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Art's Cafe

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 19:00, 20:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 19:00, 20:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 19:30
Art's Cafe, 42 Call Lane, LS1 6DT Leeds

Further Information

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.

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207 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 207 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: great value
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1 review so far 6
08.04.2017 08:13

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.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2017 07:49

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

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 15:47

Lovely food, great atmosphere, would recommend. Lots of veggie choice as well! A mothers day treat, and great value, and the staff are so warm and friendly.

1 review so far 6
23.03.2017 14:28

Very nice lunch, with polite staff and fast service. What more could you want, when you are popping out from work for a bite to eat with a customer.

1 review so far 6
11.01.2017 08:58

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!!

1 review so far 6
29.02.2016 08:59

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).

1 review so far 6
28.09.2015 18:36

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!)

1 review so far 6
26.10.2015 14:08

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.

1 review so far 6
17.01.2016 17:55

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 ☺).

1 review so far 5
10.11.2015 07:56

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.

1 review so far 6
23.06.2016 08:26

I visited last Sunday for the first time (with my mum who is a bit fussy) because I had read good reviews on the Internet. I was thoroughly impressed. The cafe itself is light and airy, clean and attractive. The service is efficient and firefly and happy to serve to serve a jug of chilled tap water with our meal. We overdid the vegetarian lunch plate and the fish lunch plate. Both were delicious and generous portions. The flavours and ingredients were fresh and interesting. We were catching a train so couldn't linger, but had we more time I would have opted for one of the desserts which sounded delicious. Will definitely return to sample more of the menu.

1 review so far 6
08.02.2017 11:41

Friendly welcome, relaxed environment-took time to choose drinks and meals-any questions we had were answered with no bother. There was a reasonable selection of vegetarian options and the starters, mains and puddings were all decent portions but more than that...the flavour combinations and presentations were first class. A lovely ambience...mixed crowd; small groups, couples, older and younger..and enough table space for privacy from fellow eaters....we ate at 6pm on a Saturday evening....and we had a perfect time. We stayed a good couple of hours and weren't rushed on...£70 bill for 2 starters, 2 mains, 1 pudding and total bill included a £23 bottle of prosecco...top marks from us....

1 review so far 5
09.08.2015 21:57

Love this place, food and wine always good. We had the 3 courses for £15 menu. Whitebait for starter was really good with the remoulade, bit spicy that worked well. Main I had the smoked goats cheese and summer veg risotto as a main - bit bland by the time I got half way through and had food envy of my friend chicken dish which they enjoyed and looked delicious (wouldn't normally go for chicken but this was impressive). For dessert had the choc orange ganache and passion fruit sorbet - amazing, best dessert I have had in a long while. The portion sizes are never big but always nice and it means you can have 3 course without feeling stuffed. Service great and like the ambience. Worth visiting.

1 review so far 6
12.09.2016 20:13

Art's Cafe has a great menu in relaxed surroundings, a good selection of quality fare and all very well presented. An excellent place to stop for lunch or dinner and very reasonable prices with excellent service. Will certainly be back again for more :O)

1 review so far 6
03.08.2016 18:04

My 56th birthday meal and 20th anniversary of my first visit to Arts. Early evening, nice summer buzz going on inside and a lovely evening for my wife and I. Thanks to the staff for making a fuss of us both, the food was great (and the portions were huge!) Art's has been consistently one of my favourite places to eat in Leeds and the length of time I've been going proves my point! Ace place, long may you prosper.

1 review so far 6
16.10.2015 19:48

Great cafe, lovely food & friendly service! We visited at lunchtime and really enjoyed the fish platter; fresh crispy whitebait, gorgeous smoked mackerel, silky smoked salmon, a generous pot of crayfish, not to mention a hunk of excellent homemade bread. The sticky toffee pudding was also excellent, fresh & light (not stodgy!) with a pool of sauce & ice cream. Sadly, the cafe was almost empty - I cannot understand why customers are not queuing out the door!

1 review so far 6
19.06.2016 00:47

Wonderful staff, wonderful service, wonderful food! Being vegetarian I sometimes struggle for food options other than a "veggie bean burger" or a salad...this is never the case at Arts cafe. I'm always able to choose something delicious and different from the menu nd it never ever disappoints. Everyone in our party enjoyed their food and drinks, and the lovely staff were incredibly friendly - thank you for making my sisters birthday meal so fab! Highly recommended.

