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Issho Drinks or Afternoon Tea, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Issho Drinks or Afternoon Tea

4.6
4.6
32 Reviews
£26 to £40
Japanese
At Issho Bar, our cocktails are laced with Japanese flavours and we’ve also got a full sake list, selections of Japanese whisky and beer, plus all of the usual suspects and a menu of brilliant bar bites.

The rooftop terrace is also a great spot for enjoying snacks and cocktails, and our acoustic musicians bring the bar to life every Friday and Saturday night.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Afternoon Tea, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00–00:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–01:00 Sun 13:00–17:00
  • Phone number
    0113 426 5000
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Elmar Zeinalovas
  • Catering
    Full exclusive hire, Semi exclusive hire, Canapes, buffet
  • Private party facilities
    Occupying a prime site across the rooftop space in Victoria Gate, Issho is the perfect place to party. Issho is committed to offering something different and unique to Leeds, combining exceptional service, high-quality food, unique menus and a stunning, relaxed setting.https://www.issho-restaurant.com/events/
  • Area
    Leeds
  • Parking Details
    Large Car park in Victoria Gate
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 32 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

32 Reviews
  1. noelw

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood
    Issho Drinks or Afternoon TeaResponded on 11 December 2023
    Thank you for taking the time and sharing your experience with us. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit. We appreciate your kind feedback and will be shared with our team. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Kind regards, Issho Team

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  2. RebeccaT

    Yorkshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a treat for my nieces 21st birthday. The lunch set menu is phenomenal value. The food is excellent and we sat on the rooftop terrace in the September sunshine. We had a fabulous time. Thank you.
    Issho Drinks or Afternoon TeaResponded on 19 September 2023
    Thank you for taking the time and sharing your experience with us. It is wonderful to hear that you had fabulous time with us on your niece's very special day and enjoyed the food on our beautiful terrace. Please rest assured, your kind feedback will be shared with our team. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Kind regards, Issho Team

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  3. AnnetteM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was good staff very attentive and friendly. The food looked and tasted great loved the scones.
    Issho Drinks or Afternoon TeaResponded on 10 September 2023
    Thank you for taking the time and sharing your experience with us. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the food and Helen looked after you well. Please be assured, your kind feedback will be shared with Helen and rest of the team. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Kind regards, Issho Team

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  4. BenB

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Helen looked after us very well this afternoon. Really enjoyable experience, with a great set up.
    Issho Drinks or Afternoon TeaResponded on 31 July 2023
    Thank you for taking the time and sharing your experience with us. It is wonderful to hear that Helen looked after you well and you had 5 star experience on your recent visit. Please rest assured your kind feedback will be shared with Helen and rest of the team. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Kind regards, Issho

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  5. Nazzy

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only went for drinks, great setting with terrace for these warm nights, atmosphere was great and the Dj GQ was great. Place had a good vibe. Will definitely be going back to dine next time.
    Issho Drinks or Afternoon TeaResponded on 8 June 2023
    Thank you for taking the time and sharing your experience with us. It is great to hear that you visited us for drinks and enjoyed the atmosphere with our resident Dj GQ. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Kind regards, Issho.

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  6. AI04

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall, the food was excellent and the ambience on the terrace was really great. However, the service was rather slow this time and it wasn’t a particularly busy evening either. 1) it was very difficult to get the attention of staff. One of our food orders didn’t arrive and we only realised at the end of our meal. It took ages to get the attention of a member of staff to raise this with them. When they finally arrived, they checked and the order didn’t go through in the first place, so we placed the order again with some drinks. 2) the final food items arrived, without the drinks. Waitress disappeared as soon as the plate was placed on the table, so again, took ages to get her attention to query where our drinks were! 3) nobody knew how to validate my parking ticket. When we first arrived, the receptionist said to wait until we leave. Upon leaving, the receptionist had gone home and nobody else knew how to validate the ticket. This was very frustrating. If you say you validate parking tickets, then at least ensure all staff know how to do this, as part of the service, or validate the ticket for customers on arrival. Overall food was great, but was really disappointed in the service. Staff were really nice through.

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  7. RCLVXII

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting and decor, fantastic friendly staff, varied and eclectic drinks menu and truly wonderful food. Thank you!
    Issho Drinks or Afternoon TeaResponded on 9 June 2023
    Thank you for taking the time and sharing your experience with us. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the food and drinks and received a friendly service. We appreciate your kind feedback and would be more than happy share with our team. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Kind regards, Issho

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  8. Anonymous

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The afternoon tea was okay. It’s such a shame that people are able to smoke cigarettes in the terrace whilst people are eating. I am 7 months pregnant and there were children eating. It wasn’t nice to be around the smoke. The staff were really friendly but there weren’t enough of them. The service was extremely slow. The food was nice. I think it would be nice to have more savoury options maybe a bao bun as well as the sushi. Lots of dessert options. Overall it was a nice afternoon

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  9. StewartL

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Sat at table for 15 minutes without being given a menu, got up and walked out.

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  10. HollieB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice setting DJ was good service was spot on until they gave our shots to the next table

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All good! Helen (the staff) was so welcoming and I we had a great time there!
    Issho Drinks or Afternoon TeaResponded on 2 May 2023
    Thank you so much for your lovely review! We will share your kind words with Helen. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Kind regards, Issho

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  12. BryonyW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Issho for drinks on the outdoor terrace, they staff were welcoming and attentive. The drinks were amazing and they even brought out a little birthday treat which was a surprise and so generous. Nice location and the heaters made sitting out a lovely atmosphere. Would definitely recommend if you’re visiting Leeds!
    Issho Drinks or Afternoon TeaResponded on 19 April 2023
    Thank you for taking the time and sharing your experience with us. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the service and the drinks on your recent visit. Your kind feedback will be shared with our team. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Kind regards, Issho

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  13. Katiec

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really friendly and efficient service. Felt like a special evening. Sushi delicious! Sat in bar area and trendy atmosphere. Up to £15 for cocktails a little on expensive side.

