Leeds is a vibrant and lively city with plenty of romantic restaurants to choose from. There are times when the local ‘Spoons just won’t cut it – and this is one of them! Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner for two, a perfect first date venue, or even a special place to pop the question this Valentine’s day, Leeds has something for everyone. Here are some of the more intimate restaurants in Leeds that will make your evening a memorable one.
The Cross Keys
The Cross Keys is an old pub with a modern take. With exposed brick walls and warm lighting, it’s the perfect spot for a cosy dinner date. The restaurant serves classic British pub food with a modern twist, like their famous fish and chips made with beer-battered haddock and served with homemade tartar sauce. On top of that, they have an extensive wine list to complement any meal (or if it’s a first date to help steady the nerves!).
Located in the heart of Headingley, De Baga is a fab newcomer to the food scene in Leeds and offers a great variety of Indian dishes in a cosy setting. A favourite spot for couples who enjoy Indian cuisine, De Baga’s interiors are as warm and aesthetic as its food. For Valentine’s Day, it’s a must to book a table here, as they’re offering a 3-course meal for £30 (bargain!) and also giving away a free meal for two to those who enter our Instagram competition
A little away from the bustling city centre, this Spanish restaurant is a perfect setting for couples who want to enjoy a quiet evening with some delicious food. Besides paella and tapas, the restaurant offers a fine wine selection to accompany your Valentine’s Day celebration. There are various lunch options ranging from £6 – £8 for students and budget-conscious professionals with signature dishes ranging from £30 for two
The Botanist is an attractive and laid cocktail bar in the centre of Leeds and celebrates all things floral and botanical, so should definitely be in the running for a drink or bite to eat this Valentine’s Day. There’s a good selection of beers and cocktails and is a great place to start your evening. Make sure you visit their Facebook and Instagram pages to find their latest offers
Italians know a thing or two about romance, so we had to throw in some Italian options! This restaurant is located on Park Row in the heart of the city, making it the perfect place for a romantic dinner and a night out! The valentine’s Day share menu ranges from £25 and also offers a 50% discount on their premium wine collections. Romantico!
If you’re looking for a bit of fun and probably the best Mexican food in Leeds, then this Mexican street food-focused kitchen serves authentic Mexican fare from their superb tacos to interesting seafood offerings and punch-packing meat courses. The food is tasty and shareable and you’ll find things on the menu (like cactus salad) that you won’t find elsewhere. The atmosphere is relaxed yet still romantic and they do some authentic Mexican drinks to help you on your way. Let the Margaritas flow!
This European brasserie is tucked away in central Leeds offering a French-inspired menu in a quiet setting. With its chic decor and cosy atmosphere, it’s ideal for couples who want to enjoy an intimate dinner together. Highlights include their signature steak tartare as well as classic French dishes like duck confit and beef bourguignon – all accompanied by an impressive selection of wines. The menu is on a large chalkboard with binoculars provided at your table
Leeds offers some truly remarkable romantic restaurants that are sure to make your evening unforgettable! From traditional British pubs to French bistros and Mexican street kitchens, there’s something here for everyone. So whether you’re planning a casual date night or celebrating something special – these restaurants will help turn your evening into something memorable. University students can take advantage of discounts at many of these establishments too – so remember to check out what deals are available before booking and always bring Student IDs with you!
Happy Valentine’s Day xx
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