My sister had come up from London for the weekend and she absolutely loved this restaurant and would like to visit again when she comes back to Leeds. Food and service both very good indeed.
I had a wonderful dinner at Kendells last Friday. The welcome I received was warm and as a lone diner I was grateful for a nice seat with a view of the room for people watching without being in the way or awkward.
I was treating myself to a pretheatre dinner and opted for the 3 course fixed price menu with half a bottle of house red.
I had the salmon rilette, minted lamb and profriteroles and it was some of the freshest, tastiest food I've had in ages. Very bite was bursting with flavour.
The ambience was lovely. Service flawless. Food delicious.
Could not have asked for more for my £29!
Early doors meal, next door to West Yorkshire Playhouse so perfect for pre theatre. Authentic French cuisine, flavours are awesome and all fresh cooked. Teatime menu is a slightly shortened menu with great savings but still good choice.
Attentive but genuine service. Comfortable place to eat, not suitable for posers but heaven for people who enjoy good food.
Four of us went to celebrate a birthday. I was surprised to be called two days before to be reminded me of what is said on the website about the table being available for only one hour forty five minutes. That is more than sufficient to eat a meal, so the timing is surely down to how long it takes to seat the party, take the orders, prepare the food and serve it? I was unhappy that the person greeting us took five minutes talking to a couple leaving before welcoming us. Once seated in a fairly full restaurant, it was clear that the music was so loud as to make all diners speak up , thus making the whole room very noisy. The lighting was very low - I had to switch my phone's light on to be able to read the wine menu. I was then unable to hear the waiter when she came to take our drinks order. We waited a further 10-15 minutes for a waiter to arrive who informed us that there were no hand menus, just those on the boards at the other side of the room. We were invited to leave the table to peruse. I and another of my party were then both, separately, asked not to stand looking at the menu boards by different members of staff. Another 15-20 minutes later, a waiter arrived to take our orders, at which time I requested that the music be turned down as we were unable to hear ourselves due to the music and the loud speaking from adjacent tables. She laughed. We waited around 20 minutes for our starters and, once finished, a further 30 minutes for the mains. After we had eaten, we were sat for about 30 minutes before the dishes were cleared and I could ask for the bill. So service was slow, the music too loud, the lighting minimal and the food? It was good without being entrancing. The croustade was outstanding, the moules tasty and the boudin noir bland. The bourguignon was rich, the lamb rump delicious, the lamb shank succulent and huge and the calf's liver astonishingly average. I will not return and will not be recommending that anyone should go. YEP awards? Pah.
Very good meal indeed, great value and food was excellent. Only complaint was it was slightly too dark.
Not ideal for a date
We love this place but we’re a bit disappointed this time. We felt a little bit like we’d been forgotten and it was a real shame because it was a special bday.
Went for our anniversary what a fantastic time we had food fab fab staff fab service .Hightly reccomend it
Super for pre-theatre
Fabulous as always, never disappoints!!
It's a Gem.
Near the Playhouse & Ballet Theatre. As good as when it opened. Fresh creative food in a lovely ambience, with excellent service.
Offered extras for special occasion.
Mr Kendell's formula is spot on. Long may he and his customers prosper!
Very good but background music too loud resulting in everyone having to raise their voices. Not so good for the hard of hearing.
We got a warm welcome and a glass of fizz as we were celebrating a birthday. Every member of staff was absolutely superb! The food was mixed for me I'd say.
The starters were superb I had French onion soup and my husband had ham hock pancake. For main we both had steak with peppercorn sauce. My steak was dry and really tough and the peppercorn sauce was really sweet and didn't taste like it had any peppercorns in it. The husband says his was good.
However, I'd go again just for the service alone, but I'll not have the steak again.
Some time since we visited but still a very good prix fixe menu for pre or post Theatre dining. Had the 3 course option with half a bottle of wine. Good food with a generous portion size at a good price. Will return.
My favourite restaurant in Leeds- wonderful food, great atmosphere and good service
Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. From the time we arrived all the staff were attentive and obviously enjoy themselves as they never stopped smiling. We were very happy with with their knowledge of the menu and recommendation of a superb "red" that complimented our meal perfectly.
We will be back soon
Fabulous little gem in the centre of Leeds. Outstanding service
Amazing food at reasonable prices, a beautiful setting with attentive staff. Sharon the owner is lovely too.
