Kendell's Bistro

4.6
2601 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
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!

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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
0113 243 6553
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Chef Patron Steven Kendell
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Area
Additional
Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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YD
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was my husband's birthday and they brought us a wee glass of fizz. Prompt service. Helpful. Very smiley and making sure all was well. Have been before, always for a special occasion. Will continue doing so.

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VB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food for family visit, I had highly recommend this establishment and they agreed it lived up to and beyond my review.

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EC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kendell's came highly recommended and it didn't disappoint! The service was fantastic, the amount of food choice was just right, the quality, price and taste were amazing. Overall we were made to feel like special guests - I would imagine Kendell's has a way of making everyone feel that way. There were groups of people and couples like us, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Thank you for the experience - we can't wait to come again.

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AA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love the atmosphere of relaxed elegance, intelligent service and a fine French menu. The food is of a consistently high standard - we have never been disappointed.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lived up to all expectations, and some. We took guests from out of town so won lots of brownie points !
Got a glass of very nice champagne and some petit fours just because it was my birthday.
Will go again.

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OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff can’t do enough to help, food was beautiful as ever, this place never disappoints

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LB
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table for 2 online after reading the reviews and wasn't disappointed. We arrived at 5.30pm and were given a very warm welcome. It was pretty busy even at that time so the atmosphere was good. The waiting staff we extremely friendly and attentive and we couldn't have wished for more. The food was just fabulous, as was the whole experience. We will certainly go back to Kendell's Bistro again when we are next in Leeds. Can't recommend it enough. Thank you for a thoroughly lovely evening.

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food & ambience! What was supposed to be a date night however turned into a wonderful catch up with the famalam! Top night! Recommend 😁👍🏻

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LP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Love this restaurant. Took two friends and they enjoyed it too and helped us celebrate 25 years of friendship. Great that they asked about allergies so I’ll be back with my family as son has allergies and I will feel confident to eat there.
Great food and fab service!

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TC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! Excellent service, great food and wine. Will definitely return.

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C
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another great time at Kendell's bistro. Both the service and food were very good.
I would recommend a visit for any occasion. Hope to go back again sometime soon.

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GG
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great early evening venue for two elderly ladies meeting up after long time. All was perfect, apart from the difficulty in reading the menu because of the low lighting but staff helped overcome

Great food, very accessible and central venue and lovely staff

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C
Yorkshire
12 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not a patch on previous visits. Very average beef bourgignon, bottle of beer was warm and my wife's veg dish was bland and under seasoned. Not the same standard we expected from Kendells.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place and dined early so it meant we had full choice, previous occasion so many items were sold out!! Food and the staff are fabulous.

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TA
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Kendell's Bistro and I couldn't fault the place. Amazing food and very friendly staff. We were not rushed at all and there is plenty of choice on the menu. Kendell's Bistro will definitely occupy the top of my 'places to eat out' list.

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GC
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Good price and the value for was second to none.

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CF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Will definitely visit again in the future. A must try venue.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, couldn't ask for more.

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LB
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and great service, we’ve never had a poor meal here.
The French onion soup and beef bourguignon were highlights.

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IF
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. Staff really professional yet friendly and welcoming. Food to die for. Love the candles and music which add to the wonderful ambience. So many restaurants fail to provide a dining experience but Kendalls has every time we have visited over the years. Thank you.

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HH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

As usual Kendell's Bistro served lovely food with a good atmosphere in the restaurant. Our favourite restaurant when we visit Leeds

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WM
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First time at Kendells . Pre theatre dinner. Good choice on the menu, good ambience and service. Prices typical of central Leeds. I had the aubergine dish which was delicious. Got to the theatre in p,entry of time.

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GB
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly efficient staff trained to cater to your needs by asking the right questions on arrival, listening, and making the evening special by those extra touches.

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E
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We thought the food was alright nothing special.
Starters we thought the Salmon in the little pot was very nice, friend said the onion soup was not the best he had tasted.
I have had better Duck,my friend said Rabbit was just alright, others said the Ham Hock was lovely.
We had Cappuccino coffees had to send back as cold other two replaced were luke warm.

