Kendell's Bistro
Kendell's Bistro

Kendell's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kendellsbistro.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01132436553
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Chef Patron Steven Kendell
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Kendell's Bistro
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!

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Kendell's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
393 reviews since 6 May 2014
Average Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambience4.6
    Value4.3
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (291)romance (257)pre/post theatre (234)fit for foodies (211)group bookings (83)outstanding value (83)business meals (55)good vegetarian options (44)disabled access (14)sunday lunch (13)afternoon tea (11)brunch (7)child friendly (5)outdoor eating (1)Show More
  • Josh
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Excellent meal and service.only problem, been twice and each time bill has been wrong. Other tables items on our bill!
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  • Best restaurant in Leeds
    Steve
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    The food here is simply superb with a wonderfully bohemian ambience and very reasonable prices. It is always very busy (maybe sometimes a little too busy), so book in advance, but they never disappoint. Cannot recommend Kendell’s enough.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Food is outstanding, however restaurant a little overcrowded with tables. Constantly aware I might elbow the person behind me!
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent 5*!!
    Londondiner
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    This was by far one of the best meals I have had in a long while! The ambience was great, service terrific and the food was divine. I certainly recommend the camembert starter (to share). Unfortunately we were too full for a desert but I shall definitely be returning the next time I'm in Leeds. Was a perfect evening - and I'm usually quite picky!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Happy
    JBlow
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Never heard of this restaurant before and was very impressed. The service was good, ambiance and decor was more than suitable and the food was outstanding. Already looking forward to returning for another meal. Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies
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  • A Great Anniversary Meal
    JonDebP
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    We went to Kendell's to celebrate our wedding anniversary and weren't disappointed. I am Coeliac and the staff were happy to ask chef what options i could have on my preferred meals, they also provided GF bread to have before the main meal. As it was a celebration they gave my wife and i a free glass of fizz, this was a good gesture and helped add to the special occasion we were celebrating. The food was outstanding and both our starters and main courses were exceptional. We declined on a dessert, however we were given complimentary mini desserts (again for free) that were GF. In summary a great place, with great food, very good staff with a lovely atmosphere. We will return!
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Nous y avons mangé pour ma fête d'anniversaire. c'était une vraie dégustation à la française. Je le recommanderais sans hésitation, particulièrement pour la qualité des plats, l'ambiance et le service!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Excellent value
    Conza
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    This is an excellent French restaurant. Food was superb, (my wife said the lamb was the best she had ever tasted) The atmosphere is really good - lively and chatty but not overpoweringly noisy. Service was excellent with lovely little touches such as giving my wife a glass of champagne and complimentary petit fours as it was her birthday. Would recommend it highly
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Propper Bistro
    JohnThac
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    A lively real bistro that does not trade food and service for ambiience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kendells 16 August
    ludders
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    we were given a glass of champagne for my birthday then the waitress offered to take pictures of the menu as they were on a black board and hard to read we were giving plenty of time to choose what we wanted and didn't feel rushed we had fresh warm bread they gave use a canapé with was a nice surprise and tastes really nice we didn't have to wait long I had scallops and my boyfriend had mussels and they both looked lovely and they were really tasty then we didn't have to wait long for the mains I had salmon and he had fish platter and they were both lovely and we were both full and for my birthday they gave me four little desserts with was a nice thing to do they made my birthday extra special and one I won't forget
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    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    lark86
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Friendly staff great price with tea time deal, lovely food
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • What a let down, go somewhere else
    Swithies
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    There were many things at this restaurant that did not match with it's reviews. The restaurant was full, it was extremely stuffy and so warm it was uncomfortable. No fans, no air conditioning and only a little air available as the door was opened. The menu is pricey. The waitress said she didn't know about the wines and so had to point to it on the menu and give her the number. The meals we a little under cooked, a french trait. When the wine come it wasn't the one we had ordered so another short wait and yes it did arrive second time. When we got the bill unfortunately they over charged us for one main meal based on the price on their blackboard. They said that the blackboard was wrong, no apology. An arrogant reply from an average place
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  • Allo allo..... Fantastique dining !
