Art’s is a local institution. First opened in 1994, Art’s bills itself as Leed’s original cafe bar, and we’re inclined to agree. There are few places that have done as much for Leeds’ dining scene as Art’s on Call Lane in the city centre. Offering peerless British classics and international fare in a bistro-style environment, there’s good reason that Art’s has seen in three different decades so far, and looks set to go from strength to strength.
Art’s has long enjoyed a reputation in Leeds as one of the city’s finest restaurants. Essentially Art’s is a bistro, but the food on offer here is enough to put many of the city’s ostensibly fine dining establishments to shame, and the team at Call Lane have got the awards to prove it. The dining room in the city centre has space for 50 covers, and is regularly packed to the rafters for dinner, with diners hoping to sample Art’s famously good British and international menu.
Aside from the food which enjoys a formidable reputation in Leeds, Art’s, as its name suggests, has another side. The dining room doubles up as an exhibition space, with a rotation of work changing in and out at six week intervals. Diners are invited to enjoy their excellent international and British-led food in the company of attentive, friendly staff, on hand to guide diners through the menu and chat a little about the latest exhibition. Art’s is a testament to great, sensibly priced food in the city centre, and this Call Lane institution doesn’t look likely to be going anywhere any time soon.
Always a great meal, whether it be lunch or dinner. Have arranged family and work meals here and it's consistently great
Good service, if a bit slow when they're busy. Really friendly staff. Lovely food with an interesting menu that changes seasonally. One of my favourite restaurants in Leeds.
The staff were really friendly and the restaurant had a lovely, welcoming atmosphere. The food was delicious and it was great value for money. I highly recommend.
I treated my mum whilst we were on a shopping trip and it didn't disappoint. The food was lovely and the atmosphere great with brilliant service
Fantastic food and excellent service for our table of four. My partner had the slow braised brisket with bread and hummus, which we thought was an unusual combination but worked surprisingly well. The couple who joined us had the spinach and feta filo pie, which looked on the small side compared to some of the other portions but turned out to be a very adequate portion, and the goats cheese fritters with ratatouille, both of which were fantastic, particularly the fritter. I had the pan fried chicken bread with Jerusalem artichoke and wild mushroom gnocchi - I wouldn't usually order chicken in a restaurant, especially chicken breast, but I was swayed by the gnocchi and I wasn't disappointed. The dish was absolutely sublime and the chicory complimented it perfectly. To finish, we all shared a portion of black treacle ice cream. We were too full for pudding but couldn't resist trying this ice cream as none of us had tried it before. The flavour was absolutely incredible, one of my friends described it as tasting like bonfire night in summer. We all had an excellent night, and on top of the food being delicious it was also very good value for money. We had a couple of drinks each and the bill came to just over £80. Will definitely be back soon!!
I love the Art's café - the service is always prompt but if you want to sit and chat they leave you to do this. On this visit we both had the vegetarian Sunday dinner which was lovely - bubble and squeak bon bons (although I do like the nut roast - wouldn't it be great if there were TWO options for a sunday roast for veggies once in a while?). And then we shared the sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel sauce and popcorn ice cream - which was pretty special although maybe a bit too sweet for me. They have had the same menu for a while now - it is always exciting when they change and there is a new choice of mains and desserts. The prices are reasonable, the food was tasty and brought to us quickly and hot (even though it was busy) - it remains one of my best places to go for Sunday lunch, and actually for any kind of lunch or dinner in Leeds. As a vegetarian I just always wish there was a bit more choice (and for some reason: the starters are always the best - but this is across the board, not just at Art's).
I've visited Art's Cafe twice for lunch in the previous month and found it very welcoming. The food is high quality and imaginative/creative. I had the peppered mackerel salad and it was a full plate of delicious fish, green beans, sun dried toms, salady bits topped with a poached egg - yummy! It was very good value for money too (oops and we both loved the chocolate sponge with rum 'n' raisin ice cream and cherry sauce - soft and oozy and full of flavour!)
We were looking for a nice non-chain restaurant where we could get a late lunch (after 2pm). The Art's Cafe was perfect as it was busy enough with lunch and cafe customers. Also nice choice for those of us wanting a full 2 course meal, as well as those just wanting a sandwich or soup. The food was fresh and nicely prepared. I particularly liked the mains chicken with chorizo. The staff were friendly and helpful. I will return next time in Leeds.
Our second visit to Art's, and just as great an experience as the first. Food choice is varied, with the day's Specials offered also; prices are very reasonable for a City Centre venue too. The decor and layout of the tables lends itself to an intimate and friendly ambience. Staff are lovely, helpful and cheery - no-one standing on ceremony - very relaxed. As they have a two hour slot per table, I can imagine if you wanted longer it may be best to book a table around 8pm? Just a thought. We ate earlier around 6pm, and two hours was plenty of time for our party of 6. We shall be back (hopefully on a warm summer evening - unlike the snowy January night we have just had ☺).
We arrived very early, originally they tried to put us on a table next to the toilet door even though there were five or six suitable tables free, we requested a different table and they sat us next to a table that had been prepared for a party. The food was very good. After our starter, the people arrived for the party and when they sat down this left very little space for people to pass on their way to the toilet. Consequently I spent my main course being knocked by people on their way to the toilet and people from the party getting up to go for a cigarette. My wife and I have been going to the Arts Café for several years and the food has been consistently good. This was the only time we have left without a smile on our faces.