Kendell's Bistro

4.6
2821 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
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  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
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. 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.

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RM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No complaints at all, lovely staff, great atmosphere and amazing food, didnt feel rushed at all which was nice. Thank you.

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BM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tea time menu is very good value for money with plenty of choice.

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the evening. Good food and excellent service.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience at Kendell's. Very attentive staff, great food and lovely setting. Thank you.

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EB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellent service - highly recommended

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PB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb quality restaurant. Our only reservation was the portions which we found too large. However, that’s probably just us and I’m sure other guests can cope with lots of lovely food!😋

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CT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food once again. The ox cheek croquette starter is amazing, the venison with red wine and chocolate sauce was a massive hit with my wife. I then had the tarte tatin which was fabulous.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Spent a lovely evening here at the weekend. It was a special occasion and the staff rose to the occasion to celebrate my friends birthday. Service was good and food was excellent. A small issue of the heat of our potatoes was quickly and efficient rectified.
It was our first visit and we’ll definitely be back. The only negative is that the background music made it quite hard to hear each other talk in a busy restaurant.

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LF
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere here is fantastic - warm and inviting, buzzing without being noisy and invasive. The early bird menu is tremendous value for money and we both enjoyed every bit of the food that was served. Staff were also great. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kendall’s to anyone

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t
London
12 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening, as always. Food, service and atmosphere all 5 star. Everyone always makes us feel like a VIP. A big thank you to everyone who works so hard to make our visits special

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JA
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Kendell's Bistro and we will certainly be visiting again. From the beautiful ambience to the outstanding food, we were hugely impressed with our dining experience and look forward to our next visit already!

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OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and super value on the early bird menu

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K
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality experience as always..

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A
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly service and good food at a pretty competitive price. The only improvement I can suggest is to turn down the music a notch.

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AH
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely restaurant and food but my husband only went for the foie gras and wasn’t on the menu so he was very disappointed ☹️

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LS
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been meaning to go to this restaurant for a couple of years. I so wish I had made it earlier. I will definitely return soon. It's food was amazing. The staff were first class and the atmosphere relaxing.
Well done Kendals.

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NM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The atmosphere in Kendall’s is always great. A good buzz of conversation and we like the low lighting. One of our group was in a wheelchair and access was hampered by chairs stored on the ramp into the room. However the staff were quick to help with that and service was friendly and timely. We all loved the French onion soup. It had real depth of flavour with croutons that kept their texture and lots of gruyere. The black pudding starter was good but not a show stopper. Salmon en croute for main went down really well. Thank you. We’ll be back.

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n
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely recommend Kendells Bistro. The food is traditional French cuisine, absolutely delicious. The staff are friendly, efficient, attentive but not intrusive. The candlelit ambiance is lovely and romantic but also a great place for family and friends. Teatime menu for pre-theatre is great value and still very filling. Easy to find, just follow your nose and the garlic aromas will lead you there. Our favourite restaurant in Leeds.

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EA
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous restaurant, the lamb shoulder melted in your mouth and was just beautiful.
Great atmosphere and ambience with pleasant staff.
I will always recommend this restaurant and will always keep coming back.

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RT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely place. Everything from the food to the wine to the staff to the atmosphere was perfect. We went for a special celebration with friends and couldn't have wished for a better place

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PB
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to kendell’s on a number of occasions now and have never been disappointed. After moving away 4 years ago and been back in England for a visit we were happy to go back. We were asked if we had a special celebration on arrival. It was our wedding anniversary, we got a free glass off champagne the second we sat down and a celebratory desert with Happy Anniversary written in French on it. The food and service was fantastic yet again. 5 stars from us.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent value, delicious food. Perhaps a little dark with just candles if you have problems with vision

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HO
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was fantastic as usual. We all enjoyed the food. It was my friend's birthday and we were really touched when they bought her a dessert. That was a really nice touch and it was very much appreciated. The wine was also very good.
Unfortunately the service was not great and the restaurant was not that busy. We struggled to get the attention of the waiters and waitresses - many times. At one point my partner asked for a wine menu and we had to wait a long time to get someone's attention to order some red wine - he eventually managed to get someone's attention - but it was well after the meal came. The waiting on staff need to be far more attentive. We did leave a small tip and that was why.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was very good, for me it was more for older people and didn’t have an unbeat, exciting atmosphere. It was way too dark, I can to use the torch on my phone to look at the wine menu! Lots of new starters starting so the service was not great. We waited 15 mins for drinks. Waiting staff just appeared to be standing around! One waiter did give us complementary drinks though when we commented twice on this. I would also like to have a food menu on the table and not just the board!