    Supavet
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    I shall say this only once... If you don't eat here, you are missing the best dining in the whole of Leeds
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday evening meal
    Andrew
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    We ate on a Friday night. The place was packed and had a real buzz to it. The food was outstanding, we had beef wellington to share for mains and although it was expensive it was amazing. Highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in leeds
    Berts
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    We came here for my boyfriends birthday meal after hearing lots of brilliant reviews from friends and family. We were both taken back as to how beautiful the restaurant was! The food was outstanding - brilliantly priced and of a fabulous quality! Very romantic, lovely atmosphere and 10/10 service! Loved it and even told my boyfriend to bring me here for valentines day and out anniversary!! X
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Post70
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    excellent atmosphere but as the eyesight deteriorates a full as well as the daily menu in printed format as well as the blackboard would be helpful and might perhaps encourage the post 50's .
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    sarah4food
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    Fabulous food, we had pan-fried fois gras & fish soup to start followed by duck in blackcurrant sauce with goats cheese filo parcel & ribeye steak with dauphinoise pots & shared some veg. Lovely atmosphere & service to finish off a perfec eve :-)
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic evening
    Food4thought
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We dined at kendells 8/8/14 and had an amazing evening . From the moment you walk in you are made to feel special . The food and service are exceptional . The atmosphere is relaxed but elegant and children dine happily amongst adults . I had the confit of duck which was cooked to perfection and my husband had choucroute formidable, a great favourite and it was excellent.the staff are friendly and efficient . A little corner of France in the centre of leeds .fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Awesome service
    Happy
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Excellent attention to detail! Thank you for a lovely evening!
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lamblover
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    The best lamb I've had in a long time! 2nd time I've been to kendalls and it's never disappointed. Great food, really friendly service and amazing atmosphere. They even managed to make us laugh by accidentally bringing over a bottle of champagne that was ordered by the table next to us!! Definitely order the lamb and the chorizo calamari starter!
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    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Abred
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    Great place. Went for tea time deal, which was great value. The food and service was excellent. I would recommend it to anyone.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Foodie10VIP
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    While the ambience was great, the food and service left a bit to be desired. The food especially was quite poor.
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    business meals
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  • Great place
    DiscerningDiner
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Great atmosphere, delicious food and wonderful service.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Muffy
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    The first time I have dined here with my partner and I was not disapoited, the ambience was excellent and the food good also. Would certainly go again for a special occasion or when visiting Leeds, aoverall a very nice place.
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Mmmmfood
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Great Meal! Went to celebrate our anniversary, we were asked on arrival if we were celebrating anything, and as soon as we sat down we were greeted with a complimentary glass of prosecco - lovely personal touch. Service was friendly and professional from the off, food was brilliant - I will need to go about 8/9 times to try everything I fancied on the menu. The restaurant was busy - as always and the atmosphere is perfect, I would describe the decor and ambience as quirky - so if you're a boring diner you'll probably be out of your comfort zone. Price is very reasonable for the quality of food and service. I would recommend to anyone. Would rate it as one of the best restaurants in Leeds
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • SUPERB
    FAZZLEBRUSH
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    The venue was chosen for our anniversary meal and we were not disapointed. We didn't have a table booked until 21:15 so a couple of the options on the menu had sold out but that is to be expected. The restaurant was full and the place had a real buzz about it. It felt like we were abroad and not in Leeds City Centre. My wife is hard to please and is a bit of a "food snob" these days. She said "it was the nicest meal she had ever had". I would definately receommned to anyone and will hopefully be back very soon for another visit.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great ambiance excellent service
    GRandCE
    Dined on 24/7/2014
    We were greeted and shown to are table by friendly staff. the menu was great with lots of choice. when the food arrived it looked fantastic and tasted wonderful. The ambience was great. An overall great experience.
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    good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation dinner!
