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Kendell's Bistro

4.7
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3009 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 3009 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CliveL
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were happy to be able to support Kendell's on the day it re-opened after lockdown - and a refurb that preserved all the best and rennovated without unneccesary change. The welcome was a friendly as ever despite Covid precautions applied efficiently but discreetly, and if service was a bit haphazard, we put this down to everyone just being out of practice. We could easilly forgive this in the circumstances, and the kitchen certainly wasn't out of practice; dishes from established classics like moules mariniere to inventive but thoroughly classic-French-inspired ones like duck breast in blackcurrant with goat's cheese in filo, and rich, melting, lamb rump, were perfect. Welcome back, we've missed you.

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jamesM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to kendall's many times We were the first couple in after lock down !! It was superb as usual.

JM
JonathanM
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ox cheek, pate, french onion soup and bread superb. Chicken disappointing

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JulieC
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant very quiet due to everyone worried about coronavirus, but service and fod were just as wonderful as always.

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LettiB
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and interior. Friendly service and very clean

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ShonaH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Catch up with friends

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BillA
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Would return good overall you will not be disappointed

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phill
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food & excellent service. Good choice on early bird menu

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KateJ
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kendell's is the only place my boyfriend and I go for our birthdays and anniversaries.
Food is great and the service is outstanding - they always make us feel special.

JP
JohnP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food served in a lovely atmosphere. A busy Saturday evening but we never felt rushed. Will definitely come back :-)

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John
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose the pre-theatre menu which was excellent value with a good range of choices.
The food was excellent and extremely well presented.
The staff were friendly, cheerful and helpful.

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! First time here and we will be back. Absolutely loved it

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RosalynW
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For me, Kendall's is simply the best restaurant in Leeds. If you want great food, brilliant service and superb ambience then this is the place to come.
This isn't for the rowdy, just for people who want to appreciate a great night out.
In a word 'unique'.

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BevM
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always of the best quality and the 'tea time' menu is very good value for money.

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Mimi
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Introduced two people to Kendells and they were impressed. We had the early bird menu, starters and main with wine (a very decent house red) and qualified for two desserts.
Melt in the mouth pastry on the tasty well-filled Beetroot tart with goat’s cheese and two of us enjoyed generous portions of Confit de Canard with outstanding pommes dauphinoises - soft and garlicky with light breadcrumb topping.
Excellent service, not rushed but staff ensured we finished in good time for start of theatre performance.
Low level candle lighting in restaurant contrasts with dazzling bulbs in ladies’ loo!
Look forward to next visit.

JM
JeanineM
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food, wonderful staff and atmosphere! I booked here for our anniversary and received free drinks on arrival to celebrate, I have recommended to friends to try here for a special evening as it did not disappoint!

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StephenW
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Execlent service from start to finish, the food was outstanding, can't wait to get back.

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LizH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great food, not majorly expensive and fantastic service. Highly recommend!

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Eccy
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent French food prepared to a high standard. The menu has a wide variety of dishes rather than just the same tired, old staples but when they DO do one of the classics they do it very well indeed - try the french onion soup!

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HelenD
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Compared to previous visits we were slightly disappointed. Pate was dry. Scallops with hard stringy cheese. The service poor - vegetables arrived too late and not eaten.

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Harriet
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! And brilliant service! We did the early bird deal which is a very good value for money!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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SajidI
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The food was of good quality. Sadly the service didn’t match the food.... had to ask for the dessert menu twice and the second time was given our bill. Had to inform the young lady we asked for a dessert menu not the bill. Was apologetic but then took forever bring over the menu and even longer taking the order. Shame really as we really enjoyed the meal. Come on front of house staff don’t let the kitchen down.

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Gillian
Yorkshire
13 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Once again, brilliant food, fabulous wine, perfect service - nothing to criticise. This is our favourite Leeds restaurant !

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foodisace
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, as it always it whenever we've been. Really enjoyed it!

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MarisP
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super service, super food. Enjoyed the wide variety of choice. Looking forward to my next visit. Thank you.

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SharonB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Food really good I always have the goats cheese & beetroot for starters mmm. Staff very good always helpful nothing too much trouble. Will keep coming back time & time again.

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GEORGE
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Did not enjoy it at all. Staff rude and unhelpful. No menus just a walk to a large board through a mass of people. When we asked about the menu waitress of no help.

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Quackers
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A consistently good restaurant. Not trying to be fashionable, just serving excellent food.

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AlanM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pre theatre menu with a reasonable choice.
Very friendly and efficient staff.

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amiec
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food,

Excellent service

Little touches mean a lot like prosecco to celebrate a special occasion.

Right amount of staff on so you're not sat around waiting and are attended to.

Lovely ambiance.

Possibly my favourite restaurant in Leeds.

CB
ClareB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fantastic meal celebrating a birthday making you feel special with a glass of bubbly and sweet treats.Food was second to none .Only thing that I would say we were a party of 8 and they squeezed us on to a table designed for 6 if you were in the middle you were between 2 tables not ideal

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KatieR
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious and service was great! The waitress did struggle to hear our drinks order due to a very restaurant with lots of large groups but overall I really enjoyed it

Also the rest room was beautiful which I personally think tells you a lot about a place.

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Overtinis
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We think that Kendells is a very special French bistro. The atmosphere is relaxing, warm and friendly, almost like walking into a Renoir painting. It was a busy Friday evening and there was a lively buzz. The staff were welcoming. and efficient ensuring we had everything we needed without being over fussy. The food was well presented and tasted wonderful. We had a very enjoyable and memorable evening.

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xena29
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here many times and the food and service are always excellent. There were a few extra things on the menu this time, and we had one as a starter, a Cocotte. It was very good, for mains my wife had the Salmon en croute and I had the Ham hock, both very good. Unfortunately neither of us had room for a dessert. Thank you.
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RussellS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent French cuisine in a wonderful atmospheric space. Service is informed but friendly and relaxed. Ser meal with wine was great value.

JB
JonathanB
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

I had a fantastic night, great place, great surroundings, fantastic food! The only downside was we felt rushed to finish. I ordered an expensive bottle of wine and before it came I had another waiter prompting for our food order, which wasn't great. But away from the rushed services, this was a fantastic venue, with kind friendly people and a fantastic atmosphere. I would recommend Kendell's to any of my friends / family, only word of advise would be for the waiters / waitresses to slow down a bit and allow people to go at there own pace. 9/10

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JUJU1
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very friendly and even gave my a partner and I a free celebration prosecco as we were celebrating our anniversary. Would highly recommend.

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CameronPearce
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was good but unfortunately some of the service tainted our experience.

We had a waiter in the middle of us eating reach over my mum who was spooning something into her mouth to grab an empty carafe of wine, which we found a bit rude.

Also, while I understand we were warned about this, we felt incredibly rushed through our dinner, which of course we are largely tied to the time it takes the kitchen to bring out the food. We didn’t get chance to have dessert, and weren’t allowed some time after our mains just to make some room.

The restaurant was half empty, so I didn’t understand the need to rush us through.

This was a suggestion by friends, who I’m sure had a much more pleasant experience, but unfortunately I’m not sure I’ll be coming back

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Carina
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favourite restaurant in Leeds. We love everything about it. We don't live in the UK now, but when we planned a family visit, we booked ourselves in for a treat. Friendly staff, a really good buzz, fabulous, fabulous food.

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Kendell's Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 3009 OpenTable diners.

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