All the best restaurants in Leeds according to the Michelin Guide 2023

Eight Leeds venues have been recommended in the guide.

We are truly spoilt for choice for fantastic restaurants in Leeds. But if you’re looking to treat yourself to something special, the Michelin Guide is a good place to start.

A ceremony took place last night at the Silverstone Circuit in Northampton last night, launching the Michelin’s 2023 for Great Britain and Ireland.

Two Leeds restaurants previously featured in last year’s guide, Crafthouse and HanaMatsuri, have now been omitted and there have been no new additions.

Michael O’Hare’s The Man Behind The Curtain has retained it’s Michelin star, the only restaurant in Leeds with the sought after status.

Here are the full list of Michelin recommended restaurants in Leeds.

The Man Behind the Curtain

Where: 68-78 Vicar Lane Lower Ground Floor Flannels, Leeds

Price: ££££

The prawn dish from The Man Behind the Curtain.
Image: The Hoot Leeds

What the guide says: “If you’re looking for the unconventional, you’ve come to the right place. Michael O’Hare is a chef who does things his own way and his idiosyncratic basement restaurant matches his cooking style perfectly. The original, very creative and artfully presented dishes – many of which come with assorted Asian influences or feature the colour black – start arriving with your drink and you’ll never know quite what to expect next. 

“Thanks to the music and interior design, which includes everything from skateboard decks and graffiti to a surfboard and a motorbike, you’ll find you don’t need to feed off other customers to create your own atmosphere. Furthermore, the disorientating mirrors lend an ethereal quality to proceedings and make you feel cocooned in your own bubble.”

Ox Club

Where: Bramleys Yard, The Headrow, Leeds

Price: ££

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What the guide says: “A former mill houses this multi-floor venue comprising a beer hall, cocktail bar, event space and restaurant. The latter boasts a wood-fired grill imported from the USA; rustic, smoky-flavoured dishes showcase Yorkshire ingredients.”


Where: 3 Brewery Place, Leeds

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What the guide says: “Set alongside the River Aire, this spacious ground floor restaurant is filled with natural light. The enthusiastic team serve pre-paid, set price menus and cooking shows imagination, creativity and a playful edge. For the optimum experience, go for the 10 course menu with wine pairings to match.”

Dakota Grill

Where: 8 Russell Street, Leeds

Price: ££

Image: Dakota Hotel Leeds

What the guide says: “Make your way to the Dakota hotel’s elegant cocktail bar before heading down to the moody basement restaurant. The room is divided into a series of spaces, which adds to the intimacy. Appealing, carefully thought-out menus keep Yorkshire provenance at their heart and dishes have a playful element.”


Where: 7 Town Street, Horsforth

Price: £

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What the guide says: “Experienced chef Matt Healy – a onetime ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’ contestant – has come home to Horsforth to open this rustic bistro and wine bar. His appealing menu features appetising small plates with Mediterranean influences; two or three per person works well, and there are some well-chosen wines, craft beers and cocktails too.”


Where: 137 Whitehall Road, Drighlington

Price: ££

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What the guide says: “Set over two floors of a former pub, this colourfully decorated, family-run restaurant offers interesting, original Indian vegetarian cooking inspired by the owners Gujarati heritage. Dishes are substantial in both size and flavour and spicing is well-judged; the dosas are popular.”


Where: 162 High Street, Boston Spa

Price: £££

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What the guide says: “Be sure to arrive early if you want the full pick of daily made breads, cakes and pastries on offer at this bakehouse and dining room. It’s a stylishly understated place which offers something for everyone: from brunch through to dinner and from single dishes to multi-course tasting menus.”


Where: Rudding Lane, Harrogate

Price: £££

Image: Rudding Park Hotel

What the guide says: “This smart restaurant in Rudding Park’s spa has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the hotel grounds. Inspired by the surroundings and, in particular, what’s at its peak in the kitchen garden, dishes are proudly seasonal and full of natural flavours. Service is bright and breezy.”

To find out more information about all of these venues, take a look at the Michelin guide yourself.

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