    Frostychopps
    Dined on 24/7/2014
    Wonderful warm greeting on arrival and handed a complimentary glass of fizz as I was celebrating my graduation which was an unexpected and lovely touch! Service was fantastic and the menu temptingly tasty-food was delicious and very reasonably priced-all in all a fantastic dining experience :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Bistro in Leeds
    Yorkshire1
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    We dined as a pre-theatre meal and was delighted. Good French cooking at value for money prices. The service was far better than most experiences in leeds or elsewhere for that matter. We did not have a dedicated waiter but our excellent service by several was seamless and never left hovering to try and catch one for attention. We both had the excellent smooth pate as starters: my lamb was very tender and the salmon in the light puff pastry excellent. Portions are generous
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    business meals, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Great atmosphere
    Eater1
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    A real find. A busy, buzzing, friendly atmosphere, great food and friendly staff.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING MEAL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    From start to finish Kendalls is an outstanding dining experience, which ticks all the boxes.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    Excellent food quality, taste, and ambience. Great value for money
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    fit for foodies, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem!
    frenchfoodie
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    Fabulous food, great and friendly service, busy and lively ambience - loved it! Where has this bistro been all my life? A little expensive but worth it. :-)
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Four stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 15/7/2014
    Everyone in our party very much enjoyed their food but would have liked more vegetarian options. We were made to feel very welcome and appreciated the nice touches such as some free fizz to help celebrate our daughter's graduation.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Evening
    Kevinconifer
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Hadn't been out for a while so decided to leave the sticks for the big city - Leeds. Booked Kendell's Bistro online, excellent choice! Everything was 5 star - the food, the ambience, the staff and the service. Do yourself a favour - go and have a great evening around town and finish with a wonderful meal at Kendell's, we did and loved it.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Great Restaurant
    JFLeeds
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Kendells was a revelation, at last a restaurant that has good food, lovely ambience and thoughtful staff. Wide variety of options on the menu, beautifully cooked and presented.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st night out in Leeds meal
    eeyore
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    I booked this with a friend as we were visiting from London and I had read it was the best place to eat in Leeds, we were not disappointed. When I first walked in I thought "was it Christmas" as the restaurant was full of twinkly lights, its not your typical bistro ambience, it was very busy, but relaxed and informal which i loved. The quality of food and wine was excellent and the very staff friendly. I ordered a seafood selection for my main, which was delicious, there is no menu as such as its on a massive chalk board on the wall as they change it so regularly, which can only be a good thing...... they offer to take a photo on your phone of the parts of the menu you cannot see which was a nice touch. Overall would highly recommend.
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  • Lovely meal
    Bar1
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    We recently went to Kendalls for a meal, we were very impressed with the service which was extremely efficient but did not make you feel rushed. The staff were friendly, helpful and courteous. We were treated to some champagne and petit fours as it was our anniversary meal which was a very thoughtful touch. The choice of food was good and our dishes were delicious. It is perhaps a little more pricy than other restaurants in Leeds but nevertheless we felt we had had a lovely special meal in a restaurant which was buzzing with a great atmosphere. I would certainly recommend Kendalls, particularly for a special occasion. Thank you for a great dining experience!
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Meal
    bozovoz
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Booked for our 2 year anniversary. Very accommodating, arranged for flowers on the table for my wife and we were given complimentary glasses of champagne and a couple of mini desserts. Staff were extremely busy but this didn't affect serving. Food was fantastic. Kendells Bistro is a Parisian gem tucked away and hiding in plain sight.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful meal
    growler
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Having dined at Kendell's several times before we knew we would have an enjoyable meal & we weren't disappointed. We took friends who were staying with us from across the Pennines and they loved the experience. Being a Saturday evening we knew it would be very busy & slightly noisy but it all added to the ambience. The food is the best we have eaten outside of France - the scallops were divine, foie gras delicious, the lamb perfectly cooked and the blackcurrant sauce on the duck breast is the best sauce I've ever had with duck. We were too full to attempt a dessert so we will have to return soon (especially for my favourite parfait with prunes soaked in Armagnac).
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    romance, special occasions
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