2 reviews so far 6
19.01.2017 19:51

Been lots of times now and as always it was excellent. Brilliant standard of food, great flavour combinations, always feels like a treat to eat there and even better with the January deal! But I'd pay full price at this place and do, regularly! Had the spinach and feta pie this evening - wonderful. Also tried the fish of the day (sea bass) and that was also excellent and beautifully presented. We'll be back!

1 review so far 6
02.03.2016 08:53

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Art's Cafe, the food was excellent, the menu interesting and the service friendly and very efficient. We shall definitely return on our next visit to Leeds. Thank you.

1 review so far 6
13.01.2017 07:29

We have wanted to dine at Arts Café for sometime now having heard fantastic reviews and we were not disappointed. Delicious food teamed with a relaxing environment and friendly staff - I couldn't have asked for more after a busy week at work. Fabulous Thursday evening treat! Absolutely fantastic and we will definitely be back soon and recommending our friends dine there too :-) Many thanks Jen

1 review so far 6
27.03.2016 17:58

Dinner with friends at Art's Cafe led to excellent food and service. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and we had a great table. Will definitely be back would recommend highly!

1 review so far 6
08.07.2016 09:37

We were there early on a Wednesday evening and although not full, it was respectably busy... service was very good and the menu choices for one vegetarian and one carnivore were excellent - and the food was delicious! Only had a main course but we both commented on how good it was, and just the right size of portion.

2 reviews so far 5
19.06.2016 12:32

it was 9 years since me and my friend ate here and the atmosphere is still a good as all them years ago. The staff had excellent knowledge of wine and food which was reflected in their passion. my only complaint was the main course could of been hotter but I still ate every but of the rump pic lamb. keep up the good work

1 review so far 6
08.01.2017 09:47

Have eaten lunch here a number of times and never been disappointed, so this was my first experience on an evening. Lovely service in a cute , relaxed atmosphere. Menu has plenty of choice and interesting combinations make for a tasty meal. We had a really great meal and will be returning very soon.

1 review so far 6
05.02.2016 10:33

The room is very welcoming and warm with interesting paintings. The staff were brilliant and went out of their way to accommodate some slight changes to individual dishes to suit my guests. The food was hot, tasty and well presented, although the fish potions were a little small. Only criticism, hard seats, otherwise, excellent

1 review so far 4
13.12.2015 09:28

Have been many times before love the food and service however on this occasion we were told on finishing the starter we would have to leave for 7.30. We felt a little uncomfortable after this and felt we should have been aware before we ordered, I booked the table in August. There was plenty of time so didn't really see the need we didn't order sweets as felt wanted to leave. However the food was as lovely as always.

1 review so far 6
26.09.2015 10:15

Never disappointed with Art's Cafe: the service is attentive and friendly, the atmosphere wonderful and the food superb. Their Early Bird menu is especially good value.

1 review so far 6
11.02.2016 11:07

Art's Cafe has a lovely atmosphere with excellent food. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful - nothing was too much. Just great all round!

1 review so far 6
18.01.2017 22:55

Dinner for 4, 3 different starters, all gorgeous, really, really fabulous food. All 4 of us had the same main, the catch of the day! Really superb fish dish, could have eaten it twice! Desserts were fine but didn't live up to the truly fab firstly two courses and wine.

1 review so far 5
02.08.2015 09:40

Great Saturday night had! Member of our party found the steak particularly well prepared. Good choice of wines & menu selection provides options that are just a little different from the norm. Beautiful presentation of food. Relaxed atmosphere & staff very pleasant. Food arrived at the right intervals, not rushed but we weren't left waiting too long between courses.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 15:44

Great service, lovely relaxed atmosphere and outstanding food. Good value dinner for 2 for Valentine's Day, even with a free glass of bubbly. Every time we visit Art's, the atmosphere has been warm and friendly, and the quality of the food is absolutely fantastic. We will definitely be back!

1 review so far 5
15.02.2016 08:54

Great food, great atmosphere, good service - as it always is there. They seemed a little more hurried than usual but was a fairly busy. We had to wait a bit longer than usual for our food but what should you expect with such a great value offer running...and it just meant we enjoyed more of the wine.

