good night - turns out she is the owner and they have been there for 16 years. She took our names down so she would remember us next time.

Awesome romantic place - my wife and I had one of the best dining nights!
Will definitely go back for more!

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AlanB
London
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited Kendells on numerous occasions and returned on this occasion with 2 friends to celebrate their 60th birthdays. Once again Kendells hit the mark with brilliant food, superb service in a relaxed atmosphere. We will continue to return especially on special occasions

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had an exquisite meal tonight, it was my birthday and we were given two complimentary glasses of fizz on arrival and a dessert which was such a lovely surprise. We ordered bread, Moules, Snails, lamb, venison and it was all sooooo good! The Service was perfect. It’s the most romantic setting, all candle lit and we loved the vibe of the setting. It’s a special place and I can’t wait to return!

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JimG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night celebrating a 60th birthday, received complimentary sparkling wine on arrival & a beautiful birthday dessert surprise too!
Just made everything so memorable & that’s why we keep coming back.

A true treat, excellent food & wine with service & ambience to match!

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AnneC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our wedding anniversary celebration, It’s a lovely French restaurant, the food was amazing and the service was fantastic…. would definitely recommend this restaurant and we will definitely be back

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LauraS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I didn’t often leave reviews but I had such a fabulous time at Kendells bistro I just had to on this occasion. It was my first visit to the restaurant and after such a wonderful experience it certainly won’t be my last. Both the food and service were outstanding. It’s also so gorgeous and cosy inside with lots of candles. I really can’t wait for my next visit!!

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JohnR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

if you want to eat some of the most freshest deliciosly cooked food in Yorkshire this is the place to go.

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RichardM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Seriously though - bring a torch. Its great that its "intimate" because it encourages people to keep the noise down BUT not all tables benefit from sufficient lighting to read the menu properly!

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Luis
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kendell's Bistro was the perfect place for my partner's birthday. She loves French food, but we struggle to find french restaurants that also have vegan options. Kendell's Bistro had brilliant options for us both. The staff were very friendly and helpful but not at all overbearing which made such a great atmosphere. Will definitely be having more meals there.

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pinkluce
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You always have a lovely meal at Kendells, this was out first trip since COVID and everything felt very safe but without spoiling the ambiance. Food excellent as ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food! We will differently be back

DH
vipDeniseH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite places to eat

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SueN
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always fabulous food and service here, took my parents who loved it :)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, great food, friendly service & nice ambience especially for couples looking for a romantic meal, oo la la!

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Suesy
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing place and food. Staff really friendly and helpful. Love the ambience of candles and fairy lights. Would definitely go again

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DebbieB
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brilliant French Bistro. Lovely romantic atmosphere.

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KarenD
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son was visiting from America so took him for an early birthday dinner was amazing we all loved the food and the place

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MaxL
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly I can't recommend the place enough. Visiting Leeds for the day as a late anniversary trip, I booked this place as it was on a few lists of where to visit when in Leeds. Upon arrival being given prosecco and congratulated on our anniversary, it was so lovely and attentive! We're both vegan and we're blown away by the food made for us, even the salad was amazing!
After feeling as though I had embarrassed myself with a wine debaucle, the waiter was lovely and attentive and couldn't do enough for us, even gave us a sorbet dessert with "Joyeux anniversaire" written on the slate, it was just so so lovely.
Please go, please try the Celeriac Wellington and please tell them how lovely they are. 10/10

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staxwoman
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My friends and I enjoyed the meal at Kendells but we ordered sides of fries x 3 and they weren't nice. Think we were still charged for them, even though most of them remained uneaten.

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OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very tasty veal chop, but was a little overcooked for my taste (no option was offered) and complaining was pointless since it would ruin my co-diner’s experience. Ordered “French fries” but these were actually huge chips. Excellent wine (Mendoza Malbec) and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good service nice and friendly. Generous portions

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RICARDOH
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing night, the atmosphere is amazing and the food really made me remember France, the service is great and Sharon and her husband are the best hostess. I am French and they definitely made me feel at home. definitely recommended and always back.

félicitations!!, c'est le meilleur restaurant et la nourriture est incroyable, nous reviendrons très bientôt!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food 😍

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still as good as ever. Safe, secure and amazing food.

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rachela
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A warm welcome by staff and a complimentary glass of something bubbly was a delight. Went for Sunday lunch as partner had just had an operation and wanted it quiet. It was just right for a lovely Sunday roast with a relaxed ambience. Food cooked to perfection and generous portions. Well done to all the staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter and I went out for dinner and were very impressed by the food and staff

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Kendell's Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 2979 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.