We found the light a bit dim as only candles but would call it romantic for two.
The music could have been turned down when the place got full as its nice just to hear people talking as I find this adds to the ambience.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The whole experience was excellent. Food was amazing, staff was very helpful and proffesional. The only downside is that it was very loud in terms of people speaking. It may sound a bit odd but because of the amount of tables that have been fitted into the space, we could not hear one another. I would definitely come back but perhaps a bit earlier or maybe on a different day than Saturday

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HA
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! I've been a number of times, and every time has been fabulous

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JH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a lovely meal once again on Saturday celebrating my birthday. Our only criticism was that we felt very rushed with our dining. We had advised on arrival we weren’t going onto the theatre but the service felt very rushed.
We arrived at 6.30 and had finished our main course by 7.20 , on been offered dessert I did ask for 10 to 15 mins rest just to catch up with conversation . I did appreciate we only had the table for 90 minutes as per the website , we were then asked for our dessert choices at 5 minute intervals which was annoying .
The food was perfect and we had brought my daughter from London for her first visit . Unfortunately it wasn’t as relaxing experience as we had hoped for

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NJ
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Can be overly noisy which detracts from the overall experience

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t
London
9 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening of great food and service. Always a varied menu to suit all tastes. Food was perfectly prepared and cooked. All four of us agreed this place is one of the best restaurants in leeds

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IS
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having a little celebration dinner with my friend was a really lovely experience here. The ambience is very good apart from music being a little too loud for us especially added to the reasonably live I level of happy chatter as it got busy - my only criticism actually but one I hope they’ll take seriously!

The welcome, special little touched because they learned it was a celebration, service, food were all outstanding. I really liked the menu and even early bird offer had plenty choice. Everything was beautifully presented, perfectly cooked and of great quality. Decent wine choices too.

This was on a Sat evening - really nice that this is available even on busy nights and the time allowed is fine - we had 3 courses and were not rushed.

Too marks - but quieter music please?

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to celebrate three friends birthdays and was greeted with a glass of procesco each and a lovely desert for all. Really made the night specialx

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KS
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening for my friends birthday. Food and service excellent can’t wait to go back.

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RO
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant place to go beautiful food excellent service

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance and service. Recommended.

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J
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our third time visiting Kendell’s, and the food just gets better and better each time! I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. We were greeting with prosecco because we were celebrating and finished on a lovely desert board, both on the house! I’ve been dreaming about the ox I had since the meal, and I cannot wait to return. The BEST restaurant in Leeds!!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The restaurant itself and the food was lovely.
Service v slow - we had to ask to order after about 20 mins of being there.
Having a wine specialist is a nice touch but added to the wait having to wait for someone to take a separate wine order
Also I think guests should receive a menu and not have to rely on the blackboard

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RH
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We booked a table at Kendell's because we are new to Leeds and it has some good reviews. Really notable how we were greeted up on entry, there was a warm greeting as if we are regulars. The food was really tasty and they have a great wine list. We had a bottle of champagne which went down very well. We didn't feel rushed

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HH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cosy french bistro with excellent food. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

We were looking for somewhere new to take friends when they came to stay, so we tried Kendell's. The food was excellent, and the ambience would have been ideal, but for the noise. Although we've been married for over 40 years, we still like to talk to each other, but conversation was impossible. The tables are close together, which is fine, but because of the music, all the other diners were shouting, and we were reduced to sitting in silence. We may be 69/70, but neither of us is hard of hearing, so this would not just be a problem for old people. In fact, it was probably the noise that resulted in our waitress bringing me the wrong main course (there were two venison dishes, and I got the one I didn't want. Despite eating three quarters of it, and not expecting a refund, they took it off the bill, which was very good of them).

This would have been a lovely bistro-ish atmosphere, if only owners didn't feel obliged to play unnecessary music. I know we have to accept this now, because it's nearly universal, but we eat out quite a bit, and have never experienced such an uncomfortable noise level anywhere else. We were glad to get outside, which is a real shame, because we'd like to eat here again.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant meal before going to the theatre. Food served promptly, and all delicious!

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