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SR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good - we would come more often but we like to have a few lagers with our meal and find the small bottles very expensive compared to premium draft lagers

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CN
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well looked after by staff.
Staff were friendly, kind and respectful. They helped make the evening feel relaxed and enjoyable.
Lovely atmosphere.
Food was exceptional.
Worth the money, and a nice treat.

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S
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious French gem in the middle of Leeds. A new go-to for a fancy date or just a taste of Paris.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit here after lots of good recommendations and i wasn't disappointed. The professional and friendly service from everyone was very high and the food even better!

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MD
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday with some close friends at Kendells.The pate starer followed by beef burgenyon which was very tasty indeed. I then spoiled myself with the cheese boar and a glass of port. I personally recommend to anyone looking for beautiful food in a relaxed bistro with charming staff, you've found it

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MF
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming, friendly staff. Restaurant is lovely, candle lit tables, really romantic. Staff are very attentive, and helpful. The menu is on the wall which was a bit random but the staff asked if we would like a photo of the wall on our phone to look at the menu. Bit different but I liked it. Great drinks, food was spot on, service amazing, meals were quick but not rushed. Would recommend for a romantic meal. Great job guys keep it up xxx

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KH
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

My visit was good the food was excellent the service was up to par my only small nigal is due to the restaurant bring down stairs it was a little to hot for me I would put some sort of ventilation or cooling system in other wise a good night
Thanks.

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EH
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints, haven’t been for a while, went with friends who haven’t been before, they loved it, excellent food , service, ambience, the early bird menu is excellent value.
It was a joint wedding anniversary night out for us, we were treated to a complimentary glass of bubbly each and sweet treats at the end. Kendalls really do try to please

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JH
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We were asked when arriving if we were celebrating. Whilst looking at the wine list we were given complimentary prosecco and at the end of the evening a slate plate arrived with a mini dessert each. The staff were attentive and knowledgeable. Thank you to everyone there. The food is well thought out and wonderfully cooked. Well worth a visit

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GW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The subdued lighting in this restaurant creates a very relaxed atmosphere. We have eaten here before and as on our first visit, attention to detail is very apparent, from dietary requirements to timescale.

Throughout the meal the staff were very attentive without being obtrusive. As for the meal itself, it was well prepared and presented. We had the "tea time" selection.which offered a good selection of choices. We both had salmon en-croute; the salmon was cooked perfectly with a beautifully thin crust. Desert was equally enjoyable.

We will certainly visit again.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

It's far too dark, lit mainly by candles. You are left with either looking into the gloom or looking at the candle, which in the poor general lighting is way too bright. The furniture is rickety, the chair I sat in swayed from side to side, which matched nicely with the wobbly table.
The heat in the restaurant was oppressive too.
The staff were efficient and polite but the food is overpriced for what it is.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Great food, decent service and ambience was lovely.

However the meal was spoilt by a very cool draught that was caused (I think) by the front door been opened and left open for periods of time. We had to complain several times to the staff, however this continued through to the latter part of our meal and my wife was so cold that during the whole dessert she had to put her coat back on. It was just us either as the couple next to us also said it was uncomfortably cold which disappointed them.

Thanks
Andy

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A
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal out I've had for a few years. Very generous portions. Not pretentious. Great wine menu.
Lovely ambience

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MT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Have been many times before and always enjoyed the experience, however for some reason, and it did not seem that the restaurant was over busy, we had to wait over 35 mins for our our main course to arrive, and this was after a very slow clearance of our starters.... minor point, but it just took the edge off.
Will go again, but perhaps not on a Saturday evening.

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L
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, excellent service. It was a Thursday night so fairly quiet, and we were made to feel very welcome and had a very enjoyable birthday meal with some extra surprise touches! Very nice indeed!

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DF
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service - excellent food - good ambiance - excellent early menu - One issue -no need to order extra veg ,which we did, and failed to eat 50% of order a helpful piece of advice would have been appreciated.

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