This was our first time at Kendell's and it was very enjoyable. We had the 3 course early menu, which was very good value, with lots of choice for each course, and a good house wine. The food was lovely, well cooked and presented, and ample portions.
The restaurant seemed a bit dark, lit by candles and fairy lights, but we had just come in from a bright day, and we soon got used to the lighting, which contributes to the relaxed ambience. The only slight criticism is that the music is a bit too loud for a proper conversation with your dining companions. We will definitely be visiting again, as there were many more items on the varied menu that we would love to try.
Absolutely fantastic food cooked to perfection served by by friendly helpful staff
The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great - felt very authentic, although having only the blackboard menu seems overkill - the waiter had to take our phone to take a photo and then we couldn't both look at the same time without connecting to the wifi and sharing the photo....a bit of a faff. But overall a lovely evening.
First time at Kendells excellent from start to finish will be back soon
As usual, excellent food and service for our pre-theatre visit. Good atmosphere, very French feel, but lighting so low, reading the menu is quite difficult. A lady on an adjacent table had to use the light on her phone.
Quality and attention to detail second to none. Been a few times and a firm favourite. Quirky surroundings even if chairs a little wobbly! If you have never been book now.
Fabulous relaxing atmosphere, good value for great food, helpful staff, couldn't fault this restaurant.
Kendell's was absolutely fantastic - I went for my girlfriend's birthday and right from the beginning everything was perfect. The staff were lovely, the food was fantastic and the ambience of the restaurant was brilliant.
Good food in a pleasant setting. I’ve been before but this time, took a friend for pre-theatre dinner and we both had the lamb rump which was tender and fragrant. Reasonable prices too for the two-course set menu. Will return.
A problem. We arrived at 6.00pm for pre theatre dinner. The restaurant was unusually busy. We were asked on arrival if we had to be away for a certain time and we told them 7.15pm to give us time to get to the Playhouse nearby. We decided on a one course meal so as not to rush and avoid time pressure. Food order taken promptly by waiter citing our departure time. Food took almost an hour and arrived at 7.08 meaning we didn’t have enough time to eat it. Half was left behind. A special evening was pretty much ruined and they knew it. Apologies and a discount offered without us asking but this just didn’t work for pre theatre dinner. Shame the food is good but we were far from the only ones pressurised.
Second visit to Kendells and once again they did not disappoint. We were really well looked after - food was beautifully cooked and presented and our anniversary treats were really appreciated. Thank you for helping to make our evening so special.
Fantastic atmosphere and amazing balue for money delicious food.lovely birthday free treats also x
Really recommend this restaurant, really good quality food and staff are lovely. menus have a fair amount of choice. Service was great and they are well set up and located for pre theatre dining.
Excellent Food, Great Staff & made few special by all on wedding anniversary. We will be back
Kendell's never, ever fails to impress. A perfect restaurant in every way.
Another wonderful meal at our favourite Leeds restaurant. Was spoilt as currently have broken wrist, even offered to cut up my food to help me. Food itself was exceptional, Paul, Head Chef, is really fabulous, as are the whole team. Always a pleasure to spend the evening there
First time here ,we came for birthday treat pre theater the restaurant was just what I'd hoped the food was top notch the sea bass was amazing and the bill was realistic , will definately be back . Thanks. Kendell's x
Great meal and attentive staff. Excellent service and lovely to be offered a couple glasses of fizz as it was my partners birthday. Also appreciated the happy birthday wish... see pic
I love, love Kendell's Bistro. A firm favourite for date night, or with a group of friends. Fabulously authentic food, with a great choice for the Early Bird dining, and the staff are all wonderful. Especially the Maitre D with his fabulous smile! I'd recommend Kendell's to anyone!
Fantastic as always, the food was amazing, the staff are so lovely and the choice on the early bird is so good. Another great reason for going is they always ask if you have any dietary requirements, gluten free etc and they seem to be able to accommodate any food issues you may have. Hope to visit again really soon.
Lovely treat fro my husbands birthday complete wit ha complimentary glass of fizz on arrival. We didn't go for the set pre theatre menu which is pretty good value as wanted the fish dishes . A bit pricey but absolutely lovely, house wine a decent price and very quaffable too.
Our first time and it won't be our last....excellent food and service.
Hospitality at its best and food to match. Couldn’t fault anything and a great atmosphere. Will be back