1 review so far 5
15.04.2017 16:12

I had lunch here with my granddaughter, aged 11. We both enjoyed ourselves and the food was good. I had a sandwich with soup, and Aimee had a burger on a brioche bun which she loved. The prices were reasonable, the surroundings were very pleasant, and the waiter was nice. No complaints. I suggest you pay a visit.

1 review so far 6
14.01.2016 07:46

It impossible for me to go anywhere else for lunch on a Sunday now as the food and friendly service is always spot on ! I love the relaxed atmosphere and the food is always so fresh and tasty with regular updates to the menu ... Highly recommended

1 review so far 6
19.02.2017 18:38

Fantastic food and great service. The quality of food was first class. Great selection if sea food. It was served on time. We had sufficient time between each course. Whenever we wanted a drink there was always somwone there to take our order. Will definitely return soon.

1 review so far 6
06.01.2017 21:21

The ambience is very good, with a young vibe and plenty of buzz. The food was well presented and the service was spot on. I was impressed with the quality of the food and with a 50% discount on top for January it was a real deal!

1 review so far 6
08.11.2015 22:55

We had a great time at the Art's Café, it was the first time I have been and I will definitely be going again. Food was fantastic and plenty of it. Relaxed atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon, friendly staff and value for money.

1 review so far 6
20.01.2017 07:15

A lovely lunch.. delicious food - ham hock terrine and sage and pumpkin risotto to start; delicious mussels in an unusual and tasty sauce and smoked haddock and leek risotto to follow. Attentive service; reasonable prices. Who's to fault it! Highly recommended.

5 reviews so far 6
06.03.2017 09:17

For anyone in leeds - or anyone visiting leeds for that matter...who's never been to Arts....Go. It's the most perfect restaurant...with the most perfect food, in the most perfect atmosphere with the most incredible staff. go. honestly. you'll thank me of it.

1 review so far 6
24.04.2016 09:58

What an excellent service. We were looked after throughout our stay and made to feel very welcome. We are three old school friends meeting up for a natter and a laugh and we were so very well looked after. Arts is king!

1 review so far 6
26.01.2016 09:02

Me and my wife have been to arts cae mny times. And the quality of food and service is surperb. It's a very relaxed atmosphere and you don't get rushed with your ood so I would give it 6 out of 6.

1 review so far 4
14.01.2017 11:27

The staff were really friendly and attentive. They brought more bread for my terrine with no trouble at all. The bottle of red we had was gorgeous. Bustling, relaxed atmosphere. The only downside was my steak meal. Unfortunately the steak was quite grisly so I left a lot of it and the chips were massive and not crispy or hot.

1 review so far 5
26.03.2017 22:14

Great service, great surroundings, good choice of wine. Varied menu. Food generally excellent, the Hake dish could be improved by being slightly less mono tonal - i.e. a large quantity of butter beans which are quite filling, so a few less and another balancing ingredient would be welcome.

1 review so far 5
12.09.2016 18:04

In our opinion the meal was great. Some lovely flavours and a good price for a set menu too! The only bit of criticism (from the wife, not me) is portion sizing, she felt her meal was a bit big. All in all, a perfect meal, well done!

4 reviews so far 6
13.04.2016 16:21

Great menu and lovely venue with relaxed and efficient service. Had a lovely long lunch, under no pressure to finish quickly. Great vegetarian meal and mackerel special. Forgotten how good this place is for atmosphere, service and a chat.

1 review so far 6
22.11.2015 18:58

Tasty food - service was excellent - there when needed but left us alone to chat and did not hurry us out. Reasonably priced for the quality of food and a good range for all tastes and dietary needs.

1 review so far 6
19.01.2017 09:15

There were 5 of us booked in for Sunday Lunch. The staff were attentive and took our drinks order straight away. The food came and we all commented on how nice the food was! We will definitely be returning

1 review so far 6
30.09.2015 20:53

The food was incredible. We both had the steak and it was delicious. Probably the best chips I've ever eaten too. The staff were very polite, helpful and knowledgable. it was such a cosy atmosphere too. Loved it!

1 review so far 6
14.09.2015 13:33

The café was beautifully kept, the waiting staff were very friendly and polite. The food was delicious and a very good value for money. I would 100% recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a quiet and special evening.

1 review so far 6
26.02.2017 07:52

Good food with efficient and friendly service. Culdnt taste the truffle in the bourgignon but this is a minor quibble. Good restaurant to have a conversation as music very quiet and the space is not cavernous but cosy.