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“awesome French food”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Kendells Bistro

Kendells Bistro
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Ranked #21 of 1,811 Restaurants in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $60
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Leeds, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“awesome French food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

Fantastic service, an epic menu of French classics spanning several blackboards on the walls, great food and wine list - very impressed with this place.
Just don't fill up on the lovely homemade bread they bring at the beginning - soooo nice.

Recommend the venison with bitter chocolate sauce.

  • Visited November 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is by far the best restaurant in Leeds , the French onion soup is out of this world , follow that with the fillet steak which you hardly need a knife to cut and you are in food heaven !

  • Visited November 2013
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Churwell, Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Great food shame about the music”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

I was here on a first date after reading the reviews about the quality of the food and for this Kendells can not be faulted, the steak was to die for. What was a disappointment was the volume at which the music was been blurted out at, and fortunately we were no where near to the speakers as I doubt we would have a heard a word we said to each other. The food and the service was fantastic but Kendells please, please, please consider just how loud you play the music.

Visited November 2013
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Leeds
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“Memorable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

Ambience great. Busy without being overpowering. Food top class, Service efficient and friendly. Not overpriced either, considering the quality. I can't really find fault with it. Maybe better for a party (we were a family party of four) rather than a quiet romantic date.

  • Visited November 2013
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“Not bad - but not as good as it thinks it is”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

Like the Curate's egg - good in parts.
The Downsides - The restaurant started to disappoint when I received a phone message a few days before we were due to eat telling me that despite booking months ago they were limiting the table to 1hour 45 min. There was no such advice on the website. Just in case I hadn't got the message, I was then received the rudest confirmation email I've ever had which was mostly concerned with reminding me about their cancellation policy. Talk about feeling unwanted. This feeling was pretty much sealed by being kept waiting outside on a freezing cold evening for them to open whilst the staff had their team meeting in full view. Not great. And then to cap it all, we were told not to stand in the main room to look at the menu (It's written over 3 enormous blackboards) but to go up to the wall - which of course you then can't read properly because you're too close. The tables are so close together that you need to have very understanding neighbours. Taking a few tables out wouldn't affect the atmosphere and would make it more pleasurable experience.

The Upsides: A nice buzzy atmosphere developed and the the food was quite good. On the whole we enjoyed what we had but it was nice rather than great. My cheese souffle was delicious but there were so many other competing flavours on the plate that they drowned each other out. It's possible of course that the food was better than that, but the overall attitude of the front of house staff definitely dulled our appetites.

  • Visited November 2013
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