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  14. thomasw

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, lovely food and excellent service.

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  15. KateW

    Yorkshire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The decor is fabulous which immediately sets the tone. Open space bar and restaurant, very relaxing. The food is excellent quality. Sashimi is really fresh and delicious. Friendly staff. Excellent cocktails.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Only disappointed bit was that I did request for something special to be done for my partners birthday and we didn’t receive anything although other tables did…clearly no communication between the booking notes and service. Spicy cauliflower is a must! So delicious.

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  17. Mb62

    Yorkshire

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service lovely. Very quiet ( not the bars fault) maybe add some background music?

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmospheric rooftop bar and restaurant with outdoor terrace

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    A reasonably busy evening for them, but we were in there for a good 4 hours in the end due to a few service hiccups. At one point they tried to fob us off with giving us the eat out to help out money off to say sorry, despite already getting it which was very confusing. Still we had a good evening :)

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 July 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amar ng fiood

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  21. benshen

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    No table on arrival although booked. Drink order incorrect, food order missing one dish. No soy sauce given, had to ask.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing interior - been a few times for drinks so thought I would book afternoon sushi “tea” for my wife’s birthday. We was seated efficiently but then it was all downhill from there. The waitress just vanished and we would have to prompt other staff members to accommodate basic things such as, taking our drinks order (being sat there for over 20mins). As we are regular sushi eaters we were expecting that Issho would stand out with the top places. Don’t be fooled with the lavish interior. Trust me £25pp for tea and 1 proper sushi item is a complete joke and the Nigiri was no better than Yo Sushi’s! Anyways at the point of paying the bill we requested if the 10% service charge would be taken off - which was done. When the chap asked us why we told him an honest account of our experience. He said he would speak to his manager and get back - he popped back after a couple of minutes to tell us “the manager can’t come as he is busy and he apologies for the experience”. Tried to win us over with some free drinks but I couldn’t be bothered having to wait for 25mins for a glass of coke. Truly disappointed. Better bar than restaurant.

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  23. AdelH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ate in the restaurant rather than the bar. Fantastic

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  24. Phil

    London

    38 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We decided to book some where we hadn’t been before for Saturday night dinner. When we arrive it was clear that the booking was not at the restaurant and we were told we had just booked a table in the DST for drinks. In the bar we didn’t have a reserved table so just sat where we could. Despite there being lots of staff it was difficult to get a cocktail menu or to order drinks. The first cocktails were very good and the venue is very smart. Would have been good to have been on terrace but this was full. Our second round of drinks took an age and sat at the bar 15 minutes till all the ice melted. We left after this and went somewhere else for food. I can’t understand why a bar is taking bookings on top table for dinner. As a bar it has great views and decor but rubbish service.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great good, surroundings are perfect and relaxed. Attentive staff but when it got busy the service seemed to lack a bit. We waited a good 40 mins for them to take our tea order. Overall recommended.

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  26. mogg

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    make sure you confirm your booking i was told on arrival i had booked for a seat in the bar for bar snacks as i had travelled from hull to eat there for a special occasion i told them they had made a mistake after much broohaha we were allowed to sit near the kitchen !! we were offered some crisps and dip as compensation the foods ok but the lobster wasnt all in all a bit dissapointing

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  27. LizT

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely setting, smart restaurant, great value for money lunch, we had 3 dishes for £15 a head, there was plenty too.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Booked a table for an event night (live music) for a special catch up with friends online. Although I selected the link in the website to book a table in the restaurant it defaulted to bar booking when transferring to open table. When we arrived we were offered a table in the bar with a bar snack menu! Absolutely not what we booked. The staff were also very rude and made out that I should have realised my error! Had the staff showed the slightest bit of care I would have returned as it looks like a lovely place but we most certainly will not be giving them a second try!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A seriously glamorous setting for authentic Japanese food and great cocktails.

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  30. PaulG

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second visit and just as good as the first time, amazing food and service. There is something for everyone here.

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  31. Colin

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 September 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A real Gem on the Leeds restaurant scene FABULOUS !

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  32. JoJo

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I was really disappointed that booking a table for drinks more than a week in advance was for inside only, there was no where that stipulated that. Even after booking online and then receiving a phone call asking me to ring back, then ringing back to confirm my booking??! was I told that! It wasn't really where we wanted to sit on a warm Saturday afternoon. I was told that it was to make it fair!! It seems that people walking in off the street and standing over tables constantly asking if you were leaving seems fairer!!! In such a dignified bar it seems ludicrous that you have to literally push people out of the way to sit outside on a summers day! That aside the cocktails are amazing! Table service was poor, constantly looking for a waiter to take your order and getting the bill took quite a while.

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Issho Drinks or Afternoon Tea is rated 4.6 stars by 32 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Google Map for Issho Drinks or Afternoon Tea

46 Victoria Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7JL

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Leeds
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00–00:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–01:00 Sun 13:00–17:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Afternoon Tea, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Large Car park in Victoria Gate
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Elmar Zeinalovas
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    0113 426 5000
  • Catering
    Full exclusive hire, Semi exclusive hire, Canapes, buffet
  • Private party facilities
    Occupying a prime site across the rooftop space in Victoria Gate, Issho is the perfect place to party. Issho is committed to offering something different and unique to Leeds, combining exceptional service, high-quality food, unique menus and a stunning, relaxed setting.https://www.issho-restaurant.com/events/
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